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"Nuclear Seasons" is a song by British singer and songwriter Charli XCX taken from her debut extended play (EP), You're the One (2011), and was later included on her debut studio album, True Romance (2013). It was released as the EP's second single on 21 October 2011 through This Is Music, Atlantic, and Warner Music UK. "Nuclear Seasons" was written by Charli, Justin Raisen, and Ariel Rechtshaid, while the latter produced the song.

Musically, "Nuclear Seasons" is a slow-burning dark wave and synthpop song with low-lying synths, industrial textures, and a shadowy atmosphere. The album version of the song contains a minute-long intro (a sample of "Grins", another song appearing on True Romance) where Charli repeats the refrain "I want this forever." According to Peter Tabakis of Pretty Much Amazing, the song "forms the sonic and thematic outline for each song to come." The song's 80's-influenced vocal melody has been described as the centerpiece of its "lavish, if busy, production", which features flourishes of synths rings, electronic buzzes, and pattering and crashing beats. Lyrically, "Nuclear Seasons" compares taking shelter from the "literal and figurative fallout of a breakup" to surviving a nuclear fallout. Its lyrics speak of things such as burning cars and falling through the clouds, which according to Art Ivan of Tiny Mix Tapes, depicts what a rapture would look and sound like. In an interview with Rolling Stone XCX stated the song "reflects a state of cultural decay." Charli specifically notes what she sees as a decay in youth culture, stating "I don't feel like there's anything for people to really grab onto these days. There's no movement to speak of." While reviewing True Romance, Kevin Liedel of Slant Magazine called the song a "K-pop-esque opus" which showed one of only a few moments of genuine spontaneity.

The video for "Nuclear Seasons" was uploaded to her channel on YouTube on 22 November 2011. The video has a witch house vibe, and was directed by Ryan Evans, with effects by Crim3s. The "Nuclear Seasons" was Charli's first official video, not including the Salem remix video for "Stay Away". The song is featured on a sneak peek for the Swim 2013 collection for Victoria's Secret and was featured on a season six episode of Gossip Girl. The song is featured in the opening credits for the film, 'Two Night Stand' with Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton. The single cover is shown as a poster in an scene of season six from British series Skins.

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