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This Is What You Came For

This Is What You Came For (Single by Calvin Harris & Rihanna) | 2016

“This Is What You Came For” is a song written by Taylor and produced and recorded by Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on 29 April, 2016, through Sony Music and Westbury Road.
“This Is What You Came For” is the first EDM song Taylor ever wrote. It wouldn’t fit on one of her own albums, because her brand is that of a storyteller. Her songs are in-depth explorations of emotions and self-awareness, which “This Is What You Came For” isn’t. It’s not easy to assign deeper meaning to the song itself, because there isn’t much to analyze. There are only two real verses the entire time. A woman has caught the attention of the people around her as she’s presumably out dancing at a club, but she’s only focused on the man she desires. The two are drawn to each other and leave the party together.

Background and Release

Calvin Harris and Nils Sjöberg were credited as the song’s original writers. Calvin Harris and Rihanna recorded the song in New York, while Rihanna was on tour. Harris said they made this track in one all-night session, working until 8 in the morning. Rihanna didn’t hear the final version until they were backstage at Coachella in 2016.

On 13 July 2016, TMZ reported that the track was co-written by Taylor, who used the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg because her and Calvin Harris did not want their relationship to overshadow the song. The track became a point of contention upon its release, when Harris — in response to being asked about the possibility of collaborating with then-girldfriend Taylor during an interview with Ryan Seacrest — said that he “can’t see it happening.” Harris then took to his Twitter account to confirm that Taylor wrote the lyrics and contributed some vocals, while he “wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals”, and also confirming her previous request for secrecy as co-songwriter. The credit has since been officially changed to “Taylor Swift” in BMI’s and ASCAP’s entry for the song. Taylor also has uncredited vocals on the song.

Critical Reception

“This Is What You Came For” received mixed reviews from critics; while some praised Calvin Harris for creating a catchy track, others labeled it as boring, and cited Rihanna’s vocals as overprocessed.

Commercial Performance

“This Is What You Came For” debuted at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna’s 21st top-five song and Harris’s second. It also reached No. 1 on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The song topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Taylor's Live Performances

Taylor performed “This is What You Came For” on the piano for the first time at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on October 22, 2016. She then performed an acoustic guitar version at the DirecTV “Super Saturday Night” in Houston, Texas on February 4, 2017. She introduced the song, saying:

«As a songwriter, the most rewarding feeling in the world is writing something and then having a crowd sing it back to you, because they know the words. It’s the coolest thing in the world. And I’ve never played this song live before. But if you know it, maybe you could sing along and I could get to know what that feels like?»

Taylor Swift

Lyrics

[Chorus]
Baby, this is what you came for
Lightning strikes every time she moves
And everybody’s watching her
But she’s looking at you, oh, oh
You, oh, oh, you, oh, oh
You, oh, oh, you, oh, oh
You, oh, oh

Oh, oh

[Chorus]
Baby, this is what you came for
Lightning strikes every time she moves
And everybody’s watching her
But she’s looking at you, oh, oh
You, oh, oh, you, oh, oh
You, oh, oh, you, oh, oh
You, oh, oh

Oh, oh

[Post-chorus]
You, oh, oh, you, oh, oh
You, oh, oh, you, oh, oh
You, oh, oh, you, oh, oh
Oh, oh

[Verse]
We go fast with the game we play
Who knows why it’s gotta be this way?
We say nothing more than we need
I say “your place” when we leave

[Chorus]
Baby, this is what you came for
Lightning strikes every time she moves
And everybody’s watching her
But she’s looking at you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh
Ooh

[Post-chorus]
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
Ooh

[Bridge]
Baby, this is what you came for
Lightning strikes every time she moves
Yeah

[Chorus]
Baby, this is what you came for
Lightning strikes every time she moves
And everybody’s watching her
But she’s looking at you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh
Ooh

[Outro]
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
You, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh
Ooh

General Information
Released April 29, 2016
Recorded 2015
Genre EDM
Length 3:40
Label Westbury Road
Columbia
Songwriters Taylor Swift
Calvin Harris
Producers Calvin Harris
Kuk Harrell
Single Certification
Instagram Teaser
Music Video
Taylor's Vocals
Taylor's Live Performance