Taylor Swift and Zayn are still trying to make “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” happen. The song — a team-up from two of our biggest pop stars, from the soundtrack to the 50 Shades Of Grey sequel — should’ve been an absolute slam-dunk. Instead, it’s a wan, sleepy ballad that leaves no impression, and it’s probably the worst song that Taylor Swift has recorded since she tried to cover “Santa Baby” on her Christmas EP in 2007. And the song has turned out to be relatively commercially DOA, at least so far. But now, after the release of the song’s video, both Zayn and Swift have recorded acoustic versions of the song, both done completely solo and both of which make the song sound even less about sex. Zayn’s pillowy studio version has a glossy black-and-white video, and it is a huge snooze. Swift’s version is more successful, possibly because it’s more off-the-cuff and partly because it’s only about a minute long. She posted a video of herself playing it during a break from the rehearsals for her big Super Bowl Weekend show. Watch both videos below.
The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack is out 2/10 on Universal Republic.