Taylor Swift is all about love songs, even when they’re not her own. She performed one of her all-time favorites the Phil Collins Classic “Can’t Stop Loving You” and poured her heart out.
Even though she’s on the road promoting her new seventh studio album, Lover, she didn’t hesitate to go off message the perform one of her favorite songs.
Swift, who turns 30 in December, is that big. She’s been an enduring presence in music and the queen of relationship songs for almost 15 years.
The song has been around even longer and didn’t originate with Collins, although he’s the one who made it famous.
“Can’t Stop Loving You” was written by Billy Nicholls and first released by Leo Sayer in 1978, a decade before Swift was born.
Sayer took the song to No, 6 on the UK Singles Chart and it appeared on his self-titled album. It was originally known as “I Can’t Stop Loving You (Though I Try).”
Southern rock group, the Outlaws, recorded it on their 1980 release Ghost Riders.
Phil Collins first covered the song in 2002 and shortened the title to “Can’t Stop Loving You”. His version reached number 28 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s US Adult Contemporary Chart. It’s been widely covered ever since.
Collins’ version is slightly more up-tempo. Swift produced a modern, pop-y spin on an old favorite, according to Uproxx.
“For this cover song I wanted to choose a song that I felt really expressed an interesting, beautiful, exquisite type of love,” Swift said.
“I love this song so much. I remember driving around Nashville when I first had my driver’s license just screaming the words to this song.
“The type of love that this song sings about is unconditional love. … I think true, unconditional love is like, do you love someone so much that you would even love them if they didn’t love you anymore? That is unconditional love. That’s what this song sings about.”
Check out the song below and Collins’ version as well.