Back at the start of July, The All-American Rejects surprised everyone with the release of 2 new tracks simultaneously! Here at Drop This we had been seriously craving new AAR following the release of only one new song in the 5 years between 2012’s Kids In The Street album and now; ‘Sweat’ and ‘Close Your Eyes’ did not disappoint. The releases led to much discussion about our favourite songs from Tyson Ritter and co, some of which may surprise you by making it into our top 5.
5) ‘Someday’s Gone’ – Kids In The Street (2012)
It’s the album’s opener, and the thrash of the intro sets the tone for what is to come on the rest of the album. The album as a whole was an absolute beauty, and this track epitomises that. It’s a track packed with rhythm, as well as sharp, relatable lyrics, and it gathers energy and momentum throughout, leading to a huge explosive end to the song.
4) ‘Swing, Swing’ – The All American Rejects (2002)
The All-American Rejects’ first big hit from their debut album has a rawness about it compared to their later work, and we still can’t get enough of it. It screams the thoughts and feeling of our emo-teen selves, with perhaps a little more craftsmanship than we were capable of producing ourselves. Plus any song that uses a church organ intro before phasing into rock deserves a place in the top five of any list. If you haven’t seen the video of Tyson Ritter performing this alongside a string quartet at a recent Emo Nite in Los Angeles already, you need to check it out. String, string…
3) ‘There’s A Place’ – Miss You Already (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2015)
Back in 2015 The All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter starred in the movie Miss You Already, alongside Toni Collete and Drew Barrymore. An emotional film to say the least, its soundtrack needed to be fitting of that, and the boys in AAR didn’t disappoint with what they produced. It’s a beautifully haunting track that showcases the opposite end of what the band are capable of. Get the tissues ready if you haven’t heard it already…
2) ‘Move Along’ – Move Along (2005)
The title track of The All-American Rejects sophomore album is a timeless anthem which hasn’t aged a day. It’s scientifically proven that it’s impossible to hear this song and stop yourself from singing at the top of your lungs. (This is not 100% accurate, but you get the point.) And have we mentioned the reaction this song receives when it’s played live? It’s a noughties emo-pop gem that belongs to this generation, right up there with ‘Mr Brightside’ by The Killers, and ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor’ by the Arctic Monkeys.
1) ‘Mona Lisa (When The World Comes Down)’ – When The World Comes Down (2008)
A surprising choice for our number 1 slot? Possibly, but it is most definitely a deserving choice. Essentially this stripped back track is all about Tyson Ritter’s flawless vocals and an acoustic guitar, and it is beautiful. This song was released nearly a decade ago and it’s spent almost that entire time on the “Top 25 Most Played” sections of our iPod’s. The core theme of the song is the lyric “You can sit beside me when the world comes down”, which is a gorgeous, bittersweet, poetic view of the love you can have for somebody else.
‘Dirty Little Secret’ you say? ‘It Ends Tonight’ we hear you ask? And is that ‘Gives You Hell’ you’re shouting at the screen? Trust me, choosing our five favourite AAR tracks wasn’t easy, but it speaks volumes of the quality and depth that The All-American Rejects back-catalogue contains. Here at Drop This we can’t wait to see what’s to come from the new The All-American Rejects album, and we’ll be sure to let you know what we think of it when it’s released.
We’d love to hear some of your favourite tracks from the boys, so let us know which top 5-worthy gems we’ve missed off the list.