Get ready for a change of pace, world! Taylor Swift announced that "Wildest Dreams" will be her next single, which means the hazy ballad is going to be infiltrating radio waves for the foreseeable future. While I am among the biggest "Wildest Dreams" fans (and, yes, that includes the mashup with "Enchanted" she does on the 1989 World Tour), I'm not hugely in favor of this being Swift's next single. In fact, I think she should have eschewed the rest of the 1989 tracks and gone with "New Romantics" instead.
There's a lot of reasons why "Wildest Dreams" is a fantastic track, especially in this stage of Swift's career. It's one of her most mature tracks yet and the dreamy sound is a big departure from the rest of the other 1989 tracks. With the exception of "Clean," sonically it might be the least Swift-esque song yet, though lyrically it couldn't be more her.
In an interview with NPR, Swift discussed the inspiration behind "Wildest Dreams," saying:
"That's actually a really good example of the way I go into relationships now. If I meet someone who I feel I have a connection with, the first thought I have is: 'When this ends, I hope it ends well. I hope you remember me well.' Which is not anything close to the way I used to think about relationships. It's that realization that it's the anomaly if something works out; it's not a given."
While it's interesting to hear Swift's explanation of the song (which is almost as eloquent as the lyrics themselves), there's no denying that "New Romantics" would be a solid single. Here's seven reasons why it should be Swift's fifth 1989 single instead of "Wildest Dreams."
Timing Is Everything
It's summer! Warm weather requires a certain kind of music and while "Wildest Dreams" has the hazy quality of an August afternoon, "New Romantics" is all about dancing the night away.
She Listens To Fans
Why did Swift perform "All Too Well" at the 2014 Grammys? The fans requested it! Likewise, there's a large group of people who are #TeamNewRomantics.
It's The Perfect 1989 Capstone
When you're single, nothing compares to going out and dancing with your friends. "New Romantics" is the perfect conclusion to 1989.
She Might Have To Switch Up Part Of The 1989 World Tour
Swift's live performance of "Wildest Dreams" is mashed up with "Enchanted." Will she perform it as its original version now?
"New Romantics" Is Radio-Ready
Part of the glory of Swift's music is that it's witty, catchphrase-ridden and perfect for chanting along to. I love me some "Wildest Dreams," but it certainly lacks those qualities.
It's A Better Fit For Swift's Life Right Now
"Wildest Dreams" is reportedly about Harry Styles. Swift has clearly moved on with her love life, but it's a little bit of a bummer that she's promoting a song about a seemingly inevitable breakup when she's happily in a relationship.
It's 2015's Carpe Diem Anthem
Fact: Every time I feel defeated, I remember Swift's uplifting "We're too busy dancing / To get knocked off my feet" and I remember to hustle.
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