That's What You Get

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"That's What You Get"
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Single by Paramore
from the album Riot!
Released March 25, 2008
Recorded 2007
Length 3:40
Label Fueled by Ramen
Producer(s) David Bendeth
Paramore singles chronology
"That's What You Get"

"That's What You Get"

"That's What You Get" is a song by American rock band Paramore from their second studio album, Riot! (2007). It is the second Australian single, third American single and the fourth UK single. The song was released to modern rock radio on March 25 and to contemporary hit radio on April 22 in the US. "That's What You Get" was released digitally as an extended play in April 2008 and physically as a CD single in May 2008. The song is featured as a playable track in the video game Rock Band 2.[1]

The song was certified Platinum in the United States on March 24, 2016, selling over 1,000,000 copies.[2] "That's What You Get" enjoyed crossover success at radio, peaking higher on the pop-based Mainstream Top 40 chart than Alternative Songs.


Stylistically, "That's What You Get" has been labeled as pop rock,[3] pop punk[4] and power pop,[5] as well as having influences from funk and disco music.[6] Jonathan Bradley from Stylus Magazine described the song as containing a "relentless assault of sugar-sweet riffs and soaring choruses".[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Fraser McAlpine at BBC Online gave the song a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and stated "Paramore's sense of dynamics has always been strong, and the introduction to this song is a great example of that." McAlpine also praises the funk and disco influences during the verses, as well as the drumming style of the song.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Marcos Siega, was shot in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 2 and March 3, 2008. MTV2 released the official music video on March 24, 2008. The music video shows the band playing in a living room with clips of a relationship of two lovers (Aaron Holmes of Death in the Park and Jenna Galing, both from Richmond, VA) and a small gathering of the band's family and friends. The couple's relationship is shown to be on the rocks as the girl calls the boy to meet up but then pushes him away. They go throughout their day before the party spending time with the band members and try to be together. Cut scenes of Hayley Williams singing the song outside in front of the camera with her back to the friends and family are shown. At the party, the boyfriend is approached by another girl who flirts with him and holds him hand. The girlfriend becomes distraught but reunites in an embrace with her boyfriend as the party-goers all sit around a fire pit. The videos ends in a fast motion sequence with the lovers kissing and taking a picture of themselves on a cellphone and all the people at the party are rushing out the living room, knocking over a couch, and leaving a record spinning.


The music video was shot just over a week after Paramore cancelled their European tour to work on "personal issues",[8] amidst media speculation of the band breaking up. Hayley Williams explained that, given the fragile state of the band, they all thought it best if they kept the shoot low-key, surrounding themselves with their friends and family, keeping it simple.

Williams added "We had tons of friends there, and it really just felt like a hangout session. And Marcos was so cool about it. He said, 'Bring your friends.' We shot it in some of our friends' houses, and it just felt so real ... and I think it's the first time in a video you're gonna get to see who we really are."[9]

Track listing[edit]

Digital EP[10]

  1. "That's What You Get" – 3:40
  2. "Misery Business" (Live in Astoria) – 3:46
  3. "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic" – 3:59


Chart (2008) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 92
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 42
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 35
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 55
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 66
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[16] 36
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 18
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[18] 25


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States March 25, 2008 Modern rock radio [20]
Worldwide[A] April 18, 2008 Extended play Atlantic [10]
United States April 22, 2008 Contemporary hit radio
  • Fueled by Ramen
  • RRP
May 13, 2008 CD single Atlantic [22]


  1. ^ The extended play released on April 18, 2008 was issued to all countries other than the United States.


  1. ^ "Rock Band 2 Complete Track List Revealed". Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Paramore RIAA certifications". Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Billboard - July 19, 2008". Retrieved February 2, 2015. Third single "That's What You Get" slams into pop/rock perfection... 
  4. ^ "Paramore comes out swinging at Susquehanna Bank Center". Retrieved November 20, 2014. "That's What You Get," a pop-punk firecracker from the band's second album... 
  5. ^ Annie Zaleski (July 9, 2009). "Review + Photos + Setlists: No Doubt, Paramore and Bedouin Soundclash at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Wednesday, July 8". RFTmusic. Retrieved November 20, 2014. ...standouts including the power-pop "That's What You Get"... 
  6. ^ a b "BBC - Chart Blog: Paramore - 'That's What You Get'". Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Paramore - Riot! - Review - Stylus Magazine". Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Paramore Cancel European Tour, Say They Need Time Off To Deal With 'A Lot Of Internal Issues'". Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Paramore Explain Why 'That's What You Get' Video Shoot Was Top Secret". Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  10. ^ a b "That's What You Get - EP by Paramore". Apple Music (Australia). Retrieved May 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Paramore Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "Paramore Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  13. ^ " – Paramore – That's What You Get". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "Paramore: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "Paramore Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "Paramore Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  17. ^ "Paramore Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  18. ^ "Paramore | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 28, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2017. 
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Paramore – That's What You Get". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  20. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. March 18, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  21. ^ "FMQB > CHR: Available for Airplay". FMQB. Archived from the original on April 18, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Paramore - That's What You Get - Music". Amazon Music. Retrieved May 3, 2017. 

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