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Valentine

5 Seconds of Summer

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About “Valentine”

“Valentine” is the fourth song from 5 Seconds of Summer’s third album, Youngblood. It was first performed live at the iHeartRadio Music Awards Fan Army Celebration on March 10th 2018 and was later performed live on their promotional mini-tour, known as the 5SOS3 Tour.

The band account & Ashton’s Twitter account also tweeted out some of the lyrics to the song after the performance.

The band account also posted a photo of the lyric sheets as well as the full lyrics being in the caption. The official audio release was on August 26, 2018:

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    From their Cocktail Chats (episode 2):

    Michael: Alright, “Valentine” to me is kinda like, the ultimate Valentine’s Day song. It’s like our version of “All I Want for Christmas.” I feel like no one has made the perfect Valentine’s Day song.
    When you listen to it, it kinda encapsulates what the type of mood and feeling you wanna be feeling on Valentine’s Day is.

    Ashton: In the song, there are samples which we’ve played around with a lot in the past. That was actually influenced by bands like The Offspring and people like that who would chop up small samples of drum sounds and create loops, and that’s what the verses would be based off. And then you would come in with bigger sounding live drums and the choruses. And that’s what we did on “Valentine.”
    Lyrically, it’s about a lazy love that feels free. It’s a love that meets in the middle and there’s no expectations.

    Calum: We were writing with Mike Elizondo, he was Dr. Dre’s bassist. I really loved his workplace and his style of working with others, he had a lot of respect for people and was very open to ideas.
    Him being a bassist, naturally, I was like, “I gotta come up with a great bassline that beats all his other Dre basslines.”

    Luke: I remember Calum has a stanky bassline and he was being a bit shy about it, I remember. For me, “Valentine” was about that Valentine’s Day should be every day.
    That’s where the lyric comes from, “Throw the balloons and the teddy bears and chocolate eclairs away. I got nothing but love for you, fall more in love every day.”

  • How did the song come about?

    5 Seconds of Summer:

    Ashton: “Valentine” was on Valentine’s day and we walked in and we’re laughing about, “Oh imagine how many people are writing songs about Valentines Day today,” and we’re like, “Let’s just do a good one.” And I voiced my frustrations about Valentines day and I think we all agreed, it was a high intensity kind of, just a one day kind of Christmas but for relationships, but I was like, “You should feel like this every day and it should be like that every day.” It’s that cheesy thought that growing more and more in love with someone was something that was happening to one or two of us at the time I guess. That’s where the song came from.

  • What was it like working with producer Mike Elizondo?

    5 Seconds of Summer:

    Ashton Irwin: Well as a band we always discussed what type of rhythms and beats and stuff we were using because we were a pop-rock band and everything was kind of sounding the same, had similar beat and not much groove in our first two albums. Our biggest hit to date, at the time, was “You Look So Perfect” and that was based off a drum rudiment used in R&B and hip-hop and stuff like that and that I had learned of a YouTube video of some guy. I don’t know why we didn’t do more grooves after that. So, Mike Elizondo had mixed guitars and hip-hop together pretty successfully in the past, and that’s exactly what we needed. We needed someone who approached music with pretty wholesome kind of vision. In his mind, it appeared that if you can’t play it, it won’t be on your record and I thought that was really useful for a band like us because we had to kind of expand the horizons synthesizer-wise and do things that we hadn’t usually done. He ultimately changed this band for the better and I think it pushed us to reach into different genres of music.

  • What was it like writing with hitmaker Justin Tranter?

    5 Seconds of Summer:

    Michael: Justin is an amazing writer. He used to be in glam rock band which is also really cool to us now that he’s in a pop-songwriting world and his headspace is very pop. For instance, the chocolate eclairs line on “Valentine” maybe wouldn’t get through a normal pop songwriter’s filter. It wouldn’t, like they wouldn’t go for that, but he’s very like, “Let’s just try everything and see what happens.” He’s fantastic. He’ll always take the band’s opinion over everyone else, which is really cool and helpful for an artist. He’s a great writer and really pushed us in our songwriting.

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