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Dance, Dance
FallOutBoyDanceDance
Single Info
From the Album From Under the Cork Tree
Released October 17, 2005
Recorded 2005
Format CD, Digital Download
Genre Pop Punk, Pop Rock
Length 3:00
Label Island Records
Producer Neal Avron
Writer(s) Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump
Album Tracks
Previous
(2)
Of All the Gin Joints in All the World
This Track
(3)
Dance, Dance
Next
(4)
Sugar, We're Goin Down
Singles Timeline
Previous
Sugar, We're Goin Down
This Single
Dance, Dance
Next
A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"

"Dance, Dance" is a song by American pop punk band Fall Out Boy and the second single from their second studio album, From Under the Cork Tree (2005). Released in late 2005, in the United States it reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the band's second consecutive top 10 hit single. It won many awards, including Viewer's Choice at the MTV Video Music Awards and two Teen Choice Awards, among various nominations. "Dance, Dance" was certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA in October 2014.

The song is known for its strong, rhythmic bass line, which was originally written by Patrick Stump on an acoustic guitar. Stump's composition drew influence from David Bowie's "Modern Love", while the lyrics were by bassist Pete Wentz. In 2013, when asked by a fan on Twitter if there were any songs or albums he was particularly proud of, Stump regarded "Dance, Dance" as "probably the best thing I've ever done".

This song has been included in multiple video games; Burnout RevengeJuiced: EliminatorMadden 2006Rock RevolutionGuitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, the home version of Dance Dance Revolution SuperNovaSingStar 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. It also appeared on the Brazilian and Argentinian version of Infinity on HighFrom 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.

Commercial Performance Edit

In the United States, the song reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2006, 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 now-defunct Pop 100. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 2,226,000 copies in the US as of February 2014. 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.

Music Video Edit

Fall Out Boy - Dance, Dance04:38

Fall Out Boy - Dance, Dance

Music Video

The music video for the song premiered on October 11, 2005. 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 Travie 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 that video is one of the attendees at his 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".

Lyrics Edit

She says she's no good with words but I'm worse
Barely stuttered out a joke of a romantic stuck to my tongue
Weighed down with words too over-dramatic
Tonight it's "It can't get much worse"
Vs. "No one should ever feel like..."

I'm two quarters and a heart down
And I don't want to forget how your voice sounds
These words are all I have so I'll write them
So you need them just to get by

Dance, dance
We're falling apart to half time
Dance, dance
And these are the lives you love to lead
Dance, this is the way they'd love
If they knew how misery loved me

You always fold just before you're found out
Drink up it's last call,
Last resort
But only the first mistake and I...

I'm two quarters and a heart down
And I don't want to forget how your voice sounds
These words are all I have so I'll write them
So you need them just to get by

Why don't you show me a little bit of spine
You've been saving for his mattress, love

Dance, dance
We're falling apart to half time
Dance, dance
And these are the lives you love to lead
Dance, this is the way they'd love
If they knew how misery loved me

Why don't you show me a little bit of spine
You've been saving for his mattress (mattress, mattress)
I only want sympathy in the form of you crawling into bed with me

Dance, dance
We're falling apart to half time
Dance, dance
And these are the lives you love to lead

Dance, this is the way they'd love (way they'd love)
Dance, this is the way they'd love (way they'd love)
Dance, this is the way they'd love
If they knew how misery loved me

Dance, dance
Dance, dance
Dance, dance
Dance, dance

Charts Edit

Weekly Charts Edit

Chart (2006) Peak Position
Canada (Hot Canadian Digital Singles) 3
Ireland (IRMA) 35
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 8
US Billboard Hot 100 9
US Alternative Songs (Billboard) 2
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 25
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 24
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) 19
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 5
US Pop 100 (Billboard) 6

Year-End Charts Edit

Chart (2006) Peak Position
US Billboard Hot 100 33
US Alternative Songs (Billboards) 9
US Pop 100 (Billboard) 23

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