Confession: The song "Lover" has been stuck in my head since it came out in August Not the entire song, but rather the way Swift croons the word "table" at When Swift sings about domestic bliss with her boyfriend, it sounds like she means it—and it's this authenticity, combined with a haunting melody, that turns "Lover" into such an iconic love song.
1. I Forgot That You Existed
Swift has long had a playful relationship with fan theories about her work and the messages she hides; she openly admits to lurking on Tumblr and has been known to engage with fans and their ideas online. But the universe she has built over a decade-plus career is rich with its own legends. Driving and synth-forward with co-production from Jack Antonoff and St. Swift knows a thing or two about being treated differently in the music industry. But more than anything, Swift gets to play with her attitude, dropping in signature vocal quirks over the toe-tapping beat, backgrounded by a chorus of dramatic sighs.
1. “I Forgot You Existed”
It was released on August 16, , through Republic Records , as the third single from the album. Inspired by Swift moving-in with her romantic partner, the song puts a spin on marriage vows and sees the singer deliver intimate lyrics exhibiting devotion. The song received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised its nostalgic quality and whimsical lyricism. On the Billboard Hot , it peaked at number ten, becoming the album's third consecutive top-ten single in the United States. Its music video premiered on August 22, , and was directed by Swift and Drew Kirsch, featuring dancer Christian Owens as Swift's love interest. The video adopts a Christmas aesthetic, and follows a couple living inside a dollhouse —that has seven distinctly colored rooms—located inside a snow globe.
The song quickly became a favorite among Swifties, but to this day, the fandom continues to sound off on Twitter about one particular lyric that suggests we should all be taking our Christmas lights down before January 1. Now, Swift is offering up a long-overdue explanation. But she stuck with January for good reason — to show that even the dullest parts of a relationship are special when you're fully in love with the right person. It's about, like, 'We could put a rug over there' [or] 'We could do wallpaper or we could do paint. If you thought that the final lyric — "We could leave the Christmas lights up 'til January" — was simply overlooked by the pop star, think again. Swift's songwriting process is a long and arduous one, and it includes "obsessively going over every lyric and making sure that's what I want the final lyric to be. The truth is, Swift always wanted to make a song that people "who are in love would want to dance to," and "Lover" certainly fits the bill. Once she came up with the chorus, she knew she was on the right track.