Nonsense

Album: Emails I Can't Send (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • "Nonsense" is a goofy song where Sabrina Carpenter loses control of her mouth and blabbers drivel whenever she's around her crush.
  • Carpenter co-penned "Nonsense" with Nashville songwriter Steph Jones. The two also collaborated on the pop star's Singular: Act I singles "Almost Love" and "Sue Me," both of which topped the Billboard dance chart. Jones' other credits include Kelsea Ballerini's "Hole In The Bottle" and Little Big Town's "Over Drinking."

    Former One Direction songwriter Julian Bunetta produced the track.
  • Carpenter recorded "Nonsense" for her album Emails I Can't Send. Though it was a fun track to write, she thought it was too ridiculous to make the final cut. "It's just the silliest song, and when we were writing it, I was like, 'It's never gonna be put out,'" she told Billboard.

    "At first I was like, 'It doesn't make sense with the album,' and then I kind of realized that there's a lot of dual feelings to heartbreak and grieving and moving on, and it can happy and sad and confident and insecure."
  • The outro comprises comedic lyrics poking fun at the chorus. It ends with studio chatter and the sound of Carpenter and Jones laughing. "Basically, we were, like, we know the song is nonsense, we know the chorus, so we took a few of those lyrics that we love, that we were dying over, and we put them in the outro of the song," Carpenter explained on The Travils Mills Show. "It's cool that that kinda song was able to make it in the record, because I really think that also it shows my stupid sense of humor."
  • Carpenter dropped a spicy, festive remix for the holiday season on December 7, 2022. "A Nonsense Christmas" finds the pop star putting a flirty Yuletide spin on the original song. Both tracks share the same beat and melody, but on the Christmas number, Carpenter takes on the persona of a vixen rather than an anxious blabbermouth. She spouts a stack of festive double-entendres as she tells her love interest that he tops her Christmas wish list.
  • "Nonsense" landed on the Hot 100 dated January 28, 2023, six weeks after Carpenter released it as a single. The success of the song can be attributed to a combination of factors, including a sped-up version and a playful dance routine set to the second verse, both generated on TikTok. A well-executed live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! also contributed to the song's popularity.

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