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"Shake It Off" is the sixth track from Taylor Swift's fifth studio album, 1989. It was announced as the first single from the album.

The song was written by Taylor Swift along with Max Martin and Shellback.

On August 18, 2014, the music video was uploaded to Taylor Swift's official YouTube channel. It is now available for digital download.

The music video features different types of dancing, and has Swift dressing up as Lady Gaga, Skrillex, Fergie and Gwen Stefani.

The songs lyrics are in response to Swift's haters. Swift said on her official Youtube channel that, "I've learned a pretty tough lesson that people can say whatever they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction to that."

During a Rolling Stone interview Swift said "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." [1]

Trivia

  • Taylor Swift recorded this song to ignore rumors, such as ones she had mentioned in the song's lyrics.
  • Many people have misheard lyrics from this song, instead of "fakers gonna fake," people thought she sang, "bakers gonna bake."

Music video

The music video for "Shake It Off" has nearly 3 billion views, and features Taylor looking out of place during different types of dance performances. The moral of the video is to show that everyone should be happy in their own individual ways, and embrace their differences.

The video opens up with ballerinas warming up on a beam, and Taylor seen out of place from the professionals. She is next seen with a group of breakdancers, posing with a boombox. The following scene is during a ballet performance, where in comparison to the professionals, Taylor is just having fun dancing. Taylor after is in a group with modern dancers. She looks extremely confused during the scene. She then messes around when dancing with animators, a type of dancer. She tries to finger tut with the professionals, but cannot figure out how. She is then in a group of twerkers, here she is seen wearing a snake necklace, which is interesting, because in 2016, Taylor was called out as a snake, inspiring her to write her sixth studio album, reputation. After this, she is singing with a band, having a great time. During the bridge, Taylor is a cheerleader, being thrown in a basket toss in the air, and not being as coordinated as the others. The end of the video is a combination of the dancers from each scene and fans that Taylor invited to be a part of the music video. Everyone is dancing and having a great time, for a perfect ending!

Behind the scenes

Awards and nominations

"Shake It Off" received 9 awards from 18 nominations.

Year Organization Award Result
2015 American Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Hot 100 Song Nominated
Top Digital Song Nominated
Top Streaming Song (Video) Won
BMI Pop Awards Award Winning Songs Won
Publisher of the Year Won
Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Los Premios 40 Principales Best International Video Nominated
Myx Music Awards Favorite International Video Won
Nashville Songwriters Association International Awards "Ten Songs I Wish I'd Written" Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Song Won
Radio Disney Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Best Song to Dance To Won
Rockbjörnen Årets utländska låt (The year's foreign tune) Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Single by a Female Artist Nominated

Hidden message

Hidden message: She danced to forget him.

Following the hidden message storyline of the album, we find out that the breakup of the story's relationship was hard to move past for the girl, as this hidden message says, she danced to forget him, trying to take her mind off of him. This song also ties into the message due to the theme of dancing through your troubles.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I stay out too late, got nothing in my brain
That's what people say, that's what people say
I go on too many dates, but I can't make them stay
At least that's what people say, that's what people say

[Pre-Chorus 1]
But I keep cruising
Can't stop, won't stop moving
It's like I got this music in my mind
Saying it's gonna be alright

[Chorus]
Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

[Verse 2]
I never miss a beat, I'm lightning on my feet
And that's what they don’t see, that's what they don’t see
I'm dancing on my own, I make the moves up as I go
And that's what they don't know, that’s what they don’t know

[Pre-Chorus 2]
But I keep cruising
Can't stop, won't stop grooving
It's like I got this music in my mind
Saying it's gonna be alright

[Chorus]
Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

[Post-Chorus]
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off

[Interlude]
Hey, hey, hey!
Just think while you've been getting down and out about the liars
And dirty, dirty cheats of the world you could've been getting down to this sick beat

[Bridge]
My ex-man brought his new girlfriend
She's like, “oh my God”, but I'm just gonna shake
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won't you come on over, baby, we can shake, shake, shake

[Chorus]
Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

[Post-Chorus]
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off

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