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Studio album by Paramore
Released June 12, 2007
Recorded January–April 2007 at the House of Loud, New Jersey
Genre Alternative rock, pop punk, power pop
Length 38:58
Label Fueled by Ramen
Producer David Bendeth, John Janick
Professional reviews
Paramore chronology
The Summer Tic EP
Live in the UK 2008
Alternate cover
MVI+CD re-release
Singles from Riot!
  1. "Misery Business"
    Released: June 18, 2007
  2. "Hallelujah"
    Released: September 18, 2007 (U.K. and Ireland)
  3. "Crushcrushcrush"
    Released: January 15, 2008
  4. "That's What You Get"
    Released: March 24, 2008

Riot! is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Paramore, succeeding their debut album All We Know Is Falling, and was released in the United States on June 12, 2007 and in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2007. The album was certified Platinum in July 2008 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and Gold in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. Riot! produced 4 singles: "Misery Business", "Hallelujah", "Crushcrushcrush" and "That's What You Get".

"Misery Business" is included in the video games Saints Row 2, NHL 08 and Guitar Hero World Tour (the latter featuring a computer-generated replica of lead vocalist Hayley Williams), while "That's What You Get" is included as a playable song on Rock Band 2. "Crushcrushcrush" is featured on Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades and is available as a downloadable track for play on both Rock Band games. A cover version of the song is also featured on the game Ultimate Band. The album cover also resembles the cover artwork of No Doubt's album Rock Steady. Riot went double Platinum on July 11, 2008.



Recording and production

The album was produced by David Bendeth. Lead vocalist Hayley Williams explained the album was called Riot! because, "For us, the title ‘Riot!’ literally means an unbridled outburst of emotions. When we were writing, it seemed like our thoughts and emotions were coming out so fast that we couldn't control them. It felt like there was a riot within us. So the album takes our passion to a new level; it’s just all raw energy."[8]

The track "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic" comes from what lead guitarist Josh Farro reflects as "putting your faith in someone and they blow it." Farro composed the song and gave the demo to Williams. Farro is known as saying "I wrote the music specifically to be awesome live and to be extremely energetic. It all came out at once. I showed it to Hayley and she just nailed it lyrically. She completely got the feeling I wanted the song to have."[8]

During production, paramore held an online contest entitled "The Last Song You'll Ever Sing" where fans submitted videos on YouTube for the opportunity to sing back-up vocals on the track "Born for This". The winner was Mary Bonney of McLean, Virginia.[9] On "That's What You Get", Steven from Steven's Untitled Rock Show is featured and is credited. The band asked him when he went to the studio.


The album has yielded four singles, with "Misery Business" being the first. Its origins came from a message Williams posted on the band's LiveJournal, asking fans to post what they're ashamed of. "I found that people really were reaching out to someone to spill their guts to," she recalls, "so I did the same thing lyrically in the song and let everything out. It's more honest than anything I've ever written, and the guys matched that emotion musically."[8] The song became an instant hit, eventually receiving heavy rotation on MTV and other music television networks.

The album's second single was "Hallelujah". As Williams recounts, "It's one of the oldest songs we've got, but we wanted to save it for this record, and it's the perfect home for it. It's a claim of victory for both ourselves and our fans."[8]

The album's third single was "Crushcrushcrush" and was released January 15, 2008, in the US and the January 23 in the UK.

The album's fourth single, "That's What You Get", was released just over a week after Paramore canceled their European tour to work on "personal issues",[10] amidst media speculation of the band breaking up. Williams explained that, given the fragile state of the band, they all thought it best if they kept the shoot low-key, surrounding themselves with their friends and family, keeping it simple. Williams added, "We had tons of friends there, and it really just felt like a hangout session. And Marcos [Siega, the director] was so cool about it. He said, 'Bring your friends.' We shot it in some of our friends' houses, and it just felt so real... and I think it's the first time in a video you're gonna get to see who we really are."[11]

The track "Born for This" contains the line "we want the airwaves back", from the song "Liberation Frequency" taken from the album The Shape of Punk to Come by the influential Swedish hardcore band Refused. Williams has explained that this song was written "about the fans" and "that the whole pre-chorus is actually inspired by that one line of the song."[12]


Riot! was released in the United States on June 12, 2007, following the debut of "Misery Business" on the radio. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart at 20 in late 2007. Riot! sold 42,000 albums in the U.S. in its first week and three months later the album hit its peak at 15 on the Billboard 200. The album achieved some success in the UK reaching #24 on the albums chart sales to date 250,094. The album was certified 2x Platinum on July 11, 2008.[13] The hit single "Misery Business" has also been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[14] The album was re-released in late 2007 as a U-MYX MVI CD/DVD. The album has so far sold 2,000,000 copies in the U.S.[15] In New Zealand, the album peaked at number 15, and was certified Gold on February 1, 2009, shipping over 15,000 copies.[16][17] The Song was also certified Platinum in Australia in 2009, shipping over 35,000 copies.[18]


Critical opinion for Riot! was mixed. Some critics gave the album positive reviews; Jason Lymangrover of Allmusic gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars and commented that, "Ultimately, this disc has enormous crossover potential, and will probably appeal to those who are fans of the genre, and for those who aren't, there's a good chance of it becoming a guilty pleasure."[19] Stylus Magazine gave the album a B+ and said, "Riot! is immediately appealing because it focuses on sounds that have been neglected by the genre's front-runners. This is an uncomplicated album comprising of strikingly uncomplicated music, entirely lacking in 15 word song titles."[20] Gareth Dobson of Drowned in Sound gave the album 4 out of 10 stars and said, "At 38 minutes long, it's mercifully brief, but still manages to feel like a double album for those who endure it. That is, those who don't manage to forget that it's on the stereo at all. People, get your pop-punk thrills somewhere else. At least somewhere where there are actual thrills to be had." Despite mixed and lukewarm reviews, Riot! found itself in several "must have" lists that were compiled by various music publications, networks and other media.[citation needed]

Riot! Tour

Williams said, "We're hoping to do one more tour across the States before we really get started with all the (European summer) festivals. Of course, I want to do more Warped Tour dates, 'cause it's, like, my favorite tour ever. We'll see what works out and hopefully just have another great year."[21]

After the album release the band went on an American tour, following it up with a world tour. After their fourth single from Riot! was released the band canceled their European tour to work on "personal issues."

Track listing

All music composed by Paramore; all lyrics written by Hayley Williams and Josh Farro, except where noted.[22]

Track Title Length
1. "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic"   3:50
2. "That's What You Get" (Williams, Farro, Taylor York) 3:43
3. "Hallelujah"   3:23
4. "Misery Business"   3:31
5. "When It Rains" (Williams, Farro, Zac Farro) 3:35
6. "Let the Flames Begin"   3:18
7. "Miracle"   3:31
8. "Crushcrushcrush"   3:09
9. "We Are Broken" (Williams, Farro, David Bendeth) 3:40
10. "Fences" (Williams, Farro, David Bendeth) 3:19
11. "Born for This"   4:00


Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[23] 15
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums[24] 15
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums[24] 7
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums[25] 20
U.S. Billboard Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums[26] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Digital Albums[27] 10
European Top 100 Albums[28] 76
UK Albums Chart[29] 24
UK Rock Chart[30] 2
Mexican Albums Chart 31
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[31] 47
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[32] 15
Finnish Albums Chart[33] 26
Dutch Albums Chart[34] 61
Austrian Albums Chart[35] 66
Irish Albums Chart[36] 53


Chart (2008-2009) Certificacion
UK Platinum[37]
U.S Platinum[38]
AUS Gold[39]
NZ Gold[40]
CAN Platinum[41]
MEX Gold
IRE Gold[42]
FIN Gold[43]
JPN Platinum[44]



  1. ^ Tate, Jason. "Paramore - Riot!". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  2. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. "Riot! > Ocerview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  3. ^ Heisel, Scott. "Not quite ready for the majors. - Paramore - Riot!". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  4. ^ Dobson, Gareth. "Review / Paramore: Riot!". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  5. ^ Elan, Priya. "Paramore: RIOT!". NME. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  6. ^ Kelley, Trevor. "Paramore, 'Riot!' - Fierce Benatar heir leads enterprising pop punkers.". Spin. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  7. ^ Bradley, Jonathan. "Paramore - Riot!". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Paramore band info". 
  9. ^ "Sophomore rocker lands back-up gig". Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  10. ^ "Paramore Cancel European Tour". Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  11. ^ "Paramore Explain Why 'That's What You Get' Video Shoot Was Top Secret". Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  12. ^ Organised-Sound interview with Paramore
  13. ^ Paramore RIAA Certifications
  14. ^ Paramore RIAA Certifications
  15. ^ The Billboard Top 200 CDs (USA)
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  18. ^ Australian Certification
  19. ^ Allmusic review Riot!
  20. ^ Stylus Magazine review of Riot!
  21. ^ Paramore, Gym Class Heroes Lead Warped Lineup
  22. ^ (2009) Album notes for Riot! by Paramore [CD]. Fueled by Ramen Records.
  23. ^ Billboard 200
  24. ^ a b Comprehensive Albums
  25. ^ Top Internet Albums
  26. ^ Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums
  27. ^ Top Digital Album
  28. ^ European Top 100 Albums
  29. ^ UK Album Chart
  30. ^ UK Rock Chart
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  32. ^ New Zealand Album Chart
  33. ^ Finnish Album Chart
  34. ^ Dutch Album Chart
  35. ^ Austrian album chart
  36. ^ Various music charts
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Simple English

Studio album by Paramore
Released June 12, 2007 (United States)
June 25, 2007 (United Kingdom)
November 20, 2007 (Re-release)
Recorded January - April 2007 at the House of Loud, New Jersey
Genre Emo, alternative rock, pop punk
Length 38:47
Label Fueled By Ramen
Atlantic Records
Producer David Bendeth, John Janick
Professional reviews
Paramore chronology
The Summer Tic EP
Live in the UK 2008

RIOT! is a 2007 album by the United States Pop rock band Paramore. It is the second album to be released by the band.

The band named the album "Riot" because they liked the definition: "A sudden outburst of uncontrolled emotion"[1]

Track listing

  1. "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic" - 3:48 (J. Farro/H. Williams)
  2. "That's What You Get" - 3:40 (J. Farro/H. Williams/T. York)
  3. "Hallelujah" - 3:23 (J. Farro/H. Williams)
  4. "Misery Business" - 3:31 (J. Farro/H. Williams)
  5. "When It Rains" - 3:35 (J. Farro/Z. Farro/H. Williams)
  6. "Let the Flames Begin" - 3:18 (J. Farro/H. Williams)
  7. "Miracle" - 3:29 (J. Farro/H. Williams)
  8. "Crushcrushcrush" - 3:09 (J. Farro/H. Williams)
  9. "We Are Broken" - 3:38 (D. Bendeth/J. Farro/H. Williams)
  10. "Fences" - 3:19 (D. Bendeth/J. Farro/H. Williams)
  11. "Born for This" - 3:58 (J. Farro/H. Williams)


Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 15
UK Albums Chart 24


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