Hallelujah (Paramore song)

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Single by Paramore
from the album Riot!
B-side "Decoy"
Released September 10, 2007
Recorded 2007
Length 3:23
Label Fueled by Ramen
Producer(s) David Bendeth
Paramore singles chronology
"Misery Business"
"Misery Business"

"Hallelujah" is a song by American rock band Paramore, released as the second single from their second studio album Riot!. The single peaked at No. 139 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is not to be confused with the Leonard Cohen song of the same name, although on the Final Riot! summer 2008 tour, lead singer Hayley Williams performed an extract, accompanied by lead guitarist, Josh Farro.[3]

This song has two versions; the first one is the demo which got filtered and by that reason Hayley put all of her effort to make the new song better.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Big TV!, was officially released on July 30, 2007. The video appears as a photo montage of backstage and live performance photos, with the lyrics of the song written in the spaces between the photos. The video will zoom in and out on some of the photos. When the photo fills the entire screen, the photo will be revealed to actually be a short video clip, and the video clip will play. The video was shot at Rocketown in Nashville, USA when the band were playing their Riot! tour, even though the music is playing over the concert performance.

Cover versions and usage in media[edit]

The Rusty Pipes covered an a cappella version of the song (including Leonard Cohen's song of the same name) at their 13th Annual Pipe-A-Thon on December 12, 2009, and posted it on their YouTube channel on January 24, 2010.[4]

The Vitamin String Quartet covered this song along with other Paramore songs, which were released as a downloadable album.

The song was featured in an episode of the British television soap opera Hollyoaks in October 2008 ("Misery Business" was also used in another episode in March 2008 and then later "Born for This" in September 2008). The song was also featured twice (once as a string quartet version) on the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Single release[edit]

A CD single and two 7"s were released in the UK on 10 September.[5][6][7]

CD single – AT0284CD
No. Title Length
1. "Hallelujah" 3:19
2. "When It Rains (Demo Version)" 3:23
Vinyl 1 – AT0284
No. Title Length
1. "Hallelujah" 3:19
2. "Decoy" 3:17
Vinyl 2 (picture disc) – AT0284X
No. Title Length
1. "Hallelujah" 3:19

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 139

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
Worldwide September 10, 2007 Digital download
Ireland CD
United Kingdom Vinyl, CD


External links[edit]