Co-writer Peter Rafelson recalls the song's wild backstory.
Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, Gary and Trevor recap an action-packed top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, as Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, reigns for a 12th week; Drake passes The Beatles for the second-most top 10s in the chart's history; and Taylor Swift launches at No. 2 with "You Need to Calm Down."
Joining to discuss Swift's start is Billboard Pride writer Stephen Daw, who muses about the LGBTQ-friendly anthem and how the superstar is supporting related causes beyond her new single.