Fall Out Boy version 2.0 stays winning. The rebooted band reclaimed the radio with its 2013 comeback album
and is again snugly tucked in the Top 40 with the hit single "Centuries." More than almost any band from the mid-2000s Warped Tour boom, FOB has managed to stay relevant and successful. (Say what you will about Patrick Stump\'s sideburns, Pete Wentz\'s emo poetry, Joe Trohman\'s jewfro, and Andy Hurley\'s love of the Green Bay Packers -- the MySpace days were awkard times.)
, Fall Out Boy\'s been pushing its sound into bold, pop-centric territory, with surprisingly few embarrassing missteps along the way. To mark yesterday\'s (Jan. 20) release of new LP
, we counted down our top 10 favorite Fall Out Boy tracks, including hit singles, album cuts, and one b-side.
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with this boisterous single, anchored by a bad-boy chorus railing against the vanity of pop culture stardom -- by reveling in the vanity of pop culture stardom. "I don\'t care what you think as long as it\'s about me," bellows Patrick Stump over a riff that sounds like a glam-punk take on Shania Twain\'s "Man! I Feel Like A Woman." Really.
This is rock music for Rap Genius kids. There\'s a sample for Baby Boomers (the lead riff and low end blast from
\' theme song) and a lyrical reference for Generation X ("She wants to dance like Uma Thurman") all while managing to sound like a rock band that
the hip-hop age. "Centuries" may be getting the attention, but this is the first highlight from
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Look unfamiliar? We can\'t blame you. This was a
bonus track tacked onto the album\'s 2006 "Black Clouds and Underdogs" edition, released almost a year after the original. Sonically, it has
roots, but hints at a breakneck style -- instrumentally and vocally -- that the band never really explored. Stump\'s breathless stutter races to keep along with the music, which vaguely recalls the members\' early hardcore days, right down to that screamy breakdown.
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non-single, one the band will hopefully keep in the setlist when it tours behind the new album. It\'ll be tricky though without Foxes, a.k.a. Louisa Rose Allen, whose vocals provide a smooth foil to Stump\'s as the chorus plows onward. Elsewhere on the album, "The Phoenix" and "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" were open arena bait. This one is subtly arena-worthy, if there is such a thing.
Fall Out Boy had one great record under its belt when "Sugar" came out, but this song that helped them transcend a very crowded pop-punk class (remember Rufio and the Starting Line?) and become the band they are today. "There was not a lot of reaction from the industry to it," Pete Wentz told Billboard regarding the initial release of
. "Then our fans went out and bought a ton of the records and we put the ["Sugar"] video out and our fans ran the video up
. And that basically forced modern rock radio to start playing [us]. And as it went up on
5. "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More \'Touch Me\'"
The lead riff is power pop glory and lyrically, Wentz and company zero in on the band\'s awkward teen sweet spot: "You\'re just a girl all the boys want to dance with and I\'m just a boy who\'s had too many chances." The peppy "Sixteen Candles" didn\'t take itself nearly as seriously as
days. Well, okay -- the six-and-a-half-minute video might\'ve been taking itself a
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"My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" got all the big single attention, but when Fall Out Boy rose from the dead and tried to save rock and roll, this track -- the second shared from the new album -- actually sounded like it could best "Light \'Em Up" at its own game. It\'s a dicey situation when a rock album opens up with strings
dramatic, but "The Phoenix" manages to capture the spirit of a risen Fall Out Boy in all its pyrotechnic glory.
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3. "This Ain\'t a Scene, It\'s an Arms Race"
When scene kids start talking about the scene, things can get ugly fast. Fall Out Boy was starting to take itself awful seriously ("I\'m the leading man and the lies I weave are oh-so intricate") but damn, does the music back it up. Most popular rock bands dream of writing a chorus like this, which proclaimed Fall Out Boy\'s first single from its first album written post-stardom.
@spoopyspencer "Dance Dance," is probably the best thing I\'ve ever done.
The words above pretty much say it all. We don\'t agree 100% with Mr. Stump (hence the No. 2 designation), but we love his attitude of owning up to making what was maybe your best art ten years prior. After all, it\'s probably better than almost anything your contemporaries were trying, and it still sounds pretty incredible. The flawless intro of drums to bass to voice to guitar. The unstoppable chorus. The breakdown that\'s timed perfectly for guitar swings. "Dance, Dance" rivals "Helena" and "the Middle" as the best hit song to come out of the mainstream emo days.
Did you think we\'d leave out Fall Out Boy\'s cherished first proper album? "Grand Theft Autumn" captures their transformation from hardcore kids with pop-punk dreams to pop-punk kids who still remembered how to have some hardcore sensibility. Stump and Joe Trohman\'s choppy guitar attack, Andy Hurley\'s cymbal tricks just before the chorus -- all liven up this keystone song. They\'ve since maintained that attitude, with production gloss caked on, but still, "Grand Theft Autumn" is the spirit of Fall Out Boy -- the spunkiest, catchiest pop song on a debut album full of hints of what was coming. "Some day I\'ll appreciate in value," sings Patrick Stump to lead the second verse of this sad sack love song. They absolutely did.
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