Swift was quoted on the AT&T Blue Room site as saying that she had originally written the song "the day after she won the CMA Horizon Award...about being on a small record label in this huge music industry." She also said it has an "alternative meaning for competition...the Olympics is either make it or break it, and this song encompasses that."
Swift also performed this song at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.
NBC posted a video of this song on their website. It consisted of Swift giving a performance and clips of American Olympians. The iTunes Store released this music video on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 and on November 26, the video reached #13 on the Top 100 music videos list. "Change" was filmed at the ballroom in the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"Change" initially "bubbled under" the Billboard Hot 100 chart, debuting at number 20 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart in the issued dated August 23, 2008. The following week, the song made a strong debut onto the Hot 100 at number ten, spurred by strong digital sales and a number three debut on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||10|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs||57|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||21|