Fall Out Boy is one of those bands that everyone has heard of. They have been around for over 10 years with no signs of stopping anytime soon. With 6 full length albums and multiple world tours under their belts, it's no wonder they are this generations Kings of Rock.
If by some reason you are living under a rock and have never heard of Fall Out Boy, they are a 4 piece rock band from Chicago, Illinois. You know, the ones who sing "Sugar We're Going Down" and "Uma Thurman?" I know you've heard those singles!
Here is what I consider the very best from each Fall Out Boy album.
Take This to Your Grave
Released in 2003, this was Fall Out Boy's debut album, right after their EP Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend. This was the perfect polished pop-punk album with an emo attitude. Hooks galore, polished studio harmonies and catchy lyrics like "This is side one / flip me over / I know I'm not your favorite record / The songs you grow to like / never stick at first / so I'm writing you a chorus / and here is your verse" will have you singing along whether you want to or not. This is arguably their best album to date.
Favorite song: "Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today"
Favorite music video: "Grand Theft Autumn (Where is Your Boy)"
From Under the Cork Tree
This is the boys' second full length studio album and my personal favorite. Released in 2005, Wentz wrote the entire album after an attempted suicide. Wentz said the lyrics were about "the anxiety and depression that goes along with looking at your own life." Sticking to their pop punk roots, but getting a little more personal lyrics-wise, combined with those heartfelt ballads, this is for sure Fall Out Boy's most well written album. There's a song on here for any life situation you are currently going through. It's the anthem for this generation.
Favorite song: "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner"
Favorite music video: "A Little Less Sixteen Candles and a Little More 'Touch Me'"
Infinity on High
Released in 2007, this album was a little change of pace from the well-known pop punk albums they have previously debuted. With guests like Jay-Z and Babyface, Fall Out Boy took some risks in the rock genre, but it worked! Infinity on High debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 260,000 copies in its first week, making it Fall Out Boy's first number one album. This album was a little less pop punk and a lot more rock.
Favorite song: "I've Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None on My Fingers"
Favorite music video: "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)"
Folie a Deux
Or "a madness shared by two" was their fourth studio album released in 2008 right before the bands three year hiatus. Although fans opinions were mixed, critics gave this album great reviews. It was something totally new for the boys. It was a complete change of sound from their previously released albums. They took a big chance and I personally think it was a good idea that they did. You don't want to hear the same things being released over and over, this was a great maturity album for the band. It was nice to see how much they have grown as musicians coming from the pop punk scene now releasing these rock ballads.
Favorite song: "The (Shipped) Gold Standard"
Favorite music video: "I Don't Care"
Save Rock N Roll
Recording this album in complete secrecy, this was Fall Out Boy's return to fame. Released after a three year hiatus in 2013, this would be the bands fifth studio album. Save Rock and Roll debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 154,000 first week sales, earning the band their second career number one. This was a whole new sound for the band but fans seemed to love it. It was a gutsy move to progress so far from their pop punk roots, but as usual Fall Out Boy proved they can do anything and do it well.
Favorite song: "Alone Together"
Favorite music video: "Young Volcanoes"
American Beauty / American Psycho
Going back to their earlier sound a bit this would be the bands sixth studio album and one of my favorites to date. With more of their old school hooks and catchy lyrics, this felt more like a 2005-2007 Fall Out Boy album, just a little matured. This has the perfect "driving with your windows down blasting this album in the summer" kind of feel. The album's single "Immortals" was featured in the 2015 Disney Movie Big Hero 6.
Favorite song: "Fourth of July"
Favorite music video: "Centuries"
Fall Out Boy is that kind of band that you will be listening to long after they're gone. They paved the way for so many musicians of this generation and they have no plans of stopping anytime soon.
Crowds are won and lost and won again, but our hearts beat for the diehards.