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out of the spotlight.)
In Rolling Stone‘s list of the 50
Best Songs of 2012, a Taylor Swift song came in at No. 2. It should
be noted that this is an all-genre list, not at all a country list. And only a few country songs even made the list, like
Dwight Yoakam‘s “A
Heart Like Mine” and Kacey Musgraves‘ “Merry
So I think that means that the music magazine loves Swift’s song on a much grander scale. Why? Because
it’s “a perfect three-minute teen tantrum about country girls getting mad at high-strung indie boys.” So country or not, that
makes the tune worthy of a high place on their list.
“It’s a stadium-chant breakup song that may have less to do with
the actual guy it’s about than with the massive raging-cowgirl audience Swift has led to the pinnacle of the music world,”
it says. I agree with all that except maybe the “raging cowgirl” part. I know a whole bunch of Swift fans who are neither
raging nor cowgirls.
So the only question I have after reading the Rolling Stone list is, did they love the
song because it leans a little country? Or because it doesn’t?