Taylor Swift Causes a PANIC!

When a listener asked us about the “sorcery” behind Taylor Swift’s new song “ME!” we knew we had to investigate. And because the track features Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco, we couldn’t resist digging into their concurrent hit “High Hopes.” Along the way we cover baby talk, dreamy augmented chords, drumlines, and songs with exclamation points in their titles — all to explain why you can’t get these two out of your head.


  • Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie – ME!
  • Swift – Shake it Off
  • Swift – The Way I Loved You
  • Gustav Mahler – Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!
  • Shania Twain – Up!
  • Panic! At the Disco – High Hopes
  • Western Carolina University Drumline – High Hopes

Check out two great pieces on “High Hopes,” one by Top 40 Theory and the other by Rolling Stone article citing Flypaper’s Dean Olivet.