Favorite band led by a powerhouse woman: Evanescence or Paramore? | The Tylt
Evanescence and Paramore gave us some of the best rock songs of the aughts, and it's all thanks to their girl-powered lead vocalists. Amy Lee moved us with her intense vocals on Evanescence's many Billboard Hot 100 hits, like "Bring Me to Life" and "My Immortal." Hayley Williams brought the vocals not only to Paramore's biggest hits like "Monkey Business" and "Decode," but to both pop-punk and pop-rock in the aughts and 2010s. Who's your Favorite band led by a powerhouse woman? 🎤🎸
Favorite band led by a powerhouse woman: Evanescence or Paramore?
Amy Lee's voice is so iconic, not only carrying and popularizing Evanescence but arguably bringing gothic metal in the mainstream. Her mezzo-soprano voice helped the band gain mainstream success on a series of hit singles and albums. "Bring Me to Life," "My Immortal" and "Call Me When You're Sober" all peaked within the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Evanescence's debut album "Fallen" is certified 7x multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, while the sophomore and third LPs both topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. And it's all because her voice is a serious mood.
Check out the music video to "Bring Me to Life" below.
Hayley Williams' voice is so amazing that Paramore actually has a large black fanbase. Taylor Bryant for Nylon highlighted why that's so significant:
And then there’s just the fact that many people are drawn to Paramore because of Williams. Avril Lavigne may have been the first pop-punk princess I can recall, but Williams is the one that sticks out most in my memory. From her guttural screams on “All I Wanted” to her soft lullaby vocals on “The Only Exception,” she’s always had the range. “I think that African-Americans love a good versatile singer with great vocals,” Sasha Jackson, a devoted Paramore fan since middle school says. “They have something we don’t usually hear in a rock band… and I’m not gonna lie, the band has some soul. The lyrics in her songs are engaging and complex.” I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that the song that seems to be the most popular from the band amongst black people—“Ain’t It Fun”—happens to feature what sounds like a black choir during the bridge.
Legendary but underrated black musicians were the originators of rock music, but the genre is arguably predominantly white, with predominantly white fanbases. Williams' voice is so soulful and versatile, however, that she's attracted such a huge black fanbase to Paramore's music. And that's why hits like "Misery Business" and "The Only Exception" crossed racial lines.
Watch the music video to "Misery Business" below.