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"Back to December" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her third studio album, Speak Now (2010). Before the album's release, the track was released for download on October 12, 2010, through the iTunes Store as a promotional single. It was sent to US country radio on November 15, 2010, by Big Machine Records, as the second single from the album. "Back to December" is a power ballad combining country and pop, with orchestrated string instruments. 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 some picking it as an album highlight. The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot Country Songs chart, and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In Canada, the single peaked at number seven on the Canadian Hot 100 and was certified gold by Music Canada (MC). It additionally peaked within the top 40 on singles charts of Australia and New Zealand.

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). An acoustic version of "Back to December" was included on the deluxe edition of Speak Now.

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