Amongst the pool of existing boybands, one group who have been on a musical journey throughout their career are Aussie rockers, 5 Seconds of Summer. They started out as the boys-next-door, your typical sweetheart band with hardcore instrumentals but undoubtedly soft themes. But now? They’ve been on a journey of self-discovery. The three-year hiatus they took in 2015 served them well, allowing them to return with an edgier yet still so 5SOS sound that resonates with their adoring fans.
The team seems to be so much bolder in experimenting with not only the lyrics and instrumentals but also with the visuals. The music videos are heavily symbolic and a feast for the eyes to behold. It is pretty clear that there existed two eras of 5SOS. One which lasted up until the release of the album, ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ and the beginning of the next era with their album, ‘Youngblood.’
In honour of celebrating the diversity of themes they’ve brought forth with their songs and music videos, we’ve ranked all 24 of 5SOS’ official music videos:
This song won my heart the first time I heard it – everything about it simply fit into place. From the personal clips of the band packing up their van to the top-angle shots of them belting into the microphone, it was your typical 2013 boyband music video. But somehow, I still felt disconnected from the video – no pun intended. There is of course the possibility, that this was due to the very theme of the song: heartbreak and the fact that they can’t look into the eyes of the girl who broke their heart. But that was too much for a fourteen year old to deduce.
Although there’s not much to the video, the environment the music video creates is enough to appreciate every little thing about the song, especially those un-edited, live vocals. The fact that the video is in such a raw form helps the viewers appreciate just how talented every member of the band is. But that’s where the excitement around this video ends.
If you watch this video in 2021, you’ll realize just how similar it is to the music video of ‘Little Things’ by One Direction and ‘Beliya’ by The Vamps. However, if you keep the nagging comparative side in your head aside and see the video for what it is, you could call it the Voodoo Doll music video 2.0. But, for spice, with an added dash of ‘Out of My Limit.’
Speaking of Out of My Limit, this is the video that made us realize how much the lives of the band had changed. They left a piece of themselves behind at such a young age and took on the responsibility of building on their talents to make a career out of it. And in the hustle of all that, they seemed to recall the feelings of youth which they were still in. As the lyrics suggest, the song is directed at a girl who they feel is out of their league. The video acts onto the lyric which reads – ‘You’re just a little bit out of my limit/ It’s been two years now you haven’t even seen the best of me;’
Another interesting element the music video adds to the song, is that the display of their concert may represent a plea to the girl to understand their situation and ‘start over.’ Either way, Out of My Limit still fails to hit the mark and secure a place in the top 20.
The reason I rank this music video at 20 is that it is often confused with Out of My Limit. Although the intentions of the song and video are different, it lacks certain originality and distinction. However, I give it a spot over Out of My Limit, because this video has more involvement of the band with respect to shooting the music video itself.
The idea of the band sitting on a rollercoaster constantly in motion shows how they might be having problems maintaining a balance in their lives. The lyric – ‘She’s so out of reach, and I’m finding it hard to keep,’ supports my assumption of the aforementioned symbolism. Amusement parks in general showcase a childish playful side of human beings; the constant shift in scenes from a concert hall to an amusement park shows the duality of their lives.
If I had to describe this video in one word, I would call it playful. It showcases the essence of the movie, Ghostbusters, but is also true to the character of the 5SOS boys. And, for a Soundtrack song, it’s a pretty good one! What’s also to be noted is that the theme of ‘beating up the bad guys’ (here the ghosts) and it’s one which is also seen in ‘Don’t Stop.’ An unintentional and subtle nod to their earlier music perhaps? Regardless, Girls Talk Boys is one of 5SOS’ more playful videos, and one which will likely remain a fan-favourite for quite some time.
Who Do You Love? portrays a completely different side to the 5SOS boys and their music. Accompanied by electronic duo, Chainsmokers, they’re able to experiment with a completely different style and even play with fire. The storyline for the video is pretty cool too. Chainsmokers and the 5SOS lads play rivaling lovers, fighting for the attention of an unnamed character who we assume to be somewhat unfaithful.
Dynamic in its delivery, this video was something we’d not seen before from the 5SOS boys.
‘Every time you walk in the room / you got all eyes on you and you know it.’ This lyric is exactly what happens when this music video is played. It draws you in, with the bright neon colours and peppy theme similar to Girls Talk Boys. This video also draws a parallel to that of ‘Hey Everybody!’ Pay close attention to the three bouncers with bandanas tied around their heads. The video compliments the song as it puts forth the ideology of asking people to take the risks if it’s for the greater good.
And the top comment on this video is once we can all relate to: “When 1D and 5SOS were releasing music at the same time, my life was complete” GIRL, I FEEL YOU.
Warmth in a certain coldness is what this video makes me feel. The lyrics of the song are so heavy but combined with the warm tones of visuals used, makes one want to watch the video repeatedly. What’s remarkable about this video is that the clips of happiness shown periodically are so short, representing glimpses of memory, almost like traces of incidents you remember after having suffered from amnesia.
There is a connection you feel with the video, especially because of the monologue touch they added, with each member singing looking into the camera. Additionally, towards the end of the music video, the clips blur towards the way in, similar to how you feel when you are about to lose consciousness. A smart directive move.
This music video is very similar to ‘Don’t Stop’ when graphics and overall layout comes into question. However, the social message that the song brings with the video is what ups this one on the list. The song is a constant reassurance to the people of the generation to understand that it is okay to be themselves, a message similar to the one advocated in ‘She Looks So Perfect.’
The video has a lot more energy attached to it in comparison with Don’t Stop. It runs parallel to that of She Looks So Perfect.
Speaking of which, from the first era of 5SOS, She Looks So Perfect stands to be the most symbolic song and music video. The main theme of the video is to push us to bring more comfortable in our skins and being who we want to be, without any fear of judgement. What makes this video so different is that they chose to represent some people who possibly wouldn’t come to our minds when thinking about advocating self-love, for example – police officers, restaurant employees, a weather forecast anchor, and even prisoners in the process of bettering themselves!
It is evident that a lot of thought went into making this music video one of a kind and it shows. On a whole, the video gives off a lot of energy and serves as an instant mood lifter.
The reason I like this video so much is that it’s so wonderfully crafted. Although raw, the intention it promises to deliver i.e., an at-home concert feel, it does exactly that. It transports you and takes you there, right in the middle of the crowd. Pro tip: watch the video with the lights off and raise the volume until the song is all you can hear.
Watching it in 2021 made me very emotional for it reminded me of the long journey the band set foot on and how far they’ve gotten. Keep a lookout for the visual of Ashton’s short drum solo. With the authenticity of the video, the feel of it is intensified ten-fold.
This was the first song where 5SOS experimented with the story beginning, a lot like ‘Best Song Ever’ by One Direction.
It fared them well, becoming one of five top-forty Billboard hits for them. When it comes to the symbolism portrayed in the video, it largely directs itself to introverts, motivating them to break out of their shell. Moreover, on a broader level, the video lets the viewers feel like it’s okay to not be ‘perfect’ and act a certain way. 5SOS’s attempts to normalize being ‘wild’ began here, and I feel like this is where they accepted the kind of ‘aura’ they want to put out with their music.
The music video of ‘Hey Everybody!’ overlaps some of the themes already discovered by the band, in terms of both lyrical and visual symbolism. However, that does not discount the visual treat the video provides. It’s a very energetic song matched with equal energy through the video. Close attention is paid to small details in the video. Remember the three bouncers with bandanas on their heads in ‘Don’t Stop’? They make an appearance in this video too, waving at the band in the same fashion.
What I really appreciate about this video is that they inculcated the story beginning method (similar to that of ‘Good Girls’) because of which the music video came to a full circle.
Goosebumps is what I get every time I watch this video. It is perfectly timed and finely executed. The fact that people from the fandom featured in the video makes it even more personal than it was intended to be. ‘Jet Black Heart’ is one of those music videos which shows just how powerful the songs of 5SOS are. The very fact that such a simple video brought the audience to sheer tears, speaks volumes. Michael crying at the end made all of us cry, don’t you lie.
There couldn’t have been a better music video to suit the lyrics of Old Me. The root of the video – the train, is traditionally symbolic of a journey, which forms the base element of the song itself. The constant back and forth in the compartments of the train is like moving from the past to the present.
I like to think of this video as a checkpoint 5SOS tried to put down. The video is a culmination of their achievements and a song they owed to themselves for the hard work they put into the music they make. Luke’s smile at 2:18 encapsulates the ‘I made it’ theme of the video.
From all the music videos 5SOS has brought to the front, Youngblood stands out. It has a very different touch to it when it comes to execution, tones and overall display. Instead of playing heavy with symbolism, they showed the viewers exactly what they intended to show. The predominant theme of the video stands to be that time is running out and we can be young only this once. This is evident from the fact that the main character in the video seems to be constantly checking the watch on his wrist.
The message of living your best life before it’s too late is loud and clear from the music video.
In contrast to ‘Youngblood,’ this music video is heavily symbolic. The visual tones of the song stand in great similarity to ‘Want You Back’ which stands just above this in the list.
The imagery of Luke chained to one corner of the cave shows fixation, an emotion portrayed through the lyrics of the song too. The repeated display of the members’ heads just above water indicates that they’re barely surviving. The visual of burning images at the end connect with the lyrics – ‘I love you so much that I hate you.’ Additionally, the symbols showcased at the end are connected to the members themselves. This is what Ashton had to say about one of them.
The first video of the second era, ‘Want You Back’ rose above all expectations fans had of the band’s return. They set the tone of the album and more so explored deeper and darker themes. The rotating rooms in the video symbolically put forth how they return to where they started. On one level it could be getting back to music and reconnecting with the fandom. While on another level it could represent a certain roadblock they might have faced during the hiatus.
The video is aesthetically pleasing and brings to introduce us to the 5SOS we know today.
Another heavily symbolic music video, the ideation of ‘Teeth’s’ music video left me stunned. In the beginning we see the boys being put under a drug’s influence; we can draw a parallel with the fact that the drug may be indicative of a lover. The often-used phrase – ‘intoxicated by you’ is visually represented in the video. This assumption is further made concrete by the lyric – ‘somedays you’re the only thing I know,’ signifying addiction.
The larger theme of the music video is possession. From being strapped to a chair to the display of every member trying to escape a room, the video intensifies the meaning of the song.
I like to think of this music video as Amnesia 2.0 – a darker and deeper version of the song. Yet again, 5SOS did an incredible job with symbolism, every scene of the video adding so many layers to the song.
For example, throughout the video, Luke did not sit in the driver’s seat; he was either in the backseat or sitting on top of the car. This showed how he might be a bystander in his own life – along the lines of the song, we can say that Luke felt like he had no control over his life, he simply watched how his lover consumed and ultimately burned him.
This is seen with the other members as well, all of them are standing outside the field, looking inwards, portraying the same symbolism as above.
The last scene of the video is what blew my mind – the car began to burn at the break of dawn as though on gaining clarity of how toxic his lover was, Luke’s emotions were as heated as fire, burning away his insides.
At a large, the music video of Valentine might seem absurd for some. However, keeping the song’s name in mind, the band takes us back in time through the edits and vintage overlay.
Every time I watch the video, I find myself with the same feels like that of sitting in a retro café with a jukebox playing the song.
The shots of facial close-ups and hands playing the guitar might hint towards falling in love with the little things that are actually very beautiful, only if you care to look closer (hence the glitter in the video). To act as a cherry on the top, the flash shots of the boys wearing skeleton overalls might be a sign that we are seeing them for who they are, with no added filters.
The music video of ‘No Shame’ stands to be one of those with which I feel the band took the leverage to play around with. They worked around not just symbolism but also different colors. The theme of the song is clear – a depiction of how we’re expected to be a certain way. A lot like the theme of ‘Good Girls,’ this being wilder than that.
The scenes of fake tears at a funeral, a perfect family photo, and botox, show how we’re all trying to be perfect. In the latter half of the video is when people break free and have ‘no shame’ summarizing the message of the video.
‘Wildflower’ for me is a very personal music video, borderline absurd but also a masterpiece in itself. For the people who are a part of the fandom, the video holds so much more meaning than what is shown. It has a similar aesthetic as that of ‘Valentine’ but on lighter colors. If one were to encase the mood of the album ‘CALM’ in one video, it would be this one.
It is a feel-good music video and you can’t help but laugh at how goofy the boys are in it. They’re having fun doing what they’re doing and the feeling reaches the viewers. The highlight of the video, however, is not the boys, not the aesthetic, neither the lyrics, they’re Petunia and the lemon tree. You know that’s true.
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