Phineas and Ferb’s 10 Most Underrated Songs

With memorable characters, creative stories, and some of the best and most original music/music to come out of a kids’ show in ages, Phineas and Ferb is one of Disney’s most popular animated series of the past two decades. With fans spanning multiple generations and demographics, there are endless aspects of the series to discuss. Today, however, we focus on the music.

With nearly 450 songs over its four seasons, there’s obviously a long way to go in terms of Phineas and Ferb music. The show itself, and almost everyone else, has created their list(s) of the show’s top 10 songs, but 10 songs is only about 2% of the songs on the show! So we’re going to take a look at some of the songs that aren’t usually included in that 2%, but maybe should be, along with 10 of the most underrated songs from Phineas and Ferb.

“History of Rock”

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If “Dude We’re Getting the Band Back Together” isn’t one of your favorite episodes, you’re mistaken. It’s one of the best musical episodes of the series, and almost all of the songs have proven to be fan favorites. “History of Rock” is the only notable exception, but not because it’s not a wonderful song! This is the only episode number not to come out on a Phineas and Ferb album. So the only way to hear it is to watch the episode. It’s a shame because his gender-jumping style makes him unique and super eye-catching! Plus, it’s a surprisingly accurate lesson in the evolution of modern rock music. However, since it was never released on an album, it doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

“What Could Have Been”

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“What Might Have Been” comes from the show’s flash-forward episode “Act Your Age” and is definitely the saddest on this list. One of four songs on the show focusing on Isabella’s crush on Phineas, it’s the first – and only – time we hear about Phineas’ feelings. It’s a catchy ballad that perfectly encapsulates unrequited teenage love and the tragedy of finding out your crush loves you too late. However, songs from later seasons of the show generally haven’t enjoyed the same levels of popularity as songs from earlier seasons, which might explain why this number from the show’s final season made it onto this list.

“A Good Scare”

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This is another song that we’ve largely slept on because it never made it to an album. However, this song from the start of the first season draws inspiration from Danny Elfman’s style as it follows Phineas and Isabella through a haunted house. It’s a catchy toon that will get stuck in your head, but also make you laugh as Baljeet and Buford chime in to explain why their slightly apparent fears are actually things to fear. So, while it’s certainly not another “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” radio hit, the song certainly deserves more attention than it got.

“My Mean Buddies and Me”

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The first of two Dr. Doofenshmirtz issues on this list, “My Evil Buddies and Me” is actually from one of the show’s crossover specials – Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel. As with most Doofenshmirtz songs, this is a show tunes-y number. However, don’t be put off. This upbeat number is comedy gold! The episode sequence features Doofenshmirtz teaming up with Red Skull, Modok, Venom, and Whiplash to do things he considers evil, essentially creating a villain song dedicated to ditching, stealing someone’s sausages one and to the tepees. The fact that this number is not in all the top ten Phineas and Ferb song list is a complete tragedy.

“Rebel, let’s go”

This song is also from one of the show’s crossover specials, but this time it’s Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars. Sung by Vanessa Doofenshmirtz’s character, “Rebel Let’s Go” is the episode’s final celebratory song, and it’s definitely worth celebrating! With a pop sound that would fit right in on radio today, it should have been a big hit for the show, but somehow it seems to have flown under the radar.

“Watch and Wait”

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This season two number is fun because of the tempo change mid-song. Beginning as a fairly slow and quiet acoustic number, “Watchin’ and Waitin'” completely changes its tone for the second verse by adding a full band to the acoustic guitars and tambourine the song started with. It’s a short, sweet song about trying to catch the mysterious force that always makes Phineas and Ferb’s inventions disappear, and it certainly deserves more attention than most people give it.

“Delivery of Destiny” – Love Händel Jingles

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This one is a little weird because technically it’s not a song, but believe me, she deserves to be here.

“Delivery of Destiny” features Love Händel playing Phineas and Ferb’s usual delivery job, aka in his delivery van, and recounting the whole experience in song. It’s brilliant! A bit juvenile, perhaps, but absolutely hilarious. From singing about driving through town, visiting the OWCA, climbing all the stairs in Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, and even ordering lunch from Jeremy at Slushy Dog, everything in the second half of this episode becomes a Love Händel jingle. Honestly, they are some of the catchiest pieces of music on the entire show. In fact, pretty much every time my brother and I are together, and one of us mentions that we’re hungry, we sing the jingle “We’re hungry and we want to eat.” However, despite their catchiness, as they are jingles and not full songs, they have been overlooked by many fans.

“OWCA is falling apart”

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This song is the perfect jazzy, dark villain number. Performed by Danville’s misnamed villain band LOVEMUFFIN (League Of Villainous Evildoers Manically United For Frightening Investments in Naughtiness), “OWCA’s Going Down” never got the attention it deserved. Not only is the melody itself memorable in all the best ways, but the lyrics are exactly the type of clever pun fans have come to expect from the show. With games about all the agents of the OWCA (Organization without a cool acronym) being animals and jokes about checking social media trends, this song is a brilliant number that should be much more popular than it is not.

“Running from Love”

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Okay, so a song about running Buford from French Fireside Girls in a Bear Suit might not sound like something you’ll want to listen to many times, but “Runnin’ From Love” is definitely worth revisiting. Completely absurd, the song is a real earworm. So if you’re looking for something fun and catchy without any depth, this is the song for you. Then again, maybe it’s this lack of depth that put this particular song on this list…

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Finally, one of many Buford and Baljeet duets on the show, “Frenemies” is basically a show piece that the boys made up on the spot. When the latke festival went awry, this duo stepped in with a catchy tune reminiscent of vaudeville. They take their semi-antagonistic relationship and turn it into something that will make you smile while still stuck in your head. As one of the few show tunes that Dr. Doofenshmirtz doesn’t sing, “Frenemies” seems to have been overlooked for the most part. In fact, it is the third and final song on this list that does not appear on any of the albums.

Bonus: “Chop Away at My Heart”

This song is a bonus track because it technically never appeared in Phineas and Ferb the series, although she made an appearance in candace against the universe. In fact, this song was introduced in the second Disney series of Dan and Swampy, Milo Murphy’s Law, which only lasted two seasons on Disney XD. However, the show is definitely worth watching if you get the chance, and this song is the perfect boyband bop to rock out in your car this summer. Plus it’s a song even the greatest Phineas and Ferb fans probably never heard of it, but its appearance in the latest Phineas and Ferb effort definitely qualifies him for this list. Right?

Well, there you go, ten, okay eleven, Phineas and Ferb songs that we consider completely underrated. Whether you agree with our picks or not, I hope we’ve inspired you to revisit Phineas and Ferb to watch some songs you may have forgotten in the past.


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Grace D. Erickson