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11 Amazing YouTube Covers by 5 Seconds of Summer

Check out our list for the best YouTube covers the Aussie heartthrobs have recorded!

Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer attend the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at
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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!

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Busted, "Year 3000"

If anyone is responsible for bringing Australian pop rock band Busted to the attention of American youth, it's 5 Seconds of SummerThe 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.

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Ed Sheeran, "Give Me Love"

Here the guys of 5SOS proved that they don't listen to, say, All Time Low and Blink-182 exclusively. In this heartbreaking (and melting!) cover of Ed Sheeran's hit "Give Me Love," Calum and Luke highlight their stripped down, intimate musical souls. No complaints!

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Wheatus, "Teenage Dirtbag"

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.

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All Time Low, "Jasey Rae"

If there's one band 5 Seconds of Summer are guilty of sounding like, it's All Time Low. To unknowing ears, this could very well be a 5SOS original. "Jasey Rae" is a song that helped birth this band, and we're better off because of it.

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Blink-182, "I Miss You"

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!

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We The Kings, "Check Yes Juliet"

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!

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A Day To Remember, "If It Means A Lot To You"

A Day To Remember is a band that's more aggressive than the ones 5 Seconds of Summer typically choose to cover. "If It Means A Lot To You" is an obvious exception. The acoustic ballad is chuck full of depressive downward moving power-chords. Think "Amnesia," but for an older audience.

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Green Day, "American Idiot"

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.

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fun., "We Are Young"

5 Seconds of Summer covers fun.'s "We Are Young" on Australian radio, specifically Smallzy's Surgery on Nova FM. This is typically more pop than the boys like to go—but unsurprising when considering that fun. is made up of members of The Format, Straylight Run and others.

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Chris Brown, "Forever"

Alright, so this one isn't all too surprising. 5SOS are huge (not even remotely closetedChris Brown fans. Maybe if this whole band thing doesn't work out one of them can pursue an R&B career. Better practice those dance moves, boys!

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Jason Derulo, "In My Head"

See what we mean? These guys are more than just pop punk aficionados! Their music taste stems past simple genre signifiers, rocking out to Jason Derulo's sexy "In My Head." The greatest part of this cover? 5SOS filmed it while at school. Delinquents! 

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