The 9 Best Songs by All Time Low
Pop-punk band out of Baltimore, All Time Low, has gained popularity over the last 13 years, and they’re still on a roll, continuing to create new, fresh albums.
In 2015, the band released Future Hearts, arguably one of their best albums to date. Future Hearts contains songs that vary in sound and although it doesn’t sound like the “old All Time Low,” it’s refreshing and undeniably catchy. With hits like “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Kids in the Dark” and “Missing You,” the album should not be overlooked, however, the band has some songs throughout the years with incredible lyrics — some that people may not even know about.
Fronted by Alex Gaskarth with guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson, the band puts on nothing but a great show and knows how to keep its “Hustler” fans enthralled — itching for more music every year. Between their six different albums and four EPs, the band has a lot of different music to offer, but there are some tunes that simply stand out from the rest. Here are some of the best songs by All Time Low that definitely shouldn’t be overlooked:
1. “Stay Awake (Dreams Only Last for a Night)” – So Wrong, It’s Right
“Stay Awake” is chock-full of lyrics that really stick with the listener after the last chord, including: “Dedication takes a lifetime, but dreams only last for a night” and “Before you ask which way to go, remember where you’ve been.” It’s an All Time Low classic, and almost anthem-like.
2. “Coffeeshop Soundtrack” – Put Up or Shut Up
This song, which was released 10 years ago, is still a major jam. It’s fast paced with relatable lyrics including: “I can keep a secret if you can keep me guessing,/ The flavor of your lips is enough to keep me here” and “The remains of my wasted youth,/This wasted time on you,/Has left me shaking in waiting/For something more.”
3. “Therapy” – Nothing Personal
“Therapy” will break your heart. The lyrics are so intense, emotional and heart-wrenching. Gaskarth’s voice is so down to Earth during this tune; it’s easy to hear the emotion he portrays. At the beginning of the song, he sings: “Give me therapy, I’m a walking travesty, but I’m smiling at everything” and by the end of the song, he says: “Therapy, you were never a friend to me, you can choke on your misery.” Talk about major feels.
4. “Old Scars” – Future Hearts
This song has lyrics you’d want to scream from a rooftop; they’re inspiring, uplifting and encouraging. Gaskarth sings: “I won’t fade away/Be forgotten or just cast away/This life is mine to live (this life is mine to live).” It ends with chanting: “We got scars on our future hearts/But we never looked back
/No, we never looked back”
5. “Lost in Stereo” – Nothing Personal
“I’m losing hope ’cause she’s so lost in stereo.” This tune describes a girl who has “Tattoos and a switch-blade attitude/Snake bite heart with a bubble-gum smile” and she’s “Out of control, so beautiful.” Throughout the song, this girl is almost unattainable because she’s so consumed by the music around her. Not only are the lyrics descriptive and puts the listener right into a scene, but the music is captivating with varying speeds as it tells a story.
6. “Get Down on Your Knees and Tell Me You Love Me” – Dirty Work
This tune is super interesting and very unique compared to the other songs on this album. It starts out with a clapping sound, which continues throughout most of the song. It also contains clever lyrics, that play around with word choice and meaning:“I’ve been played a fool four, three, too many times” and “Let me count the ways; I six, seven, ate my words.”
7. “Runaways” – Future Hearts
“Runaways” offers the idea of running away but potentially, starting over. Although Gaskarth sings “With tears in our rear view mirror,/Far from home” the song starts to pick up, saying, “They won’t catch us in the dark/roll like thunder, burn like stars” and “Run away,/They will have to find another heart to break.”
8. “Jasey Rae” – Put Up or Shut Up
“Jasey Rae” is one of All Time Low’s older songs, with a heavy percussion-feel and fast-paced singing. The song starts out very bold, and toward the end, slows down as Gaskarth sings: “I’ve never lit a match/With intent to start a fire/But recently the flames are getting out of control.” It picks up again, and ends with a catchy, head-banging, screaming-the-lyrics-at-the-top-of-your-lungs closing.
9. “Guts” – Dirty Work ft. Maja Ivarsonn
“Guts” is super instrumental with catchy beats and a great crescendo to the chorus as the band screams out: “Is this what it feels like?/Finding out/I’ve got the guts/to say anything.” It’s very beat-driven, yet offers a great message.
There are a few songs that were released on Don’t Panic that were either co-written or released later on when All Time Low re-released the album, titling it Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now. Each song stands apart from the album with intense lyrics and interesting hooks and beats.
“Oh, Calamity” – Don’t Panic, it’s Longer Now
“Oh, Calamity” describes the heart-wrenching “calamity” of a break-up with either a friend or a significant either, and the backlash it entails. Gaskarth sings:“It’s such a shame that we play strangers/no act to change what we’ve become” and “If I catch you on the corner, will you even know it’s me/Will I look familiar to ya/ do you offer me a seat?” Yet although this relationship is now over, it still shaped apart of [his] life. “Keep forgetting to remember, where we’ve been is who we are.”
“Outlines” – Don’t Panic ft. Jason Vena
This song revolves around bad memories or ties with the past, and offers the message to live in the moment. Gaskarth sings: “I’m just a moment, so don’t let me pass you by/We could be a story in the morning, but we’ll be a legend tonight.”
“Canals” – Don’t Panic, it’s Longer Now
On the other hand, “Canals” describes the feeling of having to say goodbye to someone. “Smile, tell me I’m alright with a goodbye/you are so misleading.” The song is focused on an intriguing percussion sound, that combined with the guitar, takes the listener on a rollercoaster of effects.
It’s impossible to include every great song from the band in this list, because they have an immense amount of songs with valuable, relatable lyrics and jammable beats. Each and every one of All Time Low’s songs are deserving, but these are a few that are not necessarily “hit” singles, and may be overlooked. So, give them a listen, and comment your favorite songs below.
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