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I Don't Care
Single Info
From the Album Folie à Deux
Released September 3, 2008
Recorded Los Angeles, California
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Alternative rock, pop punk
Length 3:38
Label Island Records
Producer Neal Avron
Writer(s) Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump
Album Tracks
"Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes"
This Track
"I Don't Care"
"She's My Winona"
Singles Timeline
"Beat It"
This Single
"I Don't Care"
"America's Suitehearts"

"I Don't Care" is a song by American rock band Fall Out Boy and the lead single from the group's fourth studio album Folie à Deux in 2008. It was first available for listening on the band's website and mozes.com on September 3, 2008. The song impacted radio on September 16. It is its album's best known song, being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of one million units, with over 500,000 sales in its first four months alone. In the United States, the song reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, placing lower than the No. 2 lead single, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", of the band's previous 2007 album Infinity on High. It received radio play at Modern Rock and Pop stations, charting at No. 21 on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks and No. 22 on Pop Songs.

The song has been described as a very political track by Patrick Stump, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band, but not political in the traditional sense; more about the politics of a relationship. Stump has said that this song is about the superficiality and selfishness that is associated with pop culture. The song was ranked No. 68 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.


"Like the chorus says, 'I don't care what you think as long as it's about me.' It's that pop culture thing again, where people don't care about anything but the superficial, and I think there's something so tragic about that. I also thought there was something so ironically anthemic about the chorus, where it's not something you want to sing along to, because it's vacuous and empty. So I wanted something really anthemic underneath it, like something you'd hear at sports games or whatever, because I wanted people to hear it and be confronted with how empty that is. I didn't want anything to be superficial on this record unless the point was to point out superficiality." -- Patrick Stump on the song's message.

Wentz referred to "I Don't Care" as a "narcissist's anthem", further commenting that "To me, it's like a YouTube anthem for the YouTube generation, just about how our attention span is about seven seconds...[it asks,] 'Why can't we get people to pay attention for two minutes and 35 seconds?'"

Music video[]


Fall Out Boy - I Don't Care

Music video

The music video was released exclusively on iTunes on September 25, 2008. It was then uploaded to YouTube the next day by Fall Out Boy via the group's YouTube channel. The video was directed by Alan Ferguson.

Guns N' Roses alum Gilby Clarke opens the video by greeting the band members as they enter the green room of a French-language talk show. They sit down, then Clarke turns to a companion and blurts out, "What the hell happened to rock and roll? Eyeliner? Energy drinks? And no guitar solos? I've taken shits with bigger rock stars than them!" As the video progresses, the band members are then shown in various scenes causing trouble on the streets of Los Angeles—harassing street performers, shoplifting disguised as nuns, pelting people with water balloons, urinating in the street—interspersed with clips of the band performing. During this footage, a graphic of a cat eating spaghetti appears abruptly, alluding to an incident on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, where producers used the same graphic to censor out obscene gestures by a guest. The rapper Tyga appears in the video. Near the end of the video, the band members are exposed as imposters, as all of them remove their masks to reveal their true identities: Andy Hurley turns out to be Mark Hoppus, Patrick Stump is PharrellJoe Trohman is Gabe Saporta, and Pete Wentz is Spencer Pratt. Meanwhile, a hustling woman celebrity shown earlier in the video pulls off her mask and shows herself to be Pete in a dress. Viewers are returned to the green room, where Clarke, still mocking the band, tears off his mask and reveals himself as Sarah Palin, portrayed by an actress, who gives Palin's trademark wink to the audience as the video ends.

When asked about his view on the video, Wentz replied:

It's a series of vignettes, and in the end, the joke is: Everyone in the world who is famous is just a WWE character. And some of you are Hulk Hogan, and some of you are The Undertaker, and it's awesome. It's just as great to come out to the boos. This one is about portraying the band, too, because there's been videos where it's been about individual characters, and this one is really a band-based video. Everyone has really equal face time, and there's a communist aspect to the video in the imagery, but we're also trying to [make] something that's equal.


Bassist Pete Wentz posted a blog expressing dissatisfaction about the product placement in the edited iTunes music video that was not approved by the band: "The version of the video that we worked on night after night is not the version that aired, yet somehow a cut full of glorious camera-phone shots did [...] It doesn't make any sense to us. [...] Imagine seeing this edit only after you buy the video off of iTunes and realizing that no one even had the balls to call you and tell you they were changing the video and cutting parts." Later in his blog post, Wentz explained that "this will probably end up deleted by me or someone else", and by the next morning, the post was later replaced with an image of Popeye and Bluto, with the word "censored" taped across their mouths. The iTunes version of the entire album released the original version as a Bonus Video.


Weekly charts[]

Chart (2008-09) Peak


Australia (ARIA) 20
Austra (Ö3 Austria Top 40 73
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 15
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 12
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 35
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 17
Germany (Official German Charts) 62
Iremand (IRMA) 31
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 31
US Billboard Hot 100 21
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 40
US Alternative Songs (Billboard) 21
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 22
US Pop 100 (Billboard) 28

Year-end charts[]

Chart (2008) Position
Australia (ARIA) 82

Official remixes[]

To date only three remixes of the song are considered as official remixes. Those remixes are the "Suave Suarez Remix", "Machine Shop Remix" and the "Tommie Sunshine & Mightyfools Remix". The first is included on a 2-track CD single released in the United Kingdom, the first is also included on the iTunes deluxe edition of Folie à Deux. The second was released on the Japanese bonus track edition of Folie à Deux. The third was released on Tommie Sunshine's profile and was noted by the official Fall Out Boy website.

  • Suave Suarez Remix – 3:11
  • Machine Shop Remix – 3:02
  • Tommie Sunshine & Mightyfools Remix – 5:16


Say my name and his in the same breath
I dare you to say they taste the same
Let the leaves fall off in the summer
And let December glow in flames

Erase myself and let go
Start it over again in Mexico
These friends, they don't love you
They just love the hotel suites, now

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery
Said, I don't care what you think as long as it's about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery

Take a chance, let your body get a tolerance
I'm not a chance but a heatwave in your pants
Pull a breath like another cigarette
Pawn shop heart trading up, trading up

I'm the oracle in my chest
Let the guitar scream like a fascist
Sweat it out, shut your mouth
Free love on the streets but
In the alley it ain't that cheap, now

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery
Said, I don't care what you think as long as it's about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery

Said, I don't care just what you think as long as it's about me
Said, I don't care just what you think as long as it's about me
Said, I don't care, I don't care
Said, I don't care, I don't care
Said, I don't care, I don't care
I don't care, I don't care
Said I don't care

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery
Said, I don't care what you think as long as it's about me
The best of us can find happiness in misery