After forming in Illinois in 2001, Fall Out Boy has strongly transformed the pop-punk genre, proving once again, that the genre can achieve mainstream success. Through a wave of commercially successful singles ("Sugar, We're Goin Down," "Dance Dance," "Alone Together," among more), Fall Out Boy has wavered in-and-out with projects, vacillating between keeping the band in-tact and exploring solo careers. After announcing the band's hiatus in 2009, Fall Out Boy reunited in 2012, reuniting for the release of Save Rock and Roll. Through over a decade of existence, Fall Out Boy has created pop-punk tracks that have defined generations; see where your favorite songs rank, below.
Off of Fall Out Boy's 2007 Infinity on High, "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off," was the fourth and final single off of the release. The band opted to shoot the song's music video in Uganda, after performing in South Africa and after hearing about Invisible Children, Inc, according to MTV.
"This Ain't A Scene," as the song is recognized as in its shorter version, served as the lead single off of Fall Out Boy's Infinity on High. When speaking about the immensely successful single, Patrick Stump commented to the Aquarian, "This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race’ is the funkiest thing we’ve ever done."
Serving as one of the singles off of Fall Out Boy's Folie à Deux, "What A Catch, Donnie," implemented a shift in the band's sound, frequently portraying vulnerability and gentleness, as it's one of the few ballads that the band has done.
The third and final single from 2005's From Under the Cork Tree, "A Little Less Sixteen Candles..." achieved great success, but never amounting to the tremendous success that prior singles, "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" and "Dance Dance," enjoyed. However, the music video for the song still enjoyed success, with prominent appearances in it from fellow Fueled by Ramen/Decaydance bands, such as William Beckett (of 'The Academy Is...'), members of Panic! At The Disco, and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes.
As the second single from Infinity on High, "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," was a tremendous commercial success for Fall Out Boy. As the single reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the U.S. and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 500,000 copies, "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," has grown to be recognized as one of the band's staple songs that they're frequently associated with.
If any song is credited with launching Fall Out Boy's mainstream commercial career, it's "Sugar We're Goin Down," off of the band's 2005 From Under the Cork Tree. As it peaked at the No. 8 spot on the Billboard charts, "Sugar, We're Goin Down" marked the band's first top 10 single.
Though the band lacks an enormous amount of ballads, when Fall Out Boy challenges themselves with ballads, they execute them seamlessly. Spanning for nearly five minutes, featuring Elton John, "Save Rock and Roll" is the final and title track off of Fall Out Boy's comeback album. Intensely, over the heavily piano driven music, lead-singer, Stump sings with John, "I will defend the faith / going down swinging / I will save the songs / that we can't stop singing."
Now recognized as one of the band's more popular songs, "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" grew in popularity once Fall Out Boy's mainstream success burgeoned with "Sugar, We're Goin Down." It's off of Take This To Your Grave, Fall Out Boy's debut studio album released in 2003, through Fueled by Ramen. The album's frequently cited as laying the groundwork for pop-punk, as it's now referred to as as Fall Out Boy classic.
Serving as another Fall Out Boy classic, "Dead on Arrival" also hails from the band's debut album, Take This To Your Grave. The song was released as Fall Out Boy's first commercial single.
Though a myriad of songs are now recognized as Fall Out Boy classics, nothing remains truer to the term's significance than "Saturday," again off of Take This To Your Grave. In one of the few songs that Pete Wentz screams on, "Saturday" almost always, consistently concludes Fall Out Boy's setlists, as the occurence of such has become a tradition for audiences and the band.