Ever since Fall Out Boy took off with "Sugar, We're Going Down," they've come out with rock hit after rock hit--and all the while, they've had great videos to go along with each single. In fact, the band has become known for their music videos, from ones capturing their energetic live performances to extensive, multi-part sagas. Here are five of their best, most iconic videos.
5. "I Don't Care"
The video for "I Don't Care" is just one of many to show off Fall Out Boy's sense of humor. The video opens with the band being mocked for their style, then goes on to show each member causing trouble around Los Angeles on par with stereotypical "rock star" behavior--along with cuts of the band performing the song. Ultimately, each member is revealed to be an imposter wearing a mask. "It's a series of vignettes, and in the end, the joke is: Everyone in the world who is famous is just a WWE character," guitarist Pete Wentz told MTV.
4. "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race"
Picking up from the end of the "Dance, Dance" video, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" once again is about humor--and a maybe some commentary on celebrity culture--with the band entrenched in various tabloid-worthy situations, culminating in the death of Wentz. His funeral features cameos from a few celebrities and familiar faces from prior Fall Out Boy videos, although in the end, the whole thing turns out to be a dream of Wentz's, and the band takes off to do what they do best and rock fans with a killer show.
3. "Dance, Dance"
Yet again, the Fall Out Boy opts for humor with the video for "Dance, Dance," which takes the band back to those awkward teen years with the setting of a high-school dance. And fun as those scenes are to watch, some of the video's best moments come from the performance scenes--while the dance footage has them showing their most awkward moves, the shots of them playing show what they do best.
2. The Young Blood Chronicles
Why make music videos for an album's singles when you could make an 11-part series for an entire album? For Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy presented a series called the Young Blood Chronicles, a musical film starring the band on a quest to, well, save rock and roll, with plenty of special guests along the way, including Elton John as God and Tommy Lee as the devil. It's an epic and at times intense endeavor, proving the band can tackle a project beyond a short music video--and proving that music videos are still an art unto themselves.
1. "A Little Less Sixteen Candles A Little More 'Touch Me'"
While Fall Out Boy had released stellar music videos before, "A Little Less Sixteen Candles A Little More 'Touch Me'" took things to a new level and set the stage for videos to come--like the aforementioned Young Blood Chronicles--with a plot and very cinematic quality. The band stars as a team of vampire hunters in a city loaded with the supernatural creatures, including Wentz himself, and horror fans will find plenty of references to vampire-centric horror films like "The Lost Boys" and "Blade." But some of the videos best moments come from its effects and choreography, from Wentz flying around the band's performance space to a group of women falling under the spell of some Clockwork Orange-esque vampires. It feels more like a short film than a music video, and it's no surprise that the band has continued that level of creativity in the years since.
Bonus: "Sugar, We're Goin Down"
It's the video that started it all, and we'd be remiss if we didn't give it the credit it deserves. "Sugar We're Goin Down" was the lead single from Fall Out Boy's sophomore album From Under the Cork Tree, and it took off, helping the band get to where they are today. Although one video was made featuring just live footage of the band, it's the other version that's become the most famous and kicked off the band's string of well-executed music videos, telling the story of an ostracized man with deer antlers in love with a girl whose father disapproves. In the end, it's revealed that the father has deer legs, and he allows the relationship to continue. It's a strange yet sweet video, and years later, it still stands as one of the Fall Out Boy's best.