New Romantics (song)

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"New Romantics"
Taylor Swift - New Romantics (Official Single Cover).png
Single by Taylor Swift
from the album 1989
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2016 (2016-02-23)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014
StudioMXM Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Genre
Length3:50
LabelBig Machine
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Max Martin
  • Shellback
Taylor Swift singles chronology
"Out of the Woods"
(2016)
"New Romantics"
(2016)
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever"
(2016)
Music video
"New Romantics" on YouTube

"New Romantics" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fifth studio album, 1989. The final bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album, the song was released to iTunes Store on March 3, 2015 as the fifth promotional single and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 71 due to digital sales.[4][5] On February 23, 2016, "New Romantics" was serviced to contemporary hit radio in the United States through Big Machine Records and Republic Records as the seventh and final single from 1989 and eventually peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] "New Romantics" is a synth-pop song influenced by new wave. The song received universal acclaim upon release, with many critics praising it as one of Swift's best pop songs.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received universal acclaim from music critics, many of whom named it one of the best pop songs of Swift's catalogue. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone ranked "New Romantics" as the second best song of 2014, stating "I have no idea why she left a song this urgent and glittery and perfect off her album (it's a bonus track), but geniuses are weird".[7] Sheffield went on to rank it second in his list "All 153 of Taylor Swift's Songs, Ranked."[8] Pitchfork's Vrinda Jagota commented that the song exemplified Swift's new attitude towards romance and heartbreak, as it shows that "your best defense is to channel the burning energy of your big hopes and desires into a night of uninhibited hedonism."[9] Corey Beasley from PopMatters considered "New Romantics", along with the other two songs on the deluxe edition of 1989, more "compositionally daring" than the standard edition, and noticed its reminiscence to works by indie/electro-pop group Chvrches.[10]

In 2019, Rolling Stone named "New Romantics" the fifty-eight best song of the decade, in their list titled "The 100 Best Songs of the 2010s", stating that the song "is the type of relieving dance floor soul purge that the best pop can be".[11] Rob Sheffield of the same magazine ranked it at number seven on his list of 50 best songs of the 2010s decade.[12] In 2020, Glamour named "New Romantics" the third best song of Swift's career, adding that it is "one of Taylor's greatest, poppiest, danciest bops".[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "New Romantics" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund[14] and was officially released on April 6 as an Apple Music exclusive, and was made available on Swift's Vevo and YouTube channels on April 13, 2016.[15][16] The video contains various clips of performances and behind-the-scenes footage taken from The 1989 World Tour. As of January 2020, the video has over 90 million views on YouTube and is the least viewed music video from Swift's album 1989.

Chart performance[edit]

The song originally debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 71 due to strong digital download sales on the chart dated March 21, 2015, but fell off the chart the following week.[5]

Following its release as a single in February 2016, the song also debuted at number 28 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, and number at 26 on Adult Top 40, eventually peaking at number 46 on the Hot 100 becoming the lowest peaking single from the album.[17]

In Australia, it debuted at number 47 on the ARIA Singles Chart where it later peaked at number 35.[18]

It also peaked at number 58 in Canada, number 132 in the UK, number 30 in Scotland and number 12 in Ireland.

Live performances[edit]

"New Romantics" was a regular part of the setlist of Swift's The 1989 World Tour, the second song performed after "Welcome to New York".[19] Furthermore, it was performed at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the first song of the set on October 22, 2016.[20] More recently, Swift opened with "New Romantics" on February 4, 2017 at the DirecTV Super Saturday Night in Houston, Texas.[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The song received a nomination for Teen Choice Award for Choice Music – Single at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.[22]

Year Organization Award Result
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music - Single Nominated

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and management[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from liner notes of 1989.[23]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016–17) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[24] 35
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[25] 33
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[26] 58
Canada AC (Billboard)[27] 46
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[28] 24
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[29] 31
France (SNEP)[30] 190
Iceland (RÚV)[31] 12
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[32] 90
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[33] 18
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[34] 58
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[35] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 132
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 46
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[38] 18
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[39] 9
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[40] 18

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[41] Gold 35,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[42] Gold 500,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

A list of releases showing the format, date, and record label(s)
Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States March 3, 2015[a] Big Machine [4]
February 23, 2016 Contemporary hit radio
[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Release as a promotional single.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Taylor Swift 1989". AllMusic. October 27, 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  3. ^ Sheffield, Rob (December 22, 2014). "Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2014". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "New Romantics - Single by Taylor Swift". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Trust, Gary (March 13, 2015). "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Kanye West, Paul McCartney & Carly Rae Jepsen Debut". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2014". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Sheffield, Rob (December 12, 2019). "All 153 of Taylor Swift's Songs, Ranked". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  9. ^ Jagota, Vrinda (August 19, 2019). "Taylor Swift: 1989". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Beasley, Corey (October 30, 2014). "Taylor Swift: 1989". PopMatters. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Hermes, Will; Spanos, Brittany; Hoard, Christian; Exposito, Suzy; Holmes, Charles; Shaffer, Claire; Freeman, Jon; Hudak, Joseph; Browne, David; Dolan, Jon; Sheffield, Rob; Levy, Joe; Catucci, Nick; Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Greene, Andy; Ehrlich, Brenna; Klinkenberg, Brendan; Shteamer, Hank (December 4, 2019). "The 100 Best Songs of the 2010s". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  12. ^ Sheffield, Rob (December 23, 2019). "Rob Sheffield's 50 Best Songs of the 2010s". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Gutowitz, Jill. "Taylor Swift's 10 Best (and Worst) Songs of All Time". Glamour. Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  14. ^ "Taylor Swift - New Romantics (2016)". IMVDb. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Taylor Drops 'New Romantics' Music Video". April 6, 2016. Archived from the original on April 10, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Watch Taylor's New Music Video". April 13, 2016. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  17. ^ Trust, Gary (February 29, 2016). "Taylor Swift, Fifth Harmony & Gwen Stefani Debut on Pop Songs Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  18. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles Chart- Australia's Official Top 50 Songs - ARIA Charts - ARIA Charts". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  19. ^ Yahr, Emily (May 5, 2015). "Taylor Swift '1989' World Tour: Set list, costumes, the stage, the spectacle". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  20. ^ "Taylor Swift Takes The Stage For First Concert In Almost A Year, Performs Song She Wrote For Calvin Harris". ET Canada. October 23, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  21. ^ Roberts, Kayleigh (February 5, 2017). "Here's What Happened at Taylor Swift's Alleged Only Performance of 2017". Elle. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  22. ^ Vulpo, Mike (May 24, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations Announced: See the "First Wave" of Potential Winners". E!. Archived from the original on May 25, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  23. ^ 1989 (Compact disc liner notes). Taylor Swift. Big Machine Records. 2014. BMRBD0500A.CS1 maint: others (link)
  24. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Taylor Swift – New Romantics". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  25. ^ "Ultratop.be – Taylor Swift – New Romantics" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  26. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  27. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Canada AC)". Billboard. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  28. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  29. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Canada Hot AC)". Billboard. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  30. ^ "Lescharts.com – Taylor Swift – New Romantics" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  31. ^ "taylor Swift Chart History". RÚV. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  32. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  33. ^ "The official lebanese Top 20 - Taylor Swift".
  34. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201620 into search. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  35. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  36. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 16.04.2016 (wk15)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
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  41. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2016 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  42. ^ "American single certifications – Taylor Swift – New Romantics". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 23, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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