Anti-Hero (song)

"Anti-Hero" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and the lead single from her tenth studio album, Midnights (2022). Written and produced by Swift and Jack Antonoff, "Anti-Hero" is a pop rock and synth-pop song driven by looped drums and retro synthesizers. The lyrics discuss self-loathing, depression, and anxiety. Made available for digital download on October 21, 2022, the song was first serviced to US radio on October 24 by Republic Records.

Single by Taylor Swift
from the album Midnights
ReleasedOctober 21, 2022
  • Taylor Swift
  • Jack Antonoff
Taylor Swift singles chronology
"The Joker and the Queen"
"Lavender Haze"
Music video
"Anti-Hero" on YouTube

The song was inspired by Swift's nightmares, and her issues with depersonalization and self-hatred, critiquing the societal pressures and her shortcomings. Music critics praised the song for its direct lyricism, catchy rhythm, synth-based instrumentation, and vocal tones, with Billboard ranking it as the best song on Midnights; some publications also dubbed it the best lead single of Swift's career. Year-end lists from publications named "Anti-Hero" as one of the best songs of 2022. An accompanying music video for the song, written and directed by Swift, premiered on October 21 as well. It depicts Swift's fears, insecurities, and eating disorder, using three different incarnations of her. The video also reenacts one of her nightmares about her legacy and last will, casting Mike Birbiglia, John Early, and Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Swift's fictional sons and daughter-in-law, respectively.

"Anti-Hero" broke the global and US records for the biggest opening-day streams for a song in Spotify history. It reached the top 10 of the official charts in 40 territories, including number-one peaks in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, in several of which it spent multiple weeks at number one—Swift's longest-running number-one song in the UK and the US. The single marked Swift's ninth chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the only soloist in history to debut five songs atop the chart, and became the best-selling song of 2022. It also topped the Billboard Global 200 and Radio Songs charts, with Swift becoming the first artist in history to score number-ones on the latter across the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s decades. A duet remix featuring American rock band Bleachers was released on November 7, 2022.

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