Fall Out Boy returned this year to 'Save Rock and Roll.' Here are the band's five best songs.
Since its formation 12 years ago, in Wilmette, Illinois, Fall Out Boy, who play Riot Fest on September 13, has become one of the biggest, most successful rock bands in the world. Beginning with 'Take This To Your Grave' (2003), the band has released five full-length albums and has had numerous hit singles.
In April of this year, Fall Out Boy released 'Save Rock and Roll,' which features guest vocals by Courtney Love, Big Sean, and Elton John. As if they hadn't just taken a five year vacation, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and its lead single, 'My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),' went platinum.
Fueled by the dark humor and pop sensibilities of vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy has come a long way: From the pop punk of its first album to the soaring arena rock of its most recent release. The band is responsible for many great songs, but we think these are Fall Out Boy's best five. What do you think?
5. 'This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race'
This lead single from Fall Out Boy's third album, 'Infinity On High' (2007), was one the band's first massive hits. It took the second spot on Billboard's Hot 100, the top spot on Pop 100, landed on many international charts, and helped earn the album platinum status in its first month. It was a funky, unapologetic pop song about writing pop songs. Stump sang about how the music industry was a war zone, but once this single was unleashed, it was a war Fall Out Boy proved it could win.
4. 'America's Suitehearts'
This second single from album number four, 'Folie à Deux' (2008), landed on the charts, and was Fall Out Boy's seventh consecutive top 20 single (even though it did not place very high). Much like 'This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race,' 'America's Suitehearts' was a comment on the industry and the bizarre world of celebrities. “I'm in love with my own sins,” sang Stump. It was a dark song, but powerful and anthemic and catchy.
3. 'Dead On Arrival'
This was the first single from the band's debut album, 'Take This To Your Grave.' It was a catchy, hurried slab of emotional pop-punk, where Stump compared heartbreak to being an unappreciated pop song. It showed Fall Out Boy expressing arena aspirations that would eventually become a reality, and was the song used for the band's first music video.
2. 'The Phoenix'
The promo single from Fall Out Boy's latest album, 'Save Rock and Roll' (2013), was one of the band's biggest songs ever, not necessarily in sales, but volume. The leviathan sound was partly due to the orchestral arrangements, and the electronic dance music elements. 'The Phoenix' was clearly a fight song that doubled as a comeback anthem for the band, as it had just returned from a five-year break between albums with a very ambitious goal: to save rock and roll.
1. 'Sugar, We're Goin Down'
This lead single from Fall Out Boy's second album, 'From Under The Cork Tree' (2005), was the band's first top 10 hit. In 2009, it was certified double platinum, and has sold nearly 3 million copies. As he does at his finest moments, Stump balanced dark lyrical moods with pop lightheartedness and a catchy chorus. Going down with a bullet had never sounded so sweet.