Song of the Day #3,552: ’26’ – Paramore

Paramore’s latest album After Laughter has been on steady rotation in my household lately. It’s the rare record all four of us like.

The tracks are mostly upbeat pop songs but today’s SOTD, ’26,’ is an exception. Written by lead singer Hayley Williams as a message to her younger self, the song celebrates the power of hope. In earlier songs, she wrote about staying grounded and not getting lost in the clouds, but here she calls out that worldview as cynical.

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Song of the Day #3,511: ‘Hard Times’ – Paramore

Paramore claims the #11 spot on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll with their sprightly single ‘Hard Times.’

Despite the calypso beat and pop art video, this is song was inspired by a bout of depression suffered by lead singer Hayley Williams. The juxtaposition of music and lyrics makes for a pleasantly disorienting experience.

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Song of the Day #2,155: ‘Ain’t It Fun’ – Paramore

paramoreI’ve noticed a trend in the top Billboard songs, especially as we move into summer.

The big hits tend to either be hedonistic party anthems or touchy-feely motivational songs that could come right out of a self-help book.

As recent examples of the latter, think Pharell’s ‘Happy’ and Nico & Vinz’s ‘Am I Wrong?’ (both in the top ten) as well as today’s SOTD, Paramore’s ‘Ain’t It Fun.’

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