The anatomy of Taylor Swift’s “Style”


The majority of Americans are getting their music on the radio like, we have a huge population of people that here mostly top 40 hits. And so what’s in the top 40 really matters to the way that people see the world in the way that we kind of care. Style is such a pop song. And when I listen to the song on repeat for hours a few years ago, I realized that, part of what I really like about the beating of that song is that, there’s almost a question and an answer format And you hear this riff the whole way through the song all of the songs in this album are 100% pop And some of them tell stories they are stories like the ones she was telling on ‘Fearless’ or ‘Speak Now’ ♪ She wears high heels, I wear sneakers ♪ ♪ She cheers captain and I’m on the bleachers ♪ It’s a video that doesn’t make a lot of sense when you watch it. There’s no storyline that it follows. ♪ Midnight ♪ But the word ‘Style’ many people have taken as a reference to Taylor Swift’s relationship with Harry Styles, the lead singer of One Direction Taylor has been very consistent in saying Taylor: You know this song is about my life and I’ve never revealed who it’s actually about. And then, 14 seconds into this video, you see that paper airplane necklace. The one that she, and Harry Styles exchanged with each other. She’s giving you that clue. When you’re creating a song and hoping to get a radio play, what you want is for listeners to be hooked. What that normally means, is you put the chorus of the song as close to the front as you can. A lot of songs start with the chorus. In this song, the chorus isn’t coming for a full minute. And so she’s kind of pushed that back Taylor: And when I wrote the next song, I was thinking about how we have these kind of fashion staples that, never quite, we never quite throw them out of our closet right? Like, no one’s gonna be like why are you wearing a little black dress? No one wears that, that was so 2 years ago ♪ You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye ♪ ♪ And I got that red lip, classic thing that you like ♪ This is a pretty classic chorus structure and, it’s using all major chords except for one line. On every single line, you have this like positive feeling to the song. ♪ We never go out of style ♪ ♪ You’ve got that long hair slick back, white t-shirt ♪ And then in the second half something changes. Tiny minor chord that gives you that question ♪ And when we go crashing down, we come back every time ♪ Is this really a happy song? But that B-Minor says like, is this a good thing? She is notorious for writing songs that are completely about affairs she has had in the past. And here in this song, she says that he has cheated ♪ I say “I’ve heard that you’ve been out and about with some other girl” ♪ She has historically played the victim But, in this song, you have her kind of taking a little bit of blame. ♪ What you heard is true, but I ♪ ♪ Can stop thinking about you and I. I said I’ve been there too a few times ♪ ♪ ‘Cause you get that James… ♪ There’s a lot of like sensual imagery going on here. Taylor Swift like kind of hugging herself against the wall, her like running her hands up her body Taylor Swift isn’t a sex symbol But she’s trying to show you like, I am sexual like she’s trying to come out and say: I’m an artist I’m someone who is a mature adult. And that’s a lot of what this album is, it’s kind of a coming-out party for Taylor Swift to say like look at me, I’m a pop star. I’m an adult I’m no longer this country’s startlet. I’m someone who has made mistakes and been in hard situations and failed.

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