The Story of Us is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her third studio album, Speak Now (2010). It was written by Swift, who produced the song alongside Nathan Chapman. The song was sent to mainstream radio in the United States on April 19, 2011, as the fourth single from Speak Now. Swift composed "The Story of Us" regarding the time when she encountered an ex-boyfriend of hers at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. At the event, the two attempted to ignore each other, which inspired Swift to compose the song.
"The Story of Us" was met with generally mixed reviews from critics, some of whom suggested that Swift is strongest when she lets her country roots shine. Prior to its single release, the song debuted and peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 70 on the Canadian Hot 100 due to strong digital sales. It re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 98 after its single release.
The music video of the song was directed by Noble Jones which took place in Vanderbilt University. It premiered on May 24, 2011. The music video was met with mostly positive reception among music critics for its departure from the usual high school setting of Taylor Swift's previous videos. "The Story of Us" was performed live in The Ellen DeGeneres Show and it was also included in the Speak Now World Tour set list. The performance from the tour was included on Swift's first live album, Speak Now: World Tour Live.
Following the release of Speak Now, on the week ending November 13, 2010, "The Story of Us" debuted at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 which became its peak position; it became one of the songs to make Swift the first act to have ten songs debut on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week. Following its single release, the song re-entered Billboard Hot 100 at number 98 on the week ending May 28, 2011. Since then, the song has peaked at number 66 on the week ending June 25, 2011. This is Swift's first and only single to not have peaked within the top 40 on the Hot 100. "The Story of Us" also her first single to not have peaked within the top 20 in Pop Songs; it only peaked at number 21.
Internationally, "The Story of Us" has had moderate success. The song debuted in Canada at number 70 on the week ending November 13, 2010. The song has also peaked at number 15 on Belgian's Flemish Ultratip chart.