From September 7-9, Terminal 5 in New York City will be devoted to all things Fueled By Ramen, as the label celebrates its 15th birthday. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d ask those closest to the music—FBR employees—to share some of their favorites from the label’s history. Here’s what they came up with.

The Academy Is…
Almost Here
Released: February 8, 2005
People say choosing a favorite record is like choosing a favorite child. How do you possibly pick which child is your favorite? Easy: You pick the best one, idiot. For me, the best record FBR has released is Almost Here by The Academy Is… This is the record that put the band on the map. At the time, there were very few well-written records coming out of the “pop-punk scene,” and every band was adding horrendous screaming into their songs to try to stand out. TAI took the other path and relied on clever lyrics, melodies and hard-hitting choruses. They dug in, locked themselves in my apartment for six months and wrote one of the catchiest, hook-ridden records I've ever fallen in love with. It's a record that truly speaks to me lyrically, and brings back some of the best memories of my life. Every song on the record could truly be a single. I think every fan of the band has a different favorite song from the record. That, to me, is the truest evidence of appreciation. “Our time is almost, our time is almost here.”

Johnny Minardi
A&R for Fueled By Ramen
Twitter: @johnnyminardijr

Fall Out Boy
Take This To Your Grave

Released: May 6, 2003
I lived in Gainesville, Florida, from 1998 to 2003 and was very much in the music scene there.  So even though I didn’t officially start working for FBR until 2004, I’ve been around the label, bands and employees for most of its existence.  Although I have many personal favorite FBR records (i.e., Punchline’s Action, Whippersnapper’s Appearances Wear Thin, The Academy Is…’s Almost Here and Santi), Fall Out Boy’s Take This To Your Grave is just one of those albums that stands the test of pop-punk time.  The production on it can still really hold up against a lot of records in this similar scene coming out today.  Being a drummer myself, I love the drum sounds on this record, especially the bell on the ride on “Grand Theft Autumn.” This is just one of those blueprint albums for emo/pop-punk for that time that influenced so many bands for years after.  

Erick Charles 
Director of Street Marketing

Phantom Planet
Raise The Dead
Released: April 15, 2008
It was so hard to pick one favorite out of every Fueled By Ramen release, but this album is still a favorite of mine to this day. I loved Phantom Planet in the early ‘00s, around the time “California” was big, and fell in love with them. When I heard FBR was going to be working with them on a new album I was so excited. Raise The Dead is a solid album from start to finish, although “Do The Panic” and “Geronimo” are my favorites. I had the privilege of seeing Phantom Planet play a few times in support of this album. They were incredible live, and it was inspiring to have such a talented and multi-faceted band in the FBR family. Not to mention the album cover art, which was singer Alex Greenwald duct-taped to a wall. Genius!

Katie Robinson
Senior Marketing Director
Twitter: @katieramen