The Jonas Brothers just dropped their first album in ten years, and balance has been restored to the boy band universe. Happiness Begins began streaming at midnight on June 7. If you've heard the group's inescapable lead single (and certified bop) "Sucker," and its more laid-back follow-up "Cool," you can probably guess at the theme of the album, which is that everyone's favorite trio of brothers is back, they're in love, and they're having a really good time. Now that we finally have enough new music to go on a JoBros binge, you can sit back and relax while we decode the smooth track you'll be blasting all summer long.
What's it about: The Jonas Brothers are obsessed with their wives (as they should be)
This song has been playing everywhere almost non-stop since it first debuted. You probably know what's up, but if you don't: the Jonas Brothers really love their wives. They would follow them around the world. Listen, if we were married to Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, or Danielle Jonas we'd also be suckers.
What's it about?: absolutely crushing it.
"Cool" is a song for when everything in your life is going totally right. Imposter syndrome, who? Packed with pop-culture references (there's a Game of Thrones reference!) "Cool" is a song for the times when you're certain you're destined to be one of the greats.
What's it about?: those nights you wish could go on forever (also, Sophie Turner).
Joe sings most of the lyrics on "Only Human," this synth-y jam about not wanting the night to end. We'd wager it's inspired by his too-cool-for-school relationship with Sophie Turner. This drinking and dancing in the living room vibe seems like her ideal night in.
What's it about?: Priyanka Chopra
This song is a point-for-point rebuttal to everyone who said that Priyanka and Nick were moving too fast. On "I Believe," Nick sings about not caring about the haters because he's found something exceptional. It's got R&B overtones and its totally hitting us square in the feels.
What's it about?: a complicated relationship with an ex (possibly Olivia Culpo?)
On "Used To Be," the brothers sing about an ex who's moving on. Despite the fact that this ex has been spotted around town with a new beau, they just can't stop thinking about her. Like with most breakups, the feelings are complicated though. Could this track possibly about Nick's ex Olivia Culpo? There's nothing definitive pointing that way, but she did allegedly inspire Nick's song "Jealous," so make of that what you will.
What's it about?: an on off-and-on again relationship
"Every Single Time" is about a girl that just won't get out of their heads. Despite the drama of the relationship, it seems like the connection is real and they're not going to be able to stop anytime soon. We can totally relate to the feeling of not being able to get someone out of our heads, even though they won't commit, but we doubt that this one is personal.
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What's it about?: a possible break up. Sophie Turner?
"Don't Throw It Away" is kind of an anthem for commitmentphobes? In the best way? Full of harmonies, this song is about asking someone to take a beat before they break off a serious relationship. It's sweet and patient, but it also begs the question — who are these girls who keep trying to walk out on the Jonas Brothers? Anyone who's gotten skittish when things get serious will relate. Joe and Sophie have admitted they once broke up for like, a day, before they got engaged — so our money's on these two.
What's it about?: the Jonas wives!!!
We're not crying, you're crying. "Love Her" strays a little close to basic, and it won't get you dancing, but it's so sweet you guys. All three brothers are credited writers on this song, and they sound so soft and in love. We love the Jonas Wives almost as much as we love the JoBros themselves and there can never be too many tracks about how amazing they are. "Love Her" is about real, grown-up relationships. Excuse us, we will be swooning over the way Joe sings, "Opposite attract and we're the living proof of this."
What's it about?: faking it for the cameras.
Is this an intentional reference to Kasey Musgraves "Happy and Sad"? Since the brothers we spotted jamming to "Golden Hour" on a boat while filming the "Sucker" music video, we know that they're fans of the Grammy award-winning country singer. The jury's still out, but "Happy When I'm Sad" is about those times when you're keeping up appearances despite the fact that everything is actually the worst. Think of it as the polar opposite of "Cool." Is this song a reference to the hard times the Jonas Brothers experienced after they broke up? We'd say yes.
What's it about?: irresistable sexual tension
While smooth falsetto "ooo"s and a funky beat, "Trust" is about those people who just make you act kind of crazy. If you're beginning to sense that the fact the Jonas Brothers are very, very overwhelmed by their wives, we'd say you'd be right. We doubt you'll be shouting the chorus anytime soon, but "Trust" gets points for being a nice breather on an album full of rushy bangers. It also might be the sexiest song on the album.
What's it about? suprise — it's another song about being into a girl
Fans of Jack Antonoff's The Bleachers (and everyone else) will immediately fall in love with "Strangers." This song is buzzy and breathless. It's got huuuge summer vibes. "Strangers" is about meeting someone who feels immediately familiar. It's a little jolt of lightning in a bottle, just like meeting someone and immediately knowing you're going to be best friends.
What's it about?: Sophie Turner
Joe has been really open about how this song is about his wife, Sophie Turner, and her struggles with depression. It's an earnest, beating love song that will literally leave you in tears. Bonus points awarded for being about mental health. Depression isn't normally the sort of thing that boy bands think (or write songs) about, so we can't give Joe enough props for this gem of a song. Everyone deserves love, no matter what they're going through.
What's it about?: the good ole days and their breakup
Okay, so this one is so clearly about the beginning of the Jonas Brothers' as a band, their rise to fame, and their eventual breakup and estrangement. We're not gonna lie, it had us tearing up a little bit. "Rollercoaster" might be the most emotional track on the album. It's a sunset-tinged track about nostalgia, growing older, and looking back on the hard times that made you stronger. If you were a teen when the Jonas Brothers first got big, this one is going to hit you where it hurts.
What's it about?: getting the band back together, kinda.
At first glance, "Comeback" might read like a traditional love song, but we're not fooled. It's the perfect coda to Happiness Begins, an album filled with unconditional and electric love. By now we know that the brothers are thrilled about their wives, but they're clearly also so happy that the band's back together, too. "Comeback" is about deep, secure intimacy and bringing the past into a newer, brighter future.