An alternate version of the video features footage from United States Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Swift's first televised performance of "Change" was at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards, where she, donning a sparkly evening gown, sang on an elevator suspended from the crowd.
The track was later chosen as one of the themes for the 2008 Summer Olympics and was included on the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, which was released August 7, 2008.
The song was later included on Swift's second studio album Fearless, which was released in November 2008.
The video commences with a shot of a stained glass window.
It then transitions to Swift, clothed by a white cocktail dress and black cowboy boots, performing alongside a backup band in an empty ballroom.
He presumed it was a universal message or was about changing the traditions of country music sound and defying the expectations of what country artists can achieve with their careers.
She noted, "It's been a tough year", and commenced singing throughout the stage as images of victims of economic and natural disasters were projected on the video screens.
In addition, as the only signed artist, she could not ask for favors and only had herself to encourage the hope that scenarios would eventually change.
Swift described the scenario as an "uphill climb" "That’s when I finished [it], because I knew I couldn’t finish it until something like that happened.
Dave Heaton of Pop Matters compared "Change" and Swift's "Long Live", both which ended Fearless and Speak Now (2010), respectively.
He stated, "There’s something really generic about the song[s], but that quality becomes the cornerstone of an anthem." On the week ending August 30, 2008, "Change" debuted at its peak position of number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 131,000 digital downloads, making it Swift's best-charting song at the time and first top ten appearance.