In the 45 rpm singles era, the B-side would occasionally eclipse the A-side single in popularity and go on to experience huge success. Examples include Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” In the CD/Digital era, sometimes Bonus Tracks like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” (from Petty’s Greatest Hits) end up standing as tall as the artist’s previous hits.
Taylor Swift’s “Ours” seems to fall in that last category, though it might be its own animal in that it’s a Bonus Track from the Target exclusive version of Swift’s album Speak Now. Regardless of origin, “Ours” is still a smash and it’s now the new CountryBreakout Chart No. 1 song. The lyrics are classic Swift: us-against-the-world romance that shines optimistically in spite the naysayers. Country fans got to see an intimate rendering of the tune at the 2011 CMA Awards, when Swift performed it live.
Swift recently played the 100th show of her globe-trotting Speak Now World Tour at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Australia. She is also currently nominated for ACM Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. Additionally, Swift lent her voice-over talents to Disney’s The Lorax, which opened at No. 1 last weekend and scored the biggest box office debut so far in 2012.