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Want You Back is a song recorded by Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer. It was written by Calum Hood, Asia Whiteacre, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings, Steve Mac and Andrew Goldstein, with production handled by Goldstein and Andrew Wells.

The song was released via Capitol Records on 22 February 2018, as the lead single from their third studio album, Youngblood. It charted in 17 countries.

The song was released alongside the announcement of their upcoming 5SOS III Tour.

Background and Release Edit

"We're at a point now where we're almost ready to put out our first single," as he promised that fans could expect it "really, really early in the new year".[2][3][4]

  • On 16 February 2018, the band posted a black and white promotional picture featuring all members on Twitter, captioning: "Behind The Scenes 2018."[5]
  • They shared another tweet with the hashtag "#5SOS3ISCOMING" shortly afterwards, hinting at new releases.[6]
  • They also teased a few lyrics from the song and posted a GIF which says "We Want You Back".[7]
  • The song was officially announced on 19 February 2018, along with its release date, cover art,[8] and a brief audio snippet.[9]
  • Drummer Ashton Irwin said of the song in an interview with Beats 1:

"'Want You Back' articulates the band we were, we are now, and what we're gonna be, that's why I like it and that's why we picked it. We also made it with close friends like we've got Andrew Goldstein who we literally see every week. We party together, we confess our sorrows and happiness. We speak to this man everyday."[10]

  • The band told news.com.au that they are "super nervous" about this comeback song, which will introduce their third album.[11]
  • The song was released on the 4 year anniversary of the Australian digital release of She Looks So Perfect.
  • The song is the first explicit song to be commercially released by the band.
  • The song was released alongside the announcement of their spring 2018 tour dates.[12][13]
  • Want You Back, was performed as part of the Meet You There Tour setlist.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Behindthescenes2018

Posted to Twitter - Behind The Scenes

Hugh McIntyre of Forbes found the song "surprisingly slick, especially for a band that has pushed a narrative of being rowdy rock boys", and he noticed the song of being "more mature".[14] Rania Aniftos of Billboard deemed it an "apologetic pop track" and a "synth-y upbeat tune".[15] Althea Legaspi of Rolling Stone regarded it as a "pop-flavored track reflects on a lost love and captures the yearning that often follows a breakup".[16] Madeline Roth of MTV News stated that the song "marks a huge departure from the band's raucous pop-punk roots". She found the band "opting for a slick, more polished pop sound on the new tune, which finds them reminiscing about an ex and wondering what went wrong".[17] Mike Wass of Idolator wrote that the band have abandoned "the pop/punk of their first two albums and dive head-first into slick, radio-friendly pop with a rhythmic edge".[18] Nicole Mastrogiannis of iHeartRadio also opined that it "takes a step back from 5SOS's signature pop/punk vibes" and "playing up the guys' pop side a bit more".[19]

ChartsEdit

Trackteaser

Posted to Instagram - Want You Back Announcement

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia 32
Austria 50
Belgium 4
Canada 57
Czech Republic 36
Germany 82
Hungary 29
Ireland 26
Italy 44
New Zealand Heatseekers 1
Portugal 57
Scotland 16
Slovakia 55
Sweden 54
Switzerland 56
UK 22
US 23

LyricsEdit

Can't help but wondering if this is the last time that I'll see your face
Is it tears or just the fucking rain
Wish I could say something

Something that doesn't sound insane
But lately I don't trust my brain
You tell me I won't ever change
So I just say nothing

No matter where I go I'm always gonna want you back
No matter how long you're gone I'm always gonna want you back
I know you know I will never get over you
No matter where I go I'm always gonna want you back
Want you back

I remember the freckles on your back
And the way I used to make you laugh
Cause you know every morning I wake up
Yeah I still reach for you

I remember the roses on your shirt
When you told me this would never work
You know even when I say I've moved on
Yeah I still dream for you

No matter where I go I'm always gonna want you back
No matter how long you're gone I'm always gonna want you back
I know you know I will never get over you
No matter where I go I'm always gonna want you back
Want you back

You know even when I say I've moved on
You know even though I know that you're gone
All I think about is where I went wrong

You know even when I say I moved on
You know even though I know that you're gone
All I think about is where I went wrong
Yeah I still dream for you

No matter where I go I'm always gonna want you back
No matter where I go I'm always gonna want you back
No matter how long you're gone I'm always gonna want you back
I know you know I will never get over you
No matter where I go I'm always gonna want you back
Want you back

Always gonna want you back
Want you back
Always gonna want you back
Want you back

Music VideoEdit

  • On 22 February 2018, 5SOS released an audio video on their Vevo channel
  • On 27 March 2018, 5SOS released the official music video
  • On 6 April 2018, 5SOS released an acoustic version of the song
5 Seconds Of Summer - Want You Back

5 Seconds Of Summer - Want You Back

Live PerformancesEdit

  • On 10 April 2018, 5SOS performed live on Touche pas à mon poste.
  • On 11 April 2018, 5SOS performed live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • On 13 April 2018, 5SOS performed live on Sounds Like Friday Night on BBC One.
  • On 24 April 2018, 5SOS performed live on Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee Lounge.
  • On 17 June 2018, 5SOS performed live on Moses Bach.
  • On 22 June 2018, 5SOS performed on Today.
5 Seconds Of Summer - Want You Back (Live @TPMP)

5 Seconds Of Summer - Want You Back (Live @TPMP)

Credits and PersonalEdit

  • Calum Hood – composition, vocals, bass guitar
  • Ashton Irwin – compositions, vocals
  • Luke Hemmings – compositions, vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Michael Clifford – lead guitar, vocals

Additional musicians

  • Asia Whiteacre – composition
  • Andrew Goldstein – composition, production, engineering, vocals, keyboard, editing, guitar, programming, additional vocals
  • Jacob Kasher Hindlin – composition
  • Steve Mac – composition
  • Andrew Wells – production, engineering, keyboard, editing, guitar, programming
Youngblood
June 15, 2018 • 49:53 • Capitol Records and Hi or Hey Records
Songs
Standard Album YoungbloodWant You BackLie To MeValentineTalk FastMoving AlongIf Walls Could TalkBetter ManMoreWhy Won't You Love MeWoke Up In JapanEmpty WalletsGhost Of You
Deluxe Album Monster Among MenMeet You ThereBabylon
Target Exclusive When You Walk AwayBest Friend
Japanese Exclusive Midnight
Tour
5SOS III TourMeet You There Tour

ReferencesEdit

  1. .j-14 - 5sos Tease New Music And Tour, Playing “NEW Music, Old Music And Everything In Between”
  2. billboard - 5 Seconds of Summer Guitarist Michael Clifford Talks 'New Sound & Direction' of Third Album: Interview
  3. Mtv - 5 Seconds Of Summer's Michael Clifford Says You Can Expect New Music In 2018
  4. Altpress - Expect A New 5 Seconds Of Summer Song “Really, Really Early In The New Year”
  5. Twitter - Behind The Scenes
  6. Twitter - #5SOS3ISCOMING
  7. Twitter - Want You Back GIF
  8. Instagram - Want You Back Announced
  9. Altpress - 5 Seconds Of Summer Tease New Single “WANT You Back”— Listen
  10. Mtv - 5 Seconds Of Summer Return With The Polished Pop Jam ‘Want You Back’
  11. news.com.au - 5 Seconds Of Summer Reignite Fan Frenzy With New Single Want You Back And 5sos3 Tour Announce
  12. Altpress - 5 Seconds Of Summer Return With New Song, Tour Dates
  13. Hollywoodlife - 5 Seconds Of Summer Makes Epic Comeback With New Song ‘Want You Back’ & Tour Dates
  14. Forbes - Chart-Topping Pop-Punk Outfit 5 Seconds Of Summer Return With New Single 'Want You Back'
  15. Billboard - 5 Seconds of Summer Releases New Single 'Want You Back,' Announces 2018 Tour
  16. Rollingstone - Hear 5 Seconds of Summer’s Yearning New Song ‘Want You Back’
  17. Mtv - 5 Seconds Of Summer Return With The Polished Pop Jam ‘Want You Back’
  18. Idolator - 5 Seconds Of Summer Go Pop On New Single “Want You Back”
  19. Iheart - 5 Seconds Of Summer Returns With New Song "Want You Back"