Music / Paramore

"The truth never set me free
so I did it myself!!"

Paramore are a Pop Punk band currently made up of vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York (guitarist Josh Farro and his brother Zac, drums, left the band on December 18, 2010, and bassist Jeremy Davis left on December 14, 2015). Formed in 2002 in Franklin, Tennessee, Paramore first hit the scene with their debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005; they have since released two further albums in 2007 (Riot!) and 2009 (brand new eyes); after the Farro brothers left, their Self Titled Fourth Album was released on April 9, 2013 to extremely favorable reviews.

Save for the addition of York, Paramore's main lineup has remained unchanged since the first album; however, Davis left for five months just after the band was signed and his departure formed the basis for much of the first album including the cover artwork and the album-naming All We Know. Over the course of the next year, three singles were released from the first album - "Pressure", "Emergency" and the aforementioned "All We Know" - but none charted at the time of release. However, a constant stream of touring, including the renowned Warped Tour, brought the band a devoted fanbase and by the time Riot! was released in 2007 the media and people as a whole were beginning to recognize Paramore as a definite band to watch.

This new awareness was reflected in the success of the band's sophomore offering; although the album didn't exactly set the charts ablaze, it did enjoy some chart success largely off the back of leading single "Misery Business" (which also went platinum), and later went platinum in the US and gold across the globe. "Hallelujah", "crushcrushcrush" and "That's What You Get", while not quite hitting the same success, cemented the band's reputation.

In 2008, Paramore contributed two songs to the Twilight soundtrack: "I Caught Myself" and lead single "Decode". In early 2009 they began writing and recording their third album, brand new eyes, which was released at the end of September on the back of lead single "Ignorance". This album also gave birth to the singles "The Only Exception" (possibly their biggest hit to date,) "Monster," "Brick By Boring Brick," "Careful," and "Playing God." Josh and Zac Farro quit the band in December 2010, and the future of the group was in doubt until Williams and Davis announced that York had been made a permanent member and the three of them would continue on as a trio with touring members for live shows.

Their fourth album, Paramore, was released on April 9, 2013. The album appears set to become the band's breakthrough, garnering rave reviews and becoming their first to chart at #1 on the Billboard 200. Not to mentioning spawning perhaps their biggest hit yet with "Still Into You." "Ain't It Fun" also performed well on the charts, and two other singles, "Now," and "Anklebiters," have been released.

In 2016, Paramore began writing new album material with original drummer Zac Farro recording and in 2017 he returned to the main line-up and is now their full-time drummer.


  • All We Know Is Falling (2005)
  • The Summer Tic EP (2006)
  • Riot! (2007)
  • The Final Riot! (2008)
  • Brand New Eyes (2009)
  • Singles Club EP (2011)
  • Paramore (2013)
  • After Laughter (2017)

Relevant tropes:

  • Adorkable: Hayley. Watch any interview or video where she is happy or upbeat for proof, or read her Twitter posts. Due to her size and energy, it may also cross into Moe territory. The whole band is pretty adorkable frolicking around in the video for "Still Into You." And even more so in the video for "Ain't It Fun".
  • Alpha Bitch: The girl in the music video for 'Misery Business'.
  • Anachronic Order: "crushcrushcrush", to an extreme (the song has a narrative, but it's completely shattered)
  • Audience Participation Song: "Whoa", "My Heart" and "Where The Lines Overlap". A specific variation occurs with live performances of "Misery Business", in which Hayley often brings a random fan on stage to sing part of the song with her. The results vary from show to show.
  • Attention Whore: "Where The Lines Overlap" begins with the line "Give me attention, I need it now."
  • Band of Relatives: Two sets: the Farro brothers, who were co-founders and left in 2010; and the York brothers, current guitarist Taylor and tour member Justin.
  • The Bus Came Back: Half a year after confirming that Zac Farro was going to recording drums for Paramore's fifth album, Paramore has confirmed that he is back in the band.
  • Catch Phrase: Judging from their Twitter feeds, 'Panties in a bunch' seems to be Hayley's catchphrase. She says it a lot, and we mean a LOT. Though, judging by some of her other feeds, she must seem to enjoy just saying the word 'panties' or 'pants'.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander / Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hayley is downright odd at times in videos, and her Twitter posts may sometimes become insane rambling. Despite that, there's no denying that she is a talented singer.
  • Darker and Edgier: The music video for "Brick by Boring Brick" becomes this starting at the bridge. "Part II" is described as more hopeless compared to "Let the Flames Begin" and is probably the darkest song on Paramore.
  • Downer Ending: The end of "That's What You Get" may count as one depending on who you are, but its alternate ending would definitely count.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: All We Know is Falling has screamo vocals on it, something the band hasn't done since (especially after Josh Farro's departure)
  • Epic Rocking: Future clocks in at 7:51.
  • Excited Show Title!: Riot!
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Future" has one of these.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: "Brick By Boring Brick" is from the perspective of one of these (or at least a concern-troll friend), portrayed positively. The speaker insists that the subject's romantic views and love of fairy tales are keeping her deluded and prone to being taken advantage of.
  • Fiery Redhead: Hayley is best known for coloring her hair some form of red or orange, from tangerine all the way down to crimson, and her energy cements the "fiery" part. She's actually joked that she has trouble remembering what color her hair really is anymore.
  • Fractured Fairytale: "Brick By Boring Brick" would count.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Both Hayley and Taylor have names that can be applied to both genders.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Discussed in "Misery Business"
  • Genki Girl: Hayley, energy, bright hair, diminuitive stature and all.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Hayley stands at about 5'2; every guy that's been in the band is a giant compared to her, as well as her husband Chad Gilbert.
  • I Am the Band: It turns out that Hayley is the only signed member of Paramore, and the others are just a glorified backing band. Hayley appears not to like this setup, but it led to the schism in the band.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Hayley.
  • Lighter and Softer: Their third album could arguably be this, especially with songs such as "The Only Exception" and "Misguided Ghosts". The fourth album definitely qualifies, as it's a fair bit poppier than the other three.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Ain't It Fun" isn't about having fun, it's about a sad loner whom alienated their friends and can't deal with the real world...
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: for both Riot! and brand new eyes.
  • Male Band, Female Singer: One of the most known examples in this genre.
  • Messy Hair: Taylor has the curly variety when he lets his hair grow out.
  • Metal Scream: The end of "My Heart".
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually a pretty solid 4, with a few songs delving into 5 or 6 territory and others dropping to a 2 or 3.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not to the same extent as certain popstars, but Hayley's not afraid to bare her midriff and show some skin.
  • Not Christian Rock: Hayley and several others of the band are Christians, but the music isn't necessarily what you'd call Christian music. Still, it's important enough to them that Hayley felt the need to apologize on her website for using God's name in vain in one of their songs.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Invoked in "Misery Business".
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: "Ain't It Fun" is the music video with the most records broken, all of which also enter the trope.
  • Pop Punk: Gradually became one of pop-punk's preeminent bands. So much so that they're one of the few bands of the style still lingering in the top 40. In fact, contemporaries like Fall Out Boy have expanded their palette to include more and more electronic sounds and Arena Rock tendencies, whereas Paramore have remained pretty true to their basic rock sound, which means Hayley stands out big time amongst Ariana Grande and Katy Perry.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: "(One Of Those) Crazy Girls" is from the perspective of one of these.
  • Rock Star Song: "Fences"
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Hayley, sometimes.
  • Self-Titled Album: Their fourth studio album.
  • Sequel Song: "Part II" to "Let the Flames Begin".
  • Shout-Out: Paramore are, as with most '90s and '00s emo bands, big fans of Hardcore Punk, to the point where "Born For This" is built around a big reference to "Liberation Frequency" by Refused.
  • Silly Love Songs: "Still Into You" is an upbeat, happy, straight-forward, "I love you" song, with an idealism not present in earlier songs.
  • Sixth Ranger: Taylor. He co-wrote Paramore's very first song "Conspiracy" featured on their debut album, but didn't start playing with the band live until the Riot! era, became an official member with brand new eyes, and is now the only official member of the band aside from Hayley.
  • Something Completely Different: "Future" from the band's Self-Titled Album turns into mathy Post-Rock towards the end.
  • Spiritual Successor: The band is trying very hard to make "In The Mourning" a "sequel" of sorts to Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," going so far as to use the same guitar riff and melody. Hayley even interwove "Landslide" lyrics into this song during one of their concerts.
  • Studio Chatter: At the end of "Anklebiters" and before the third chorus of "Still Into You".
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Misguided Ghosts", "The Only Exception" and "Hate to See Your Heart Break".
  • Technician Vs Performer: In the video for "Still Into You," you have Hayley performing spontaneous seeming dance moves while surrounded by perfectly choreographed ballerinas.
  • Those Two Guys: The group is best known as Hayley Williams and those two guys.
  • Title Drop: "That's What You Get" is the only song on Riot! to contain the word "riot".
  • Title Only Chorus: Used a few times in brand new eyes.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Ignorance" and "Playing God"
  • Traumatic Haircut: The mean girl in the "Misery Business" video scissors the braid off one of her unfortunate classmates, to the classmate's dismay.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The Self-Titled era set up. You have Taylor and Jeremy as the two guys, and Hayley as the girl. They've had various touring members for live shows, including Ilan Rubin (who did drums on the self-titled album) and Aaron Gillespie.
  • Video Full of Film Clips: "Decode", although there is also a band-only version available.

Alternative Title(s): Hayley Williams