Love Story is the third track and lead single of the standard edition of Taylor's second album Fearless. It was released on September 12, 2008.
Love Story (Taylor's Version), the re-recording, was released on February 12, 2021 after being announced on February 11th. It serves as the lead single for the re-recorded version of Fearless.
Meaning and Background
"This is a song I wrote when I was dating a guy who wasn't exactly the popular choice. His situation was a little complicated, but I didn't care. I started this song with the line "This love is difficult, but it's real." When I wrote the ending to this song, I felt like it was the ending every girl wants to go with her love story. It's the ending that I want. You want a guy who doesn't care what anyone thinks, what anyone says. He just says, "Marry me, Juliet, I love you, and that's all I really know." It's sort of told in a character kind of thing, where it's Romeo and Juliet, and it's not me saying that I'm getting married or anything... but I think it's fun to write about it."
- Taylor about Love Story
Taylor wrote the song on her bedroom floor in 20 minutes.
- This is the first song from the Re-Recordings that a snippet was released of. It was featured in a Match commercial written by Ryan Reynolds. It was also the first re-recording that was released.
- The re-recorded version became the biggest debut for a country song on Spotify.
The music video premiered on September 12, 2008. It was directed by Trey Fanjoy. Taylor's love interest was played by model Justin Gaston.
The video starts out at a university. Taylor is walking on campus and sees a guy sitting underneath a tree, reading a book. They make eye contact, and Taylor starts to imagine herself being in a castle in a gown, singing from a balcony. The next shot shows her at a ball. The guy enters the room and walks up to Taylor, who's talking with two other women. They become dancing partners during the ballroom dance. Afterwards, the guy whispers something in Taylor's ear and she leaves the room. Next, Taylor walks through the garden with a latern at night. Here, she meets the guy and they walk together, holding hands. They eventually part ways. When Taylor is standing on the balcony, she sees the guy running towards the castle. She comes downstairs and they run towards each other. Back to reality, at the campus, the guy walks towards Taylor and they smile at each other.
- Taylor learned the ballroom choreography 15 minutes before filming.
Awards & Nominations
|2009||Academy of Country Music Awards||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|BMI Country Awards||BMI Award||Won|
|Song of the Year||Won|
|Country Music Association Awards||Music Video of the Year||Won|
|CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year||Won|
|Female Video of the Year||Won|
|Hito Music Awards||Best Western Song||Won|
|Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave Song||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Country Song||Nominated|
|SiriusXM Indie Awards||Favorite International Single||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Love Song||Nominated|
|2010||APRA Awards||International Work of the Year||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Country Song||Nominated|
|BMI Pop Awards||BMI Award||Won|
|Song of the Year||Won|
|Myx Music Awards||Favorite international video||Won|