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Single by Paramore
from the album Riot!
Released November 26, 2007
Format CD single
2x 7" single (UK only)
Digital download
Promo CD
Recorded February 2007
Length 3:09
Certification Gold (RIAA)[1]
Paramore singles chronology
"That's What You Get"

"crushcrushcrush" is a song by the American rock band Paramore, and is the third single from their second studio album, Riot!. The official music video premiered on TRL on October 16, 2007. The single was released in late 2007. It was made available in the United Kingdom for download from November 5 and purchase on November 26, 2007. The single is also playable on various music video games such as Rock Band,[2] Rock Band Unplugged, Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades, and Ultimate Band. The single won a Teen Choice Award for "Choice Rock Track". It was also used briefly in NCIS, in the episode "Stakeout".


Alex Fletcher at Digital Spy described the song as having "Juicy riffs, a humongous chorus, a cheesy breakdown." Fletcher also commented on the song being more Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne than Metallica.[3] It is observed as a very catchy song at BBC News Online, whom stated "The further into it you get, the better it becomes with some brilliant and energetic guitars joining in."[4] Ed Masley at The Arizona Republic ranked it as the 12th best Paramore song, stating "As for the crushes in the title, they're whispered in a voice that may be best described as sinister. And the guitar licks seal the deal."[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video shows the band performing in a barren desert environment, and three people spying on them with binoculars from a distance. The three voyeurs watch from behind various old trinkets that have formed a faux house without walls or a roof. Intercut between Paramore's performance of the song are clips of the band walking through the voyeur's "house" and later on, short clips show that Paramore and the bandits watching them are the same (Hayley in the bathtub, Josh and Jeremy playing/slamming their guitars and Zac pushing his stands over and throwing drums). The video was directed by Shane Drake.

In this video, Hayley Williams has long orange/red hair with long blonde and purple hair extensions.

The music video is played throughout a television advertisement for the iPod Touch.

The video was also nominated for a Best Rock Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to Linkin Park's "Shadow of the Day".[6]

Jeremy Davis stated in an interview with Kerrang, that they didn't fully get to finish the video, and some shots were just repeated, because of a large sandstorm which set in a few hours into recording the video.

Single release[edit]

The single is available in 3 formats. In addition to "crushcrushcrush", certain vinyl releases feature live versions of "Misery Business" and "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic" from Paramore's album, Riot![citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "crushcrushcrush" (album version) 3:09
7-inch 1
No. Title Length
1. "crushcrushcrush"   3:09
2. "Misery Business" (live)  
7-inch 2
No. Title Length
1. "crushcrushcrush"   3:09
2. "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic" (live)  


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  2. ^ "". 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Paramore: 'CrushCrushCrush'". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "CBBC Newsround - Reviews - Single Review: Paramore - Crushcrushcrush". Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Playlist: 15 best Paramore songs, 'Twilight' to now". August 7, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Best Rock Video Nominees". Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Chart Data: Paramore". Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
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  9. ^ "RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-06-29.