In Christian theology the atonement refers to God's pardoning of sin through the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion, making possible the reconciliation between God and man. Smith penned this song to represent the death of Christ. He explained: "It goes to a minor key to reflect His sacrifice, and then the music brightens to signify a breakthrough, that death has been conquered. The technique of having two distinct sections of music in the same song to convey the spectrum of emotion was suggested by my producer David Hamilton - a trick he learned from studying classical pianist Frederic Chopin."
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift earned an entry in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest-selling digital single. It reached the #1 spot on iTunes just 50 minutes after its release.