I'm 24 years old. I've noticed that there are few songs that revel in how great being in your mid twenties is, mainly because people in their mid twenties are often moaning how they would do anything to be a starry eyed teen again. Ladytron once sang "everyone loves you when you're 17, when you're 21, you're no fun". Cheers guys.
But the truth is, partying in your twenties is pretty great. You (should) have a better idea of your alcohol limits, you dance better than you did when you were 18 and you've grown wise to club culture, and most importantly, fitting in seems less important by far than it did when you were an eager, nervous 18 year old.
So here is 22 year old Taylor Swift, singing about how perfect it is to be 22, arguably the age when you truly stop being a teenager. Making fun of hipsters, "ditching the whole scene", finally feeling comfortable to be oneself. Taylor sings about being "happy, free, confused and lonely in the best way"; a pretty accurate description of someone coming of age. And let's face it, that doesn't happen at 18. It happens at 22.
The song itself is, in line with a lot of her "Red" album, closer to Avril Lavigne pop than to the country anthems of yore, but the hooks are irresistible, the chorus is insanely moreish, and Taylor's voice is twangy and gutsy, and it's quite simply the perfect song for her.