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5SOS' 'She's Kinda Hot' Was Kinda Inspired By These 7 Songs

Musicology, though.

If you had ears in the '90s/early aughts, 5 Seconds Of Summer's latest track, "She's Kinda Hot," probably stirred up all kinds of memories -- it basically sounds exactly like a jam that would have come up after "All Star" and before "What's My Age Again" on your local radio's countdown of hits. And that's a good thing.

Sure, the song totally sounds like a throwback track -- with lyrical nods to bands like Green Day, The Offspring and Bad Brains -- but, what, exactly, are the dudes tapping into with their new "heavy as hell" (as Michael Clifford calls it) track?

We hit up our favorite musicologist, Joe Bennett, for the scoop:

  1. "Day Tripper," The Beatles...

    "The song opens with a arpeggio guitar riff in the key of E, played on the two bass strings of the instrument. It's a variation on the 1950s rock 'n' roll walking bass line, and this type of riff appears in countless well-known songs, including 'Day Tripper'..."

  2. "My Girl," The Temptations...
  3. And "Chuck E's In Love," Rickie Lee Jones
  4. "Rock Around The Clock," Bill Haley...

    "Clearly the production shows off 5SOS' rockier side, and it's worth noting that Michael and Ashton co-wrote it with John Feldmann (an experienced producer who's co-written with Blitz Kids and Panic! at the Disco) and the Madden brothers (Good Charlotte). But deep down, it's structurally quite a traditional song. Apart from a slightly shorter first verse, most of the song is based around a 12-bar blues, a chord sequence that has underpinned thousands of older songs, including 'Rock Around The Clock'..."

  5. "Stuck In The Middle With You," Stealers Wheel...
  6. "In The Summertime," Mungo Jerry...
  7. And The "Batman" Theme Song From The '60s