“The Man” is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The song was serviced to US adult contemporary and pop radio formats on January 27 and 28, 2020 as the fourth single from Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover (2019). Swift wrote and produced the song with Joel Little. Musically, it is a synth-pop song that features flashy harmonies and murky synths. Over an uptempo production, Swift imagines the media’s treatment of her if she were a man. The song received acclaim from critics, who praised its feminist message.
In the US, the song peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the Rolling Stone Top 100. It also entered the top 40 on charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom.
On February 7, 2020, an animated lyric video of the song was released on YouTube. On February 18, 2020, a live acoustic version of the song, titled “The Man (Live from Paris)”, was released on all music platforms, accompanied by its live video. An official music video for “The Man” was released on February 27, 2020, and was directed by Swift herself, marking her solo directorial debut.