* BlackSheepHit: "Rockin' The Suburbs" is his highest-charting single to date. It's also [[PlayingAgainstType the complete opposite]] of a typical Ben Folds song in every way, not only for the presence of guitars but for it's compressed mixing and multi-tracking, [[StealthParody made to sound like exactly the kind of corporate sell-out modern rock it's making fun of]].
* DoingItForTheArt: Played with in "One Down," written about being contractually obligated to write 4.6 songs for a music publishing company he used to work for. When asked why he doesn't just turn in any piece of junk, he replies "I don't wanna waste my time on music that won't make me proud." However, he acknowledges in the last verse that, at the end of the day, being an artist is still a job, and he could be doing a LOT worse.
* ExecutiveMeddling: A minor one with ''Songs For Silverman''. It was the very first and, so far, only time the label asked that Ben write a song that could be released as a single. After well over fifty songs were rejected, Ben simply asked "[[InTheStyleOf Which]] Music/EltonJohn [[InTheStyleOf song do you want]]?" They responded "Tiny Dancer." The result was "Landed." However, when he rejected the version of the song recorded with strings, which the label had paid a large sum of money for, in favor of the straightforward "band" version for the album, they learned never to ask him for a single again.
* IAmTheBand: Averted with Ben Folds Five, but played straight with most of his solo albums.
* OldShame: The 4.6 songs he had to write for a music publishing company, discussed in "One Down," were so awful that he's made no effort to even remember how the go.
* PromotedFanboy: After hearing a university choir perform one of his songs, Ben Folds produced an album of university acapellas and put the school's cover on the album.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "Brick" is about a girlfriend he had when he was younger whom he had to get an abortion with.
** "Not the Same". Ben Folds was at a friend's party, some guy did a lot of acid, climbed up a tree, and when he came down in the morning he was a born-again Christian. The only major difference is that the party took place at Darren Jesse's place, not Robert Sledge's. [[WordOfGod Ben said]] that the reason for this change was because he thought "at Robert Sledge's party" simply sounded better than "at Darren Jesse's party".
* ThrowItIn: While Ben Folds Five were recording a take of "Steven's Last Night In Town", a phone rang right at the end of the last repetition of the chorus - it happened to do so on rhythm, so it was left in. If you listen carefully, you can also hear Darren Jesse {{Corpsing}} in response.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The "leaked" versions of the songs from "Way To Normal" were written and recorded in a span of about twelve hours.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Or rather "what little you know." "Too Late," his tribute to the late Eliot Smith, doesn't go into much more detail about him other than Ben's love of his music and Smith's love of basketball because Ben didn't know him all that well personally.