Getaway Car (Taylor Swift song)

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"Getaway Car"
Single by Taylor Swift
from the album Reputation
ReleasedSeptember 7, 2018 (2018-09-07)
Genre
Length3:53
LabelBig Machine
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Taylor Swift
  • Jack Antonoff
Taylor Swift singles chronology
"Babe"
(2018)
"Getaway Car"
(2018)
"Me!"
(2019)

"Getaway Car" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, recorded for her sixth studio album, Reputation (2017). Swift wrote and produced the song with Jack Antonoff. It was serviced to Australian and New Zealand radio stations as the album's seventh and final single in those countries.

Writing and composition[edit]

"Getaway Car" was written and produced by Swift and Jack Antonoff. "Getaway Car" runs for a duration of three minutes and 53 seconds;[1][2] and it has a tempo of 86 beats per minute. Swift performs it in the key of C major in a vocal range span from G3 to D5.[3] Shortly after the two-minute mark, there is a key change to D major. Musically, the track is a synth-pop number, reminiscent of the works of her 1989 era.[4]

Lyrically, the song speaks about attempting to leave a "doomed" relationship for someone else, using crime scene escape metaphors. Swift also mentions the infamous criminal couple Bonnie and Clyde in the lyrics.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Zack Schonfeld of Newsweek called the song as an "excellent, radiant song" and claimed that the hook is "massive, in both catchiness and energy".[6] In 2019, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone ranked "Getaway Car" as Swift's thirteenth best song.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 9 on New Zealand Hot Singles, and number 33 on Australian Digital Tracks.

Live performances[edit]

The song had its debut performance at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on May 8, 2018, as the start of the three-song encore for Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour.[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Digital Tracks (ARIA)[9] 33
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[10] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] Platinum 70,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label(s) Ref.
Australia September 7, 2018 Contemporary hit radio
[12][13]
New Zealand

References[edit]

  1. ^ "reputation by Taylor Swift on TIDAL". TIDAL. November 10, 2017. Archived from the original on August 22, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (November 10, 2017). "The Old Taylor Swift Is Hiding Within Reputation". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Digital Sheet Music – Delicate". Musicnotes.com. Universal Music Publishing Group. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Rob Sheffield (November 10, 2017). "Taylor Swift 'Reputation' Is the Most Intimate LP of Taylor Swift's Carrer". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Taylor Swift - Getaway Car lyrics". Genius. Archived from the original on September 25, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Taylor Swift's "reputation" album Review". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 2020-01-07. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  7. ^ Sheffield, Rob (December 12, 2019). "All 153 of Taylor Swift's Songs, Ranked". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 16, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Here Are All the Songs Taylor Swift Played on the Opening Night of the Reputation Tour". Billboard. US. Archived from the original on 22 May 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  9. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 40 Digital Tracks" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. October 22, 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 22, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 24, 2018. Archived from the original on September 21, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2018 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "New Single Alert! Taylor Swift's "Getaway Car" out today in Australia and New Zealand only. Reputation Stadium Tour coming to OZ on October 19th". September 6, 2018. Archived from the original on December 16, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2018 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Uncharted: Taylor Swift Prepares for Aus Tour with Next Radio Single". The Music Network. September 10, 2018. Archived from the original on July 23, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2019.