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 May 5, 2008
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rock, pop punk, power pop
Length 3:40
Label Fueled by Ramen
Writer(s) Hayley Williams, Josh Farro, Taylor York
Paramore singles chronology
"That's What You Get"

"That's What You Get" is a song by American rock band Paramore. It is the second Australian single, third U.S. single and the fourth UK single from their second studio album Riot!. The song was released on radio on March 22 in Australia[citation needed] and on March 25 in the U.S.[1]

In the United States, the song was released on May 5 as a digital download and physically on May 12. The song is featured in the video game Rock Band 2.[2]

The song was certified Platinum in the United States on March 24, 2016, selling over 1,000,000 copies.[3]


Stylistically, "That's What You Get" has been labeled as pop rock,[4] pop punk[5] and power pop,[6] as well as having influences from funk and disco music.[7] Jonathan Bradley from Stylus Magazine described the song as containing a "relentless assault of sugar-sweet riffs and soaring choruses".[8]

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.[7]

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 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",[9] 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."[10]


Chart (2008) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 92
New Zealand (RIANZ) 35
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[11] 55
US Billboard Hot 100 66
US Alternative Songs (Billboard) 36
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 26
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[12] 18


Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States Platinum[3] 1,000,000


  1. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. March 18, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rock Band 2 Complete Track List Revealed". Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Paramore RIAA certifications". Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Billboard - July 19, 2008". Retrieved February 2, 2015. Third single "That's What You Get" slams into pop/rock perfection... 
  5. ^ "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... 
  6. ^ 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"... 
  7. ^ a b "BBC - Chart Blog: Paramore - 'That's What You Get'". Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Paramore - Riot! - Review - Stylus Magazine". Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Paramore Cancel European Tour, Say They Need Time Off To Deal With 'A Lot Of Internal Issues'". Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Paramore Explain Why 'That's What You Get' Video Shoot Was Top Secret". Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  11. ^ "UK Singles Chart". Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Paramore - Chart history". Retrieved February 2, 2015.