Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”: The Platonic Ideal of a Terrible Pop Song?

A few weeks ago, a song came on the radio I hadn’t heard. It was terrible, but really catchy.

I found out later that it was, as you may have guessed based on the title of this article, Taylor Swift’s new opus, “Shake It Off”.

I have heard it many more times since then, and it has wormed its way deep into my brain. So let’s take a deep look at it, and possibly exorcise it from me in the process. Continue reading

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