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Hayley Williams of the rock band Paramore performs on stage during the 2023 Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival at Footprint Center on February 09, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Paramore is one of the most iconic emo groups out there. Forming in 2004 in Tennessee, Paramore has been and still is one of the best female-led bands around. The band consists of lead vocalist/frontwoman Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro. Williams and Farro are the founding members of the group, while York, who was a high school friend, joined in 2007. Though the group’s debut album, All We Know Is Falling, came out in 2005, 2007’s Riot! was their major success. With hits like “Misery Business,” “Crushcrushcrush,” and “That’s What You Get,” the band gained mainstream recognition. Hayley’s vibrant red and blonde “scene” hairstyle made her every teenage girl’s style inspiration and every boy’s crush (you had to be there).

Paramore’s Ups and Downs

Their 2009 follow-up, Brand New Eyes, is the band’s second-highest-charting album to date with hits like “Ignorance,” “Brick By Boring Brick,” “The Only Exception,” and “Playing God.” The following year, Josh and Zac Farro announced that they were leaving the band. In 2011, Hayley told MTV that despite the band losing two of its members, they would release new music soon. The singer also admitted that Paramore’s style would likely change with the new members but clarified that the band would still retain their core signature sound. Despite Paramore’s years-long of internal drama and the coming and going of Zac, they released three more albums (2013’s self-titled album, 2017’s After Laughter, and 2023’s This Is Why).

The Future of Paramore

This summer, the band is hitting the road again from May to August as part of their This Is Why tour. Kicking off their 13-leg US tour in Houston, Texas, the band will finish off in Minnesota before moving to New Zealand, Australia, and Europe for the next year. They will be joined by special guests Bloc Party, Foals, Genesis Owusu, and The Linda Lindas for selected dates. Paramore will be keeping busy touring, joining Taylor Swift on her Eras Tour in the UK next year as well. Hayley recently offered her vocals on a “From the Vault” track with Swift, titled “Castles Crumbling,” as part of her Speak Now re-recording.

See below our top 10 picks of Paramore’s entire discography and let the nostalgia seep in.

  • That's What You Get

    This song is pretty self-explanatory: when you listen to your heart over your head, there’s gonna be trouble. This is about the constant battles and ups and downs of what it’s like being in love.

  • Brick By Boring Brick

    This is probably one of the most beautiful videos the band has come out with. Using imagery of butterflies and the lyrics to match, “Brick By Boring Brick” is one of Paramore’s more fun songs using storybook inspiration.

  • The Only Exception

    If you’re already feeling emotional, this song will push you over the edge and make you cry. Every person who loves their father can really immerse themselves in Hayley’s opening of “The Only Exception.” This love song is great to sing along and (try to) belt out those high notes.

  • All I Wanted

    We love how this song progresses very fast, from a soft and light intro to the guitar and drums coming in. Hayley can really hit those powerful high notes that are very hard to replicate. She achieves this so effortlessly and perfectly.

  • Playing God

    Paramore will always call you out on the BS. “Playing God” points at self-righteous people, Hayley’s bandmates, and people who make you feel like you’re not good enough. We love how Hayley’s voice overlaps at the bridge with Josh Farro.

  • Hallelujah

    With another religion-influenced song title (“Hallellujah” came out in 2007, while “Playing God” was in 2009″), this song is all positive vibes that leave you in a great mood.

  • Still Into You

    “Still Into You” is such a cute, whimsical song. The instrumentals are so fun sounding throughout the song, and the inflection in which Hayley sings is really unique. The music video very much reflects that as well.

  • Misery Business

    If you’re not a Paramore fan, this is the song that everyone’s heard at least once. Hayley was just 17 years old when she wrote the song with the iconic yet controversial line, “Once a whore, you’re nothing more, I’m sorry, that will never change.” This is widely regarded as one of the band’s best songs, which we agree with, but it isn’t no. 1.

  • Crushcrushcrush

    When you’re feeling tired of being around people, this is the perfect song to bask in that alone time: “Nothing compares to a quiet evening alone.” Hayley has a way of singing lyrics that is empowering for women who don’t take any s— from anyone.

  • Decode

    The year was 2008. Twilight had just come out and Paramore skyrocketed their popularity when they debuted “Decode” as the movie’s lead single off the soundtrack (solid soundtrack, by the way). 15 years later, and this song still hits like it did when we were teens.

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