Fall Out Boy's 5 most underrated songs

By: AXS Contributor Jun 29, 2015
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After a three-year hiatus from 2009 to 2012, Fall Out Boy returned to the pop-punk scene in 2013 with Save Rock and Roll. They're back at it again this year with their follow-up, American Beauty/American Psycho, as well as a summer tour. But with 13 years and six studio albums of music behind them, plenty of songs--especially from their early days--have gone under-appreciated.

  • "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner"
    With From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy released some of their strongest material to date, including the three singles "Sugar, We&#
    Fall Out Boy

    With From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy released some of their strongest material to date, including the three singles "Sugar, We're Going Down," "Dance, Dance," and "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me." The band seemed to have perfected their sound, and From Under the Cork Tree has a lot to love. One of its stand-outs is "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner," excellently highlighting frontman Patrick Stump's vocals and the band's songwriting skills.

  • "Honorable Mention"
    One of Fall Out Boy's earliest releases was the 2002 mini-LP Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, which featured a very strong sampling of
    Fall Out Boy

    One of Fall Out Boy's earliest releases was the 2002 mini-LP Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, which featured a very strong sampling of the signature brand of pop-punk--including an early, less polished version of "Calm Before the Storm." And while the mini-LP has a lot to love, its best is the guitar-filled "Honorable Mention," a song that is the epitome of the grit Fall Out Boy's music has lost on more recent albums.

  • Bonus: "Bang the Doldrums"

    Infinity on High may not have been Fall Out Boy's best work, but that doesn't mean it didn't give us some great songs--and one such song is "Bang the Doldrums." Like "G.I.N.A.S.F.S.," it was reminiscent of the band's heavier days, complete with a powerful, ambitious chorus and a vocal appearance from Pete Wentz in the bridge.

  • "G.I.N.A.S.F.S."

    With 2007's Infinity on High, Fall Out Boy lost some of their aggression and grit and became a little more radio-friendly--and while this still produced hit enjoyable hit singles with the ambitious "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," "Thnks fr th Mmrs," "The Take Over, the Breaks Over," and "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)," the album as a whole was less interesting than its predecessors, especially as a follow-up to From Under the Cork Tree. So unsurprisingly, its unsung hero is the bonus track "G.I.N.A.S.F.S.," a song that hearkened back to the band's earlier, stronger sound.

  • "I've Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)"

    In the midst of the relatively fast-paced, rock-oriented From Under the Cork Tree, "I've Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)" shows a slower and almost ballad-like side of the band, with more introspective, dark lyrics and somewhat gentler instrumentation, especially in the beginning. Like "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner," it showcases both Stump's vocals and the band's songwriting.

  • "Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today"

    If Evening Out with Your Girlfriend was a small sampling of Fall Out Boy's pop-punk, their full-length debut, Take This to Your Grave, polished it up. It spawned the band's first batch of singles--"Dead on Arrival," Saturday," and the beloved "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy?" Like Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, it's an album packed with energetic pop-punk, but opener "Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today" sets the tone with its aggressive driving introductory guitars, instrumental build-up, and angry lyrics that helped Fall Out Boy gain a reputation in the rising emo scene of the early 2000s. Not to mention it introduced us to those infamously long song titles.

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