“Back to December” sees Taylor apologizing to her ex Taylor Lautner, actor and Valentine’s Day co-star, for ending their relationship. In a Facebook Live interview promoting his show Scream Queens, Taylor Lautner confirmed this song was about him.
The song was Swift’s first to feature orchestral arrangements, the second being fellow Speak Now track- ‘Haunted’. The song was successful, receiving critical acclaim and peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It went on to win two BMI Awards- ‘Publisher of the Year’ & ‘Award Winning Songs’, as well as a Teen Choice Award for ‘Choice Break-Up Song’. It was also notably written on a napkin in an airplane bathroom.