For the lyrics see Picture to Burn (lyrics)

"Picture to Burn" is the title of a single co-written and recorded by American country pop artist Taylor Swift. Released in January 29, 2008[1] as the fourth single and the second track from Swift's self-titled debut album, it is also that album's fourth consecutive Top Ten hit, having reached a peak of #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

The song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call Country.


The lyrics describe Taylor's dissatisfaction with her ex-boyfriend (whom she describes as "just another picture to burn"), and her plans to seek revenge on him.[2] Before performing this song, Swift says, "I always try to tell the audience that I really do try to be a nice person... but if you break my heart, hurt my feelings, or are really mean to me, I'm going to write a song about you. Haha. This song is the perfect example." The song is written in the key of G major, set in common time. The chord progression throughout the entire song except the bridge is G-Am-C-D.

Track listing

Promotional US CD Single

  1. "Picture to Burn" (Radio Edit) - 2:55
  2. "Picture to Burn" (Album Version) - 2:57
  3. "I'm Only Me When I'm with You" - 3:36

Music video

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Swift in the music video.

As in Swift's other videos for single releases, "Picture to Burn"'s music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy.[3] The music video starts off with Swift and a friend (played by her real life best friend Abigail Anderson)[4] looking at a picture of Swift and her ex-boyfriend, before sitting in their Ford Mustang and spying on him and his new girlfriend. Swift begins daydreaming about trashing her ex-boyfriend's house, then burns the picture. In an interview with CMT, Swift stated, "The storyline of the video is, if you break up with me, my band will ransack your house."[4] (The video uses the radio edit version of the song.)

Taylor Swift - Picture To Burn

Taylor Swift - Picture To Burn

Chart performance

Chart (2008–2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 49
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles 1
Canadian Hot 100 48

Appearances in other media

The song, along with Love Story and You Belong with Me, are featured in the video game Band Hero.