For the lyrics see Ronan (lyrics)

"Ronan" is a charity single released on September 8, 2012 by Taylor Swift to iTunes Stores. Swift wrote the single based on a blog she read of a four year old boy who had died from cancer, Ronan Thompson. Swift wrote the song, with co-writing credit going to Maya Thompson, the mother of Ronan. Swift first performed the song live for Stand Up to Cancer in September 2012, and all proceeds of the single go to help fight cancer. The title of the song is the boy's name, Ronan.

Rónán is an Irish language male given name meaning "little seal" (Rón meaning "seal", and -án being a diminutive suffix).


Taylor Swift - Ronan

Taylor Swift - Ronan

Taylor performing Ronan at Stand Up To Cancer

Swift wrote the song after reading Maya Thompson's blog. Thompson is the mother of four year old Ronan Thompson, who died in 2011 of neuroblastoma. He was treated at the famous Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Swift credits Thompson's mother as the co-writer of the song. It was released to the US iTunes Store shortly after the Stand Up to Cancer telethon ended and all proceeds of the single go towards cancer charities. Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records, has confirmed via Twitter that the song is not included on Swift's album, Red, as Swift had chosen the song for the telethon after the tracks were considered and that they "may have to rethink" adding it to the album.


"Ronan" is a ballad of four minutes and twenty-six seconds.

Critical reception

"Ronan" received acclaim from critics. Rolling Stone called the song "Heartbreaking". Bill Dukes of Taste of Country stated "It was clear [Swift] was just the voice for Maya Thompson..."[1]Ed Masley of The Republic said that, "'Ronan' may very well be [Swift's] finest hour as an artist."

Live performance

Swift first performed the song on the Stand Up to Cancer telethon on September 7, 2012.

On The 1989 World Tour, Taylor performed this song when Maya Thompson was in the audience, on the first night performing in Glendale.

Chart performance

"Ronan" received 220,000 downloads in its first week, debuting at #2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart (2012) Peak


US Billboard Hot 100 16

Track listing

Digital download
  1. "Ronan" – 4:25
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.