From modest origins back in Florida to becoming the headlining face of Self Help Fest, A Day To Remember are a true Cinderella story. With five full-length albums, their own music festival and enough clout to not only successfully self-release a record, but for it to chart, ADTR has become one of the biggest successes to not only break out from their respective music scene, but to still stay true to it. Underneath all of their musical triumph, however, are several often overlooked tracks that really help round out their discography. Here are the 10 best deep cuts every A Day To Remember fan needs to know.
“Good Things” (Common Courtesy, 2013)
This bonus track to the band's self-released Common Courtesy was made available several weeks after the album dropped. With its upbeat, pop-punk chorus, it's hard to believe that the catchiest track on the album is actually a rather biting front for a break-up song.
“Right Where You Want Me To Be” (Attack Of The Killer B-Sides, 2010)
Though initially released as a Christmas single in 2009, “Right Where You Want Me To Be” became far more than just a fun “home for the holidays” track. With lyrics that don't focus heavily on Yule-tidings, this jam is acceptable all year round, especially with its classically comical ADTR video.
“1958” (And Their Name Was Treason, 2005)
Many people tend to forget about ADTR's debut record And Their Name Was Treason. However, it's the album that helped get the band signed to Victory Records and features “1958,” a surprisingly heavy, throwback version of the band's now more “pop-core” sound. Bonus: It's accompanied by a sample of the infamous prayer recited in the film The Boondock Saints.
“Breathe Hope In Me” (Halos For Heroes, Dirt For The Dead, 2004)
If you ever want to see what A Day To Remember looked like in high school, then check out their DIY music video for “Breathe Hope In Me.” But the real reason to check out this track is to hear the incredibly sophisticated songwriting, especially considering this was from their self-released debut EP..
“You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic” (What Separates Me From You, 2010)
More than just a shout out to the characters from Sonic The Hedgehog, “You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic” is one of the best under-appreciated moments on ADTR's 2010 release. Combining some of the heaviest instrumentals laid on the album with even more intense lyrics, it's a great reminder of the musical range ADTR has covered over the years.
“Holdin' It Down For The Underground” (Homesick, 2009)
Homesick is arguably the essential ADTR album, and it’s lesser known tracks like this one that combine classic metalcore breakdowns with extremely memorable, pop-oriented choruses that make it such a staple.
“Over My Head (Cable Car)” (Punk Goes Pop 2, 2009)
A Day To Remember isn't a stranger to covering pop songs, but their rendition of the Fray's Top 40 hit is by far their best. While still maintaining the soothing melody of the track's original version, ADTR was able to smoothly transform their cover into something that fit seamlessly with the rest of their discography.
“Show 'Em The Ropes” (For Those Who Have Heart, 2007)
Myspace was a monumental factor in promoting the tracks off of ADTR's 2007 release, and while many of the songs on this album were accompanied by whimsical music videos parodying Kelly Clarkson or glorifying Ron Jeremy's moshing skills, B-sides like “Show 'Em The Ropes” were also notable choices for background music on your profile.
“Sticks & Bricks” (What Separates Me From You, 2010)
The breakdown on this track sounds similar to something comedic YouTuber Jared Dines would mosh like a pterodactyl to, but the chorus to “Sticks & Bricks” is one of the strongest off the 2010 album. Written from a very personal perspective, lines like “So here I stand/The only son of a working class man/I won't be held back/I can't be held down,” delve deep into the band's difficult beginnings as well as their climb to success.
“Why Walk On Water When We've Got Boats” (For Those Who Have Heart, 2007)
This minute and 55 second track with a snarky title is a great example of “less is more.” Completely abandoning the basic verse-chorus song structure, it's a track highly reminiscent of old school hardcore with a contemporary twist.