Lets be honest, playing a song on the radio opens up the band’s fan base to the teenyboppers of America. Now that Fall Out Boy has had many popular hits in the past few years, the prepubescent girls have almost taken over.
This is a personal rant here.
Last night I payed $40 to go watch one of my favourite bands of all time and was thoroughly annoyed with the amount of youngins that didnt know any of their songs besides the ones on the radio. Now, I dont want this to become one of those “Youre not a true fan if you dont know blah blah blah” posts because those are freaking cancer; but I cannot tell you how weird the atmosphere of this concert was. Nobody seemed to know what to do because nobody told them, like a teenybopper artist would, and there were many people that didn’t know any of the other songs besides the ones on the radio. There was just a lot of awkward shufflng and mumbling along to the music.
Dont get me wrong, I freaking love “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” and “Centuries” and Ill be dancing like Uma Thurman all night long, but there are just so many other great and fantastic songs that theyve put out; so, heres a list of my top 10 Fall Out Boy songs.
Goodness gracious I love this song. I cannot express to you how much I love this song. Its one of those songs where you hear it and it just makes you smile. The lyrics are beautifully crafted and insightful and are beautifully sung by lead singer, Patrick Stump. I personally feel that this song really shows off just how talented Stump is. There are a few different parts where he hits these notes and just brings the whole song together.
This is a classic Fall Out Boy Song. Although, I would say its a little bit more edgy than their other stuff, Its still their sound, their lyrics, their music. I think this song is unique because of the little poem Wentz says at the end of this song; it feels like a wrap up to the whole album, even though there is song that comes after it, and I think it brings the attention of the listener back to the whole theme of the album: the anxiety and depression one can feel from their own life. There’s also this lyric Id specifically like to point out: “This has been said so many times that Im not sure if it matters.” Literally, this line is repeated over and over in the song so much that it doesnt have any meaning or any real connection to the rest of this song; I just think that its hilarious, I love it.
The beat to this song is freaking fantastic. The lyrics equally fantastic. The production? Its great. The vocals feel like they’re coming through an old radio that doesn’t have the greatest sound quality yet the instruments come out almost crystal clear. It also has a really solid almost simple beat which not all Fall Out Boy songs have, at least not a solid beat that is so audible. I really like this song because its easy to move too and its definitely a party song.
God the lyrics of this song are, as most of Fall Out Boy’s Songs, beautifully crafted and insightful. “Sometimes the person that youd take a bullet for is behind the trigger” gets to me every single time (I have a little bit of a personal connection to this song). This song also has more of an electronic sound to it, which, personally, I am not usually a fan of, but I think Fall Out Boy pulls it off well here. I think it adds to the sound, making it unique.
This song is another emotional, easy to connect to song. The bridge will leave chills down your spine and get you thinking about all the people you have ever loved, that is a promise. Fall Out Boy you never cease to impress. I think the sound of the clicking drum sticks as a highlighted instrument on this song is spectacular, its something so simple, but it creates this distinct sound. It works well with the electronic beat in the background, which again I think they pull off well.
This song is just as emotional as “Fourth of July.” They use the instrumentals to enhance the lyrics they really want to bring out. They have very few instrumentals around the verses to allow the lyrics to shine, and then the guitars and drums come out during the choruses erupting into what feels like a disarray of sound (compared to the rest of the song)–which I think adds to that deeper meaning behind the song.
I like the production of this song, I think it was well produced. Stump’s voice sounds as though its coming out of an old speaker that doesn’t have the greatest sound quality; the word that comes to mind is crinkly, but I don’t think its exactly that–I cant exactly explain it. The instruments also take a backseat on this song, and the lyrics really come out. They feel like theyre important; they’re something to get you thinking.
I honestly have no idea whats going on in this song. Its one of those Fall Out Boy songs where the lyrics don’t exactly make sense and youre not quite sure where the title fits into the song; but its just good, and you find yourself singing along to it. That’s literally the best way I can describe this song: Its confusing, but its good.
Recognise this line? If you’ve seen the movie Casablanca, you should. I have no idea why they chose this for the title of the song; according to the website Genuis, it goes along with the lines “And oh, the way your makeup stains my pillowcase; Like I’ll never be the same.” Supposedly, this line is in reference to Rick’s and Ilsa’s relationship in the movie. How Ilsa left a stain (like a makeup stain) on Rick’s life and he will never be able to forget her. I don’t know if this is truly what Pete Wentz meant behind it, but I can see the connections. No matter what, I think its a clever song that was well composed and well written.
This song was originally called “My Name is David Ruffin And These Are The Temptations,”but, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, was changed to this title because of the possibility of a lawsuit. I love the production and the instrumentals on this song. It opens up with the sound of cameras snapping (which I think is unique) and immediately goes into an awesome guitar solo. The instruments are a first among equals in this song; they make sure there heard without overpowering the lyrics–If anything they enhance them.
There you have it! 10 of my favourite FOB songs! This was a hard list to make because there are so many other great songs to choose from, so many other songs that don’t get the attention they deserve! I might have to make another list in a couple of weeks because there are just so many other songs to talk about!
What’s your favourite Fall Out Boy Song?
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