100 songs of the decade: Fake Happy – Paramore

 100 songs of the decade: Fake Happy – Paramore

Written by: Hayley Williams and Taylor York
Produced by: Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Taylor York
Album: After Laughter
UK release: May 2017
UK chart peak:

I loved the big hits like Still Into You and The Only Exception but After Laughter was the first Paramore era I was completely, fully invested in; and Fake Happy was by far my favourite track from it.

Exploring the day-to-day slog of collective misery, this hands-aloft depressionbanger packs one hell of a chorus; and its sheer catchiness (those “baba-baba-ba-ba”s are lethal) puts a clever twist on gloomy subject matter. Hayley’s vocal delivery is spot-on too, and I just LOVE the video.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.