Fall Out Boy are one of those bands who have consistently delivered amazing records throughout the duration of their existence. They’re a scene-defining group, putting out some of the most iconic tracks of all time that we not only love to jam to but contain lyrics that speak to our emo souls.
While some of the band’s biggest hits have gone mainstream, there are so many deep cuts that are severely underrated and deserve just as much recognition.
We decided to find 10 of the most underrated Fall Out Boy songs to remind you why we fell in love with this band in the first place.
This is one of those short tracks that we just wish was longer. The lyrics have the signature poetic FOB quality that convey utter despair, but Patrick Stump’s clear vocals are full of power and emotion. The song only features a piano and Stump’s voice, and that’s all it truly needs.
“I’ve Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)”
Compared to other FOB tracks, particularly those on From Under The Cork Tree, this track is the most low-key, musically. It doesn’t have the bombastic rock elements of more upbeat tracks, but this song is underrated for its lyrics. They are so deep, personal and encapsulate what it feels like when you’re falling apart. It’s songs like this that prove that inherently, Fall Out Boy truly are an emo band.
Here’s another hidden gem on Infinity On High full of energy and excitement that makes you feel like you’re at a live FOB show. Also, only Fall Out Boy would take a classic song such as “Hallelujah” and turn it into a playful, catchy track that you never get sick of. Seriously, try listening to it and not banging your head along to the beat. We think it’s impossible.
“The (Shipped) Gold Standard”
As far as Folie À Deux goes, this song is a hidden gem. Sonically, it’s complex and sounds moody, but the vocals are playful and nuanced. The track sounds like we’re inside someone’s head as they’re having a reckoning with their own behavior. It encapsulates the feeling of realizing you can be doing better, even if everyone else around you is only thinking about themselves.
“Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today”
The opener for FOB’s debut album, Take This To Your Grave, is honestly one of the most savage tracks of all time. It’s dripping with angst and painful lyrics laid over a heavy guitar that makes you want to move and get revenge on someone who hurt you. This song set the tone for the band by letting fans know that they planned on telling stories with feelings through boisterous songs in ways they’ve never heard before.
“Bang The Doldrums”
This Infinity On High song about emotionless love brings the drama, both with the winding guitar riffs, screaming bridge and lyrics straight from Pete Wentz’s LiveJournal account. Even the way the lyrics are delivered showcases the drama, almost like in music theater. If anything, this song makes us nostalgic for being scene kids in the 2000s and takes us back to that time every time we listen to it.
“Homesick At Space Camp”
Speaking of angsty lyrics, this Take This To Your Grave track isn’t only underrated but really should’ve been released as a single. Almost every line sounds like it was taken straight out of a scene kid’s diary and made for perfect, dramatic AIM away messages or Myspace posts back in the day. The acoustic interlude brings some depth into the track in a whole new way, and it’s impressive that such a complex number comes from the band’s debut record.
“The (After) Life Of The Party”
This Infinity On High track could be straight from a Broadway production because it has a theatrical element, like many FOB songs, but in a more subtle, slower way. The lyrics describe the scene after a party is over and shows FOB’s ability to convey emotions, not just with their lyrics but how they deliver them. The powerful chorus adds more emotion, like we’re truly at this party, inside the singer’s head and feeling everything they’re feeling. That alone should be enough to make this track more popular, outside of its catchiness.
“Chicago Is So Two Years Ago”
This Take This To Your Grave track is relatively simple in comparison to the other songs on this list. However, it shows off the band’s raw talent that’s at the core of every song. The upbeat instrumentals and catchy pop-punk vocals are what made us fall in love with Fall Out Boy in the first place, and this track is the perfect reminder.
“Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner”
This anthemic track on From Under The Cork Tree is a jolt of adrenaline. We hear Stump refining his vocals in real-time on this track, and the upbeat drum tempo makes us want to jump around in the best way. And the lyrics “I’ll be your best-kept secret and your biggest mistake” are pure emo gold.