Song of the Day: Paramore – “Hard Times”

Billboard posted their selections this week for the best songs of 2017 so far, with this popular track from Paramore being one of the highest-rated rock songs on the list at No. 11. The first single off their new album After Laughter, which was released in May, “Hard Times” brings a Talking Heads-esque sound. Of the track, Billboard says, “What do you do when you realize life ain’t that fun? You invite your old friend back into the band and write a tropical Talking Heads banger about how the world is just plain trash. “Hard Times” proclaimed Paramore’s latest album with attitude, signaling a series of stylistic shifts in the process: from chugging, dual-guitar rock to Taylor York’s nimble new wave jabs, from stern faces and black backgrounds to oversized outfits and Lisa Frank’s color board. After Laughter is Paramore’s push for whip-smart alt rock in the land of pop and its lead single was arguably the best single from what may be the best popular rock band of this century. Here’s to harder times ahead.” Click here to see their full top 50.

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