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8 September 2015, 12:39
PUT ON YOUR WAR PAINT.
But it made us ask ourselves: which album is the most fightworthy? As you ride into battle with Patrick, Pete, Andy and Joe, which of their seven albums is the most intense, adrenaline-filled soundtrack?
Well after a lot of listening, fighting, research, and some more fighting, here is the official PopBuzz ranking:
Standout Fight Song: "I Don't Care"
While they get a lot of credit for ass-kicking single "I Don't Care", the band's last full album pre-hiatus is let down on the fight scale by its bigger focus on melodramatic ballads like "America's Suitehearts", and the cameo-filled "What A Catch, Donnie".
FIGHT RATING: 1 Fight
Standout Fight Song: "Beat It" (ft. John Mayer)
Okay, maybe it's cheating to put this one on the list at all, but come on - with the impending doom of FOB's hiatus, the thing fans needed most was to blow off some steam. And what better soundtrack for their frustration than an album full of some of the band's most fight-tastic anthems? All of the ups, with the more low-key tracks cut out.
Low ranking due to being composed mostly from other albums, but it gets a point of redemption for a killer Michael Jackson cover that makes you want spend less time in a leather-clad dance-off, and more time smashing a table over some jerk's head in a bar brawl.
FIGHT RATING: 1 Awesome Fight
Standout Fight Song: "The Patron Saint Of Liars And Fakes"
Fall Out Boy's 2003 debut album is full of an intensity level that gave pop-punk a much-needed revival; but it still has a youthful, wide-eyed vibe that makes hard to imagine yourself fighting anywhere other than in a mosh pit with other teens. But hey, if that's what you're into then have at it.
FIGHT RATING: 5 Lame Teenager Fights
Standout Fight Song: "Centuries"
FOB's latest endeavour picks up where Save Rock And Roll left off; it's got some solid battle anthems like its high-voltage title track, the iconic "Centuries", and not to mention a great "gear-up" fight track in the form of "Immortals". But some of the more low-key electronic/hip-hop-inspired tracks threaded through the album puts it at a comfortable middle ranking.
FIGHT RATING: 6 Glorious Battles
Standout Fight Song: "Thnks fr th Mmrs"
The band's third studio album offers yet another great list of pop-punk classics that make you want to tear a hole in the wall and box whoever's unlucky enough to be on the other side. On the flip side, they're all memorable enough tracks that you can still get away with singing along to them while jumping up and down, if fighting ain't your thing.
FIGHT RATING: 10 Friendly Fights
Standout Fight Song: "The Phoenix"
FOB's comeback was turned all the way up to 11 on the fightability scale: Any album that starts out with Patrick Stump belting out the words "PUT ON YOUR WAR PAINT" gets our seal of approval, as we get amped up to battle our enemies and punch a hole in the moon. It just misses the top spot due to some weaker tracks in the middle, but as far as returns to the limelight go, this one was a rousing victory over pop-punk's foes.
FIGHT RATING: APOCALYPSE
Standout Fight Song: "Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued"
From the moment this album kicks off with its amazingly-named opening track, you just know that From Under The Cork Tree promises Fall Out Boy at one of their hardest, most punk stages. With a mix of both iconic singles like "Sugar, We're Going Down" and "Dance, Dance" and some adrenaline-filled tracks like "7 Minutes In Heaven" and "Of All The Gin Joints In The World", this full work is guaranteed to get you motivated to take on the world every single time.
FIGHT RATING: EVERY FIGHT YOU'VE EVER KNOWN