It’s about how Taylor wants to be more than a one-night stand to this guy, she will sleep with him but only if he promises that he won’t abandon her afterwards. The strong Lana Del Rey influence can be felt in this song. The sultry lyrics describe a surreptitious, doomed affair that Swift enters under only one condition: “Say you’ll see me again,” she sings, “even if it’s just in your wildest dreams.” Swift’s own distinct songwriting voice gets a little lost, but she does a convincing Del Rey impression.
In an interview with Rolling Stone she said: “I think the way I used to approach relationships was very idealistic. I used to go into them thinking, ‘Maybe this is the one – we’ll get married and have a family, this could be forever. Whereas now I go in thinking, ‘How long do we have on the clock – before something comes along and puts a wrench in it, or your publicist calls and says this isn’t a good idea?”
Lauren Duca from The Huffington Post criticized the music video for depicting wild animals and white people with barely a black person in it. She wrote, “For a clip that’s set in Africa – it’s about as white as a Sunday morning farmer’s market.” Asian American Director Joseph Kahn denied that the video only includes white people, he said that two of the key persons who worked on the video with him are are African Americans; producer Jill Hardin and Editor Chancler Haynes, he added: “We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work. There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screen time is Taylor and Scott.”
Release Date: August 31, 2015
Songwriter/s: Taylor Swift – Max Martin – Shellback
Label: Big Machine – Republic
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Adult Top 40, the Dance/Mix Show Airplay and the Mainstream top 40 charts. it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales over 3 million copies. In the UK, it peaked at number 40 and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). ‘Wildest Dream’ topped the charts in Canada, reached number 3 in Australia, number 3 in Poland and peaked at number 9 in Scotland. It was certified double Platinum in Australia, Platinum in Canada and Gold in New Zealand.