40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time

C'mon get sad: the best of punk rock's moody younger sibling

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Fall Out Boy, 'From Under the Cork Tree' (2005)
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9. Fall Out Boy, 'From Under the Cork Tree' (2005)

Fall Out Boy changed the course of emo-punk, pop-punk and pop itself with From Under the Cork Tree, which brought the scene mainstream and led to a surge in popularity for the Fueled By Ramen label. Most immediate to benefit were Paramore and Panic! At the Disco , but eventually the label would spawn Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Fun., Twenty One Pilots and more. Cork Tree itself fused witty wordplay and emotional drama with slick riffs and singer Patrick Stump's soulful whine, making FOB one of biggest bands of their time — by the follow-up they were boasting Jay Z guest spots and Babyface production. "I think a lot of kids have considered themselves personal ambassadors to Fall Out Boy," Wentz told Alternative Press in 2005. "The reason our record was Number Nine when it came out was because of all these kids — not because of radio and MTV. None of that happened yet." B.S.

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