Paramore’s siren on her top 12 tracks of 2008.
1. “Love in This Club,” Usher
“Growing up in Mississippi, I wasn’t allowed to listen to pop radio, but I loved Usher. Half our band still can’t get into clubs, and we definitely don’t make love in them either.”
2. “Sunday,” H20
“Nothing to Prove is my favorite record of the year. This is their most personal song—he’s singing about his father passing away and being a father himself.”
3. “So What,” Pink
“Badass. ‘So what, I’m still a rock star/I got my rock moves/And I don’t need you.’ Yes!”
4. “Get Back,” Demi Lovato
“She’s a Disney star, but she tears it down—the girl has pipes!”
5. “Be Sensible,” Jimmy Eat World
“‘Don’t get comfortable/Don’t be sensible.’—words to live by. It’s easy to be on autopilot.”
6. “Be Mine,” Robyn
“I saw her on Nickelodeon’s All That when I was 8. She came back this year with the ferociousness. ‘You never were and you never will be mine.’ So emo.”
7. “Say,” John Mayer
“The chorus is, ‘Say what you need to say.’ He did this for The Bucket List. I saw it with my dad and I was balled up trying not to cry.”
8. “Seat Belt,” International Superheroes of Hardcore
“This is New Found Glory’s alias band. ‘You’re driving around and you get hit by a van/You’re out of control but you’re doing what you can/To save your life but there’s no need to try/Because without your seatbelt you know you’re gonna die’—I wrote Never Forget on a seatbelt in my new Maxima.”
9. “State of Emergency,” The Game
“‘California ain’t a state/It’s a army.’ I have no beefs with anyone, but I love hearing people get called out. It’s my rap fantasy: ‘Yeah, get ’em, dude!’”
10. “A Little Priest,” Sweeney Todd Soundtrack
“If you didn’t see this movie, get your ass on your couch and watch it. This song’s about cooking people and how they’ll taste and how rich they’ll be. It’s hilarious.”
11. “Low,” Flo Rida
“In Providence, during ‘crushcrushcrush,’ I sang the lyrics to ‘Low.’ The fans loved it.”
12. “Pacifier,” Kid Dynamite
“Not from 2008, but it helped me survive 2008. ‘So why don’t we throw away the hate and rock tonight.’ Fierce—to steal from Tyra.”
12:34 AM on 12/29/08
Guns don't kill, Cedric & Omar do
First list I've seen that gives props to The Game - and it comes from Hayley Williams? I can dig.
01:48 AM on 12/29/08
Seconded. L.A.X. needs more love.
04:20 AM on 12/29/08
was this in BLENDER or SPIN? i read this on an airplane. i am tired.
05:07 AM on 12/29/08
Say was pretty much perfect for The Bucket List. Not sure how it got onto radio though.
05:48 AM on 12/29/08
good pink song, its fun to dance too
08:25 AM on 12/29/08
hayley digs kid dynamite?
09:06 AM on 12/29/08
put your hands up for detroit
yeah this was in blender.
09:15 AM on 12/29/08
nice to see h2o up there. only thing i can complain about is pink.
10:15 AM on 12/29/08
every shining time you arrive
What album was "Be Sensible" from
11:18 AM on 12/29/08
Nice diversity in the list.
12:00 PM on 12/29/08
Highly inappropriate, but funny.
Be Sensible was a b-side to Chase This Light. Amazing song and serious props to Hayley for putting it on her list.