Taylor Swift’s 1989: A Track-by-Track Breakdown

October 26, 2014 3:48 AM

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Taylor Swift’s 1989: A Track-by-Track Breakdown

If you haven’t heard this haters-gonna-hate earworm yet, you’ve been on Mars. Welcome back! Here are our posts about its video and what made it a No. 1 hit. (Side note: Does its “players gonna play” line take on extra resonance after the previous three tracks? Maybe.)

The most striking thing about this song initially is that it’s the first to actually place the emphasis on guitars. Written to go over a Fine Young Cannibals-sampling track assembled by Jack Antonoff (the original version, at least, borrowed a snare from “She Drives Me Crazy”), the song builds and b...

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