Should've Said No
|"Should've Said No"|
|Single by Taylor Swift|
|from the album Taylor Swift|
|Released||May 18, 2008|
|Recorded||2006; Darkhorse Recording|
|Taylor Swift singles chronology|
"Should've Said No" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The song serves as the fifth and final single from her self-titled debut studio album. The song is about Swift addressing her former lover who cheated on her. It became her second number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, "Should've Said No" has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The song is included in the concert film Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, and in the soundtrack to the movie. An alternate version of the song was released on her extended play Beautiful Eyes. As of November 2017, it has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States.
"Should've Said No" is an up-tempo song, in which Swift addresses a former lover who has cheated on her, telling him that he "should've said no" to the woman who has taken her place in his life ("You should've said no/You should've gone home/You should've thought twice before you let it all go/You should've known that word 'bout what you did with her would get back to me"). Swift wrote the song when she was sixteen years old. She wrote the song because "something really, really dramatic and crazy" was happening to her, and she needed "to address it in the form of music". According to the Country Weekly magazine, she was inspired to write it after she discovered that her boyfriend at the time had cheated on her. The first line that came to her was the title, and she wrote the chorus in five minutes. Swift has also said that many of the lyrics were based on actual words that she used when confronting her ex-boyfriend. She compared the song to her previous single "Picture to Burn". While "Picture to Burn" has an "angry and I'm-done-with-him attitude", "Should've Said No" is "more of a moral statement. It's an 'I love you, we were awesome and great together, but you messed this up and I would still be with you' kinda thing. You said yes, and you should've said no." The song was a last-minute addition to Taylor Swift—Swift wrote the song two days before the mastering was scheduled, and booklets were about to be printed. She then called her producer, and completed the song overnight.
Roger Holland of PopMatters said that "Should've Said No" is "a truly splendid pop-rock song wrapped up in an almost entirely spurious country arrangement." Chris Neal of Country Weekly believed "Should've Said No" and her previous single "Picture to Burn", were the most immediately striking songs on Taylor Swift. Alison Bonaguro of the Chicago Tribune named the song along with "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Invisible" as "revenge songs," and commented that Swift's themes stayed the same throughout the concert. Country music blog Engine 145 gave the song a "thumbs down" review. Reviewer Matt C. criticized the production as being "too loud", and thought that Swift's vocals were overly reliant on pitch correction and "not amenable" to the song's concept.
Swift performed "Should've Said No" at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards; footage from the performance was later used as the song's music video. She also performed the song with Jonas Brothers on the Burning Up Tour. The song is included on the set lists of Fearless Tour.
- Album Version – 4:04
- Alternate Version (Beautiful Eyes Version) – 3:46
- International Version – 4:08
- Karaoke Version – 4:05
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,500,000|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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