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Youngblood is a song recorded by Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer. It was written by Calum Hood, Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt, Ashton Irwin and Luke Hemmings, with production handled by Watt and Louis Bell. The song was released via Capitol Records on 12 April 2018, as the second single from their third studio album of the same name.

Background and ReleaseEdit

  • The song was initially released as an instant download track with the pre-order of the album, but was later released as a single. Ashton Irwin has said that he

"loved that new wave could be really melancholy, but also up. It had romanticism and anger, but also energy and colour. That's exactly what we wanted for our new music."[1]

  • The song was released without any warning to fans.
  • It reached number one in Australia in May 2018, becoming the band's second number-one single in their home country.[2]
  • It spent eight consecutive weeks at the top, before being replaced by Drake's "In My Feelings".
  • It also reached number one in New Zealand in June 2018 and spent four consecutive weeks at the top.[3]
  • The single reached the top five of music charts in ten countries.
  • The first audio video for the single was released on 16 April 2018 through the band's VEVO channel, and an hour later was removed for an unknown reason.
  • An "alternative" music video for the song was released on the band's YouTube channel on 26 April 2018 and as of 28 July 2018 has had over 50 million views.[4]
  • The song's official music video was released on 2 August 2018. Directed by Frank Borin, the video was filmed in Tokyo, and tells the story of an elderly couple in their final moments, having a flashback of their youth, which dives into the Japanese Rockabilly culture.[5]
  • Youngblood, was performed as the last song of the Meet You There Tour.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone said the song has a "relentless, thumping rhythm, around which 5 Seconds of Summer move between delicate verses and a booming chorus"[6]

LyricsEdit

Remember the words you told me
Love me till the day I die
Surrender my everything
Cos you made me believe you’re mine
Yeah, you used to call me baby
Now you’re calling me by name
Takes one to know one, yeah
You beat me at my own damn game

You push and you push and I’m pulling away
Pulling away from you
I give and I give and I give and you take
Give and you take

Youngblood
Say you want me, say you want me
Out of your life
And I’m just a dead man walking tonight
But you need it, yeah you need it
All of the time
Yeah ooh, ooh, ooh

Youngblood
Say you want me, say you want me
Back in your life
So I’m just a dead man crawling tonight
Cause I need it, yeah I need it
All of the time
Yeah ooh, ooh, ooh

Lately our conversations
End like it’s the last goodbye
Till one of us gets too drunk
And calls about a hundred times
So who you been calling baby?
Nobody could take my place
When you looking at those strangers
Hope to God you see my face

Youngblood
Say you want me, say you want me
Out of your life
And I’m just a dead man walking tonight
But you need it, yeah you need it
All of the time
Yeah ooh, ooh, ooh

Youngblood
Say you want me, say you want me
Back in your life
So I’m just a dead man crawling tonight
Cos I need it, yeah I need it
All of the time
Yeah ooh, ooh, ooh

You push and you push and I’m pulling away
Pulling away from you
I give and I give and I give and you take
Give and you take
You’re running around and I’m running away
Running away from you
From you

Youngblood
Say you want me, say you want me
Out of your life
And I’m just a

Youngblood
But you need it, yeah you need it
All of the time
Yeah ooh, ooh, ooh

Youngblood
Say you want me, say you want me
Out of your life
And I’m just a dead man walking tonight
But you need it, yeah you need it
All of the time
Yeah ooh, ooh, ooh

You push and you push and I’m pulling away
Pulling away from you
I give and I give and I give and you take
Give and you take

Youngblood
Say you want me, say you want me
Out of your life
And I’m just a dead man walking tonight

Music Video Edit

  • On 20 April 2018, 5SOS released the audio video on their channel
  • On 26 April 2018, 5SOS released an alternative music video.[4]
  • On 2 August 2018, 5SOS released the official video.[5]


5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood (Official Video)

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood (Official Video)

Live Performances Edit

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood (Live on The Voice Australia)

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood (Live on The Voice Australia)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified Units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) 3x Platinum 210,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI) Silver 200,000‡
United States (RIAA) Gold 500,000‡
*sales figures based on certification alone

^shipments figures based on certification alone

‡sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Credits and PersonalEdit

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


Additional Musicians

Ali Tamposi – composition
Andrew Watt – composition, production
Louis Bell – production.

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

References Edit

  1. Altpress - Hear 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Addictive New Song, “YOUNGBLOOD”
  2. Ariacharts - 5sos Score Second #1 With Youngblood
  3. Nztop40 - Official Top 40 Singles
  4. 4.0 4.1 Youtube - Alternative Music Video
  5. 5.0 5.1 Youtube - Official Music Video
  6. Rollingstone - Watch 5 Seconds of Summer Shred on New Song, ‘Youngblood’
  7. Youtube - Performance on The Voice Australia
  8. Youtube - Performance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge
  9. Youtube - Performance on The Today Show