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"The truth never set me free - so I did it myself!"
L-R: Taylor York, Hayley Williams, Zac Farro

Paramore are an Alternative Rock band currently made up of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Hayley Williams (born December 27, 1988), guitarist/keyboardist/backing vocalist Taylor York (born December 17, 1989), and drummer Zac Farro (born June 4, 1990). Former guitarist Josh Farro and his brother Zac left the band on December 18, 2010, only for Zac to return in 2017; bassist Jeremy Davis left on December 14, 2015.

Save for the addition of York, Paramore's main lineup remained mostly unchanged through the release of their first three albums. However, Davis left for five months just after the band was signed, and his departure formed the basis for much of their first album All We Know Is Falling, including the cover artwork and the album title.

While none of the album's three singles charted upon release, a constant stream of touring, including the renowned Warped Tour, brought the band a devoted fanbase. The public were beginning to recognize Paramore as a band to keep an eye on by the time their second album Riot! was released in 2007, reflected in its success through numerous charting singles, most prominently lead single "Misery Business".


A year after the release of their third album, brand new eyes, Josh and Zac Farro quit the band, and the future of the group was in doubt until Williams announced that she, York (now playing all the guitar and drumming in the studio) and Davis would just continue as a trio with touring members.

Their next album Paramore — named as such since it felt like a reintroduction of the band to the world and themselves — became the band's breakthrough, garnering rave reviews and becoming their first to chart at #1 on the Billboard 200 with some of their biggest singles yet.

The band underwent further internal turmoil in 2015 that culminated in Davis' second departure. In 2016, Paramore returned to the studio to develop new material with their original drummer Zac Farro; in 2017, he returned to the main line-up as their full-time drummer in time for the release of their fifth album, After Laughter.


In 2020, Hayley released her first solo album Petals For Armor. A pop album with very deep and personal lyrics, centered around Hayley's struggles with depression, her failed marriage, etc. In 2021, she released a companion album called Flowers For Vases, which continues the self-reflective lyrics of the previous album but goes for a more folk-influenced music style.


  • 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)

”I’m in the business of tropes, let’s take it from the top”:

  • Album Title Drop: "That's What You Get" is the only song on Riot! to contain the word "riot".
  • Alpha Bitch: The girl in the music video for "Misery Business". Gets hers in the end when her cups get plucked out of her dress.
  • Anachronic Order: "crushcrushcrush", to an extreme. The song has a narrative, but it's completely shattered.
  • Ascended Extra: Taylor York. Josh and Zac were previously in a band with him before they met Hayley, so they wanted him in the first place for the foundation of Paramore, but Hayley had already recruited Jason Bynum along with Jeremy, and she didn't want to fire anyone, though he still helped write a song for All We Know is Falling. When Jason left, the band was finding some success and Taylor's parents didn't want him touring until he was an adult so the band went with Hunter Lamb instead, though Taylor still recorded some guitar for Riot! Hunter conveniently left in time for Taylor to become a full member (although not actually listed as one yet as the band was wary of becoming known as a Revolving Door Band)for their first live album and "Decode". When Taylor proved popular with fans, he was officially announced as a full member as of the recording of brandneweyes.
  • Audience Participation: In live performances of "Misery Business", Hayley would usually pick 1-3 fans to either sing, play guitar, or both.
  • Audience Participation Song: "Whoa", "My Heart" and "Where The Lines Overlap". "Hard Times" has also become one of these, with the audience often belting out the chorus by themselves.
  • Band of Relatives: Three sets:
    • The Farro brothers, who were co-founders and left in 2010.
    • The York brothers, current guitarist Taylor and touring member Justin.
    • The Howard Brothers, albeit briefly, touring third guitarist and keyboard player Jonnote , and touring bassist Joey, who replaced Jeremy Davis.
  • Broken Pedestal: Discussed in "Idle Worship" — the lyrics alluding to "stan" culture and the inevitability of fans being let down if they continue to worship a celebrity (specifically, Hayley herself) and treating them as if they can do no wrong.
    "Oh, it's such a long and awful lonely fall
    Down from this pedestal that you keep putting me on
    What if I fall on my face? What if I make a mistake?
    If it's okay, a little grace would be appreciated."
  • The Bus Came Back: Half a year after confirming that Zac Farro was going to be recording drums for Paramore's fifth album, Paramore has confirmed that he is back in the band.
  • Catchphrase: We. Are. PARAAAMOOOOOORRRE!!
  • Cloud Cuckoolander / Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hayley is downright odd at times in videos, and her Twitter posts may sometimes become insane rambling. Taylor isn't further behind, with cryptically endearing Instagram posts and tweets that are right in the middle of nonsenseland. Their talent is nonetheless undeniable.
  • Cool Shades: Hayley sports a pair in the "Hard Times" video. Hayley also wears some in the "Playing God" video.
  • 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 harsh vocals on a couple tracks, something the band hasn't done since (especially after Josh Farro's departure).
    • Before Paramore, Hayley was part of a group called Mammoth City Messengers. Their only album consists of Christian pop, electronic, hip-hop, and even rap elements.
  • 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 the other gender.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Discussed in "Misery Business"
  • Genre Roulette: They have done everything from Emo to Punk to pop to New Jack Swing to New Wave.
  • Genki Girl: Hayley, energy, bright hair, diminutive stature and all.
  • Guinness Episode: The "Ain't It Fun" music video breaks 10 world records in it:
    • Fastest Time to Break 30 Clocks with Guitars: 31.33 seconds
    • Most Feathers Caught in 30 Seconds: 18 by Jeremy
    • Most Vinyl Records Broken in 1 Minute: 58
    • Longest (recorded) Time Spent Spinning a Record on a Finger: 32.81 seconds by Taylor
    • Fastest Time to Run Through 10 Banners: 9.19 seconds
    • Most Cartwheels Done While Wearing Boots in 30 Seconds: 7 by Hayley
    • Fastest Time to Walk Backwards 30 Feet While Blindfolded and Holding Stuffed Animals: 6.14 seconds by Taylor
    • Fastest Time to Unwrap a "Mummy" (Hayley wrapped in toilet paper): 9.75 seconds by Jeremy and Taylor
    • Longest Scream While Riding in a Convertible: 8.48 seconds by Hayley
    • Most World Records Broken in a Music Video: 10 by Paramore
  • 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 ex-husband Chad Gilbert.
  • I Am the Band: It turns out that Hayley is the only signed member of Paramore. Hayley has expressed her distaste for this setup, but it led to a schism in the band. In a 2020 interview, Williams said that she was signed as a solo artist by Atlantic in 2003, but she didn't want to be one, and had to convince the label to promote the band she had formed with her high school friends instead of making her into the next Avril Lavigne. Williams also noted that Atlantic was the only label that wanted to sign her who would even entertain the idea of releasing music by Paramore, and having her as the only signed member of the band was a compromise that she now regrets. Williams wrote the lyrics to "Conspiracy" about the notion that the band only existed to be a launchpad for her solo career when that wasn't the case at all. When Williams finally released solo albums in 2020 and 2021, they were an arty synthpop record (Petals for Armor) and a quiet acoustic folk album (Flowers for Vases) that while not inaccessible, were much less pop-friendly than anything Paramore had released up to that point.
    • Hayley herself has blasted this claim several times - most notably in 2013, at a private gig in London. She brought up a review of the then-latest album that stated "it feels like a solo debut". She then tore said reviewer a new one by claiming, "I wouldn't be here, and I wouldn't want to be here, if it weren't for the two people standing to my left and right".
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: "Rose-Colored Boy" is from the perspective of someone wearing these, who is sick of a guy she knows who has an overly optimistic view of an increasingly terrible world.
    You say "We gotta look on the bright side"
    I say "Well maybe if you wanna go blind"
    You say my eyes are getting too dark now,
    But boy, you ain't ever seen my mind.
  • 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. The fifth album is by far the lightest and softest in the band's discography...instrumentally, at least.
  • 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...
    • Don't be fooled by the happy beat of "Hard Times", it's actually about a woman so bitter over a relationship that she's planning to ruin her boyfriend's life.
    • In fact, most of After Laughter is this, as it's both about Hayley's strained relationships with her previous bandmates as well as having many songs about dangerous or broken relationshipsnote . Instrumentally, it's a pretty happy album.
  • Male Band, Female Singer: One of the most known examples in this genre (and the current page image).
  • Messy Hair: Taylor has the curly variety when he lets his hair grow out.
  • Metal Scream: The end of "My Heart". A frequent occurrence in live shows too.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not to the same extent as certain popstars, but Hayley's not afraid to bare her midriff and show some skin sometimes.
    • She spends the whole video for "Fake Happy" running around in a tight catsuit while facing away from the camera, essentially giving the audience a 3 and a half minute look at her butt, though given the ending of the video, this may cross over into Fan Disservice.
    • She spent some of the later tours of the After Laughter era, she performed without pants. She wore see-through tights and short shorts combined with oversized shirts/jackets, thus looking like she wasn't wearing anything below the waist some nights. Guess she wanted to remind fans that She's Got Legs.
  • New Wave Music: Where the band's sound has been slowly trending: it started getting a bit more electronically based in their self-titled album, and After Laughter goes fully into the genre.
  • 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.
    • Josh Farro, in particular, is a devout Christian. In the blog post he made after exiting the band, he mentioned that he and Hayley had fought over a line in "Careful" ("The truth never set me free, so I did it myself") because he believed it contradicted John 8:32 ("Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free").
  • 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.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Five foot two and a hundred pounds soaking wet? Hayley checks those boxes. High kicking acrobatics? Checks the other box.
  • 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.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: "Rose-Colored Boy"
  • 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 briefly was the only official member of the band aside from Hayley before Zac's return.
  • Spiritual Successor: The band makes "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.
  • Stepford Smiler: "Fake Happy".
  • Studio Chatter: At the end of "Anklebiters", at the beginning of "Future", and before the third chorus of "Still Into You".
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Misguided Ghosts", "The Only Exception" and "Hate to See Your Heart Break".
  • Surreal Music Video: "Still Into You" has a whimsical, mildly surreal feel to it, with the strangest scenes being Hayley waking up in a bedroom full of birthday cakes, and later, the whole band rowing a rowboat indoors on top of blue balloons. The director commented that, instead of just telling the love story suggested by the lyrics, the video is meant to be a series of metaphors for what falling in love feels like.
  • 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 often known as Hayley Williams and those two guys.
  • 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.
  • True Companions: Hayley and Taylor, in particular. She often cites him as the reason she hasn't given up and Paramore hasn't broken up after everything they've been through, and they acknowledge their close bond very often.
  • 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. The After Laughter era continues this, with Taylor and Hayley accompanied by returning Paramore drummer Zac Farro, rather than Jeremy (who left). They're still backed by touring members for live shows.
  • Ugly All Along: The music video for "Misery Business" features an archetypal Alpha Bitch going around bullying people, making other girls jealous, and the like, until Hayley Williams confronts her, and wipes all her makeup away with toilet roll, and also removes the pads from her top for good measure, exposing her for what kind of person she really is.
  • Video Full of Film Clips: "Decode", although there is also a band-only version available.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Happens to Hayley when she gets struck by cartoonish lightning in the "Hard Times" music video.

Alternative Title(s): Hayley Williams