As most of Swift's newer songs, 22 has a more pop than country sound. The song is good for singing and dancing, with it's catchy lyrics. I wouldn't say that the lyrics really have positive messages, though, some of them being: "It seems like the perfect night to...make fun of our exes", "tonight's the night when we forget about the deadlines", "Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you.", "We ditch the whole scene and end up dreaming, instead of sleeping" and "You look like bad news, I gotta have you, I gotta have you!" It does have lyrics that teenagers can relate too, though. Overall, the song's catchy and enjoyable.