Taylor Swift‘s extended version of “All Too Well” has passed Don McLean’s 1971 classic “American Pie” as the longest song to ever reach the Billboard Hot 100. McClean announced this week on social media that he received a sweet note from Taylor after the record was set. She also sent him flowers.

McClean thanked Taylor for the thoughtfulness and called her classy. He probably couldn’t have ever imagined that a song longer than his beloved 8-minute blast of poppy yet melancholy Americana would beat his record. He’s probably glad that if it was anyone, it was Taylor Swift. He shared the note on his Twitter.


I will never forget that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. Your music has been so important to me. Sending love one writer of LONG SONGS to another. Your fan,


Taylor Swift has gone from a pop country teenager to a legitimate monster of the music industry. She recently tied Kanye West and Eminem for the most #1 albums of all time. Now, she’s passed up a legendary performer in Don McClean.

Taylor has been re-recording her back catalog due to not owning the original master tapes. “All Too Well” originally appeared on “Red” in 2012. The sought-after ten-minute version was released with “Red: Taylor’s Version” earlier this year.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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