5 Seconds of Summer are celebrating the fourth birthday of their sophomore album, Sounds Good, Feels Good. And we’re here to tell you that it still sounds just as good.
5SOS‘ album hit number one in eight countries, making it their first number one album in the UK. This album also solidified their placement on the US charts, being the first band to have their first two full-length albums debut at number one. Rock Sound praised the album, even ranking it 31 on their Top 50 Albums of 2015.
But no chart placement or accolades, nor critical reception could ever compare to what really made this album special; the fans. This album somehow just came out at the right time for just about everyone. For the band, for the fans, for the world. With songs like “Outer Space/Carry On,” “Jet Black Heart,” and “Invisible,” this album touches our souls in different ways. It doesn’t matter which is your go to cry song or which is the one you listen to on repeat when it feels like the world is heavy on your shoulders – Sounds Good Feels Good was a gift to fans all over.
The album came out during a dark time for guitarist, Michael Clifford, who has since been open about his struggle with mental illness. The third single, “Jet Black Heart” has proven to be important to him, and the fans. The music video shows clips of fans from different parts of the world, all of their stories posted to the official 5SOS website.
As we approach the four year anniversary of the album, we look back on some of the best parts of it. Fans are able to reminisce and share their favorite memories through hashtags on Twitter, such as #4YearsofSGFG. They’ve started a trend of sharing their stories and personal struggles with mental health issues, giving insight to what these songs truly mean to them.
So, if you haven’t – give the album a listen. And if you have, then give it another listen. Play it full volume in your car until your speakers break, let the lyrics sink into your brain until you have a headache. Play and replay these songs, let them become the soundtrack to your life.
Don’t forget to tell us what your favorite one was!
Words: Shae Arabella| Featured Photo: 5 Seconds of Summer