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The 10 Best Andrew McMahon Songs Ever

From Something Corporate to Jack's Mannequin to his new venture with his name out front, check out McMahon's 10 most indispensable tracks

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Singer Andrew McMahan performs onstage at The Forum on December 13, 2015 in Inglewood, Californi
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If you were an emo kid in the late 00s, you were probably a Something Corporate fan. You probably found lead singer Andrew McMahon’s lyrics relatable because you were making out with someone or getting high for the first time… also, because his lovelorn songs paralleled your high school breakups. 

This year, McMahon is on tour once again, as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will support Weezer and Panic! At The Disco later this year… after he toured with Jack’s Mannequin earlier this year. To prepare yourselves for the upcoming live run, listen to the most essential Andrew McMahon songs below—including his best tracks as the songwriter of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin.

1 / 10

Something Corporate, “Drunk Girl”

Remember your first high school party where you accidentally got too drunk and made out with someone else who was drunk? Well, so does McMahon, as he croons how he “kissed a drunk girl on the lips.” It’s a feel-good dance track that transports you right back to your parents’ house.

2 / 10

Something Corporate, “Konstantine”

Just putting this out there: This may be the best Something Corporate track ever made, even though it’s a B-side. “Konstantine” is a 9-minute-plus love opus that fills you with sweeping emotion, and crying is very allowed: “This is to a girl who got into my head/With all the pretty things she did.”

3 / 10

Something Corporate, “As You Sleep”

This track is the opener to Something Corporate’s sophomore effort, North, and sets a dreamy precedent for the record. It’s the perfect intro to the ovelorn album (which was also the end of Something Corporate).

4 / 10

Something Corporate, “Cavanaugh Park”

McMahon showed us how to live on the edge while singing, “At Cavanaugh Park/We used to get high/Watching teams as they fought.” McMahon just seemed like such a badass—especially when you’re 15 and naïve.

5 / 10

Jack’s Mannequin, “Dark Blue”

After North, McMahon began making music as Jack’s Mannequin, “Dark Blue” is one of the more ethereal tracks off the record; it shows McMahon romanticizing life from a bit more mature rock context.

6 / 10

Jack’s Mannequin, “La La Lie”

This is easily one of McMahon’s catchiest tracks, and a love song of a different kind: one for your friends. It’s a pretty beautiful one too—a tribute to those ride-or-die pals.

7 / 10

Jack’s Mannequin, “The Resolution”

The Glass Passenger finds McMahon in a different place than on the Jack’s Mannequin debut LP, following his battle with leukemia. “The Resolution” shows McMahon at peace with life, having conquered his battle with cancer: “And I'm alive/And I don't need a witness/To know that I survived/I'm not looking for forgiveness.”

8 / 10

Jack’s Mannequin, “Amy, I”

This song seems to point out the bleaker aspects of a relationship, but is shrouded in cheeriness. McMahon appears older and wiser on People And Things, and “Amy, I” shows the songwriter resolving specific instances and situations in his life.

9 / 10

Andrew McMahon, “Synesthesia”

In 2013, Andrew McMahon dropped the monikers he hid behind for the previous several years. In some ways, “Synesthesia” was an electro-pop return to his Something Corporate roots, as well as the innocence he had back then: “I see colors/I don’t fear the choice/Sometimes we’re only flying for awhile.”

10 / 10

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, “Cecilia And The Satellite”

In 2014, McMahon released his first foray into the indie-pop scene as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. “Cecilia And The Satellite” is a song that has a Jack’s Mannequin feel with a more anthemic quality to it than his previous works. Instead of singing about romantic relationships, this one is a sweet dedication of stories to tell his daughter.

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