Why do you like Paramore?
For most fans, it is Haley Williams’ charisma and stage presence that really sets them apart from similar artists.
That obviously makes it difficult to find bands like Paramore, because no other band features Haley.
But there are other groups with charismatic singers and a similar style.
Quite a few actually. And some of them even sound good.
Keep reading for a list of the best bands that will feed your Paramore fix.
Table of Contents
- 1 Bands That Sound Like Paramore
- 2 Bands Like Paramore: Final Thoughts
Bands That Sound Like Paramore
Although a bit of a weird band name to pronounce, Pvris are definitely one of the first artists you’ll have to check out if you’re into Paramore.
Throughout most of their career, they officially operated as a trio, with Lynn Gunn leading the way. At this point, they’re officially a duo since guitarist Alex Babinski left the band in 2020.
Aside from female vocals, Pvris and Paramore are similar in their overall musical direction. Active since 2012, Pvris have released three full-length studio albums and three EPs. There’s a decent amount of material so far and all of it is worth checking out.
Icon For Hire
Coming from Illinois, Icon for Hire are an alternative rock band, officially featuring only two members. Vocalist Ariel Bloomer and guitarist and keyboard player Shawn Jump have been keeping the band active since 2007. Their first release came out in 2008 in the form of a self-titled EP.
Icon for Hire then kicked off quite a prolific career, releasing two more EPs and a total of five full-length studio albums. Commercially, they might not be as big as Paramore, but Icon for Hire has a lot of stuff to offer. We recommend their 2011 full-length debut record Scripted.
My Chemical Romance
At this point, My Chemical Romance hold the status of rock legends. And this is not just among pop punk fans but the entire music world.
Although they only have four full-length albums in their collection, they’ve completely changed the world of rock music. This is especially the case with 2006’s The Black Parade which holds triple platinum status in the US.
But other records are also worth checking out. Officially operating as a quartet, they had somewhat of a lengthier hiatus, but are now back with plans to release new music, something a huge portion of rock fans are looking forward to.
Update: they have finally released a new song, for the first time in 8 years. And it is glorious! Check out our breakdown of the lyrics and meaning of The Foundations of Decay.
If we’re looking into artists who are, in general, very similar to Paramore, we can’t avoid talking about Avril Lavigne. Like her music or not, Avril pretty much changed the game in the early 2000s, bringing rock music and mainstream pop elements closer together.
Interestingly enough, she became successful in a short period. She was only discovered her first manager in 1999.
The first album dropped in 2002, titled Let Go, and things just went on from there. It was one successful album after another, although her debut still holds the record as her best-selling release. Her style evolved over the years, going in a few different directions.
As far as that style goes, there are obvious parallels that we can draw between Avril Lavigne and Paramore. We’re certain that every Paramore fan will enjoy her material.
Fall Out Boy
Just like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy are another one of the most influential rock bands of the 2000s. Taking the foundations that bands like Green Day and Blink-182 built in the 1990s, they went on to further define pop punk music.
More popularly, they’re often associated with the emo movement. Although working with a stable quartet lineup since 2003, most of their works are written by singer and guitarist Patrick Stump.
There are a total of seven studio albums in their collection, with From Under the Cork Tree, released in 2007, being the most commercially successful one. And that’s where you can start if you feel like introducing yourself to this band.
Now we’re heading down under to Sydney, Australia to check out Tonight Alive. Also belonging to the emo and pop punk movements, they made this genre popular in their part of the world.
It wasn’t uncommon for music critics and fans to compare their works to those of Paramore. Fronted by Jenna McDougall, they released their debut EP All Shapes & Disguises in 2010.
One year later, they had a full-length debut album out, titled What Are You So Scared Of?, which brought them some commercial success. Things kicked off from there, and they soon had their second album The Other Side in 2013, as well as two more records in the coming years.
If you’re looking for something like Paramore, we can confidently say that this is the safest bet. You’ll definitely like their stuff.
Panic! At the Disco
Another group associated with the whole emo movement, Panic! At the Disco is an obligatory mention here. It was a regular band for years, but now works solely as Brendon Urie’s solo project.
The style has changed as well, but this only leaves new fans with a lot of options to choose from. If you want something that resembles Paramore, we rather recommend going with the first four albums. This is the period where Panic! At the Disco worked as a band.
Of course, the two albums orchestrated by Brendon Urie are also worth your time. He even started adding a few other elements to his music, even exploring some jazzy and R&B stuff.
Against The Current
Coming from New York, Against the Current is (now officially) a trio consisting of vocalist Christina Constanza, guitarist Daniel Gow, and drummer and keyboard player William Ferri.
Present on the scene since 2011, they have only released two full-length albums so far. Most of their stuff has been released through smaller releases.
Nonetheless, if you’re into Paramore, you definitely won’t regret checking them out. They have the same element of female vocals, as well as their overall pop rock and pop punk style.
It’s really a shame that a band like Hey Monday didn’t last more than a few years, plus a reunion show. During their time between 2008 and the very end of 2011, they only had one full-length album out, as well as three smaller releases in the form of EPs.
Released in 2008, Hold on Tight is a collection of 11 awesome songs, all done in a classic emo pop style. We know that there isn’t a lot of material to choose from, but we’re fairly confident that Hey Monday is a band that you’ll like if you’re into Paramore.
Active since 1986, No Doubt is basically Gwen Stefani’s band, with the singer being the sole original member throughout the years.
Their self-titled debut album was an interesting addition to the early 1990s rock scene, giving a bit of a different twist to these new emerging subgenres. With their earliest material, they started exploring ska, bringing this style back into the spotlight.
Their most popular work is Don’t Speak from the third album Tragic Kingdom. Although they’re mostly associated with this song, with some critics even calling them a “one-hit-wonder,” there’s a lot of great stuff in their catalog. And most of it is very different from Don’t Speak.
After 2012’s Push and Shove, the band hasn’t released any new material. They’re still on hiatus and their future is uncertain. But it would really be a shame for such a band to call it a day, without at least one more record.
The Academy Is…
Although they have not formally broken up, The Academy Is… have not done anything for a while now. But it would be really nice to hear them doing something again, to follow up on their three full-length albums and four EPs.
Sure, they’re nowhere near as commercially successful as Paramore, but if you really want to dig deeper and find out about some great music, The Academy Is… is a great band worth checking out.
Coming from Oklahoma, Hinder are one of the most important alternative rock bands that formed in the early 2000s. Their 2005 debut full-length album Extreme Behavior brought something completely new to the scene.
Still remaining their most commercially successful record to this day, you can find some awesome songs on it, like Get Stoned, Better Than Me, and How Long.
Of course, the later material is also great, despite it not achieving the success of their debut. There are five more albums in their collection, as well as two EPs, all bringing something new and interesting to the table.
New Years Day
If you like Paramore but prefer something with a heavier twist, New Years Day is a band you’ll want to check out. Led and kept alive by vocalist Ash Costello for many years now, you can hear some serious gothic rock elements in there, along with their overall alternative metal style.
Throughout the years, a lot of musicians have passed through the group’s lineup. If you like some slightly heavier stuff with female vocals, then New Years Day should definitely be on your playlist.
Lastly, we’d also like to mention Flyleaf. They’re another female-fronted band with a heavier style than Paramore. The band is currently on hiatus.
For most of their career, they were fronted by Lacey Sturm, who was replaced by Kristen May in 2012. However, May also left the band in 2016, which automatically put them on hold.
Until we get some new material from them, we’re fairly certain that you can enjoy their four records, released between 2005 and 2014.
Bands Like Paramore: Final Thoughts
It is true that none of these bands like Paramore feature Haley Williams. And they might not be as great as Paramore.
But they are all excellent bands and most fans of Paramore will enjoy at least some of these other groups as well. Check them out and see what you think.
Then let us know in the comments below if you agree with our selections. Please also let us know of any bands we should have included in this list.
And if you like the pop punk sound, but prefer harder elements in there, check out our post on bands like A Day To Remember.
Another direction to go in that you might enjoy is Evanescence. We also have a post covering bands that sound like Evanescence that is worth checking out. You’ll note we did refrain from just including any female-fronted bands, like Babymetal or other groups that are nothing like Paramore at all.