“Anti-Hero” is the third track from Taylor Swift’s tenth album “Midnights”, which was released via Republic Records on the 21st October 2022.
Written and produced by Swift and Jack Antonoff, anti-hero is a synth-pop song that sees Swift be her most vulnerable self with her listeners and fans yet. Swift revealed that the song was inspired by her nightmares, as well as her issues with self-hatred, depersonalisation and image. The song is layered, with multiple pop culture references, such as the opening lyric of the second verse: “Sometimes, I feel like everybody is a sexy baby / And I’m a monster on the hill”. This line is a direct reference to American sitcom series “30 Rock”, which was created by American comedian Tina Fey, whom Swift had a brief feud with due to Fey’s comments about her dating life at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. However, it appears Swift and Fey have reconciled and are amicable due to this reference in her track.
In a video on Swift’s Instagram, Swift revealed her thoughts and inspirations behind the song:
““Anti-Hero” is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. I really don’t think I’ve delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before […] This song is a real guided tour throughout all the things I tend to hate about myself, and it’s all those aspects of the things we dislike and like about ourselves that we have to come to terms with if we are gonna be this person…”
The music video for “Anti-Hero” was released via Swift’s official YouTube channel on the 21st October, and was directed and written by Swift herself. On the 25th October, the video had a total of 30 million views and was trending at #1 for music on YouTube.
“Anti-Hero” broke records global and US records for the biggest opening-day streams in Spotify history.
Read the lyrics to “Anti-Hero” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing.