The Best of Fall Out Boy

For many listeners, Fall Out Boy's first album remains a favorite.

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For many listeners, Fall Out Boy's first album remains a favorite.

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Fall Out Boy (FOB) is one of the most recognized pop punk/alt rock out there. Pete Wentz, the band’s bassist and lyricist, started the band with his friend and lead guitarist Joe Trohman back in 2001. They then expanded their group with Patrick Stump as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, and the drummer as Andy Hurley.

They’ve released 7 albums since forming in 2001 and have played many shows since then. Their albums include,

  • Take This to Your Grave (2003)
  • From Under the Cork Tree (2005)
  • Infinity on High (2007)
  • Folie à Deux (2008)
  • Save Rock and Roll (2013)
  • American Beauty/American Psycho (2015)
  • M A N I A (2018)

The ranking of Fall Out Boy albums depends on which sound you prefer. Their older albums have a more alt rock sound, while their newer albums have a more pop sound. Fall Out Boy had a short hiatus from 2010 to 2012, and when they came back they had less of an alt sound and had a more mainstream sound that more people liked and accepted. I prefer their more alternative sound, so I like their older albums more.  Below is what I view as their best albums.

1. ) From Under the Cork Tree

This was the first album I ever listened to by them and at the time I didn’t even know who they were. Fall Out Boy helped me discover my love of music, and this album was key in that. I love their really long song titles that most of the time didn’t make much sense, but at the time they were known for the long titles. An example of a really long song title is “Get Busy Living or Get Dying (Do Your Part to Save the Scene and Stop Going to Shows)”. I also love their sound on this album, it’s the most alternative sounding. Two of their well known songs come from this album, “Dance,Dance” and “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”. If someone doesn’t know much about Fall Out Boy they most likely know these song or have heard of them from somewhere. Those songs are good, but are very over played at this point.

2) Infinity on High

I heard this album after From Under the Cork Tree, but before their other albums as I was slowly getting into them. This album also has some well known songs. “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “This Ain’t a Scene, it’s an Arms Race”, these songs are more known than most songs on the album. There are less songs in this album with super long titles, which at the time is something they were known for. A few of my favorites off the album are “I’m Like a Lawyer” and “Hum Hallelujah”. Hum Hallelujah is my number 1 favorite off this album because of how fast paced it is and it’s just one of those songs you want to dance to.

3) Take This to Your Grave

This is the first album ever released by Fall Out Boy. This album has the sound that I love, but the sound is not as developed as the previous two albums. My favorite songs from this album are “Saturday” and “Grenade Jumper”. “Saturday” is one of the more popular songs on the album and it’s just one of those songs you can always have on because it never gets old. It also includes a little bit of screaming, which is something they don’t do often.

4) Save Rock and Roll

This was the first album released after their hiatus in 2010 to 2012. This album has a newer sound, but still sounds like rock, but less like their older alternative rock sound. By this album they had gotten away from super long song titles, the longest song title is “My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark”. Which compared to their earlier songs isn’t that long.

My favorite songs on this album are “Miss Missing You” and “Save Rock and Roll”. “Miss Missing You” has more of a pop feel to it and is different from their older songs. The song “Save Rock and Roll” is also different, but the alternative rock feel is still there. The best lyric on the album comes from this song, “You are what you love not who loves you” and that lyric has always been such a powerful one.

5) Folie à Deux

I talked to a few people about their favorite Fall Out Boy album and most said this album was in their top 2, but this is lower for me. I still enjoy the sound, even though it is different to previous albums. I can’t really get into this album because when it came out I was too young to know about it. The most popular song from this album is “I Don’t Care” which is also my favorite song off Folie à Deux.

6) American Beauty/American Psycho

This album has been peak pop for Fall Out Boy, but I like their pop sound less. Two of their most known and overplayed songs come from this album. They are “Centuries” and “Immortals”, which was featured in Big Hero 6. This album was a big change in sound from Save Rock and Roll because Save Rock and Roll still had some rock feel to it, while this one is a whole lot of pop.

7) M A N I A

This is my least favorite album because of how different it is from From Under the Cork Tree. I really don’t love their sound in this, but I still love them. I also can’t really get into this album because the sound is so different that I don’t vibe with it. The only song I really like from this album is “Young and Menace”, which is one of their more popular songs from M A N I A.

I love Fall Out Boy and nothing will probably ever change that. Fall Out Boy has recently released a single called “Lake Effect Kid” and has more of an alternative feel and less pop influence. This showing how they can change their sound at any time.