In a career spanning more than 20 years that began with hardcore-influenced punk and ended with electro-pop tinged arena rock, Fall out Boy makes sure to never make the same album twice. One of the greatest bands to come out of the mid-2000s pop-punk scene, it is hard to underestimate the impact that patrick strain, Peter Wentz, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley have had – and it’s not just limited to rock music either, influencing everyone from Water parks for Taylor Swift. Their catalog contains hits, fan favorites and many quoted lines.
We’ve done the daunting task of ranking every Fall Out Boy album. To be fair, these are all masterpieces, in their own right.
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7. OneAmerican Beauty / American Psycho (2015)
At American Beauty / American Psycho, Fall Out Boy make the most of their pop influences, with full-blown choruses on songs like “Centuries” and “Irresistible.” But it’s the slower, more moody songs — “Jet Pack Blues,” “Fourth of July” — that stand out and show that Fall Out Boy had more to offer, even six albums. With massive hit singles including “Uma Thurman,” part of AB/APThe loudest pieces are often overlooked. This includes the electrifying “Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel in NYC)”, while the sample-heavy album still allowed certain rock ‘n’ roll influences to shine through on songs like “Novocaine”. Ultimately, however, the desire of the group make a more cohesive album by following the stylistic diversity save rock and roll made American Beauty / American Psycho feel a bit too narrow in its reach.
6. MANIA (2018)
Latest version MANIA is a pop album first and foremost, but that’s not a bad thing. Leaning even further into the brooding atmosphere explored on AB/PAFall Out Boy tapped into a darker but more experimental pop sound on songs like Burna Boy-with “Sunshine Riptide” and “Church”. From the explosive opening track “Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea” to the more depressed “Bishops Knife Trick”, it’s an album full of surprises, like the whistles on the brilliant “HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T” and the accentuated drop on ” Young and Menace,” which keeps listeners on their toes. And it even earned the band a grammys nod to the best rock album.
5. Madness for two (2008)
Madness for Two marked a lyrical shift for Fall Out Boy, proving to be less autobiographical and more outward-looking. Musically, he scaled back the expansion of the previous album infinity at the top. The result was a cohesive collection of high-voiced pop-rock tracks tinged with funk and groove. “Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet” and “West Coast Smoker” are proof of that. The epic opener “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes” set the tone for the album, which also features the masterpiece “What a Catch, Donnie”, which was sort of the Avengers: Endgame from the Decaydance roster at the time (and, in a way, served as the perfect farewell before the band’s hiatus the year after its release), with guest vocalists including Travie McCoy and Elvis Costello vocal lines from previous Fall Out Boy songs.
4. infinity at the top (2007)
Launched by none other than Jay Z on the opening of the album “Thriller”, infinity at the top marked Fall Out Boy’s first step away from rock. This time they incorporated a lot of influence from classical music – introducing instruments like strings (“The (After) Life of the Party”) and horns (“I’ve Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None On My Fingers”) – as well as pop and hip-hop. It’s an ambitious album that tackled fame (“Thriller”) and pressure from the music industry (“This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”), culminating in the courtroom drama “You ‘re Crashing, But You’re No Wave” (inspired by the real trial civil rights activist Fred Hampton, Jr.). From the jaw-dropping chorus of “Bang the Doldrums” to the high theatrics of the instant classic “Thnks fr th Mmrs”, infinity at the top is an album that will make you want to “now press snooze”.
3. take it to your grave (2003)
take it to your grave was an impressive start. Looking back, it’s clear how this album set up Fall Out Boy for the career they had. This showed the band was capable of writing punchy, witty melodies, chopping up lyrics, and introduced their penchant for long song titles. Stylistically, take it to your grave stayed true to the band’s initial hardcore-influenced pop-punk sound, before changing it for later releases. Songs such as “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy” and “Chicago is So Two Years Ago” remain classics, and “Saturday” has become a setlist staple, closing the bands’ shows.
2. save rock and roll (2013)
Fall Out Boy’s comeback album more than lived up to huge expectations of the band reuniting after their four-year hiatus. This launched them into the second phase of their career – which turned out to make them even bigger than before. At save rock and roll, Fall Out Boy continued to push their sound, and it is here that their genre experimentation is most effective. From the synth-drop on “Death Valley” to the piano ballad’s title track, it all holds together, thanks in large part to the help of a team of top collaborators, including Elton John and big-sean.
It is also one of Fall Out Boy’s strongest albums lyrically; take “Rat a Tat”, for example, which counts “I’m about to roll your sweat inside out / And your heart beats inside out” and “I’ll take your heart served two ways” among its brilliant lines. Let’s also not forget that the group also recorded a music video for each album, culminating in the visual album The chronicles of young blood, to accompany the press release. It’s the best of Fall Out Boy’s post-break albums, and almost their best together…
1. Under the cork oak (2005)
With the emo classics “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance”, Under the cork oak catapulted Fall Out Boy to superstardom, changing the course of the band’s history and of music in general. The album is filled with gripping lines – “The best part of ‘believing’ is the ‘lie'” (“Sophomore Slump Or Comeback Of The Year”) and “I’m sorry my conscience was sick again” (“I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me”), which established Wentz as one of the genre’s most talented songwriters.
Musically, the band used their straightforward (at the time) pop-punk sound to convey intensity, darkness, and drama in a way the genre would become known for. On “I’ve Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)”, Stump sings, “I want to be known for my hits, not just my misses”, which should be easy. – there is not a single skip to be found on this album.