Definitively ranking top ‘Phineas and Ferb’ songs

Whether I’m lying awake at night or daydreaming while I try to do my homework, I find that my mind wanders a lot. Sometimes I’m remembering an embarrassing moment from freshman year or contemplating what my dad could be making for dinner, but more often than not, I’m thinking about “Phineas and Ferb.” 

For the uncultured few who do not know what “Phineas and Ferb” is, it is an animated television show that aired on Disney Channel from 2008 until 2015. One classic element of the show is that there is an original song in nearly every episode. The music of “Phineas and Ferb” is so good, in fact, that it was nominated for four Emmy Awards. With over 200 episodes in the series, there are a lot of good songs, but it can be difficult to know which ones are the best. Because of this, I have decided to rank my top 16 “Phineas and Ferb” songs. 

First, I chose 16 favorites based purely on my subjective opinion. I recognize 16 is a strange number to choose, but there were some songs I simply couldn’t leave out. I gave them a score out of ten in three different categories: catchiness (Will the song stay stuck in your head for days?), memorability (Do I still remember the songs years later?), and fun (this one is pretty self explanatory).

I think the theme song definitely deserves an honorable mention. While I didn’t include it in the ranking because it’s in every episode, it’s without a doubt an amazing song. A few other honorable mentions I’d like to include are “Ready for the Betty’s,” “History of Rock,” “Gimme a Grade,” “My Nemesis” and “Spa Day.” Without further ado, my ranking:

  1. Rubber Bands, Rubber Balls

catchiness: 6

memorability: 6

fun: 7

total: 19

This song is from the one-hour special, “Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs to You.” I selected this song over some other fan favorites because I was a huge fan of the special episode and I always thought this song was funny. I, however, do not have super strong memories about the lyrics, but I think it takes place in a rubber band factory.

  1. Disco Miniature Golfing Queen

catchiness: 6

memorability: 6

fun: 7.5

total: 19.5

I doubt this song is on many other lists of the top Phineas and Ferb songs, but this one stood out to me because of how fun it was. What’s not to love about a song about mini golf?

  1. Backyard Beach

catchiness: 6

memorability: 7

fun: 6.5

total: 19.5

“Backyard Beach” was more memorable than other songs because Ferb was singing! Ferb talks very rarely on the show, so it was a special occasion when he led a song, which is how “Backyard Beach” got 19.5 points.

  1. E.V.I.L. B.O.Y.S

catchiness: 7

memorability: 7

fun: 6

total: 20

“E.V.I.L. B.O.Y.S.” was memorable and catchy because it featured Candace with a deep voice and her face covered by a paper bag because of an allergic reaction. Candace complaining about her brothers can get kind of old, but not when listening to this song.

  1. There’s a Platypus Controlling Me

catchiness: 7

memorability: 6.5

fun: 7

total: 20.5

My two favorite “Phineas and Ferb” characters are Perry the Platypus and Dr. Doofenshmirtz. This song features the evil (yet loveable) Doof DJing while Perry the Platypus controls him remotely. It’s very silly and very funny, which allowed “There’s a Platypus Controlling Me” to earn a respectable 20.5.

  1. S.I.M.P (Squirrels in My Pants)

catchiness: 6

memorability: 7

fun: 8

total: 21

This song features Candace “dancing” while she has, you guessed it, squirrels in her pants, thanks to the antics of Jeremy’s slightly scary little sister. “S.I.M.P.” will have you laughing at Candace and feeling bad for her at the same time, which is always a good combination in my opinion.

  1. Summer Belongs to You

catchiness: 6.5

memorability: 6.5

fun: 8

total: 21

This is the featured song from the aforementioned “Summer Belongs to You” special. It has not stayed in my memory as much as other songs, but it was incredibly fun and acted as a great wrap-up for the great summer special.

  1. S’Winter

catchiness: 7

memorability: 7

fun: 7

total: 21

“S’Winter” was always one of my family’s favorite episodes. The song was pretty good (not great), but I associate it with good memories, so that is why it’s here on the list with a good score of 21.

  1. Brand-New Best Friend

catchiness: 7

memorability: 7

fun: 7

total: 21

I wish I could explain how much I loved the movie “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension.” “Brand-New Best Friend” features Dr. Doofenshmirtz meeting himself in another dimension and finding out how much he has in common with his more evil counterpart. Even if you have not seen the movie, you know a song by Doof is bound to be good.

  1. A-G-L-E-T

catchiness: 8

memorability: 7.5

fun: 7

total: 22.5

I sang “A-G-L-E-T” all the time as a kid. If the episode was on, the song would be on repeat for hours afterward. I still sing “A-G-L-E-T! Aglet! Don’t forget it!” whenever an appropriate moment comes up.

  1. Fabulous

catchiness: 8

memorability: 8

fun: 7

total: 23

One of the most iconic episodes of “Phineas and Ferb” is the Love Händel episode entitled “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together.” Since it focuses on a band, obviously it has great music, and “Fabulous” is no exception. I watched this episode recently and could not stop singing this song for the rest of the day.

  1. Ain’t Got Rhythm

catchiness: 8

memorability: 8

fun: 7.5

total: 23.5

This song was also from the Love Händel episode and it slightly beat “Fabulous” because of the fun factor. Yes, “Fabulous” takes place in a hair salon, but “Ain’t Got Rhythm” takes place in a library! Libraries are (and I am not being sarcastic) the epitome of fun, so “Ain’t Got Rhythm” earned a spicy 23.5 over “Fabulous’s” 23.

  1. Come Home Perry

catchiness: 8.5

memorability: 8

fun: 7.5

total: 24

As I previously stated, I have a special place in my heart for Perry the Platypus, so this song makes me happy because it’s about how much everyone loves him. The simple lyrics are very catchy and the fun rhymes are an important part in making sure you remember “Come Home Perry.”

  1. Gitchee Gitchee Goo

catchiness: 8

memorability: 9

fun: 7

total: 24

This is probably the most popular and most memorable song in “Phineas and Ferb” history, which is how it earned a nine in memorability. In my opinion, it loses points for fun because of how much it was shown on Disney Channel. It began to seem a little overplayed in my opinion, even though it’s a great song. “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” still came in with a 24, giving it enough edge to take third place.

  1. Queen of Mars

catchiness: 8.5

memorability: 8

fun: 8.5

total: 25

I know I keep saying “I love this song,” but I love this song! Candace is underappreciated and she finally gets the chance to shine when she goes to Mars and sings “Queen of Mars.” High scores in all three categories gave this song a zesty score of 25! 

  1. Busted

catchiness: 9

memorability: 9

fun: 9

total: 27

“Busted” earned nines across the board. The only thing that could have made this song better would have been an appearance by Perry the Platypus. In all seriousness, the unlikely combination of Candace and Vanessa makes this song a certified hit and allows it to have the top score of 27. This song is silly (as all “Phineas and Ferb” tunes are), but it’s also just a good song, which is why “Busted” is my number one “Phineas and Ferb” song.

“Phineas and Ferb” is one of my favorite shows and I’m glad I got the chance to share my passion for its wildly fun and intoxicatingly catchy songs. If you are ever stuck in a rut without anything to watch, my number one suggestion will always be “Phineas and Ferb” because although it can be silly at times, it is, at its core, a very good show.

 

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