When Taylor Swift sat down to write her now three-time-GRAMMY-nominated hit “Shake It Off” from her “first documented official pop album,” 1989, she wanted to create a song that got people out of their shells. In an interview with Radio.com, the country singer-turned-pop star explains how the song, which she cowrote with Max Martin and Shellback, came to be.
“Writing ‘Shake It Off’ was something that I wanted to do to basically create a song that was a song for any of us who have felt like we’ve been picked on or gossiped about,” Swift says. “But I didn’t want it to seem like we had been victimized. I wanted it to come from a perspective of strength, but I also wanted it to make people dance.”