Fifteen

Album: Fearless (2008)
Charted: 23
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  • This song is about Taylor Swift's best friend Abigail. Swift told The Los Angeles Times October 26, 2008 that for most of their time in high school, the two friends thought of themselves as ugly ducklings. She explained: "We kind of came to the conclusion in ninth grade that we were never going to be popular, so we should just stick together and have fun and not take ourselves too seriously. That's why I had so much fun in high school, because I didn't focus too much on the fact that I wasn't really in the clique."
  • Swift admitted to CMT Radio that she cried when she recorded this song. She explained: "I'm not likely to cry over something I've gone through, even if it's the worst breakup ever. Maybe I haven't had that breakup yet. Maybe there will be a breakup where I'll just cry every time I think of it. (laughs) But the things that make me cry are when the people I love have gone through pain and I've seen it. "Fifteen" talks about how my best friend, Abigail, got her heart broken when we were in ninth grade and singing about that absolutely gets me every time."
  • Swift told That's Country that she "started everything with the line 'Abigail gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind' and wrote everything else from that point, almost backwards."
  • Taylor swift performed this with Miley Cyrus at the 2009 Grammy awards. Cyrus was 16 at the time.
  • This almost-appropriately titled single was Swift's sixteenth entry on the Hot Country songs chart.
  • Abigail appears in the song's music video, in which the two friends go through various situations of teen life.
  • This was the 13th Top 40 hit on the Hot 100 from Fearless (including the set's "Platinum Edition" re-release) extending Swift's record for most such entries from one album. Prior to this, no act had achieved more seven Top 40 hits from one album.
  • Billboard magazine asked Taylor when she finds time to pen songs. She replied: "I actually am best writing on the road. I only have time to write the songs that hit me the hardest. Those are songs like 'Fifteen' - that's one I wrote on the road. It hits me and I needed to write it so I found time to write it, whether it's 15 minutes between meet-and-greets or at 4 a.m. If they haunt me throughout my meet-and-greets and interviews, and all I'm playing in my head is this song, then I know I've got something."
  • The song's music video was directed by You Belong With Me director, Roman White. He told MTV News that for the clip he wanted to capture the essence of the song without getting too literal. "Well, I think I really wanted this video to kind of be an evolution for Taylor," White said. "I mean, obviously it's a high school song, but the last thing I wanted to do was shoot it in a high school. So I wanted to try something different, and I actually said to her, 'I don't think we should shoot in a high school.' And I don't think she wanted to either.

    I kind of came up with this idea like, let's take the literal meaning of this song and watch it evolve in front of us ... almost as a memory in your head," he added. "And create this world, so you walk in on this desolate desert and you start to sing about all these great memories you have ... of everything you love [blooming] around you, and so we literally grew this garden around her.

    But also we added these surreal elements that came from the memory," he said. "It's kind of this cross between this surreal garden and this memory [and] she's at the heart of this memory."
  • Just about everything on the video, bar Swift herself, was created on a computer. "The rain was all digitally created. All the trees, all the flowers, everything was created by mouse, everything was created by computers," White explained. "The trees, the leaves, the rain, everything, the clouds. We had prop pieces of the desks and stuff, so even things we had actual props of we re-created in 3-D [on the computer]."
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Comments: 19

  • Erica from Texarkana This song came out the week before my 30th birthday and never in my life has a song hit me so hard & so strong. This song has to ability to make me weep every time I hear it to this day, and I am now 35. every lyric in this song captures the age of 15 (for me anyway) and the insecurities, the friendships, the awkwardness and the wonder of how you think your life will be. Taylor Swift is a very talented songwriter and I will be forever grateful for this song.
  • Haylee from Delta, OhI'm currently a freshman in high school and in an amazing relationship, even though it's long distance. Love don't know what distance is <3
  • Katy from Newport News, VaMy friend gave everything to a boy, and he shattered her heart after 2 years. We met in 8th grade, and were best friends instantly.
  • Hannnah from Manila, Philippinesi still remmeber when am 15 yrs old i fall n love to stranger ......his name ...is ken
  • Karen from Manchester, NhA timeless song; I graduated from high school almost 30 years ago (1982) and a good friend of mine "gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind...and we both cried." I think of that friend every time I hear this song.
  • Ronny from London, United KingdomThis song really reminds me of my life. im not in with all the popular lot and to be honest i dont really care. i have an ace group of mates that get me though teenage life :L. I like the bit that says " you'll do greater things in life than date the boy on the football team. " that really shows me that boys arent everything and they alll tell you that they love you...do they mean it...do they ever? love this song.thanks Taylor youve helped <3 ALOT! :) X
  • Sarah from Toronto, OnI really like this one. I think it's a pretty accurate depiction of what life seems like when you're fifteen and high school is your world. You feel grown up, but you're not really. Everything that happens seems to matter so much and it's hard to see beyond the next four years. I appreciate that Taylor Swift offers the reminder that there is life beyond those years and there is so much more to learn about who you are and who you're supposed to be after you're fifteen.
    I think the song points out that it's fine not to feel like you have it all together and not to worry about whether you're popular or not or whether you have a boyfriend/girlfriend or not because there is life beyond that high school door... And plenty of time
  • Joe from El Paso, TxBefore, I used to think that this was just some annoying song complaining about how hard it is to be 15... then I was listening to it in the car and started listening to the lyrics and I actually started crying! I felt so bad for poor Abigail... the line "She gave him everything she had" (or something like that) refers to her giving him her virginity... such a sad song... :'(
  • Alyssa from Airdrie, AbI LOVE this song! Every single line applies to me and has SO much meaning! Taylor you definatly hit the nail on the head when you said "You'll do things greater than dating the boy on the football team"
  • Sarah from St Paul , Mni think this song is really pretty nd i luv taylor swift
  • Tash from Tofino, BcUh, I wouldn't say Taylor Swift has some of the best lyrics. Her songs are very simplistic, not much thought really goes into making words rhyme. I don't see what all the hype is about her, oh well, in 2 years she will have disappeard like a fart in the wind.
  • Tricia from Rockville Centre, NyThis song, the more and more I hear it...I get the feeling yes she is narrating the story of her best friend Abgail and how Abgail goes out with a boy and he has a car...and how she thought they were going to be together forever....and how she winds up getting dumped while keeping a baby. I picture it a small town, two best friends explored innonence of HS and one succumbs to the realities of life. Sad...but very good song...and Taylor Swift is one talented class act!
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaA truly remarkable song. This 55-yr-old is impressed--got a lotta respect for Taylor.
  • Carly-nicole from Nsw, AustraliaBESTEST SONG:):):)
  • Anita from Citrus Heights, Cathis song is really cool. i can ttly relate.. (:
  • Emily from Around Chicago, IlIn the booklet that comes w/the CD, there are hidden messages in the lyrics. You take all the capital letters and put them in order to spell a phrase. Fifteen's message is: I CRIED WHILE RECORDING THIS.
  • Hope from Naperville, Iloh i want my ratings too! fearless 3/5 fifteen 5/5 love story 3/5 hey stephen 3/5 white horse 5/5 you belong with me 5/5 breathe 5/5 tell me why 1/5 you're not sorry 2/5 the way i loved you 2/5 forever and always 5/5 the best day 2/5 change 3/5.
  • Samantha from Sacramento, CaI absolutely love this song. It makes me cry sometimes. Taylor Swift has some of the best lyrics...
  • Stephie from Portland, OrOh, one of my favorites from T. How I rate her new CD Fearless:

    1. Fearless - 3/5
    2. Fifteen - 5/5
    3. Love Story - 5/5
    4. Hey Stephen - 4/5
    5. White Horse - 4/5
    6. You Belong With Me - 5/5
    7. Breathe - 5/5
    8. Tell Me Why - 3/5
    9. You're Not Sorry - 4/5
    10. The Way I Loved You - 2/5
    11. Forever & Always - 2/5
    12. The Best Day - 4/5
    13. Change - 3/5

    Worth all the good ones and I know some may like the ones I rated lower, too.
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