“Begin Again” is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fourth studio album, Red (2012). Swift co-produced the song with Nathan Chapman and Dann Huff. Initially released as a promotional single on September 25, 2012, by Big Machine Records, the song served as the second official single from Red on October 1, 2012. “Begin Again” is a country song, with the lyrical content finding Swift falling in love again after a failed relationship.
The song was widely acclaimed by music critics, many of whom praised Swift’s songwriting and complimented for coming back to her country roots for the close of the album. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Philip Andelman, who also directed the music video for Swift’s “Safe & Sound”. “Begin Again” was commercially successful, and it became Swift’s second top ten hit from Red on both the US and Canadian music charts following the hit single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, debuting and peaking at numbers seven and four respectively. The single has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “Begin Again” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Song at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.