Hey Stephen

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"Hey Stephen"
Song by Taylor Swift from the album Fearless
Genre Country pop, teen pop
Length 4:12
Label Big Machine
Writer Taylor Swift
Producer Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift
Fearless track listing

Hey Stephen is a song by American recording artist Taylor Swift. It serves as the fourth track from her second studio album, Fearless. The song has received acclaim from music critics for its catchy beat and lyrics written by Swift.

Background and release[edit]

Swift self-penned "Hey Stephen" about her hidden feelings for Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft, a country band opened several shows for Swift.[1] It is characterized by a playful teen pop melody that is accompanied by a subdued Hammond B-3 organ.[2] While recording the song at a studio owned by John McBride, Martina McBride’s husband, he informed Swift of his children's longing to meet her. She invited them and their friends to watch the recording session, which led them to eventually lay down finger snaps for the track.

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received acclaim from music critics, who praised her song writing skills, and its catchy melody.

Chart performance[edit]

The week her album Fearless was released, all of the songs charted in different countries due to its strong digital sale downloads. With this, the song debuted at number 94 on Billboard Hot 100.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 94


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Screen Test: Taylor Swift". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gardner, Tom (November 15, 2008). "Taylor Swift just gets better on her new CD Fearless". The Daily Gleaner. Brunswick News. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Taylor Swift.
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Taylor Swift – Hey Stephen". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 10, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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