Fall Out Boy are one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, and they captured a generation of hearts with their early place in the emo fashion. Since then they have grown up and grown stronger, though some themes - like loneliness, heartbreak, and always being the kid left sitting on the shelf - are ever present. Their legion of fans are still growing with them, and there are plenty of reasons why they are gaining more fans as time goes on. Here are the top five reasons why you won't just like Fall Out Boy - you'll fall in love with them!
5. Their ability to come back stronger (every time)
Every time they release an album, it seems like they have only gotten stronger since the last time out. Their production values continue to increase, and with each collection of tracks, their musical style evolves just a bit as well. A hiatus in 2009 seemed like it might be the end of the band for good, with misquotes in the media doing nothing to stop speculation. It was not until 2012 that they were able to write music together again - but when they did, they produced Save Rock and Roll, an album that went platinum three times. Despite drug problems, alcohol abuse, divorce, solo careers, and negative backlash from both fans and the media at different times during their career, they always come back fighting.
4. They're all adorable
Andy Hurley is a vegan who campaigns for animal rights. Pete Wentz named his kids Bronx and Saint Laszlo. Patrick Stump has been known to produce some of the cutest gifs of all time. And generally, most of the band act like they are in love with each other all the time. Plus there's their tendency to post selfies with huge grins in front of the crowd after every gig. What's not to like? Oh, and if you follow their social media channels, you'll often see gushing endorsements of other bands and musicians who they love listening to.
3. They Never Change (Even When They Do)
Since Andy Hurley joined as drummer for 2003's Take This To Your Grave, the line up has never changed. Plenty of things have - for example, their appearance, as well as the sound of their songs. They have become grander and introduced more high profile collaborations as their star has risen. One thing is for sure, however, and that is that fans know what to expect from Fall Out Boy. Not many bands can claim to have been around for this long without dropping any members - and that's a testament to the staying power that they have. Even through a hiatus which saw several solo projects being born, the band has survived.
2. Their lyrics are clever and funny
For most fans, the lyrics are what gets them into the band. From hit "Sugar We're Going Down's" puns ("Drop a heart/break a name") and plenty of great cultural references, many people end up getting into their music when they hear a line that really intrigues them. Some will make you think, and some take a while to decode - like "20 Dollar Nosebleed from Folie A Deux." The line "Have you ever wanted to disappear/and join a monastery/go out and preach on Manic Street" is a reference to Richie Edwards, the bassist from the Manic Street Preachers who disappeared in the early '90s. Rumours abounded that he had gone to join a monastery. The deeper layers to their lyrics in songs like this can really draw you in, making each song so much more interesting.
1. The catchy, catchy music
Not only are the lyrics great, but the music is too. They have strayed on a spectrum somewhere between pop and punk throughout their career, but they always manage to come up with something that gets toes tapping. Their gradual break into the mainstream charts is definitely owing to this propensity, and it's what makes them one of those bands that everyone knows. Whether you're a fan or not, it cannot be denied that they have written some hugely catchy tunes in their time!