After announcing her intention to re-record all six of her first albums in an effort to regain some semblance of control over the material that made her a star from its current righsholders, Taylor Swift made her fans wait months before revealing when the first piece of this process would be available for them to hear. While her adoring masses listened to her two 2020 albums Folklore and Evermore, the singer-songwriter was busy putting a new spin on some of her biggest hits.
On February 12, just one day after revealing that her sophomore album Fearless would be the first to receive the re-recording treatment and was coming soon, she dropped the set’s first single. “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” was met with acclaim from critics and fans alike, just as the original take was more than a decade before. Now, as the full-length it’s featured on makes its way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the track has become a cross-genre hit…again.
This week, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” debuts on two different radio charts operated by Billboard, certifying it as at least a minor hit single. Interestingly, the track lands on lists that focus on different genres, showing immense interest in a widespread audience.
“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” performs best on the Adult Contemporary chart, which tracks audience reach on stations that only traffic in what’s called adult contemporary, which is kind of like light pop. Swift’s track opens at No. 30, in last place, on the latest roster.
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Over on the Country Airplay chart, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” also starts off close to the bottom, though that tally is much longer. The singer’s latest hit begins its time on that list at No. 57 on the 60-spot ranking.
These positions might not be especially impressive for someone as massively popular as Swift is, but whenever a track reaches any Billboard radio list, it’s worthy of noting. Simply by placing, it means DJs and listeners were keenly aware of and very into the release, and that a team was likely working it hard.
The original “Love Story” helped solidify Swift as a country powerhouse while simultaneously proving she had appeal beyond just the one genre. The smash first ruled in the country space, reaching No. 1 back in 2008. At the time, it was her third leader, and since then, she’s more than doubled that sum.
“Love Story” also rose to the peak spot on both the Pop Airplay (which went by a different name at the time) and the Adult Contemporary charts. It peaked at No. 3 on the Adult Pop ranking, making it a top three smash on all three pop radio lists, which are some of the most competitive.
Swift obviously has the power, resources and popularity to give any of her singles a fighting chance at succeeding at radio…but with “Love Story,” it might be all about the music, as it seems to win no matter the year or what kind of station is playing it.