‘Youngblood’ — The recipe to a chart-topping album


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5SOS released third album “Youngblood” on June 15, 2018.

5SOS fam, it’s time. We are approaching the final days before 5SOS5 drops! Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer are gearing up to release their fifth studio album 5SOS5 on Sept. 23.

The Aussie quartet  — made up of Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford — have been releasing hit single after hit single from the album. Having already reviewed CALM, I want to review their third album, Youngblood, track by track. 


How else do you open an album than with the title track? This pop hit perfectly encapsulates the themes on the album of hardships in relationships and an angsty edge that the band is becoming known for. 

“Want You Back” 

One of the best songs on the album. Sorry, not sorry. The instruments? The whiny vocals? The angst! 

“Lie to Me” 

Well, this one hurt. A lot. Asking someone to lie to you and say that they love you? Come on. Songs like these show off the lyrical and vocal range of the band in such a great way. 


Still can’t believe I heard this one live back in July. The vocals? The catchy beat? Micahel Clifford singing “Your DNA’s being messed with my touch?” Yeah, I’m never getting over this one. This one’s a banger. 

“Talk Fast” 

A bop with a catchy dance beat. What else is there to say? 

“Moving Along” 

The perfect post-breakup “I’m over my ex but not over my ex,” song. 4/4 solos? Yes please! 

“If Walls Could Talk” 

BEST. SONG. ON THE ALBUM. “Some things are meant to be secret, and not to be heard?” Come on! I’m so glad Ashton sings the, “Cause we’d fall from grace” part on the live versions. Top tier. 

“Better Man” 

The beat in this song! Something about Luke’s vocals on this track make it so fun to listen to. The lyrics! So underrated. 


Pop rock angst? Check. Killer vocals? Check. One of their best songs to date. 

“Why Won’t You Love Me” 

I’m sad again. It’s so catchy, and then you remember this is sad and the lyrics make you sad all over again. I love the second verse where Michael and Calum harmonize. So good. 

“Woke Up in Japan” 

A bop, truly.

“Empty Wallets” 

Listen to this song and tell me it doesn’t make you want to dance. You can’t. It’s impossible. Someone put this on a tv show soundtrack please, it’s needed.   

“Ghost of You” 

Their most infamous sad song. Even the band can’t sing this one without tears. The sad piano alone puts it in my top five for the album. 

“Monster Among Men” – UNDERRATED

Most. Underrated. Song. If Michael is opening a song, you know it’s gonna be good. He NEEDS solos on 5SOS5, and that is a need, not a request! 

“Meet You There”

 Come on, there’s a reason the tour was named after this one! 


 Babylon walked so Wildflower could run. A Calum solo song? Where can you go wrong? You can’t. The. Bass. Line. Comparing a broken love to a crumbling city? Genius.  

Rating – 5/5.