It was released on October 2, , in the United States by Big Machine Records as the second promotional single from Red and eventually served as the album's fifth official single on June 21, The track received generally positive reviews from music critics , who praised its lyrics, but were ambivalent towards its composition. The song debuted at number six on the Billboard chart in the United States and at number one on the Hot Digital Songs component chart. The song finds Swift playing with the idea of colors in relation to her emotions about a relationship. Before playing the track, Swift explained its meaning: "I wrote this song about the fact that some things are just hard to forget," she said, "because the emotions involved with them were so intense and, to me, intense emotion is red.
Over the past 10 years, Swift has grown up in the public eye all while writing and singing about her most intimate and gutting breakups and massive, fairy-tale wins. Her mind! But even I can admit that the pop star has had a few missteps over the course of her career—usually when she sacrifices her signature authenticity for commercialism. Even the biggest missteps, in short, are worthy contributions. Sorry for the drama. The more secrecy and forbidden the love song on Reputation is the more I love it.
"All Too Well" has been hailed as Swift's all-time best song by critics and fans alike.
Subscriber Account active since. What started off as a deep cut on "Red" swiftly became heralded as the singer's magnum opus, and for good reason. It's almost literary in how distinctively Swift tells her story of forgotten scarves, plaid shirt days, and the pain of remembering every excruciating detail of being in love after the magic's not there no more. Swift didn't just wake up one day and write "All Too Well" without any prior songwriting experience and "Dear John" was solid practice in crafting a breakup ballad that cuts to the core. It gets even better when you realize the songstress wrote all six minutes and 43 seconds alone at the wise old age of The Hollywood Reporter dubbed "Dear John" the "best and most shocking song" on 's "Speak Now" with Chris Willman writing that it's "a brilliant song, and not necessarily an easy one to listen to When "Reputation" came out in , everyone from my own friends to the most devout Swifties had thoughts about how she included songs about sex like "Dress" and "So It Goes…" This solidified what I already knew: everyone slept so hard on 's "Treacherous. All of that adds up to it being a brilliantly written song that exemplifies exactly why Swift is one of the best songwriters of her generation. In my humble opinion, no one talks about "Treacherous" enough, which is a damn shame because it's one of Swift's best — and sexiest — songs of all time. Song highlight: Every single line is perfect, but especially this one: "Nothing safe is worth the drive.
It was released on October 22, , and features 16 songs including a collaboration with Ed Sheeran , and another with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. A single from the album was being released each Tuesday leading up to the album's release, starting Tuesday, September 25, The song's jump from its debut position No. With , downloads, the song placed second among all-time best single-week sales singles, behind Flo Rida's hit "Right Round". It was later announced that the track, though initially a promotional single, would be serviced to country radio on October 1, , as the second single from the album. She will perform it live for the first time at the Brit Awards on February 20, , in order to promote the single's release. It was featured with Ed Sheeran and was wrote by Swift and Sheeran. It debuted at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart, behind Swift's first single of the album. It generally received positive reviews from critics who commended it for appealing to its audiences but stated that Swift's first attempt to create a dubstep type of music is limited.