Song Review: Taylor Swift - "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)"

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 9:01 AM
Song Review: Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version) by Julia Carden

Taylor Swift surprised her fans yet again with the re-recorded “Wildest Dreams (Talyor’s Version)” on Sept. 17 after the original version went viral on TikTok. The original tune first debuted back in 2014 on her album “1989.” 

The pop singer announced in August of 2019 that she planned to re-record her first six albums to regain ownership of the music after legal troubles with her previous record label, Big Machine Records.  

Since then, she released her version of her landmark album “Fearless” in April. “Fearless,” originally released in 2008, was her second studio album. The updated 26-track album features some of her essentials, including “Love Story” and “Forever and Always,” along with a few never before heard songs “from the vault,” as Swift calls it.  

Like most T Swift fans, I was shocked to see new a song from 1989 without her usual fanfare in advance. The singer did however release a snit bit of the new version in a TikTok post captioned, "If you guys want to use my version of ‘Wildest Dreams’ for the slow zoom trend, here she is! Felt cute might drop the whole song later." Later that day, the full e-recording was available across all streaming platforms.  

The connection between the stealth release and the popular slow zoom trend which featured “Wildest Dreams” is clear. The slow zoom trend drew in millions of users, this perpetuated the use of the song. No one was expecting a re-recorded song from any other album other than “Red” after she declared it the next step in the reclamation of her discography via Instagram in August. 

Swift’s publicist released a statement back in 2015 from Joseph Kahn, the director of the original music video, revealing that “Wildest Dreams” is “about a relationship that was doomed.” 

She begins the song explaining the doubt she had fostered early on in the relationship as she sings, “I thought heaven can't help me now / Nothing lasts forever, but this is gonna take me down.” 

We’ve all been there, in denial and in love with the idea of something that isn't going to last. Swift encapsulates this feeling as she sings, “Say you'll remember me standing in a nice dress / Staring at the sunset, babe / Red lips and rosy cheeks / Say you'll see me again / Even if it's just in your wildest dreams.” The singer pleads with her lover to remember her in a good light, even though the relationship’s failure is inevitable.  

I personally like the original version better than the newly released re-recording. However, I don’t think the new version is meant to be critically compared to the original, its about the nostalgic experience and appreciating both.  

Anyone could easily distinguish the two versions, but there aren’t any incredible differences. The lyrics, instrumentals, and time length all remain the same as the original. One notable difference is the tone of her voice. While the tone of “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” is much more mature, she still manages to make the song even more whimsical than it was before.  

The original version spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Taylor’s version hit the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 37. According to Forbes Magazine, she is now tied with Elvis Presley for the third-most placements. Swift currently has 138 songs that have landed on the Billboard Hot 100 throughout her career. I expect this record to grow with the upcoming release of "Red (Taylor’s Version)."

“Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version) can be enjoyed on multiple streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. 

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