Still Into You

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"Still into You"
Single by Paramore
from the album Paramore
Released March 14, 2013
Format
Recorded 2012 in Los Angeles, CA
Genre
Length 3:36
Label Fueled by Ramen
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Paramore singles chronology
"Now"
(2013)
"Still Into You"
(2013)
"Daydreaming"
(2013)

"Still Into You" is a song by the American rock band Paramore. It was released on March 14, 2013, as the second single from their self-titled fourth studio album, Paramore.[1] Recorded in 2012 in Los Angeles, California, "Still Into You" is a departure from the sound of their previous single, "Now", and incorporates a lighter pop rock sound, while being described as "sweet" and "sugary". The song has received critical acclaim from music critics, who have praised the song and Hayley Williams' vocals as "catchy" and "strong and effective", as well as praising it as one of the songs of the summer of 2013. It is also one of their most commercially successful singles in the United States.

Background[edit]

Paramore first performed "Still Into You" in Austin, Texas, as part of the South by Southwest festival.[2] The song was then released on March 14, 2013 on YouTube, through a lyric video. The lyrical content finds Williams singing about her long time relationship with Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory fame and how her feelings seemingly have stayed the same since their first meeting.[3]

In an interview with Spin, Hayley Williams was asked if "Still Into You" was going to be a love song, to which she replied "'Still Into You' is definitely a love song. It's definitely happy. But to me anyway — and obviously I wrote it so maybe I'm biased, but — it's not a sappy love song. ... We've never done that before, and honestly I don't have a whole lot of experience writing love songs, or anyways lyrics that are like this."[4]

Composition[edit]

"Still Into You" has been described as a power pop, pop rock and new wave song with Gotye-like skeletal guitar lines, indie-dance glockenspiel and synths. It lacks a heavy guitar riff, which Paramore is typically known for, which is replaced by a back beat on the drums.[5][6][7] James Montgomery at MTV compared the song to the new wave band The Cars, saying it could pass for one of their B-sides.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has been critically acclaimed by music critics, who commended the song as fun and catchy, and praised Williams' vocals. Marc Zanotti at Music Feeds called the song "a poppy, upbeat, sugary sweet number".[9] Scott Heisel of Alternative Press calls it one of the best songs on Paramore, saying "There's no question that this is still Paramore, only it's better. The chorus hook will stay in your brain for days at a time, ... and when you throw in the band's newfound embracing of electronics, you find yourself with what will ideally be one of the biggest hits of 2013."[10] Maura Johnston from Popdust gave the song a 5/5, declaring "If there’s any justice in the world this’ll be a song of the summer, or at least of the late spring".[11] Joseph R. Atilano at Inquirer.net noted that "“Still Into You” is really directed to their youngest fans with its happy-go-lucky lyrics that are as cheerful as they can get and somewhat disarming in their simplicity", considering it better than the previous single "Now".[12]

The song placed at number 95 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Best Songs of 2013 list and number 19 on Billboard magazine's 20 Best Songs of 2013.[13][14]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Isaac Rentz.[15] When shooting the music video, Jeremy Davis stated "I've realized you can't really consider it making a music video unless you get hurt, because every video, we end up in pain ... It's awesome to do our own stunts; we might as well be Jackie Chan." Taylor York adds "A lot of people would hear the song and assume it would be about the story of people still being in love, but what was so appealing about Isaac's treatment is that he wanted to capture what love feels like ... He had so many ideas, and it definitely jumped out at us."[16]

The official music video for "Still Into You" premiered on April 8, 2013 on Fueled by Ramen's YouTube channel.[17] The music video begins with a shot of many blue, light green and white balloons, panning up to show the trio of the band in a boat surrounded by the balloons; Taylor York and Jeremy Davis hold paddles while Hayley Williams holds an umbrella, and texts on the screen appear: "Still Into You." When the song begins, Williams is seen singing and dancing in a large bed within a room that is decorated with pastel colors and candle-decorated cakes around her. The next shot is Williams, Davis, and York on bicycles, riding around a house. The scene changes to another room, having both Davis and York riding bikes around Williams while she sings and dances, and there is a light show of fireworks being shown on the walls of the room. The trio are next shown in front of one of the walls, standing and moving around each other. Williams is then with many white dressed ballerinas that dance around her while she sings and dances on her own. Back to shots from the beginning, the trio are playing and moving around with the balloons in the boat. In the last part of the bridge of the song, the trio are seen outside at night time, playing with sparklers and Roman candles while fireworks go off in the background. The video ends with the shot of the trio outside panning into the sky.

Chart performance[edit]

The song has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the US as of December 2013.[18] It is one of their most commercially successful singles to date in the United States, where it reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became their first top-ten hit on the Mainstream Top 40 charts. It also charted in seven more countries. It was also included in Billboard's year-end charts, at number 100 on the Hot 100 songs of the year.[19] Despite being an alternative rock band, this was the band's first pop single to not enter the Billboard Alternative Songs chart since "The Only Exception" still making "Misery Business" their highest-charting pop single to date while charting high on the Alternative Songs chart.

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 5
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[21] 60
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[22] 58
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[23] 31
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[24] 32
France (SNEP)[25] 189
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[27] 14
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[28] 13
South Korea (Gaon International Chart)[29] 146
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[30] 15
UK Rock (Official Charts Company)[31] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[32] 24
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[33] 6
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[34] 27
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[35] 11
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[36] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Charts (2013) Position
Australia (ARIA)[37] 51
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[38] 101
US Billboard Hot 100[39] 100
US Billboard Pop Songs[39] 46
Philippines Hot 100 Billboard Hot 100 Songs[39] 4

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Sales/Shipments
Australia Australia 2x Platinum[40] 140,000
Canada Canada[41] Gold 40,000
United Kingdom United Kingdom[42] Silver 200,000
United States United States Platinum[43] 1,400,000[18]

References[edit]

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