Ryan Adams – Shake It Off (Taylor Swift Cover)

Shake It Off is a Taylor Swift cover by American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. 

To mark the one-year anniversary of Taylor Swift's single Shake It Off, Ryan Adams released the version that is so musically different from the original.

Ryan Adams' version of Shake It Off appeared as the sixth track on his 1989 album.

Official Audio Video

  • Date of release: 2015, September 21
  • Type of music release: Album track
  • Genre: Alternative country, indie rock
  • Songwriters: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback
  • Lyrics: Taylor Swift
  • Label: Pax Americana Record Company

No word repetitions in lyrics of Shake It Off cover

The cover's lyrics are basically the same as the original, except Adams leaves out repeated words (five times repeated) Taylor Swift sings. Some examples:

  • ... gonna play, play, play, play, play ... becomes ... gonna play ...
  • ... gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate ... becomes ... gonna hate ...
  • ... gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake ... becomes ... gonna shake

What music magazines wrote about Shake It Off (Ryan Adams version)

Rolling Stone

Ryan Adams revealed to Rolling Stone in September 2015 how the Sonic Youth album Evol, Bruce Springsteen and the film Eddie and the Cruisers influenced the musical arrangements for his cover of Shake It Off:

“I thought, ‘Man, if “Shake It Off” was set with a sort of Sonic Youth Evol vibe mixed with some Springsteen or Eddie and the Cruisers vibe, it could be really dark, in a great way.”[1]

'Shake It Off' Original by Taylor Swift

For comparison, the original song by Taylor Swift.


[1] Browne, D. (2015, September 21). Ryan Adams on His Full-Album Taylor Swift Cover: ‘You Just Have to Mean It’. Rolling Stone. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/ryan-adams-on-his-full-album-taylor-swift-cover-you-just-have-to-mean-it-59783/3/

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