"Should've Said No" Is Released

"Should've Said No" is a single written and recorded by American country/pop singer Taylor Swift.

It is the fifth and final single released from her self-titled debut album. It has also become her second Number One single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of August 23, 2008, and like her four prior singles, it was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, "Should've Said No" has been certified as a gold single by the RIAA. The song was performed by Swift and Jonas Brothers on the Burning Up Tour. It is included in the 3D movie of the tour, as well as in the soundtrack to the film.

"Should've Said No" was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 3, 2008.

The song is an up-tempo in which the central character addresses a former lover who has cheated on her, telling him that he "should've said no" to the female who has taken her place in his life ("You should've said no you should've gone home. You should've thought twice before you let it all go! Should've said no and Baby, and you might still have me").

Taylor Swift wrote the song when she was sixteen years old. According to Country Weekly magazine, she was inspired to write it after she had realized that her boyfriend at the time had cheated on her. The first line that came to her was the title. Most of the lyrics were based on the actual confrontation between the two as well, and she wrote the chorus in five minutes. Swift has also said that many of the lyrics were based on actual words that she used when confronting him. Taylor Swift also performs this song with The Jonas Brothers in their 3-D movie

Swift performed the song at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards. The performance began with Swift seated on a chair, wearing a breakaway hooded sweatshirt and jeans, playing and singing the first verse as a solo before being joined by the band on the chorus. The performance gained some notoriety due to its last chorus in which Swift, by this time stripped off the breakaway clothes to reveal a short black dress, stood under an on-stage programmed waterfall, which displayed key words from the song as Swift was drenched beneath it. Footage from this performance has been used as the song's music video.

The performance music video has gone onto reach number one on both CMT's Top 20 Countdown and Great American Country's countdown as well.