Stay Stay Stay is a song recorded by American recording artist Taylor Swift, taken from her fourth studio album, Red (2012). It was written by Swift herself, while the production was handled by her and Nathan Chapman. It serves as the ninth track on the album.
"Stay Stay Stay" is a country music song, that heavily uses elements of country pop. The lyrical content finds Swift asking her lover to stay with her, and comparing him to her exes, whom she called "indulgent takers". The song has received positive reviews from music critics, who deemed it as a really fun catchy song that brings Swift back to her roots after We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and noting its similarities to her quirky country hit "Ours".
On the album, "Stay Stay Stay" comes after the break-up anthem, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". Swift has said "I went through a few roller coasters," she said. "Trying to chronicle each step of the way was challenging, because you go to some really dark places with the lyrics. Then in the next track, you're talking about how amazing it is to meet somebody new." She also told MTV News how she transforms her emotions into songs. "When I'm writing a song, I'm so in that zone that it's really sort of a trance I go into," she explained, "and I'm just kind of thinking about what I would say to this person that I'm writing the song about if I could just say whatever I wanted to them right now; that's kind of where I go in my head. And then the next thing is, I edit the song for a couple of days in my head and make sure that every line is as tight as I want it to be."
The song has received enormously positive reviews from music critics, who commended the song as "fun-catchy-love-anthem". About.com gave the song a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "a palate cleanser from "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"", adding that the song "will kill at open mic nights at the coffee-shop."Billboard also gave the song a very positive review, saying "Boasting one of "Red's most straightforward country arrangements, this track is a plucky promise to "Stay Stay Stay" with a current boyfriend, with a few disses thrown in to those who preceded him ("Before you I only dated self-indulgent takers / who took all of their problems out on me.") A sillier version of 2010's "Ours," the song ends with Swift collapsing into a fit of giggles."
Upon the release of Red, all of the songs on the album charted in different countries due to its strong digital sale downloads. "Stay Stay Stay" debuted at number 91 and 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 respectively. It also peaked at number 24 on US Country Songs chart.