Our top 10 Pvris songs list digs deep into the music of an American musical project known for its amazing blend of alternative rock and pop-rock influences. The band was formed in 2012 after the evolution of a post-hardcore incarnation under the name Operation Guillotine. Since 2012, Pvris has been fronted by two-time Boston Music Awards winner singer-songwriter Lyndsey Gunnulfsen alias Lynn Gunn.
Over the years, Pvris has issued three studio albums and three extended plays. The band’s musical pursuits have been quite successful with all of its albums making it to the UK Albums Chart and Billboard 200. Pvris’ fourth studio album Evergreen is scheduled for release in June 2023. Evergreen’s track listing includes eleven songs including the hits “Goddess,” “Good Enemy,” and “Love is A…”
In 2013, the band released an eponymous five-track extended play. Pvris saw the band serve its growing fanbase with a blend of alternative rock and pop punk drawing parallels to bands like Tonight Alive and Paramore. The band’s debut EP was a great start as showcased by the musical quality of songs like “Only Love” and “Mind Over Matter.”
Pvris’ fanbase grew exponentially following the band’s energetic performance as a live act during the 2013 Rise Tour where it opened for A Skylit Drive. The band moved on to issue acoustic versions of four of the five songs on its eponymous EP in 2014. In the same year, the band issued its debut studio album White Noise.
White Noise was issued through Rise Records, a label (once) home to At the Drive-In, Blessthefall, Of Mice & Men, and Goldfinger. Working on White Noise’s production was songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Blake Harnage. Harnage is best known for his affiliations with Versa, All Time Low, and Hands Like Houses. White Noise was a commercial success in the UK where it earned BPI’s silver certification.
Pvris saw White Noise succeed in the mainstream making it to the fifty-fifth spot on the UK Albums Chart. White Noise also graced the Billboard 200 Chart rising to position eighty-eight. Pvris’ musicianship in 2014 saw the band moved to the Vans Warped Tour’s Main Stage from the Ernie Ball Stage. The move saw Pvris share a similar platform with bands such as Pierce the Veil, Miss May I, and Asking Alexandria. “Fire,” “White Noise,” “My House,” and “St. Patrick” are the best Pvris songs from the album.
The band returned in 2017 with All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Heel. This sophomore studio album was also issued through Rise Records under the production of Blake Harnage. All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Heel is by far the band’s most impressive album on the mainstream charts. The album rose atop the New Zealand Heatseekers Albums Chart while gracing the ARIA Albums Chart at the twelfth spot.
All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Heel is Pvris’ highest-charting record on the Billboard 200 reaching position forty-one. The album spent two weeks on the UK Albums Chart where its rose to the fourth spot. “What’s Wrong,” “Anyone Else,” “Heaven,” “Half,” and “Winter” are the most popular Pvris songs from the album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Heel.
The success of Pvris’ two albums was enough to convince Warner Records into signing the band. Pvris’ first release through Warner Records was its third extended play Hallucinations. Hallucinations was issued in 2019 under the co-production of Lynn Gunn and Paper Route frontman JT Daly. The five-track EP is home to some of the best Pvris songs including “Hallucinations,” “Old Wounds,” and “Death of Me.”
Lynn Gunn collaborated with Paper Route frontman JT Daly once more in the production of Pvris’ third studio album Use Me. The album was issued through Warner Records in August 2020. Use Me saw the band explore a blend of alternative rock and electropop sound influences.
The album track listing includes three of Pvris’ songs formerly issued on the extended play Hallucinations. Other notable tracks from the album include “Dead Weight,” “Use Me,” and “Gimme a Minute.” Use Me graced the UK Albums Chart peaking at the fourth spot. The album achieved mild success on the Billboard 200 rising to position one hundred and fifty-five.
Pvris’ Accolades and Legacy
Pvris’ musical pursuits have seen the band compared to other alternative rock/pop rock/pop punk bands including Paramore, Tonight Alive, and Against the Current. The band went ahead to win the most coveted Boston Music Awards Artist of the Year accolade for two consecutive years, 2016 and 2017. Pvris’ lead vocalist Lynn Gunn is also a two-time conqueror of the Boston Music Awards—the singer won the 2016 Female Vocalist of the Year accolade and 2021 Vocalist of the Year accolade. Here we present the all-time top 10 Pvris songs.
Spoiler Alert: The list is without the collaborative hits “Burn It All Down,” “Snakes,” and “Sacrificial.”
#10- Only Love
We start our countdown of the top 10 Pvris songs with the emotionally-charged hit “Only Love.” Of course, there are several “greater” songs by Pvris from the band’s three studio albums. However, we couldn’t help but feature “Only Love” on the list, one of the songs that helped define Pvris’ musical ventures in the band’s early stages.
“Only Love” is featured on the band’s debut eponymous extended play (later featured on the EP Acoustic). The song finds the band exploring the complexities of love and relationships. This haunting masterpiece exposes the raw intensity of Lynn Gunn’s vocal dexterity—Lynn’s vocal delivery in this song complements its lyrical perspective.
#9- St. Patrick
“St. Patrick” is one of the timeless picks from Pvris’ songs catalog. The song was issued as the first single of the band’s debut studio album White Noise. “St. Patrick” finds singer Lynn Gunn crooning about irresistibly strong feelings towards someone. The singer croons about how this person is a miracle to her life!
Lynn quotes that despite not being “spiritual,” this person gives her a glimpse of bliss and a taste of heaven. It is the poetic nature of this song’s lyrics that make it quite a timeless pick. Lynn leaves all of us guessing who Patrick would be—after all, the cryptic phrase “St. Patrick” is nowhere in the song’s lyrics. The anthemic feel and infectious melody of “St. Patrick” saw the song become one of Pvris concert staples.
#8- Use Me ft. 070 Shake
Ranking eighth on our top 10 Pvris songs list is the dynamic hit “Use Me.” The song serves as the album title track to Pvris’ 2020 third studio album. “Use Me” finds the band collaborating with American rapper 070 Shake. The rapper is best known for her contribution to the musical pursuits of Ye (Kanye West), Pusha T, Nas, and Raye.
“Use Me” finds Pvris delving deeper into the struggles of love—this time, Lynn takes an introspective look at the vulnerability that comes with maintaining a sense of self in relationships. The song is among the most alluring emblems of Pvris luscious blend of alternative rock with electropop sound influences.
#7- White Noise
Without a doubt, “White Noise” is a must-have track from Pvris’ songs repertoire. The song serves as the album title track to the band’s 2014 debut studio album. “White Noise” finds Pvris infusing electronic elements in its signature alternative rock sound. In this song, Lynn Gunn strikes a balance between haunting and passionate vocal delivery.
This remarkable track features an atmospheric melody that complements its dark and introspective lyrical perspective. So far, the quality of the songs listed is enough to crown Pvris one of the most underrated bands formed in the second decade of the twenty-first century.
#6- What’s Wrong
Ranking sixth on our top 10 Pvris songs list is the haunting hit “What’s Wrong.” The song was issued as the second single of the band’s sophomore studio album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell. Singer Lynn revealed that after releasing the hit “What’s Wrong,” she felt a tad bit vulnerable and exposed.
After all, some of its lyrics exhibited personal struggles, for example, the lyrics “Don’t need a metaphor for you to know I’m miserable.” Nevertheless, the band’s fans were still impressed by this song’s exploration of poignant lyrical content which has been by far a pillar of Pvris’ powerful musicality. Again, the song’s title is nowhere to be found within this song’s lyrics.
Before Pvris’ third LP Use Me, there was the band’s third EP Hallucinations. Both releases feature our home to the fifth pick on our top 10 Pvris songs list “Hallucinations” on their track listing. “Hallucination” was co-written by Lynn Gunn, JT Daly, Marshmello, and Amy Allen. Amy Allen is best known for writing songs for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Halsey, and Harry Styles.
“Hallucinations” finds Lynn Gunn crooning about the thin line of difference between reality and imagination. The song features a music video directed by Yhellow, alias Lorenzo Diego Carrera. Yhellow has also worked on music videos for other artists including Neck Deep, Mastodon, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
#4- Dead Weight
“Dead Weight” is one of the most sought-after songs by the band. The song is featured on the band’s third studio album Use Me. “Dead Weight” was co-written by the band’s vocalist Lynn Gunn in conjunction with producer JT Daly, Nate Cyphert, Sean Van Vleet of Empires, and Tommy English. Tommy English is a songwriter/producer best known for his work with Adam Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
“Dead Weight” is among the songs that finds Lynn Gunn taking on both the vocals and instrumentation roles following the departure of all her peers from the band. Joining Lynn in the instrumentation were JT Daly (who played the keyboards) and Tommy English (who plays additional guitar). “Dead Weight” finds Lynn Gunn expressing her displeasure with people who take advantage of her good nature.
Ranking third on our top 10 Pvris songs list is the raving hit “Heaven.” “Heaven” was premiered on BBC Radio 1 Rock Show. The song served as the lead single of the band’s sophomore studio album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell. “Heaven” finds Lynn Gunn crooning about the sad end of a relationship where she claimed that someone took “her heaven away.”
Passion and intensity are all vivid in Lynn Gunn’s vocal delivery explaining why she is a two-time Boston Music Awards winner for her vocals. Her delivery on the vocals perfectly captures the inner turmoil as she spits this song’s tempestuous lyrics. Lynn Gunn teams up with Raúl Gonzo in directing the music video of this hit.
#2- My House
“My House” has endured the test of time remaining one of the highest-ranking Pvris picks. The song is featured on the band’s debut studio album White Noise. “My House” is an enchanting blend of Lynn Gunn’s emotive lyricism and her energy-filled vocal performance. The guitar riffs in this pick get a tad bit more intense than usual, grooming this song with a pulsating sense!
Lynn went ahead to reveal that “My House” is a song about a poltergeist. “My House” is among the songs by Pvris that made it to the UK Independent Singles Breakers Chart, peaking at number seventeen. The song features a music video directed by the band’s long-time video director Raúl Gonzo. Other artists who have worked with Raúl Gonzo include the pop band Before You Exit, Versa, and the punk rock band The Regrettes.
#1- You and I
Coming in at the peak of our top 10 Pvris songs list is the outstanding hit “You and I.” The song is featured on the deluxe edition of the band’s debut studio album White Noise. This emotionally-charged pick features the vocal contribution of Sierra Kay, former lead vocalist of the band Versa. Sierra Kay also makes her contribution to this song’s lyrics while appearing on the backing vocals in several other songs on White Noise.
“You and I” find Lynn Gunn crooning about the emotional distance in a long-distance relationship. In the song, Lynn expresses how bridging the gap between them would make the relationship stronger and happier. Despite the emotional pain, the singer promises to keep her lover in her mind—this turns “You and I” into a celebratory anthem of commitment and perseverance in a relationship.
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