In a world where record sales are in freefall, streaming is ascendant and top 40 radio has shut out traditional rock bands, Fall Out Boy have become the target for non-fans. They have made no secret of their desire to reinvent themselves a second time.
Their emo pop influence has been felt across the music industry as a whole, spawning acts like Katy Perry, 3OH!3, and LMFAO. But they also spawned some of the most intricate and emotional lyrics of the era.
For a band that started in the early 2000s and has been making hits ever since, they’ve managed to keep their artistic roots alive for decades, even with all the changes that have come their way. Their sound has changed, but it’s done so in a smooth, sophisticated way that fans have embraced their evolution over the years.
It’s not often that a rock band can survive a cultural shift and still remain relevant. But Fall Out Boy did it – and haven’t lost their fan base since.
The band’s most recognizable single is “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” an epic anthem that still tugs at our heartstrings today. But there are many other songs that have stayed with us, especially the band’s more experimental work.
They have a knack for creating songs that are incredibly catchy and yet sardonic at the same time. And their lyrics are always complex and full of wit.