Wednesday 10 September 2014

My Top Ten Paramore Songs

So, if you're a fan of Paramore, you'll probably have realised that the name of my blog is actually a lyric from their song Turn It Off. I chose this name all the way back in 2009 when I started my tumblr, as I was very into the band, and thought the words 'lost in all my selfish thoughts' summed up what a blog was all about (or at least my blog). I've been a fan of the band for what seems like ever, have seen them live 8 times, and got to speak to them at the Reading signing tent in 2010. 

I thought I'd do a post today compiling, what I think are, the ten best Paramore songs. This was hard, really hard. To be honest with you, there's not a single Paramore song I dislike, only songs I've listened to so many times that I don't love them as much as I used to. The ten songs I've chosen span their whole back catalogue, and show all the different sides of the band. If you're a fan, do you agree with my choices? And if you've heard of Paramore but never really given them a chance, I think this playlist is a good 'in'. I'm sure my choices were different last week and will be different next week, but for this moment in time, here are my Top Ten Paramore songs ...

1. My Heart | All We Know Is Falling

I chose this song because of this performance. I was at this gig in 2009, and it was the first real gig I'd ever been to. Standing and all. I remember them performing this song so vividly, it gave me goosebumps. I can't listen to it now without getting emotional. I wanted to share this song with you, in particular this performance, as it was my musical awakening. It cemented my love of live music in the best way possible.

2. That's What You Get | RIOT!

This was the first Paramore song I ever heard, and just hearing that intro makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I know it's not a particularly happy song, but it definitely makes me feel good. 

3. Ain't It Fun | Paramore

This is the most recent song I've got on the playlist, and the only one from Paramore the album (unless you count Escape Route, which I don't really think you can). What can I even say about this song, other than it is utter perfection. It's the most played song in my iTunes, by a mile, and I don't think I will ever get bored of it. I played it for my dad, as you do, and he said he thought it had a kind of Prince vibe which I thought was interesting. Do you agree? I haven't posted the actual music video because it's the radio edit, and the album version is 10x better.

4. Hello Cold World | singles

This song came at a time when Paramore's future as a band was uncertain, and I, like many other fans, was pretty upset about it. They released four singles in 2011, Monster, In The Mourning, Renegade and Hello Cold World. These songs were all pretty different for Paramore, but I loved every one (except maybe Monster). I would've chosen to put Renegade on here, BUT I only really love one particular performance of that song, I'm not as keen on the studio version. Hello Cold World is also the second most played song on my iTunes, so I thought I should try and sneak it in. 

5. Feeling Sorry | brand new eyes

brand new eyes is such a great, well rounded, album, and to me, all of the tracks are stand outs. I chose this one because I've listened to it less than some of the others, so it still has an edge of novelty.

6. Escape Route | Paramore Bonus Track

Ahhh, I don't know why this track was not on the album!! I get that the album has a flow that maybe this song wouldn't have fit with, but it's such a shame as it's such a great track and everyone should hear it! The other bonus track Native Tongue is also pretty excellent.

7. Looking Up | brand new eyes

I love the message of this song, it has a tone that is quite rare in Paramore songs. It's a great song to listen to if you're feeling at all down, as it's incredibly relatable (at least to me).

8. Crushcrushcrush (live) | The Final RIOT!

This is a unique song to me in that I remember exactly where I was when I first heard it (I was on the piccadilly line tube on the way home from school if you're interested). It's definitely not my favourite Paramore song, but the live arrangement on The Final Riot! is so great, especially the introduction.

9. I Caught Myself | The Twilight Soundtrack

Another song that's not on a Paramore album and most definitely should be is this one. It's from the Twilight soundtrack, meaning that many people dismiss it straight off. I love this song, and think it's a shame that more people haven't heard it as the bridge is insane!

10. Franklin | All We Know Is Falling

Definitely the saddest Paramore song, it's sometimes hard to listen to listen to without shedding a tear. The fact that the band were, and are still, so young, has meant that I've grown up with them, and it's strange how some of their older songs have suddenly become relevant to me.

I hope you've enjoyed this Top Ten, do you agree with my choices?

1 comment:

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