Ronan is a charity single released on September 8, 2012 by American singer Taylor Swift to iTunes Stores. Swift wrote the single, a ballad of four minutes and 25 seconds based on a blog she read of a four-year-old boy, Ronan Thompson who had died from neuroblastoma. Swift wrote the song "Ronan" by putting together quotes from blog creator Maya Thompson, Ronan's mother, and Thompson is credited as a co-writer on the song. Swift first performed the song live for Stand Up to Cancer in September 2012, and all proceeds of the single go to help fight cancer. The title of the song is the boy's name, Ronan.
"Ronan" received acclaim from critics. Rolling Stone called the song "heartbreaking". Bill Dukes of Taste of Country wrote: "It was clear [Swift] was just the voice for Maya Thompson..." Ed Masley of The Arizona Republic said that "'Ronan' may very well be [Swift's] finest hour as an artist."