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"Teardrops on My Guitar"
Single by Taylor Swift
from the album Taylor Swift
B-side "Say Yes" (Dusty Drake)[1]
Released February 24, 2007
June 1, 2009 (UK)</td></tr>
Recorded 2006</td></tr>
Genre Country pop</td></tr>
Length 3:36 (Album Version)
3:24 (Radio Single Version)
2:59 (Pop Radio Mix)
3:13 (International Version)</td></tr>
Label Big Machine</td></tr>
Writer(s) Taylor Swift, Liz Rose</td></tr>
Producer Nathan Chapman</td></tr>
Certification 2× Platinum(RIAA)
Taylor Swift singles chronology
"Tim McGraw"
"Teardrops on My Guitar"
"Our Song"
Taylor Swift UK, Ireland, Latin America and Asia Singles chronology
Love Story"
"Teardrops on My Guitar"
"You Belong With Me"
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Music video
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For the lyrics to this song see Teardrops on My Guitar (lyrics)

"Teardrops on My Guitar" is the second single by country pop artist Taylor Swift. This work is from Taylor's self titled album, Taylor Swift, following her debut single "Tim McGraw". The song is about a girl who is secretly in love with a boy named Drew, but Drew is interested in another girl, Candice. The song talks about the heartbreak of liking someone who is so close but is out of one's reach. Swift also states that it's about the conflicting feelings of loving someone and wanting them to love you back and wanting them to be happy. In a behind the scenes video, Swift reveals that the song was written about a classmate.[2]

In the UK, the song was released as the second single from her first album in that country, Fearless in June 2009.


Original version
Radio single version
Pop version
Acoustic version (released on Beautiful Eyes)
International Album Version
Universal Music Group YouTube account version [1]
Cahill Club Mix
Cahill Radio Edit

Music videoEdit

The video for "Teardrops on My Guitar" was directed by Trey Fanjoy. It was filmed at Hume-Fogg High School in downtown Nashville. In the video Taylor has fallen in love with her friend Drew (played by Tyler Hilton), but he is in love with somebody else. The video begins with Swift and Drew at their lockers when Drew starts telling Swift about a girl he met and then walks away. Later it shows the two in the library laughing and then being told by the librarian to be quiet. Another scene shows Swift in science class, doing what appears to be mixing chemicals. Drew surprises her, causing her to mess up and add too much powder to her beaker, making it overflow. Later in the music video, Swift is walking down the hallway and she sees Drew coming towards her. He passes her and walks over to his girlfriend and they kiss. When Swift sees this, she is heartbroken and stares at them, then walks away. Throughout the video are scenes of Swift wearing a green dress in what appears to be a bedroom, at first lying on the bed holding a guitar, and then standing up next to a fireplace. The pop mix of the video is played on VH1; however they often play the original version. The video was also nominated for the Best New Artist award at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to Tokio Hotel's song "Ready, Set, Go!".

Chart performanceEdit

The song debuted at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 24, 2007.[3] The song eventually went on to become her first of nine top twenty hits.

A new remix of the song, with a drumloop added, the banjo removed, and the line "I laugh 'cause it's so damn funny" changed to "I laugh 'cause it's just so funny" was released to Top 40 and Adult Contemporary radio in October 2007 and began charting in both formats soon after. The song has reached a new peak on the Pop 100 at number 11. The song re-entered the Hot 100 at 44.


Chart (2007-2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 13
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Top Hot 100 Hits of 2007 89
U.S. Billboard Top Hot 100 Hits of 2008 48
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles 6
Canadian Hot 100 45
Canadian Radio & Records Adult Contemporary 21
Chart (2009) Peak
UK Singles Chart 51


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 196. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. "Teardrops on My Guitar", performance for US99.5 winners on her tour bus. This song was her first pop crossover and reached number 7 on Pop Songs (Mainstream Top 40)
  3. Katie Hasty, "Fergie Gets 'Glamorous' Atop Hot 100",, March 15, 2007.

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