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Hayley Williams Ranked Her Favourite Paramore Songs And Sorry, ‘The Only Exception’ Isn’t There

Needless to say, fans are not happy.

Misery Business

A few days ago, author and self-proclaimed Paramore stan Jay Coles asked his followers a question on Twitter.

“Give me your top five Paramore songs!” He tweeted, before listing out his top five which featured ‘That’s What You Get’ and ‘Misguided Ghosts’ in the top two spots.

The tweet racked up thousands of replies and eventually reached Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams, who sneakily liked Coles’ initial post. Eagle-eyed fans noticed this, and at their relentless urging Williams listed her personal top five, made up almost entirely of tracks from their 2017 album After Laughter.

Fans were a little miffed that old favourites from early albums were missed out, and so she was asked to rejig the ranking without any After Laughter tracks. Williams graciously obliged.

“Basically, the last two Paramore albums are our best,” she reasoned. “Nooo contest.”

But once again, fans were pissed, demanding justice for tracks from their earlier albums — particularly from Brand New Eyes, which spawned one of their biggest hits in ‘The Only Exception’.

Unfortunately for fans, Williams evidently doesn’t think much of the track:

BNE fans were, predictably, a little put out.

Asked by a fan why she was “afraid” of success, Williams replied that she is “utterly riddled” with imposter syndrome.

Williams has publicly disowned tracks before. In 2018, Williams announced onstage that they would be retiring fan favourite ‘Misery Business’ from their sets, due to a sexist lyric in the song.

“Tonight we’re playing this song for the last time, for a very long time. This is a choice that we’ve made because we feel that we should, we feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while,” Williams told the crowd in Nashville. “This is to every bad decision that led us here, this is to all the embarrassing things we might have said, but we owned up to it and we grew.”