100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 2. Style – Taylor Swift

 100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 2. Style – Taylor Swift

Written by: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback and Ali Payami
Produced by: Max Martin, Shellback and Ali Payami
Album: 1989
UK release: February 2015
UK chart peak: 21

Style was first teased on some kind of TV advert ahead of 1989’s release; I don’t remember what it was for. It was just the chorus – the one that leads into “TAKE ME HOOOOME!” – and it was crystal fuckin’ clear from that alone that this song was going to be special.

Taylor Swift‘s 1989 is my favourite, and most-played album of this decade; and Style is my runaway favourite song from it. It just… sparkles, really. It’s a bit moody, a bit playful, a bit lovestruck; and the chorus? THE CHORUS?!?! Absolute pop perfection. It’s danceable, shout-a-long-able, waftable, slow-mo-friendly. It’s a shot of wide-eyed, early-days lust; of feeling like this new relationship makes you the coolest, most… er… stylish person in the world, even if it’s all a bit cringe from the outside.

This is PEAK Taylor Swift. Before her whole nArRaTiVe and the dIsCoUrSe around her got really noisy; when she was still on the ascent to becoming the biggest popstar on the globe. For me, it is the most exhilarating song she released in that era. It’s actually the most exhilarating song she’s released full-stop, and my second favourite song of these entire ten years.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10.
  • See the full list so far here.
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Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.