Our top ten A Day To Remember songs list looks at the work of a rock band that combines a range of styles and has been described as both metalcore and pop punk. A Day To Remember was first formed in Florida in 2003. A year later they released an independent ep which they distributed at their live shows.
Their full-length debut album And Their Name Was Treason was released in 2005 and sold over 10,000 copies. They then recorded their second album For Those Who Have Heart which got to number seventeen on the Billboard Heatseekers chart when it was released in in 2007. When it was re-released in 2008 it got to number forty-three on the Independent Albums Chart. After re-releasing their debut album in later that year, they began recording their third album which saw a release in 2009 and was titled Homesick. It got to number twenty-one on the Billboard 200 and topped the independent charts.
In 2010, they released their fourth album What Separates Me From You which like the previous record was produced by Chad Gilbert from New Found Glory. After fighting a lawsuit with their label Victory Records, they released their fifth album Common Courtesy in 2013. In 2016 they released a new song titled “Bad Vibrations” and announced that it was the title track of their sixth album which was released in 2016. The next couple of years were rather quiet for A Day To Remember and no new music was produced until 2019 when they released a new song titled “Rescue Me.” Their most recent album Your Welcome was released in 2021.
A Day To Remember are one of the most successful band to emerge from the mid 2000’s era. Their popularity has even enabled to be able to host their own festival which is called the Self Help fest and has hosted many of the biggest bands in contemporary punk, emo and metal. Here is a list of their ten best songs.
# 10 – 1958
Kicking off our top ten A Day To Remember songs list is this track taken from their debut album And Their Name Was Treason released in 2005. Like several other songs on the album, this track features a sample from a film, with the film sampled here being The Boondock Saints. It is also one of the songs on the album that was written by the band when they were teenagers.
# 9 – It’s Complicated
Next up is the third single from the band’s fourth album What Separates Me From You released in 2010. It charted on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Charts at number thirty-four. They played an acoustic version of it for an MTV performance. It is one of the more pop-oriented songs in the ADTR discography, sounding somewhat like a heavier Blink 182.
# 8 – The Plot to Bomb To Panhandle
This next track is taken from the band’s second album For Those Who Have Heart released in 2007. In the US, the album charted at number seventeen on the Heatseekers Albums Chart. This song had a music video produced for it. Critics generally liked the album and said that it was an improvement on their debut record.
# 7 – You Be Tails, I’ll Be Sonic
Here we have another track from What Separates Me From You. It is one of the band’s heavier songs but still contains the band’s use of melody which they are known to often incorporate. Despite the song’s title being a reference to Sonic The Hedgehog, the lyrics have nothing to do with that and are personal lyrics about events that have occurred in guitarist Kevin Scaff’s life.
# 6 – I’m Made of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?
The next song on this list is taken from the group’s third album Homesick released in 2009. It features guest vocals from Mike Hrancia who is the frontman of The Devil Wears Prada and a music video for it was also filmed. It charted at number twenty-one on the Billboard 200 and topped in the Independent charts.
# 5 – Monument
Our next song is another cut taken from the second album. This album was their first to be released on Victory Records. In 2008, the album was reissued with different artwork and four new bonus tracks. When it was reissued it re-entered the charts getting to number forty-three on the Independent album charts.
# 4- Have Faith In Me
In the next place is another song from the third album that was released as a single. It charted at number forty in the Alternative Songs chart. There was also a music video produced for it. The sound of the song has also been compared to Blink 182 which is easy to see. The lyrics are about friendship and looking out for other people.
# 3 – Breathe Hope In Me
At the number three position on our list we go all the way back to the beginning of the band’s career with this non album track that is taken from the band’s debut ep Halos For Heroes, Dirt For The Dead released in 2004. This song had a video produced for it while the band were still in high school. The entire thing was recorded in just one day. The band released it themselves and it was limited to just 2000 copies. Ultimately it helped them get signed to the Indianola label.
# 2 – All Signs Point to Lauderdale
Just off the top spot is another song from the fourth record. There was some musical contributions during the writing process from New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert who is also the record’s producer. The title came about when vocalist Jeremy McKinnon and bassist Josh Woodard were walking through a deprived neighbourhood and saw “Lauderdale” on a sign. There was a music video produced for it and it charted on both the Rock Songs chart and the Hot Modern Rock songs chart.
# 1 – The Downfall of Us All
Topping off our list is this song taken from Homesick. It is the album’s opening song and when Jeremy McKinnon suggesting this to the rest of the band they did not think it was a good idea but were more convinced when it was recorded. The song is actually about the pressure that a musician faces when writing music and is aiming to please fans. It also had its own music video and in 2014 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Critics praised the songs for its sound, calling it anthemic and saying that it was a good album opener.
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