There are few things that annoy me more lately than the verseless song. It's a trend I began noticing with Lenny Kravitz hits (I just don't need to fly/get away or wonder if he'll see someone again that many times) that has unfortunately only grown worse with time. The biggest offenders? "Clever" emo bands like Fall Out Boy or Panic! at the Disco (paraphrased above). Basically, if it's featured on The CW, it's driving me crazy.
Don't get me wrong. I understand the urge to "take it to the chorus", as Justin Timberlake might say. Choruses are catchy. People can sing along to choruses. They're like pixie sticks in a land of sensible greens. But no one likes the kid who goes a pixie stick over his limit. That kid annoys parent and child alike, and eventually gets sweets banned in your house.
So please, musicians (and especially you emo dweebs)...take it to the verse every once in awhile. Give us some substance. We're getting anemic.