In 1989, Taylor Swift was born. New Kids on the Block had their breakout year, Nirvana and Garth Brooks both released debut albums (‘Bleach’ and the self-titled ‘Garth Brooks’), Young MC busted a move, Milli Vanilli were caught lip-synching and Disney‘s ‘The Little Mermaid’ hit theaters.
Maybe none of this directly influenced Taylor Swift’s new album, ’1989,’ but it does set the scene. “I started delving into the late ’80s, and what I found was that it was apparently a time of limitless potential,” Taylor said during the Aug. 18 livestream heard ’round the world that revealed the title, date, first single and general inspiration behind her 2014 release.
“I can’t wait to show you the video for Out Of The Woods! It’s premiering 12/31”
Madonna‘s ‘Like a Prayer’ and ‘Express Yourself’ charted on the Top 40 in 1989 — and pop music from that year’s Madonna, along with Phil Collins and Annie Lennox, caught Taylor’s attention. She was born on Dec. 13, 1989, and maxed out at two-weeks-old that year, so it’s safe to say she discovered the diverse sounds of the late ’80s a little later in life. (Fun fact: The No. 1 song of 1989 – says Billboard — was Chicago‘s ‘Look Away.’)
Leading up to its Oct. 27 release date, Taylor’s dropped clues here and there as to what else to expect from ’1989.’
But since “the only way to hear 1989 in full is to borrow Swift’s iPhone, which is white and silver and covered in kitten stickers,” according to Rolling Stone, she hasn’t exactly let the cat out of the bag just yet. That RS cover story profile continues, “There are 13 songs in all, plus a handful of bonus tracks, filed under the unbreakable code name ‘Sailor Twips.’ (She will only play them over headphones, because of wiretaps).”