Today marks the one-year anniversary of Taylor Swift's record breaking 1989 record.
It's rightfully considered one of the best pop albums in a decade, and it's all thanks to Swift's imaginative songwriting capabilities. She's famous for penning songs about her relationships going down in flames, and that wherewithal earned her a countless No. 1s, awards and allowed room for the record to stay in the Top 10 on Billboard for an entire year.
Swift said of the anniversary, "1989 came out 1 year ago today. It's been the best year of my life. I love you guys. #HappyBirthday1989"
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 27, 2015
At the time of posting, #HappyBirthday1989 was a world-wide Trending Topic on Twitter.
Several contributing editors here at BreatheHeavy threw in our two cents on what we'd like to see Swift promote as her sixth "1989" single. Read our choices then vote for your favorite at the end!
@Aaron: I Know Places
Arguably the most underrated cut from Taylor Swift's career-defining '1989', "I Know Places" would be the perfect choice for the sixth (and final?) single this era. The Ryan Tedder produced electro-pop track is a pulsating, dark stand-out in Swift's impressive discography. As infectious as it is compelling, "I Know Places" is bilaterally satisfying - appropriate for radio but different enough to stand out amongst 2015's distinctly average pop offerings. Despite hitting number 1 on the Hot 100, "Bad Blood" feels like a misstep in '1989''s otherwise flawless campaign and no song would put it back on track quite like "I Know Places".
@Jessica: I Wish You Would
This quietly confident mid-album track isn’t as showy as some of its sisters, but on repeated listen, you’ll find it packs quite the emotional punch. Swift speak-sings for the most part, but that makes the track no less catchy, and the drum-heavy gigantic chorus makes "I Wish You Would" the perfect track for blasting in your car on the way home from work. The song is a good example of a solid radio performer that doesn’t need to be an earworm to be successful.
@James: Out of the Woods
If there's one thing I need before Taylor Swift's 1989 era comes to a close, it's for her to bring it full circle with one of the songs that kicked off the campaign: "Out of the Woods." Co-written by fun. and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, the almost-four minute cut perfectly captures the instability of a frantic relationship with heavy synth, grand instrumentation and all of those looping pulsating vocals during the hook. Sure, Tay took a page straight out of HAIM's book, but it's perfect Top 40 gold for the late fall.
@Nick: All You Had to Do Was Stay
Taylor might've missed a big opportunity by not choosing this song as her next single. While it's not one of the stand-out songs considered by most people from "1989," I personally love how much of a classic pop tune it is. "All You Had to Do Was Stay" brings me back to Taylor's first couple of eras and how innocent she was. It gives you a bit of that Taylor nostalgia from nearly 10 years ago, and I'm sure many people could connect to that!
@Jordan: New Romantics
We're all bored. We're all so tired of everything. Not exactly what comes to mind when discussing Taylor Swift's monumental "1989" era, and what better way to round out a series of record-breaking singles than with "New Romantics," an album bonus track written by Swift, Max Martin, & Shellback. "New Romantics" represents a resilient outlook from Swift, who's had her fair share of criticism from the media regarding her love life ("Cause baby I could build a castle/ Out of all the bricks they threw at me"). A pop culture movement known as The New Romanticism era began in the early '80s in the UK. Men and women wore brilliantly ornate clothing to symbolize their intimate understanding of the new wave perspective in pop culture. Swift's record borrows themes from the '80s because, as she put it to Rolling Stone last year, "there just seemed to be this energy about endless opportunities, endless possibilities, endless ways you could live your life. And so with this record, I thought, 'There are no rules to this. I don't need to use the same musicians I've used, or the same band, or the same producers, or the same formula. I can make whatever record I want.'" What better way to end a musical movement than with a song about a movement? After all, heartbreak is the national anthem. Sing it proudly.
Happy Birthday, 1989.