When I turned 12-years old, my dad bought me a CD that would become my first ever pop punk album that I would listen to. I immediately fell in love with it. I listened to this album for a year straight and it is when I started checking out other bands in the pop punk genre.

“From Under the Cork Tree” is the second studio album by pop punk legends, Fall Out Boy. It was released on May 3rd, 2005. Fall Out Boy formed near Chicago, Illinois, in 2001.

When it came time to record their second album, the band faced a major setback in February 2005. Pete Wentz, the bassist and lyricist of the band, faced a lot of anxieties about making a second record that led to a suicide attempt. After undergoing therapy, he rejoined the band and headed to California to record “From Under the Cork Tree.”

Patrick Stump, the lead guitarist and vocalist, composed all the music and Wentz wrote all of the songs. Wentz told “The Independent” that the lyrics were about “the anxiety and depression that goes along with looking at your own life.” It is why this album is still one of my favorites to this day. I can listen to it when I am feeling down and know that I am not the only one to feel that way.

“From Under the Cork Tree” was the band’s breakthrough mainstream success. It is their longest charting and best-selling album. “Sugar, We’re Going Down” was the single that lead the album, followed by “Dance, Dance.” Rolling Stone magazine deemed it one of the “40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time.”

Here are my top five favorite songs “From Under the Cork Tree:”

  1. “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”’
  2. “Sophomore Slump Or Comeback Of The Year”
  3. “Sugar, We’re Going Down”
  4. “Of All The Gin Joints In All The World”
  5. “I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me”

It is an essential, must listen pop punk album. It was the album that made me fall in love with this genre of music and I will always be thankful.