As someone who grew up in the early 2000s when Fall Out Boy came crashing into the music world, I fell hard for the band's music; there aren't many of their songs that I don't love.
When I worked at my college radio station, we had a pretty big rule: Don't play songs that can be found on the Top 100. The best thing about this rule is that I found so many great songs by my favorite artists, like Fall Out Boy.
In no particular order whatsoever, here are my Pop 5 under-appreciated Fall Out Boy songs:
5. "Favorite Record"
We can say as much as we want that we're over someone and they're buried with all the questionable hairstyles and awkward memories of our past, but sometimes you just hear that song that you sang with that person you thought you lost to the hazy days in your memories. That person is just like one of those songs you probably played to death a million times -- this person, whom you vaguely remember but once knew every nuance to the beat of their life. Just like how some songs you just need to play, and, suddenly, you know every word like you just heard the song the other day.
This song captures how much remembering someone from your past can turn into something you struggle to remember how to forget. I love the feeling and vibe from this song because it isn't the complete party rock beat your expect from Fall Out Boy. It's one of those songs I played once and honestly reevaluated my life because it made me think.
4. "Just One Yesterday"
Save Rock and Roll is probably one of my favorite albums, and it wasn't just because I could finally sing along to the songs without worrying my mom would think I was having a rebellious phase. Fall Out Boy came back into my life when they dropped their entire album out of nowhere in 2013. The lyrics from this song are some of my favorites from Fall Out Boy.
It captures what it means to be struggling with where you currently are in your life: "I'd trade all my tomorrows for just one yesterday." As much as we'd all like to think we've moved forward from our past and are moving toward things that are even better for us, there is still that part of us that would rather deal with the past, where we were safe and not struggling. Also, this video is hilarious because, when Foxes goes into her one part of the song, Patrick rightfully reacts and grabs the wheel because she was driving, and cars don't go on autopilot no matter how important a lyric you need to sing is.
3. "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" ft. Missy Elliot
A lot of people might be mixed on the new version of the Ghostbusters, but I absolutely loved it. The franchise was iconic for what it did in the past, but I did think Ghostbusters needed a revamp. I was honestly skeptical when I heard that Fall Out Boy did a newer version of the song because, I figured, the song wasn't something that needed to be fixed. Turns out Fall Out Boy proved me wrong once again because this was definitely one of those songs that you appreciate more when you see it in full context for the movie. (The last time I wasn't a fan of a song was "Immortals", which I suddenly loved after seeing it in Big Hero 6.)
The new graphics and new cast completely surprised me, and, honestly, I couldn't see the old theme song fitting in with the new take on the franchise. Another huge plus for this song, other than the fact it makes me feel a lot more epic in my everyday tasks, is that Fall Out Boy got to match up with another one of my favorites, Missy Elliot. Honestly, watch the new Ghostbusters; the song makes perfect sense for the new take on it.
2. "Fourth of July"
Some relationships can feel explosive for how strong and bright they might feel in your life, but, at the same time, these types of relationships can be fleeting and gone before you even know it. Equating some relationships to fireworks is honestly one of the most brilliant analogies I could ever think of. It's not saying this kind of relationship wasn't something you could ignore, but these types of relationships are pretty common for a lot of people.
"You are my favorite 'what if,' You are my best 'I'll never know'" makes me think it's a new twist on the classic idea of "the one that got away." In one moment, it could be the most breathtaking thing in your world, and it may be gone in another. But there is always a chance for you to see something just as wonderful and awe-inspiring. It doesn't mean you could just easily forget this sight. The bridges leading to those bright shining moments can't ever be brought back, but this song makes you feel like just because you can't go back doesn't make those moments any less significant.
1. "Miss Missing You"
Not only was this my favorite video in the Youngblood Chronicles, but this is my absolute favorite song by Fall Out Boy of all time. I just can't get enough of this song because every single part of it -- from the lyrics, the beat and even the video -- just gives me everything I've ever wanted. The lyrics really just hit it out of the park for me.
"Baby you were my picket fence, I miss missing you now and then." Already a great visual because of how many people just think of meeting that person that they want to settle down with, have a family, 2.5 kids and a nice house with. This part of the chorus plus the line, "I am the best you'll never have", makes you feel like just because you missed out on the person you might have had a storybook ending with doesn't mean you're worth any less. This song makes you realize that just because you miss someone doesn't mean it's game over for you.
"Sometimes before it gets better, the darkness gets bigger. The person that you'd take a bullet for is behind the trigger." This part of the song gets me every single time I listen to it. This is where the song hit me where it mattered the most. It's honest about the struggle we might face. The hard part comes before the great part, and, sometimes, the person you thought would shoot you toward your goal is the one who shoots you down instead. It's wild that they nail what this is like in three lines.
So what do you think? What are your favorite under-appreciated Fall Out Boy songs? Let us know!