Taylor Swift Returns to Country Radio with ‘New Year’s Day’

It seems like the old Taylor isn’t actually dead as she is reverting back to her roots with "New Year's Day" heading to country radio.

Written by Kelly Brickey
Taylor Swift Returns to Country Radio with ‘New Year’s Day’
Taylor Swift; Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DIRECTV

It seems like the old Taylor isn’t actually dead like she claims in her single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” as the former country cutie is reverting back to her roots.

Taylor Swift’s poignant “New Year’s Day” is going for adds at country radio, and according to Country Aircheck, at least one country radio station has already added the song to its playlist.

The piano-heavy track contrasts widely to the rest of Swift’s just-released pop record reputation, as Swift sings subtly about the little things in love making up a lifetime of happiness. While her twang seems to still be missing, the authentic songwriting captures a raw side of Swift’s love life just like her previous catalogue of music from her country endeavors.

Hold on to the memories / they will hold on to you / and I will hold on to you / Please don’t ever become a stranger / whose laugh I could recognize anywhere,” Swift coos calmly, devoting her everything to that special someone who inspired the tune.

Swift recently performed the song in an intimate setting surrounded by fans at one of her secret sessions parties as premiere during TGIT on ABC. She also dedicated an emotional rendition of “New Year’s Day” to Jimmy Fallon and his late mother when she played it for his audience at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon just days after his mom passed away.

Although the singer continues to embrace her status in pop music, Swift continues to keep Nashville close to her heart. She decided to stick to her album tradition of buying her own record in a Target store and surprised fans in Music City by visiting the store and hanging out with anyone who came around to meet her. Swift documented the spontaneous trip throughout her social media as her way of saying thanks to the fans that continually support her innovative sounds.

Before reputation made its debut, Swift also gifted her song, “Better Man,” to Little Big Town for them to record and create into a country masterpiece. The song ended up taking home the trophy for Song of the Year at the 51st Annual CMA Awards, in which the quartet accepted the honor on Swift’s behalf.

Swift’s new album, reputation, featuring “New Year’s Day,” is available in stores everywhere now.