A cut off 2013's Save Rock and Roll that feels like the perfect blend of old-school and new-school Fall Out Boy. The gritty verses have the band's signature, offbeat love lyrics ("I'm here to collect your heart"...are you collecting actual organs, Patrick?) while the chorus is a poppy earworm about partying—with an undeniable hook to go with it.
Kicking off with the Hole singer's awesome "It's Courtney, bitch" intro, the rushing Save Rock and Roll track gets more and more exciting as it goes on. From Love's speeches to Stump's impassioned verses to the shout-along chorus, the energy never dips. It's also a cool juxtaposition when Courtney handles the bridge over FOB's anthemic roars.
With the exception of Patrick Stump's recognizable falsetto, the first 30 seconds of "She's My Winona" sounds like an indie rock hit. (You could probably fool your friends; give it a try!) The rest of the song grows into some giant, sweeping, arena-sized melodies. If the entirety of Folie a Deux was tighter, this could've been Fall Out Boy's Black Parade.
Infinity On High is Fall Out Boy's third studio album, one we think is criminally overlooked. The greatest hidden gem on the LP is "Thriller," their collaboration with Jay Z. Yup, that Jay Z, Mr. Beyoncé, the "Drunk in Love" dad! While not a Michael Jackson cover, this tune combines genres in new, interesting ways: The guitar riffs are heavy, sludgy, almost shoegaze-like—and, y'know, there's the whole rap intro. Truly revelatory.
2005's "Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year" is something of a head-nod to the band's earliest days. The song starts with palm-muted power chords in true Blink-182 fashion before launching into something more complicated. The end even features some much needed Pete Wentz screaming action before concluding with a simple declaration of violent romanticism: "I swear I'd burn this city down to show you the light."
There was a time in the mid-2000s when every alt-rock band had impossibly long song titles. This was a trend Fall Out Boy either created or proliferated. "I Slept With Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me," is not only a bratty take on a common expression, but a kickass song, one that doesn't shame groupies like the title suggests—never fear.
Another standout off the 2005 breakout album From Under the Cork Tree, FOB utilizes Patrick Swayze's famous Dirty Dancing quote to title their ode to complicated relationships (hellooo, high school!). There's loads of memorable lines that teens everywhere wrote all over their journals, but we're partial to "I'll be your best-kept secret and your biggest mistake."
For pop-punk purists, 2003's Take This to Your Grave is a staple, a canonized record. "The Pros and Cons of Breathing," is not only an ideal AIM status (remember the early '00s? Fall Out Boy sure does), but a kick-ass kiss-off jam. If there's anything FOB knows, it's that after a messy relationship it's best not to get mad, but to get even!
Another Take This to Your Grave classic, "Homesick at Space Camp," is just as catchy as singles "Saturday" or "Dead on Arrival." This tune plays on the boys' love of space and the ol' "get me out of this town" teen trope inherent in a bunch of pop-punk. "Landing on a runway in Chicago," they sing, "and I'm grounding all my dreams of ever really seeing California."
If you were a kid that grew up like the guys of Fall Out Boy did (in the suburbs, perhaps just outside a big metropolis like Chicago), this standout on the band's debut album Take This to Your Grave got you. It captures that homesick longing when you've left all you've known for supposedly bigger and better things. Patrick sings on the chorus: "But there's a light on in Chicago / And I know I should be home / All the colors of the street signs / They remind me of the pickup truck out in front of your neighbor's house."
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