Charli XCX’s Punk Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Is Better Than the Original

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Pharrell was not into Swift's Grammys dancing.
When it comes to the the bizarre world of pop culture, we all suffer from selective memory. Sure, Taylor Swift and her 1989 seem unstoppable, can-do-no-wrong now, but we, collectively, seem to have forgotten that when the album’s first single, “Shake It Off,” was released, most critics and music fans greatly disliked it. We’ve since rewritten history and made the song a Grammy-nominated “classic,” but objectively, it is easily one of the weakest tracks from 1989.

It turns out, however, that “Shake It Off” lends itself incredibly well to a Ramones-esque punk makeover. Thanks to Charli XCX — who owned the summer on Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” and with her own “Boom Clap” — we now have such a thing.

Charli performed the cover during her appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and it is a thrilling treat:

Please note: Either because of trademark law — or as a cheeky poke at Swift cracking down on the unauthorized used of her lyrics — Charli does not sing the “this sick beat” lyric. Long live Charli XCX, and long live punk.