• Wentz described the idea of the song as a "David vs. Goliath story", stating
"We wanted to write a song that empowered people who are a little weird".
He added, "It is us passing along the story of how we feel right before we step on stage,
trading feeling small and human for all the sweat and grit and sheer power of belief it takes to stare down a giant."
Centuries also contains a sample of the song
• Stump explained:
"I feel like it was so ubiquitous when we were kids. I mean, that song was absolutely everywhere and it just
kind of disappeared. I haven't heard it in a minute. And I was like that's a shame. That was such an amazing song.
I would love for that to get some kind of tip of the hat...
It's kinda cool to re-inject that into pop culture."
• American singer
provided backing vocals to the song, singing
"I think it may be cheaper for us," said Wentz.
• The song served as the official anthem of ESPN's 2014 College Football Playoff coverage.
Prior to the release of an official music video, Fall Out Boy released a video for "Centuries" filmed in Chicago
featuring the use of the mobile app Hyperlapse on September 8, 2014.