->''"It's like a bad movie,\\
She is lookin' through me,\\
If you were me, then you'd be,\\
Screamin' "Someone shoot me!",\\
As I fail miserably,\\
Tryin' to get the girl all the bad guys want."''
-->"Girl All The Bad Guys Want"

Bowling For Soup (also known as BFS) is an American pop-punk band started in 1994 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Their songs focus on drinking, partying, peppy songs about being a high school ButtMonkey and teenaged debauchery (the song High School Never Ends), and ones that are almost a deconstruction and analysis of the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist (the song A-hole). Other times they talk about the band being high school buddies and the GirlOfTheWeek. Basically the kind of themes you'd find in an average Blink 182 song or a high school freshman's journal.

Studio albums:
* ''Bowling for Soup'' (1995)
* ''Rock on, Honorable Ones!!'' (1997)
* ''Let's Do It for Johnny!!'' (2000)
* ''Drunk Enough to Dance'' (2002)
* ''A Hangover You Don't Deserve'' (2004)
* ''The Great Burrito Extortion Case'' (2006)
* ''Sorry for Partyin'' (2009)
* ''Fishin' for Woos'' (2011)
* ''Merry Flippin' Christmas'' (2011)
* ''Lunch. Drunk. Love'' (2013)

They also do the opening theme song for ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the movie theme for "Jimmy Neutron", the main theme for ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', a cover of Modern English's "I Melt With You" for the Disney's ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', and a cover of A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran (So Far Away)" for the opening of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'''s English dub. As of 2012, lead singer Jaret Reddick is the new voice of Chuck E. Cheese.


!!This band provides examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "Girl All The Bad Guys Want", despite the title making it sound like an InvertedTrope. It's also a gender-flipped version, since the protagonist is an uncool guy who wants to date a bad girl. He resorts to trying to be a bad boy himself to get her.
-->''Now I'm watchin' wrestling, trying to be a tough guy''\\
''Listening to rap metal, turntables in my eyes''\\
''I can grow a mustache, but I got no season pass''\\
''All I got's a moped''
* AntiLoveSong: Many.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: "Here's Your Freakin' Song" is written about the singer's (presumably ex) girlfriend, who always begged him to write a song about her. So he did. And, well... if she's ''not'' his ex, she certainly ''will'' be after she hears it.
-->''You talk too much,''\\
''you never shut up.''\\
''Everything I do for you is never enough!''\\
''You snore, you drool,''\\
''you talk in your sleep.''\\
''Won't get a night's rest''\\
''until you're six feet deep!''\\
''I promised you forever,''\\
''but we both know,''\\
''we're never gonna get along.''\\
''You want it? You got it!''\\
'''''[[TitleDrop Here's your freakin' song!]]'''''
* BigFun: Guitarist Chris Burney is difficult to miss (for more reasons than one).
* BittersweetEnding: "Graduation Trip" ends with the singer and his girlfriend ultimately drifting apart, due to them getting together on a four-day-long trip and living in separate states, but it's clear there's no bitterness on either end, and the singer is glad to hear the girl is doing well.
* BreakupSong: A-Hole. Different from most in that the singer feels bad about not having done more to make the relationship work, and features an IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
* CallBack: The hidden outro track on ''Great Burrito Extortion Case'' fades in after about a minute of silence at the end of "If You Come Back To Me", and consists of StudioChatter discussing the subject of every other track on the album, over a loop of the jaunty "la-la-la-laaaaaa" chorus from "I'm Gay". Also, arguably, the reprise of "Ohio (Come Back to Texas)" on ''A Hangover You Don't Deserve'', which continues the LongList of famous Texans who miss the singer's girlfriend from that song's breakdown.
* ClusterFBomb: Their song "My Hometown."
* CoverVersion: “...Baby One More Time”; “Five O’Clock World”; “Gilligan’s Island Theme”; “I Melt With You”; “I Ran (So Far Away)”; “Jimmy Neutron Theme”; “Li’l Red Riding Hood”; “London Bridge”; “Sick Of Myself”; “Spanish Harlem”; “Speed Racer”; “Summer of ‘69”; "Circle"
** "1985" is a song by their friends in SR-71. The Bowling for Soup version though is in a different key and has slight alterations to the lyrics to make the song less bitter and more of a celebration of TheEighties.
** “Belgium”: A special case in that they themselves wrote and recorded the original, but continue to cover it in new styles as hidden tracks on their albums. Currently the alternate versions include acoustic, boy-band, and polka.
** "Stacy's Mom:" Because everyone thought they did it anyway.
* DeadpanSnarker: Their songs are normally quite cheerful, but they can also get ''impressively'' sarcastic.
* DiscoDan: "1985"
* DistractedByTheSexy: The end of the "1985" video with the housewife dancing on top of the car. The band is finished. She isn't. It takes her husband calling from across the street for the band to stop staring at her and give her an awkward applause as she covers herself up and scampers back to her house.
* DoubleEntendre: "My Wena" seems like a long dick joke until TheReveal in the video, which shows that it's actually about a weiner dog named Wena.
* TheEighties: "1985".
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "The Bitch Song"
* FunWithForeignLanguages: Three words that will change your life: "No Hablo Ingles."
* GagCensor: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrxI_euTX4A Blocking a jock's penis]] in the video for "High School Never Ends." It's labelled "[[TeenyWeenie Too small for TV.]]"
* GoodOlBoy: Averted; the band are from Texas, but despite the majority of Texas being infamously homophobic, they, at multiple points throughout several songs, make it clear they love gay people. From wishing they were gay to avoid girl troubles to stating they have no problem with gay people while singing about how a friend calls them such when he comments how he loves him.
* HeavyMeta: "Really Cool Dance Song", which is rife with TakeThat against meaningless, generic dance music.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: "BFFF" is essentially a love song from one partner to another, even saying "I'm tryin' to say I love you in a heterosexual way."
* HighSchool: "High School Never Ends".
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: "Get Happy", possibly, depending on whether you think they're being {{sarcas|mMode}}tic or not.
--> "Maybe you're right: We've had a good time. [[TearJerker I'll sit around]], you get yourself a new life. Go get your spark, go find your smile, and [[TitleDrop get happy]]."
** A lot of their songs touch on this, when the narrator doesn't get the girl - notably, in "A-Hole," the narrator fully admits that [[JerkassRealization they were a jerk]], and apologizes to his (now-ex) girlfriend, hoping she can find somebody better.
* JadedWashout: Rare female example with Debbie, the protagonist of "1985."
* JustTheWayYouAre: "Normal Chicks" is a song about how girls don't need to look like supermodels to be attractive.
* LanguageFluencyDenial: "No Hablo Ingles" is about pretending not to speak English (by using the title phrase) to get out of various quandaries and responsibilities.
-->''My teacher asked where my homework was''
-->''And that's when I told her''
-->''"No hablo ingles!"''
* LastSecondWordSwap: The entire chorus of "Friendly Goodbye".
--> "Ain't that a bee with an itch. Ain't that a mother-trucker. You can go to H-E double hockey sticks and F yourself! 'Cause I'm flippin' gosh darn sick of all the S-words you put me though."
** Also "99 Biker Friends"
--> "Such a big man, such a little chick/I think it all goes back to your tiny/Pick- up truck in the driveway"
--> "Your friends think you're an asshole/And I do too/Over compensatin' for your small shoes"
* ListingCities: "I Can't Stand LA".
* MoneyDearBoy: Invoked InUniverse in "Really Cool Dance Song", which is about a band that writes a dance song for no other reason than the fact that dance songs sell albums.
-->Now we're getting older, and much more sober,\\
And we've got some big house payments to make.\\
The wife wants a handbag, the kids need some college,\\
And we just need one hit single to break.\\
Get ready here it comes!
* NetworkDecay: Referenced in "1985": "There was U2, and Blondie/And music still on MTV".[[invoked]]
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: The chorus of "BFFF:"
-->''You'll tell the world I'm gay / when you hear me say / that I really and truly feel this way. / Not that there's anything wrong with being gay.''
* PottyFailure: One of the flashbacks in the music video of "High School Never Ends" shows a cheerleader acting friendly towards an awkward-looking boy while secretly slipping Ex-Lax into his drink. At the reunion, he gets revenge on her by eating various disgusting things to make himself [[VomitIndiscretionShot puke all over her]].
* RashomonStyle: "I'll Always Remember You (That Way)" is about a past romantic tryst as narrated by the former lovers (emphasizing rather different details of the same event).
* RealSongThemeTune: "Knights of the Zodiac", the [[{{Bowdlerise}} DiC dub]] of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', used the Bowling for Soup cover of Music/AFlockOfSeagulls song "I Ran (So Far Away)", and [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb "Today is Gonna Be a Great Day"]].
* ShoutOut: "1985" is packed full of them - (deep breath) - Music/{{Whitesnake}}, Music/BruceSpringsteen, {{Music/Madonna}}, {{Music/Nirvana}}, Music/{{U2}}, Music/{{Blondie}}, Creator/{{MTV}}, ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''Film/StElmosFire'', [[Music/GeorgeMichael Wham!]], Music/LimpBizkit, Music/DuranDuran, Music/VanHalen, Music/MotleyCrue and Music/OzzyOsbourne (phew!).
** Also "Girl All The Bad Guys Want" has one to Music/TheRamones:
-->''"She broke my heart, I wanna be sedated...all I wanted was to see her naked!"''
* SillyLoveSongs: "Smoothie King" despite some of its AntiLoveSong lyrics ("Love songs suck and fairy tales aren't true/And 'Happy ending: Hollywood' is not for me and you."). It's about finding that person who drives you crazy in all the right ways.
* TheSomethingSong: "The Bitch Song".
* {{Subject 101}}: "Punk Rock 101", their ode to the Hot Topic generation.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: See LastSecondWordSwap. There's also another one leading up to the second example in "99 Biker Friends".
--> ''You tell her that you're sorry/Blame it on the beer/Your dad was mean to you/Your friends think you're/An asshole''
* TakeThat: Towards Music/{{Staind}} and Music/LimpBizkit in the music video for "Girl All the Bad Guys Want," in particular making fun of the Fred Durst directed music videos for "It's Been a While" by Staind and "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit. Near the end of the video is a scene of Music/{{Slipknot}} lookalikes beating up a parody of Fred Durst as a reference to a feud Slipknot had with Limp Bizkit in the late 90s.
* ToiletHumor: There's ''a lot'' in The Outro for ''The Great Burrito Extortion Case''.
-->'''Jaret:''' "Sometimes, after you fart, and it stinks real bad, and you go to take a drink of beer, all you're really is [[{{Squick}} inhaling fart."]]
* {{Tsundere}}: The singer in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERoOn2jS1VA Not a Love Song]]" [[BadLiar totally doesn't want his girl back]].
* TWordEuphemism: Featured in "A Friendly Goodbye," where the chorus is a string of these because the narrator's soon-to-be-ex hates cursing.
* WhosLaughingNow: The premise of the video to "High School Never Ends", where the band gets karmic revenge on several {{Jerk Jock}}s that picked on them as kids in a high school renuion.
* WifeBasherBasher: The target of the song "99 Biker Friends" is ordered to stop beating his wife/girlfriend on pain of the aforementioned bikers coming over to return the favor.
* WildTeenParty: The focus characters of "Friends Chicks Guitars" would ''like'' to have one, but they failed to get enough beer, so it fizzled out.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: "Much More Beautiful Person."