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Sounds Good Feels Good


Sounds Good Feels Good

Sounds Good Feels Good
Studio album by 5 Seconds of Summer
Released 23 October 2015
Recorded 2015
Genre Pop punk
Length 52:57
5 Seconds of Summer chronology
Sounds Good Feels Good
Singles from Sounds Good Feels Good
  1. "She's Kinda Hot"
    Released: 17 July 2015
  2. "Hey Everybody!"
    Released: 9 October 2015

Sounds Good Feels Good is the second studio album by Australian pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer. It was released worldwide by Capitol Records on 23 October 2015.[1] The album was preceded by the singles "She's Kinda Hot" and "Hey Everybody!" and an accompanying EP for the former.


  • Background and release 1
  • Promotion 2
    • Singles 2.1
    • Other songs 2.2
  • Critical reception 3
  • Commercial performance 4
  • Track listing 5
    • Formats 5.1
  • Personnel 6
  • Charts 7
  • Release history 8
  • References 9

Background and release

Following the release of their debut album 5 Seconds of Summer and their live album LiveSOS in 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer took a break for the holidays. They flew to Los Angeles in early 2015 to start writing and recording for what was to become their second album.[2][3] On their headline tour beginning in early May, they began performing a new song titled "Permanent Vacation".[4] On 12 August 2015 they announced the title and cover art for the record, with pre-orders starting on 14 August in each time zone. Each pre-order got an instant download of the new tracks "She's Kinda Hot", "Fly Away",[5] "Jet Black Heart", "Money", and "Hey Everybody".



The album's first single "She's Kinda Hot" was released on 17 July 2015, and a music video to accompany it in early August. The second single "Hey Everybody!" was released 9 October 2015 worldwide, with the band performing it on Alan Carr: Chatty Man as promotion.[6]

Other songs

"Fly Away" was made available to download when the album was made available to pre-order on 13 August 2015.[7] "Jet Black Heart" was made available to download on 28 August 2015.[8] "Money" was made available to download on 17 September 2015. [9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [10]
Alternative Press [11]
Rocksound 8/10
Kerrang! 4/5

On Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album gained an average score of 67, based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12] Awarding the album four stars at Alternative Press, Maria Sherman states, "the band have a real responsibility to the consumer, and Sounds Good Feels Good delivers...It's 5SOS' attempt to find community in their new sound and those who support it, a concept that lives both on the record and well outside of it. It's a strong sentiment: follow them and you might find something to relate to. That's a powerful thing."[11] The staff from RockSound published a review of the album in their October 2015 issue giving the album an eight out of ten rating, where they write, "album number two finds the four man phenomenon firming up their identity and becoming their own band" and closing with the remarks "this is the New Broken Scene, it sounds good and it feels even better". Kerrang! awarded it a 4/5 rating, commenting "Sounds Good Feels Good won't change the world, but it might just change your mind".

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number one in the band's home country of Australia, with 16,150 album sales, outselling current The X Factor Australia judge Chris Isaak's First Comes the Night by over 10,000 units.[13] In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 192,000 equivalent album units. 5 Seconds of Summer are the first band (not vocal group) to achieve number one on that chart with their first two full-length albums.[14] Sounds Good Feels Good is their first UK number one, outselling its nearest rivals by more than two to one.[15] It also debuted at number one in other countries including Ireland and Norway.

Track listing

Sounds Good Feels Good – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Money"  
John Feldmann 2:54
2. "She's Kinda Hot"  
  • Irwin
  • Michael Clifford
  • Feldmann
  • B. Madden
  • J. Madden
Feldmann 3:36
3. "Hey Everybody!"   3:16
4. "Permanent Vacation"  
  • Hemmings
  • Clifford
  • Mike Green
  • B. Madden
  • J. Madden
Mike Green 3:25
5. "Jet Black Heart"  
David Hodges 3:41
6. "Catch Fire"  
Green 3:27
7. "Waste the Night"  
  • Irwin
  • Hood
  • Hemmings
  • Clifford
  • Feldmann
  • J Kash
Feldmann 4:26
8. "Vapor"  
Feldmann 2:59
9. "Castaway"  
  • The Monsters and the Strangerz
  • Feldmann
10. "Fly Away"  
  • Hood
  • Hemmings
  • Feldmann
Feldmann 3:32
11. "Invisible"  
  • Irwin
  • Hood
  • Hemmings
  • Clifford
  • Feldmann
  • Roy Stride
Feldmann 3:32
12. "Airplanes"  
  • Clifford
  • Feldmann
Feldmann 3:38
13. "San Francisco"  
Feldmann 4:19
14. "Outer Space/Carry On"  
  • Irwin
  • Hood
  • Hemmings
  • Clifford
  • Feldmann
  • Wilcox
Feldmann 6:38
Total length:


Several limited edition album bundle formats are available via the band's official store, which each contain a variety of items relating to the album. They are as follows:[19]

  • Standard CD (14 tracks)
  • Deluxe CD (17 tracks)
  • Deluxe CD + "Safety Pin" T-Shirt
  • Deluxe CD + fanified poster
  • Numbered 12" vinyl (14 tracks)
  • Numbered 12" vinyl + "Safety Pin" T-Shirt
  • Numbered 12" vinyl + fanified poster
  • Limited edition merch bundle including: Deluxe CD, "Safety Pin" T-Shirt, Crown Hoodie, "Safety Pin" Beanie Hat, "New Broken Scene" pack and "Sounds Good Feels Good" wristband
  • Deluxe Fan Box containing Deluxe CD, "Safety Pin" Beanie Hat, "Sounds Good Feels Good" wristband and sew-on-patch[20]


  • Luke Hemmings – guitar, lead vocals
  • Michael Clifford – lead guitar, vocals
  • Calum Hood – bass, vocals
  • Ashton Irwin – drums, vocals, keys

  • John Feldmann – producer
  • Zakk Cervini – engineer
  • Matt Pauling - engineer
  • London Symphony Orchestra - strings[21]


Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 8
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[25] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[26] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[27] 12
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 3
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[29] 22
Irish Albums (IRMA)[30] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[31] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[32] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[33] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 1
US Billboard 200[14] 1

Release history

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide October 23, 2015 [36][37]


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  35. ^ "2015-10-30 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  36. ^ "iTunes - Music - Sounds Good Feels Good by 5 Seconds of Summer". iTunes. 
  37. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - 5 Seconds of Summer「Sounds Good Feels Good (Deluxe)」". iTunes. 
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