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Love Story

Taylor Swift

Album Fearless

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This song was based on a real experience just like many other Swift’s songs, Swift said:“It took me getting mad at my parents because they didn’t want me to date this dude when I was 17, and I threw a fit and ran to my room and wrote the song on my bedroom floor.” Though at the time, Taylor had no idea what a smash hit the song would be, adding, “That turned into something I never expected it to be. Our first, number one worldwide hit.” Taylor’s parents at that time thought the boy was creep, and Taylor told 60 Minutes that he was, indeed, a creep, but she thought he was amazing at the time. Taylor added that the song was met with indifference from her record company and her parents, but she fought for it, which she says was a fun experience because she had something to prove.

In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Taylor expanded on the song and said “I was going through a situation like that where I could relate. I used to be in high school where you see a boyfriend every day. Then I was in a situation where it wasn’t so easy for me, and I wrote this song because I could relate to the whole Romeo and Juliet thing. I was really inspired by that story. Except for the ending. I feel like they had such promise and they were so crazy for each other. And if that had just gone a little bit differently, it could have been the best love story ever told. And it is one of the best love stories ever told, but it’s a tragedy. I thought, why can’t you… make it a happy ending and put a key change in the song and turn it into a marriage proposal?”

The part of “Romeo” in the song’s music video was played by Justin Gastin. The country singer and model is also known for being a contestant on Nashville Star and for dating Miley Cyrus.

When “Love Song” reached number1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on the chart week of December 22, 2007, Swift became the youngest performer ever to write and sing a chart-topping country single.

Release date

Love Story was released on September 12, 2008.


Taylor Swift


Big Machine, Universal Republic

Chart Rankings

US – 4

UK – 2


Certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with sales over 5 million by May 2011, Love Story became Taylor Swift’s best-selling single. It was the fifth song to reach number 1 on the Adult Contemporary and Hot Country lists.

Love Story won video of the year and female video of the year award at the Country Music Television awards in 2009. On winning the latter award Swift said, “This is for everybody who still believes in love stories, because I do.”  At the 2009 BMI Country Awards, Taylor won her second straight song of the year for this song. After winning Video of the Year Award at the 2009 Country Music Association along with three other awards including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Fearless and Female Vocalist of the Year, Taylor became the youngest winner of the association’s highest honor. It also reached ninth best-selling digital single of all time. Love Story debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and then peaked at number 4.

Artist’s age on release date

Taylor was 19 years young when she released Love Story.

Cover Versions

“Style” was covered by artists less famous than Taylor.


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