Taylor Swift - Back to December

About "Back to December"

"Back to December" is a song written and recorded by the American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her third studio album, Speak Now (2010). Big Machine Records released the song for download onto the iTunes Store on October 12, 2010, and sent it to US country radio as the album's second single on November 15, 2010. "Back to December" is a power ballad combining country and pop, and it incorporates orchestrated strings; an acoustic version was included on the deluxe edition of Speak Now. The lyrics are about a remorseful plea for forgiveness from a former lover.

In contemporary reviews, music critics praised "Back to December" for its production and lyrics, with particular highlight on the maturity of the lyrics expressing regret over lost love. The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot Country Songs chart, and it was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The single peaked at number seven in Canada and number 26 in Australia, and it received certifications in both countries.

The song's accompanying music video, directed by Yoann Lemoine, depicts the aftermath of a breakup between Swift and her boyfriend. Swift performed "Back to December" on televised events including the Country Music Association Awards and the American Music Awards. On the Speak Now World Tour (2011–12), she performed the song as part of a mashup with OneRepublic's "Apologize" (2007) and her own song "You're Not Sorry" from her second studio album, Fearless (2008). A re-recorded version, titled "Back to December (Taylor's Version)", was released as part of Swift's third re-recorded album Speak Now (Taylor's Version) on July 7, 2023. It entered the Hot 100 at number 16, the Hot Country Songs chart at number 5, and topped the Philippines Songs chart.

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