My Top 10 Phineas and Ferb Songs

Like this time last year, I enlisted the help of my three daughters to compile this mid-summer Top 10 list. This is far and away the most difficult list I’ve ever had to compile for this blog, and that’s why I needed the girls’ help. And we also needed enough time to compile the list, so we’re glad that we had enough time during the summer vacation, even if it took us 104 days of summer vacation…

Right there, some of you may be thinking, I know what we’re going to do today!

That’s right, we’ve got a Phineas & Ferb themed list this month, perfect for the middle of summer. For those of you unfamiliar with the Disney Channel show, you seriously need to watch it. Phineas and Ferb are good-natured step-brothers who spend their summer vacation days concocting amazing ways to have fun. Meanwhile, older sister Candace tries to have their mother catch them in the act, because their plans are big, bulky, high-tech, but something always happens to take it away before Mom can see. Meanwhile, the boys’ pet platypus Perry is also a secret agent for O.W.C.A. (the Organization Without a Cool Acronym), and his task is to foil the nefarious plans of the bumbling evil mastermind Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Seriously, if you have never seen this show, you’ve got to—it’s never violent or mean-spirited, it values inventiveness and imagination and cooperation, and it’s full of heart and humor.

Every episode has a short musical interlude, many of them original songs that advance the plot of the episode. That’s what we’re counting down this month. With over 100 episodes, this was a daunting task to narrow it down to a Top 10 (of 11 songs because we start with a tie) and 5 more Honorable Mentions. We combed through many videos of the songs and learned that we enjoyed the music from seasons 1 and 2 far more than seasons 3 and 4. And as fantastic as the Star Wars themed episode is, we liked the songs tailor-made to the boys and Perry’s original stories more than any parodies.

And while the theme song Today Is Gonna Be a Great Day by Bowling for Soup is perfect in how it itemizes the diverse and crazy things the boys do, we discounted it because it wasn’t episode specific. The same holds true for Perry the Platypus’ Theme Song—even though the extended version only appears in one episode, its music appears regularly.

Yes, that was our sneaky way to mention two more songs and raise the grand total featured here. I hope Candace doesn’t bust us for it, but this was a challenge. So are we gonna start the list?

Yes. Yes, we are.

 

#10 (tie) – A-G-L-E-T

This song from the season 2 episode “Tip of the Day” is here for personal reasons more than anything extraordinary in the song itself. I laughed out loud through this entire episode where the kids organize and perform at a benefit concert to tie the world together by raising aglet awareness. What’s an aglet, you ask? It’s that sheath of plastic or metal that keeps the end of a shoelace or other cord from unraveling. I’ve known this word for years, and I both impressed and ticked off friends one night during a game of the definition-guessing/creating game Balderdash. I impressed some because I knew what it was; I ticked off others because it immediately followed the word somnambulist (a sleep-walker), which I also knew. I was thrilled that thanks to this popular show, now lots of people would be like me, aware of what an aglet is! Oh, and there are lots of puns in the song. Gotta love puns.

 

#10 (tie) – Queen of Mars

In the season 1 episode “Unfair Science Fair Redux,” the boys help Baljeet with his science fair project—a portal to Mars. Meanwhile, Candace is lonely and tries calling her friends, but none of them are around, so she’s kinda bummed about it all—to the overly obsessive point that she thinks no one likes her anymore. Well, mash these two things together, and Candace ends up transported to Mars! Little green Martians come out, and though they don’t speak English, they worship Candace and build monuments and stuff as a tribute to her. They even carve her face into the surface of Mars, something visible from Earth—and something she can use to show her mother what happened, but it gets zapped away by Doofenshmirtz’s –inator of the week. Still, she felt pretty important, enough to sing (to the Martians’ unexpected musical sounds) that “It only took a magic portal to Mars to give me some self worth.”

 

#9 – Happy Evil Love Song

In the season 2 episode “Chez Platypus,” the boys open up a platypus-themed restaurant in their backyard, and it becomes the trendiest restaurant in town—so trendy that a developer buys the rights to the restaurant from the boys near the end of the episode, conveniently removing it from the backyard. Candace is upset that she can’t get a table at the restaurant for a date with Jeremy, but this song is for Dr. Doofenshmirtz, also there on a date. He met her online—his last-ditch effort to find love before making everyone in the Tri-State Area forget about love—and she adores evil scientists in white lab coats! They even have matching evil tattoos! Here, they sing about all the evil plans they can carry out while their evil love holds true…until an awesomely ironic episode ending.

 

#8 – Come Home Perry

Perry the Platypus is the mild-mannered pet of Phineas and Ferb. But when they’re not looking, he slips away into his occupation as secret agent Agent P., often assigned to thwart Doofenshmirtz’s plans. But in the season 2 episode “Oh, There You Are, Perry,” Doofenshmirtz is downgraded to less of a threat, and Perry is reassigned to stop bad guy The Regurgitator. Phineas and Ferb awaken to find him gone, and Candace feels guilty about it because she had let Perry outside in the middle of the night. After building a device to summon all the platypuses and seeing that none of them is Perry, they go atop a building to sing to him, hoping he’ll hear. Well, Perry quickly defeats The Regurgitator and comes home, but not before Candace sings a verse. Listen to her attempts at rhyming words with Perry.

 

#7 – Busted

This is a high-energy, rockin’ duet from the Season 1 episode “I Scream, You Scream.” One subplot in every episode is Candace trying to bust her brothers for their schemes, though I’m not really sure why she really wants to—they’re being creative and inventive and they often let her enjoy the wonderful things they make. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s daughter Vanessa is doing her own snooping around her father’s lab to see what evil plans he’s up to and report back to her mom (Doof’s ex-wife). The beginning of the video juxtaposes Doof and the boys dumping out boxes and building their respective new inventions, while the girls spy on them. But most of the video focuses on the girls, and they really bust it out in this fantastic song.

 

#6 – Big Honkin’ Hole in My Heart

The only song from beyond Season 2, this one appears in the Season 3 episode “Bully Bromance Breakup.” The title of the episode pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the song: it involves Buford the bully, the bromance between him and super-smart Baljeet, and they’re apart. A little fed up about being bullied so often, Baljeet emphatically professes himself to no longer be Buford’s nerd. Distraught, Buford goes to work for Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Before long, however, they both realize how important they are to each other and sing this “Somewhere Out There” (from An American Tail) styled duet. They each have a hole in their heart—one bully-sized, the other nerd-sized. Brilliantly poignant and hysterical at the same time.

 

#5 – Backyard Beach

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that this one originally fell into the breach, but I’m glad we caught this gem from the Season 1 episode “Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror” and placed it where it belongs—as one of the best. Not sure exactly how the boys turn their backyard into a beach complete with enough water to surf in, but who cares? It’s a great idea for the hottest day of the summer. Even Candace benefits from their plans, as she’s crowned Queen Wahini of the Beach. In this reggae-infused song, Ferb sings about how they came up with the idea and then about all the cool amenities there—[water]-skiin’, parasailin’, surfin’, flailin’, and contact lens solution. When you click on the video, watch the eyes of the Easter Island-inspired stone heads.

 

#4 – S.I.M.P. (Squirrels in My Pants)

First, a disclaimer: I have an irrational fear of squirrels. Don’t like them at all. So the idea of squirrels in my pants freaks me out on a level that I won’t go into here. However, this rap/hip-hop song from the Season 1 episode “Comet Kermillian” and its accompanying dance is one song that everyone I told about this list insisted appear. I can’t deny it belongs, because it encapsulates the irreverence of the show and songs. Watch the video to see how the squirrels end up in Candace’s pants. Then, while trying to get them out, she wriggles by a bunch of street performers who are inspired by her moves and free-style about her predicament. Though O.W.C.A. may not be a cool acronym, S.I.M.P. is gloriously nutty!

 

#3 – Ain’t Got Rhythm

The Season 1 episode “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together” is a fantastic, music-filled episode. Linda (Phineas and Candace’s mom) fears that Lawrence (Ferb’s dad) has forgotten their anniversary. They fell in love at Love Händel’s farewell concert. After learning the band members all live in Danville, the boys hope that they can help their parents rekindle their love if they can reunite the band. They find lead singer/guitarist Danny at his music shop, and he teaches them about the History of Rock. Then they find bass player Bobbi at his Fabulous hair salon. But it’s this third song with Sherman (a.k.a. Swampy) the drummer in the public library that tops them all. He insists that he’s lost his rhythm, but every move he makes in the library proves otherwise, as the boys try to point out. This is a wonderfully crafted rock song with a great beat, a great hook, a great chorus, a great bridge, and a great encore. All the details in the animation support every beat of the song. Though it’s not at #1 on this list since it’s about my favorites, it very well could be #1 in terms of best writing and execution. It’s a song from the show that could likely chart on the radio as a rock song.

 

#2 – There’s a Platypus Controlling Me

In the Season 2 episode “Brain Drain,” Dr. Doofenshmirtz has created a radio-controlled helmet that allows him to manipulate Perry. They end up at the junkyard where Vanessa and her friends are having a rave. Due to a strange set of circumstances, Doofenshmirtz ends up crashing the party. Perry thinks quickly and puts the helmet on Doof, and then… No, I don’t want to spoil this one; the lyrics of this hip-hop song explain everything. It’s funny, but the humor escalates when Vanessa’s friends think that he’s speaking metaphorically, especially when they list what the platypus in his explanation could represent. The song also has a nice sentimental ending.

 

Before I get to MY FAVORITE PHINEAS AND FERB SONG, here are five Honorable Mentions:

Phinedroids and Ferbots – In this techno-pop song, the boys build robot versions of themselves to help build their stuff.

Rubber Bands, Rubber Balls – When the gang travels around the world, Baljeet’s Uncle Sabu uses this Bollywood-styled song to tell what he makes.

Disco Miniature Golfing Queen – This time, it’s Candace’s friend Stacy who gets to be the queen, much to sick-in-bed Candace’s chagrin.

Carl, the Intern – While the family is away (and marooned on an island), Buford and Baljeet take pet-sitting duties so seriously, Major Monogram has to send Carl out into the field.

There Is No Candy in Me – Nerd ain’t no piñata!

 

And finally…

#1 – WATCHIN’ AND WAITIN’

What makes this song my #1 is how well it’s integrated into the extremely clever plot of the Season 2 episode “Don’t Even Blink.” The boys make a Big and Obvious amusement park ride in the backyard—quite honestly nothing spectacular compared to some of the other things they’ve made. But at Stacy’s suggestion, Candace focuses her attention on what happens to the inventions after the boys are done. Usually, Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s plans go awry and coincidentally take Phineas and Ferb’s away without their knowledge. Phineas openly admits that he doesn’t know where they disappear to, but he’s grateful because it makes clean-up easier. That subversive meta concept is played out when Candace demands that no one use the ride and that they simply sit there and watch it. They’re “starin’ and … glarin’ till [their] corneas burn.” The whole group joins in the song, which starts out almost like a campside sing-along and builds to some hard rock, with everyone in the band. I think this may be my favorite episode idea, and the song advances that plot expertly.

 

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