As the fourteenth track on the album, Swift wrote and produced the song with Joel Little , who also co-wrote and co-produced her previous single " Me!
The music video was released on June 17, featuring an ensemble cast , directed by Swift and Drew Kirsch, and executive-produced by Swift and Todrick Hall. It debuted at the second spot on the Billboard Hot , becoming the second consecutive top-two single from Lover , thus tying Swift with Madonna for the most number-two hits in the chart's history; it is also Swift's record-extending sixteenth top-ten debut on the chart.
On August 20, , a Clean Bandit remix of the song was released. The first verse is about trolls and cancel culture. The second verse is about homophobes and the people picketing outside our concerts.
The third verse is about successful women being pitted against each other. On April 26, , the title of the song was teased in the intro for the music video for " Me! A lyric video for the song was released together with the song on YouTube. A remix for the song by British electronic music band Clean Bandit was released on August 20, Music critics were divided with "You Need to Calm Down".
Dan Stubbs from NME called the song "withering in its measured response", concluding it was "an infectious, bite-size pop package". Club wrote that the song "clearly and refreshingly combats homophobia and anti-gay bias".
She added that Swift is "sing-talking her way through a series of quotable lyrics, over a "juicy, unhurried" synth beat. Bruner further stated that, at this song, Swift is "at her most pop-forward" on Lover , owing to its cascading chorus echoes. Michelle Kim of Pitchfork opined that while the song is "well-intentioned" and the allyship deserved some praise, it is also "bewildering and underwhelming at the same time".
The song became Swift's twenty-fourth top 10 hit, which is the fifth-most among female artists in the chart's history, behind Madonna 38 , Rihanna 31 , Mariah Carey 28 and Janet Jackson The single is also Swift's sixteenth song to debut inside the top 10 of the chart, which is the second most number of top-ten debuts in the chart's history, only behind Drake , who has 20 top-ten debuts, making Swift the first and only female artist with 16 top-ten debuts in the Hot history.
The song debuted at number-one on the Billboard Digital Song Sales charts, selling 79, downloads , becoming Swift's record-extending seventeenth number-one hit on that chart. The song dropped to number thirteen in its second week on the Hot , eventually rising back up to number four following the release of the parent album.
The track started at number 33 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, based on three days of airplay, and has since reached number 9. In Canada, the song entered the Hot AC chart at number 40 based on three days of radio tracking. In Australia, the song debuted at number 3 in the ARIA Charts , becoming the second top three hit from the album in the country. The video was shot in Santa Clarita, California. The video is set in a colorful trailer park. Swift awakens in her trailer, wearing a bathrobe over a swimsuit, with an embroidery containing the Cher quote "Mom, I am a Rich Man" hanging on a wall.
She nonchalantly walks to a pool, ignoring her burning trailer. She goes into the pool, lying on a float, while looking at the camera and singing. The camera then switches to other residents in the trailer park and their activities, including Mayfield dancing, Hart weightlifting a boombox and Cox watering her yard of plastic flamingoes and greeting Lockhart, who promptly faints.
The scene cuts to Swift walking and dancing down a street with Hall, interspersed with scenes of Kiyoko shooting an arrow into a target with the number "5" a clue to Swift's next promotional single " The Archer ", the fifth track on the album , protestors holding placards with anti-gay slogans a reference to a real-life religious group that picketed Swift's concerts ,  Ciara officiating a wedding between Ferguson and Mikita, and Rippon serving snow cones to customers from a stall. Swift also holds a tea party with the Fab Five and Hall.
In another trailer, Lambert tattoos the words "Cruel Summer" later revealed to be a song on the album onto DeGeneres' right arm. In the next scene, Swift and other residents sun tan while ignoring the heckling protestors, followed by Porter walking down the middle of the two crowds wearing a dress.
The scene shifts to a "pop queen pageant" with the contestants dressed as numerous female singers. RuPaul walks down the lineup with a crown decorated with emeralds and fleur-de-lis motifs,  but instead of crowning a winner, he throws it in the air. A food fight begins, with Swift appearing in a french fries costume and Perry in a hamburger suit.
The two see and walk towards each other. At the end of the video, a message appears urging viewers to sign Swift's Change. The music video received mixed reviews. In an opinion piece for NBC News , Michael Arceneaux agreed that Swift "meant well", but criticized the depiction of the anti-gay protestors as "poorer bumpkins", and that the scene between Swift and Katy Perry detracts from the overall pro-gay message.
Emma Grey Ellis from Wired wrote "the song has spawned more opinions than it has words", and continued "people claimed to despise Swift's lack of politics, and now she is overtly political and they still hate it. The song was nominated for nine awards at the MTV Video Music Awards , including the category Video of the Year , becoming the most nominated video of the night. On June 1, , Swift initiated a petition on Change. Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on Change.
Swift also addressed a letter to Republican senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee , her home state, asking him and the other senators to support the act;  writing that, "for American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify is un-American and cruel". In today's divisive political and cultural climate, we need more allies like Taylor, who send positive and uplifting messages to LGBTQ people everywhere".
I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award, so I first want to say thank you to the fans, because in this video several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world, where we're all treated equally under the law, regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify. At the end of this video, there was a petition and there still is a petition for the Equality Act , which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law. I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has a half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House.
On August 26, , Swift won the Video of the Year award for the "You Need to Calm Down" music video at the MTV Video Music Awards ; in her speech, Swift urged the audience and the viewers to sign her petition, and pointed out that the White House has not responded to the petition despite having "five times the amount of signatures that it would need to warrant a response".
Swift performed the song live for the first time at the Amazon Prime Day Concert On September 9, Swift performed the song at the City of Lover one-off concert in Paris, France;  this concert live version was released to digital music and music streaming platforms on May 17, British rock band Yonaka covered the song for their Spotify Singles edition in August Streaming .
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