Artists that wrote iconic songs in their teens

Hayley Williams and Paramore are back with a new album to revive our teenage dreams

Stars Insider

05/06/23 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Songwriters

Songwriting is a renowned skill that very few artists master. Record labels pay millions for songwriters to craft catchy tunes for their artists. Indeed, most musicians who achieve fame from a young age usually have the music and lyrics written for them, but not all. It usually takes years to hone the craft of songwriting, but some artists had a gift for songwriting from the very beginning.

Hayley Williams was just 17 years old by the time she had written, recorded, and released her first album with her pop-punk band Paramore. Their second album, 2007's 'Riot!,' was the defining record for a generation of teens, and its influence can still be felt today in the work of young artists like Olivia Rodrigo. The band took an extended break after releasing their last album, 'After Laughter,’ in 2017.

Seven years later, they're finally back. 'This is Why' was released on Feb. 10 to the delight of Paramore stans everywhere. The album delves into the anxious and tentative return to life after the pandemic, while the world seems to be more unstable than ever. Williams has described it as the band's most political record to date. 

By the time these musicians had reached the age of 20, they had written some of the most iconic songs that we know and love. Click through to discover which artists wrote iconic songs in their teen years.

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