Top 10 Fall Out Boy Songs

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10. "Thnks Fr th Mmrs" (2007)

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Fall Out Boy - "Thnks Fr th Mmrs". Courtesy Island

"Thnks Fr th Mmrs" is one of the most loose and effortless sounding of Fall Out Boy's singles. It was produced by R&B artist and producer Babyface. Pete Wentz stated in interviews that the song is about a romantic couple for whom the initial attraction is gone, but they continue to sleep together. The big budget music video features chimpanzees. The title was created by "disemvowelling" the words in response to record label complaints about the length of the group's song titles. "Thnks Fr th Mmrs" landed at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold more than two million copies in the US.

The line, "He tastes like you, only sweeter," from the chorus of "Thnks Fr th Mmrs" is borrowed from the film Closer. The song crossed genres for further Fall Out Boy chart success. It peaked at #4 on the adult pop chart and reached #2 on the dance chart. 

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9. "Beat It" featuring John Mayer (2008)

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Fall Out Boy - "Beat It" featuring John Mayer. Courtesy Island

Fall Out Boy bass player Pete Wentz has made no secret of his obsession with the music of Michael Jackson. The band never intended to record "Beat It" much less release it as a single. However, they were convinced to cover the song for the Live In Phoenix album and they chose John Mayer to recreate the Eddie Van Halen guitar solo from the original version of "Beat It." The cover became a top 20 pop hit for the group. It reached the top 5 on the mainstream pop radio chart.

Fall Out Boy earned an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Rock Video for "Beat It." The accompanying music video is an homage to Michael Jackson. However, the band did not set out to replicate something Michael Jackson did in the past. Lead vocalist Patrick Stump told MTV, "It's kind of all of his videos, all at once, but on  a Fall Out Boy budget, so it's not quite as fancy." The clip was directed by Shane Drake, who earned an MTV Video Music Award Video of the Year honor for his work on Panic! At the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."

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8. "I Don't Care" (2008)

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Fall Out Boy - "I Don't Care". Courtesy Island

Fall Out Boy's first single from the album Folie a Deux is a commentary on the superficiality of pop culture. Pete Wentz has referred to it as a narcissist's anthem. "I Don't Care" peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke into the top 40 across alternative, adult pop, and mainstream pop radio. The album Folie a Deux only peaked at #8 on the album chart after the #1 success of Infinity On High the previous year.

The music video for "I Don't Care" was directed by Alan Ferguson who has worked with Fall Out Boy on multiple music videos. In the course of the clip the band turn out to be impostors and take off masks revealing Andy Hurley to be Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, Patrick Stump is Pharrell Williams, Joe Trohman is Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship, and Pete Wentz is TV celebrity Spencer Pratt. 

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7. "Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy" (2003)

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Fall Out Boy - Take This To Your Grave. Courtesy Fueled By Ramen

This single was released from Fall Out Boy's first full-length studio album Take This To Your Grave. It quickly became a fan favorite and generated consistent digital sales as the band's popularity increased following the release of the album Under the Cork Tree ultimately climbing to #84 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. The single was originally released on 7-inch yellow vinyl. It may be a bit rougher than the group's major label releases, but all of the ingredients of their later success are here. The subject matter is jealousy and admiration from afar. Both would become frequent topics in future Fall Out Boy songs.

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6. "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)" (2013)

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Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark". Courtesy Island

When Fall Out Boy announced a hiatus beginning in November 2009, many thought the band was gone for good. However, after solo efforts met with middling success, the group reunited and released "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)" as the first single from the album Save Rock and Roll. It explodes with a huge rock sound and quickly moved up charts. Ultimately the song peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the rock songs chart. It reached the top 10 at both mainstream pop and alternative radio and helped Save Rock and Roll become Fall Out Boy's second #1 album. The energetic sound of "My Songs Know what You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)" has been used extensively in the soundtracks for television sports coverage.

The accompanying music video begins the Young Blood Chronicles, a series formed out of videos for every song on Save Rock and Roll. This first in the series features rapper 2 Chainz. It includes a bonfire that consumes Fall Out Boy albums Take This To Your Grave, From Under the Cork Tree, and Live In Phoenix among other objects like amplifiers.

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5. "Uma Thurman" (2015)

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Fall Out Boy - "Uma Thurman". Courtesy Island

"Uma Thurman" is one of Fall Out Boy's most overt appropriations of pop culture in their music. The lyrics center around an object of appreciation who "wants to dance like (actress) Uma Thurman." The reference is to her iconic scene in the film Pulp Fiction with John Travolta. Meanwhile, the music is built around a big sample from the theme song to the 60s TV show The Munsters. "Uma Thurman" was officially promoted as the third single from the #1 charting album American Beauty / American Psycho. It ultimately entered the top 10 at mainstream pop, adult pop, and rock radio. Unusually for Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman" cracked the top 25 of the adult contemporary chart.

The accompanying music video won the MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Video honor. The clip depicts a fan who wins a contest and gets to spend the day acting as a personal assistant for Fall Out Boy. She spends most of her time with Pete Wentz doing activities such as playing paintball, riding a dune buggy, and crushing a pickup truck with a tank.

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4. "Dance Dance" (2005)

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Fall Out Boy - "Dance Dance". Courtesy Island

This song followed "Sugar We're Goin Down" as the second single from Fall Out Boy's breakthrough album Under the Cork Tree and quickly returned Fall Out Boy to the pop top 10 and broke into the dance chart. Lead vocalist Patrick Stump claims influence from David Bowie's "Modern Love" in writing "Dance Dance." The song was included in a wide range of popular video games including Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and Madden 2006

The accompanying video is one of the group's best and won the Viewer's Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. The band members all appear as even nerdier versions of themselves. Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, soon to become a star in his own right, appears in the music video. Ben Jorgensen of the group Armor For Sleep also makes an appearance.

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3. "Centuries" (2014)

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Fall Out Boy - "Centuries". Courtesy Island

For the first single from their #1 charting American Beauty / American Psycho album, Fall Out Boy created a huge anthemic rock song featuring a sample of Suzanne Vega's top 5 1990 hit single "Tom's Diner." "Centuries" became Fall Out Boy's first top 10 pop hit in seven years. It also hit the top 10 at rock and adult pop radio. The band explained the use of the Suzanne Vega sample by saying it was a favorite that they wanted to "re-inject" into pop culture.

The first video released to promote the song was a black and white homage to the band's home city of Chicago filmed using the mobile app Hyperlapse. Later an official video featuring the band as gladiators fighting a giant was released. The giant was portrayed by actor Jon Ambrose and the music video was filmed on location at the Fort Henry National Historic Site in Ontario, Canada.

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2. "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" (2007)

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Fall Out Boy - "This Ain't a Scene It's an Arms Race". Courtesy Island

At the peak of their commercial powers, Fall Out Boy kicked off the  album with a funkier sound and a message for the fans. The group addressed the over-saturation of their music scene with bands elbowing each other for mainstream attention. The song was an international success peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK pop singles chart, the highest charting of their hits in both countries. It also hit the top 5 at mainstream pop, alternative, and adult pop radio.

The accompanying music video includes cameo appearances from many characters that appeared in the band's previous videos. Among those included are the boy with deer antlers from the "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" video, Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, and William Beckett of The Academy Is... It was directed by Alan Ferguson, a frequent Fall Out Boy video collaborator. 

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1. "Sugar, We're Goin Down" (2005)

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Fall Out Boy - "Sugar, We're Goin' Down". Courtesy Island

Fall Out Boy patiently generated buzz with their first full-length album Take This To Your Grave. When they followed it with their major label debut Under the Cork Tree, the group were determined to plow their way into the mainstream. "Sugar We're Goin Down" is filled with punk energy and a romantic edge. The song landed inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. It also broke into the top 10 at alternative, adult pop, and mainstream pop radio. It has sold more than four million copies and successfully launched Fall Out Boy as mainstream stars.

The "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" music video was directed by Matt Lenski. It depicts the persecution and redemption of a boy who has deer antlers growing out of his head. The boy is portrayed by Donald Cumming of the band The Virgins. 

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