“Shake It Off” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in her fifth album, 1989 (2014). Co-written by Max Martin and Shellback, it is an uptempo dance-pop track which was considered to be different from Swift’s earlier country pop music style. “Shake It Off” is the sixth track on the album and serves as the lead single.
“Shake It Off” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week at the end of September 6, 2014, becoming Swift’s second number-one single in the US and the 22nd song to debut at No.1 in the chart’s history. The song won Favorite Song at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards, and also received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
I stay out too late,” she sasses, “Got nothing in my brain/That’s what people say/I go on too many dates/But I can’t make ’em stay/At least that’s what people say/But I keep cruising/Can’t stop, won’t stop moving/It’s like I got this music in my mind/Singing, ‘It’s gonna be alright.'”
“Player gonna play,” Swift shrugs, “haters gonna hate/ … Heartbreakers gonna break/ … Fakers gonna fake.” So she’s just going to, yep, “shake it off.”
The much-gossiped-about Swift says she’s grown a Teflon skin when it comes to the level of attention her every move is subjected to. “I’ve had every part of my life dissected—my choices, my actions, my words, my body, my style, my music. When you live your life under that kind of scrutiny, you can either let it break you, or you can get really good at dodging punches. And when one lands, you know how to deal with it. And I guess the way that I deal with it is to shake it off.”, she said.
In the right contexts, I really like Taylor’s counsel to shake off harmful comments from people who just want to poke at you and really don’t care about you at all.