New Year's Day (Taylor Swift song)

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"New Year's Day"
Single by Taylor Swift
from the album Reputation
ReleasedNovember 27, 2017
LabelBig Machine
  • Jack Antonoff
  • Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift singles chronology
"End Game"
"New Year's Day"

"New Year's Day" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, recorded for her sixth studio album, Reputation (2017). The song was serviced to American country radio as the album's fourth single on November 27, 2017.[1][2] Swift co-wrote and co-produced the track with Jack Antonoff.

Background and release[edit]

"New Year's Day" is a country song.[3] It was written and produced by Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff. Antonoff described that the song "happened so quickly at my apartment. We texted the next morning to make sure it wasn't a dream."[4] The inspiration behind came from a New Year's Eve party at Swift's London residence. About the lyrics, Swift said that "I was thinking about how everybody talks and thinks about who you kiss at midnight [...] But I think there's something even more romantic about who's gonna deal with you on New Year's Day. Who's willing to give you Advil and clean up the house? I think that states more of a permanence."[5][6] "New Year's Day" was one of the last tracks unveiled before Reputation was released, which debuted at a commercial break for the November 9 episode of ABC's Scandal.[7] The song was serviced to American country radio as the album's fourth single on November 27, 2017.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received generally positive reviews. Vulture said: "'New Year's Day' isn't the best song on Reputation, but it's one of the best, and like the rest of the good ones it excels because the petulant sense of betrayal that fuels the album elsewhere has receded. It turns out, that, once she [Swift] puts herself in position to express emotions more common and profound than the sense of being an ultrafamous pop musician who got exposed by other ultrafamous celebrities as cold-blooded and duplicitous, that she's still an artistic force to be reckoned with."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 40 and later peaked at number 33 on the Hot Country Songs chart. It also peaked at number 41 on Billboard Country Airplay chart and number 44 on Billboard Digital Song Sales chart.[10] It was Swift's first appearance on the Hot 100 and Country Airplay charts since her 2014 single "Shake It Off".[8] It has also peaked at number 50 on the Canadian Country chart.

Live performances[edit]

A performance of "New Year's Day" recorded live in October 2017 during one of the Reputation Secret Sessions at Swift's home in Rhode Island was broadcast for the first time during a commercial segment of the hit ABC television series Scandal on November 9, 2017.[11] She also performed the song during an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 13, 2017.[12][13] The song is also a regular part of her set list for the Reputation Stadium Tour and is performed at the piano as a mashup with "Long Live".[14] On April 23, 2019, she performed a piano rendition of the song at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts during the Time 100 Gala, where she was honored.[15]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from liner notes of Reputation.


Chart (2017–2018) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[16] 33
Canada Country (Billboard)[17] 50
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 33
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[19] 41
US Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[20] 44

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label(s) Ref.
Various November 10, 2017 Big Machine [21]
United States November 27, 2017 Country radio [2]


  1. ^ Prance, Sam (November 22, 2018). "Taylor Swift Sends Both 'New Year's Day' and 'End Game' to Radio". MTV News. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Single Releases : MusicRow". MusicRow. Archived from the original on November 29, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (November 16, 2017). "Taylor Swift Returning to Country Music with "New Year's Day" [Listen]". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Megan (November 14, 2018). "Jack Antonoff Praises Taylor Swift's 'Beautiful' Performance of 'New Year's Day' on 'Fallon'". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Tingle, Lauren (November 16, 2018). "The Inspiration Behind Taylor Swift's "New Year's Day"". CMT News. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Stubblebine, Allison (November 10, 2017). "Taylor Swift Treats Lucky Fans to Intimate Acoustic Set at SiriusXM". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  7. ^ McKenna, Brittney (November 16, 2017). "Taylor Swift's 'New Year's Day' Serviced to Country Radio". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Trust, Gary; Asker, Jim (November 17, 2017). "Taylor Swift's 'New Year's Day' Goes to Country Radio: Is Country Ready for It?". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Guan, Frank (November 10, 2017). "Reviewing Taylor Swift's 'New Year's Day' and 'End Game'". Vulture. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Digital Song Sales". Billboard. November 11, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  11. ^ Tschinkel, Arielle (November 10, 2017). "Taylor Swift's intimate performance of "New Year's Day" will make you hella emotional". HelloGiggles. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  12. ^ Rosen, Christopher (November 14, 2017). "Taylor Swift surprises Jimmy Fallon audience with emotional live TV debut of 'New Year's Day'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  13. ^ Glicksman, Josh (November 9, 2017). "Taylor Swift performs new reputation song 'New Year's Day' on TGIT — watch now!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Sheffield, Rob. "Rob Sheffield Reviews Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Tour Kickoff". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  15. ^ Brandle, Lars (April 24, 2019). "Taylor Swift Took Some of the World's Biggest Stars Down Memory Lane With This Performance". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  16. ^ " – Taylor Swift – New Year's Day" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  19. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  21. ^ "Taylor Swift - reputation". Retrieved June 30, 2019.

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