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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