Decode (song)

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Single by Paramore
from the album Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack & Brand New Eyes
Released October 1, 2008
Recorded 2008
Length 4:21
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo
Certification Platinum (RIAA), [1][2] (RIANZ)[3]
Paramore singles chronology
"That's What You Get"
Music video
"Decode" on YouTube

"Decode" is a song by the American rock band Paramore. The song was released as a single in 2008 from the soundtrack of the film Twilight.[4] It is also included as a bonus track on the international version of Paramore's third studio album, Brand New Eyes.[5]

An acoustic version of this song was released as a part of the special CD/DVD of the Twilight soundtrack. The song was certified Platinum in the U.S on February 16, 2010, selling over 1,000,000 copies.[1] It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Song information[edit]

Hayley Williams from Paramore is a Twilight fan and has talked about her love of the books and the song's title:


Alexandra Cahill of gave the song a positive review by stating that "vocalist Hayley Williams captures the tension and urgency between undead protagonist Edward and mortal love interest Bella with an impassioned, yet restrained performance". Cahill also stated, "expertly crafted follow-up Decode promises to stake a claim at modern rock and top 40 radio".[7]

Entertainment Weekly said that Decode took a step away from Paramore's "bouncier punk-pop sound for a more sprawling, Evanescence-like romanticism".[8]

Music video[edit]

The official music video premiered on November 3, 2008 on MTVu, MTV, MTV2 and on and was directed by Shane Drake. The video features the band members walking and performing in the woods, in Nashville, Tennessee (even though in the video, it is clearly supposed to be Forks, Washington). While they play, there are also scenes of the band acting as tracker vampires searching through the woods. Scenes from Twilight are also intercut.[9]

The music video, along with the film trailer, were shown in the North American theater of PlayStation Home from December 11, 2008 to December 18, 2008.

Track listing[edit]

Promo & UK CD Single
No. Title Length
1. "Decode"   4:21
iTunes Store Mexico
No. Title Length
1. "Decode" (soundtrack version) 4:21
2. "Decode (acoustic)"   4:27
12" Picture Disc (Hot Topic exclusive release.)
No. Title Length
1. "Decode"    
2. "Full Moon" (The Black Ghosts)  

Chart performance[edit]

The song entered the U.S Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks at #35 and has peaked at #5, giving them their third top twenty hit on the chart. "Decode" became their second top forty hit, and their highest debut (#34) on the Billboard Hot 100. 7 weeks after its debut the song reached a new peak of #33. It also debuted at #52 on the Canadian Hot 100. It was only released digitally in the UK.The song was certified Platinum in the U.S on February 16, 2010, selling over 1,000,000 copies. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number #40 on November 24, 2009 and peaked at #15, becoming their highest peaking single there so far until the release of "The Only Exception".[10] The song was certified Gold on July 5, 2009,[11] selling over 7,500 copies,[12] and spent a total of 15 weeks on the chart.

In Germany, the song debuted at number #50 on November 24, 2009 and peaked at #47[13] and spent a total of 9 weeks on the chart

Cover versions[edit]

Joy Electric released a version of "Decode" on their 2009 cover album Favorites at Play. Season 11 American Idol finalist, Colton Dixon, performed "Decode" during the Top 24 round.[14] Season 13 American Idol finalist Jena Irene performed this song during the Top 11 week for her spot on the summer tour.

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  6. ^ "The Official Website of Stephenie Meyer". Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
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  8. ^ Leah Greenblatt (2008-10-30). "Twilight | Music". Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  9. ^ [2] The video is now available for purchase in the iTunes Store on December 6, 2008.
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  11. ^ New Zealand Certification
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  23. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2009". ARIA. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts > Accreditations > 2009 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
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