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"The Phoenix" is a song by American rock band Fall Out Boy for their fifth studio album Save Rock and Roll (2013). The song was written by the band in collaboration with Butch Walker, who handled production. After being released to digital outlets on March 24, 2013 in advance of the album's release, "The Phoenix" impacted radio on July 16, 2013 as an official single. The song charted for 1 week then fell off. An accompanying music video was also released as part of the ongoing series The Young Blood Chronicles, serving as a prequel to the video of the album's lead single "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)".

"The Phoenix"
Fall Out Boy - "The Phoenix" (Single).jpg
Single by Fall Out Boy
from the album Save Rock and Roll
ReleasedMarch 24, 2013
Producer(s)Butch Walker
Fall Out Boy singles chronology
"My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
"The Phoenix"
"Alone Together"
Music video
"The Phoenix" on YouTube

"The Phoenix" contains elements of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 in C major.[1] Prior to its official release as a single, the song debuted at number 80 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of digital sales and also charted in several other countries, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. It won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single in 2013.[2] This song is used in the gameplay trailer of the wrestling video game WWE 2K14.[3]



The song was inspired by Soviet Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and drum loops, both of which Stump was interested in at one point in the recording process.[4] While listening to the fourth movement (Allegro non troppo) of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, Stump became entranced by a certain string moment and proceeded to build an entirely new song influenced by it. The same orchestral snippet was employed as a sample by German hip-hop artist Peter Fox in his 2008 single Alles Neu.[4] The tempo of the song is 138 BPM, and it is written in the key of E minor.

Music videoEdit

"The Phoenix" is the second of eleven videos in The Young Blood Chronicles series. This video follows that of "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" and precedes "Young Volcanoes."

Video synopsisEdit

A steel brief case with glowing contents is delivered to Fall Out Boy. Joe handcuffs Patrick's hands to the case and he heads out. As he walks down the street looking for predators, a boy on a bicycle approaches him. As he is staring at the bicycle boy a hooded woman sneaks up behind him, then tases and kidnaps him. They bring him to a dark room with vixens. The vixens torture him in various ways then chop off his hand and have the boy deliver it to Pete while at his girlfriend's house. Finding the chopped hand in the bag, Pete frees a falcon on a rooftop. Nearby band member Andy sees it right before getting kidnapped by vixens in a parking lot via truck, and Joe gets kidnapped in a gas station. Pete gets kidnapped on the rooftop. Meanwhile, the vixens continue to torture Patrick by laying him on a flatbed while sticking probes into his body and removing some of his organs. Patrick is then strapped to a chair following the next video, "Young Volcanoes." The screen blanks out after Patrick snaps.


Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
United States July 16, 2013[16] Modern rock radio Island Records


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  3. ^ WWE Official Tweet on The Phoenix Retrieved December 22, 2014.
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