Dance, Dance (Fall Out Boy song)

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"Dance, Dance"
Single by Fall Out Boy
from the album From Under the Cork Tree
Released October 17, 2005 (U.S.)
April 17, 2006 (UK)
Format CD single, digital download, 7", DVD[1]
Genre Pop punk
Length 3:00
Label Island
Writer(s) Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump
Producer(s) Neal Avron
Certification 3x Platinum (RIAA)
Silver (BPI)
Fall Out Boy singles chronology
"Sugar, We're Goin Down"
"Dance, Dance"
"A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me""

"Dance, Dance" is a song by American rock band Fall Out Boy and the second single from their second studio album, From Under the Cork Tree. Released in late 2005, in the United States it reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the band's second consecutive top 10 hit single. It has won many awards, including Viewer's Choice at the MTV Video Music Awards and two Teen Choice Awards, and also received various nominations.

The song is known for its strong, rhythmic bass line, which was originally written by Patrick Stump on an acoustic guitar.[2] In 2013, Stump regarded "Dance, Dance" as "probably the best thing I've ever done," after being asked if there were any songs or albums he was particularly proud of.[3] This song has been included in multiple video games; Burnout Revenge, Juiced: Eliminator, Madden 2006,[4] Rock Revolution, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, the home version of Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova,[5] SingStar Pop Hits, the US version of SingStar Rocks!, and as downloadable content for Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore 2 for the PlayStation 3 as well as Rock Band 3.[6] It also appeared on the Brazilian and Argentinian version of Infinity on High, From Under the Cork Tree's 2007 follow-up. Pete Wentz prevented Kidz Bop from singing this on Kidz Bop 10 because of the sexual overtones to the song.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by bassist Pete Wentz; all music composed by lead vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump.

CD #1:[further explanation needed]

  1. "Dance, Dance" – 3:00
  2. ""It's Not a Side Effect of the Cocaine, I Am Thinking It Must Be Love"" – 2:11

CD #2:[further explanation needed]

  1. "Dance, Dance" – 3:00
  2. "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"" – 2:49

7" vinyl:

  1. "Dance, Dance" – 3:00
  2. "Sugar, We're Goin Down" (Zane Lowe Session – London 2006) – 3:49

Music video[edit]

The music video shows the members of the band performing at a homecoming dance, and simultaneously attending as nerdier versions of themselves, overcoming the persecutions of more popular students. The video starts with "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"". The end scene of Pete dancing is a parody taken from Revenge of the Nerds.

The music video was filmed at Salesian High School, which is located in New Rochelle, New York, a suburb of New York City. A cameo is made by Ben Jorgensen of the rock group Armor for Sleep and Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes.

The video for "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" is a continuation of this video, showing the fans as being cardboard, and the whole thing being fake. Pete's date in the video is one of the attendees at Pete's funeral in this video. She is kissing the boy of the music video "Sugar, We're Goin Down".

The "Dance, Dance" music video premiered on October 11, 2005 and has been subsequently retired from Total Request Live.

The picture on the back of the book that Andy Hurley is reading at a scene where he is on the bleachers is also on the album From Under the Cork Tree.

Katrina Bowden, best known now as Cerie in the television series 30 Rock, has a minor role in this music video; in 2013 Bowden married Ben Jorgensen, who also appeared in this video.

The black-and-white-striped jacket Patrick wears in the video can be seen in the music video for Fall Out Boy's song, "What a Catch, Donnie".

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the song reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2006,[8] becoming the band's second consecutive top 10 hit single. It was a crossover hit as it simultaneously went top five on both Alternative (No. 2) and Pop (No. 5) radio. The track also reached No. 6 on the defunct-Pop 100. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[9] and has sold 2,226,000 copies in the US as of February 2014.[10] It was certified 3x Platinum in 2014, the band's second song to reach that plateau.

Internationally, the single reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their second top 10 hit in that region as well. On July 22, 2013, "Dance, Dance" was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for 60,000 sales.[11]

Awards and accolades[edit]


Year Ceremony Award Result
MTV Video Music Awards Viewer's Choice[12] Won
Best Group Video Nominated
MuchMusic Video Award People's Choice: Favorite International Group Won
Best International Group Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Rock Track Won
Single Won


Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Dance, Dance [DVD] Amazon. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Stump, Patrick. "Scuzz Meets Fall Out Boy". ScuzzTV. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Patrick Stump tweet on Dance, Dance. Twitter. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Madden NFL 06 Soundtrack - Music News at IGN". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  5. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (2006-09-29). "Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova (PlayStation 2)": GameSpot editors' review. CNET. Retrieved on November 28, 2009.
  6. ^ Grace Chen, "PlayStation Store Update," PlayStation.Blog (Mar. 26).
  7. ^ "Fall Out Boy Take On New Challenger — Kidz Bop - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. 2006-05-31. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  8. ^ Chart Beat Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ Paul Grein (February 12, 2013). "Chart Watch: 5 Reasons for Pharrell to Be "Happy"". Yahoo Music. 
  11. ^ "Certified Awards Search" (To access, enter the search parameter "Fall Out Boy"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards | 2006". Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Rolling Stone Magazine Top 100 songs of 2006". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  14. ^ "Artist Chart History: Fall Out Boy". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Dance, Dance in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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