Before they were waking up with amnesia and staring at you in their American Apparel underwear, the boys of 5 Seconds of Summer were recording covers on YouTube, awaiting the day they would be discovered. From Jason Derulo and Chris Brown to Blink-182 and A Day To Remember, these guys proved they had the chops long before reaching international fame.
Take a trip down memory lane and check out our picks for the greatest covers 5SOS have recorded. Don't forget to find out which member you identify with along the way!
If anyone is responsible for bringing Australian pop rock band Busted to the attention of American youth, it's 5 Seconds of Summer. The Jonas Brothers famously covered the group's best known track, "Year 3000," but current teen heartthrobs 5SOS have brought the song back to the forefront. It's not unlike their own songs in that it's all about massive pop hooks mostly concerned with girls.
Like their One Direction brethren before them, 5 Seconds of Summer regularly cover the greatest one-hit-wonder ever recorded, "Teenage Dirtbag." (May that scene in Loser live on in our hearts and minds forever.) In this YouTube clip the entire band gets to try their hand at the track, making for an acoustic, full-band sound.
This is one of 5 Seconds of Summer's earliest recordings, and what it lacks in confidence it makes up for in melancholy. These boys are really feeling this morose melody, and own it, all while filtering their performance through a poor computer camera. Quality takes a back seat to emotion, kids!
Here Michael and Luke take on We The Kings' biggest hit, "Check Yes Juliet." Luke uses a shaker as percussion. There's a cute mistake every once in a while (Michael lets out a strangely adorable "sh-t" at one point) but over all, their vocal performance is something remarkable. Check it out above!
For a cover compilation released by British punk magazine Kerrang!, 5SOS covered Green Day's now-iconic "American Idiot," perhaps a weird choice for a band that is, well, not American! The cover stays fairly true to form, but it does have 5SOS flair, and most of the boys get to try out a Billie Joe Armstrong verse.