Here’s My Definitive Ranking Of Every Taylor Swift Song

Here’s My Definitive Ranking Of Every Taylor Swift Song

Here’s My Definitive Ranking Of Every Taylor Swift Song

I’ll admit it — I love some of my children more than the others.

I have been a massive Taylor Swift fan for almost as long as I can remember.

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Here I am at the Fearless tour in 2010. (I know, I was a very attractive teenager!) I’ve been to every album’s tour with the exception of Taylor Swift (which Taylor didn’t have her own tour for, though she did open for other artists).

Now, I’ve had a lot of time in quarantine, and so I’ve been making a lot of lists. This week, I decided to undertake a monumental mission: ranking every single Taylor Swift song.

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HERE ARE THE RULES FOR INCLUSION: I am including all of Taylor’s albums, including bonus tracks, and anytime she was featured on a film’s soundtrack (even if it was a duet). I am not including any times she featured on other artists’ nonsoundtrack songs or albums (e.g., “Highway Don’t Care,” “Two Is Better Than One”). I am also not including songs that were covers (so I’m not including the Christmas album or covers like “Umbrella”) UNLESS they were on one of her major albums (so, “Untouchable.”)

Just a quick note before we start: This is just my opinion. Please don’t come for me. We all love Taylor here! Now, let’s get started.



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Republic Records

I’m so sorry. I hate it. I still love you, Taylor and Brendon.

Best lyric: “Livin’ in winter, I am your summer”


“Beautiful Ghosts”

I love musicals, but I don’t love Taylor’s voice doing a sort of musical-style song. Also…Cats.

Best lyric: “Perilous night, their voices calling, a flicker of light before the dawning”


“…Ready for It?”

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Big Machine Records

I have to be honest, I just don’t like this song. I love that it’s dark and sexy, but it just doesn’t land lyrically or musically for me.

Best lyric: “In the middle of the night, in my dreams, you should see the things we do, baby”


“Beautiful Eyes”

This song is just not up to par with Taylor’s other songs! There’s a reason this whole EP isn’t on Spotify. There, I said it.

Best lyric: “I wake up, I’m alive, in only a little while, I’ll cry ’cause you’re my lullaby”


“Christmas Tree Farm”

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Republic Records

Cute, but I prefer Taylor’s renditions of “Santa Baby” and “Last Christmas” for Christmastime.

Best lyric: “And when I’m feeling alone, you remind me of home”


“So It Goes…”

There are like three songs on Reputation that I can never remember, and this is one of them. It just doesn’t feel like her.

Best lyric: “You make everyone disappear and cut me into pieces, gold cage, hostage to my feelings”


“Today Was a Fairytale”

It just feels like a “Love Story” rip-off to me, and not in a good way! Also…Valentine’s Day.

Best lyric: “Time slows down whenever you’re around”


“A Perfectly Good Heart”

There just isn’t much to this song lyrically, tbh! It’s cute but doesn’t make a big impact.

Best lyric: “Maybe I should’ve seen the signs, should’ve read the writing on the wall and realized by the distance in your eyes that I would be the one to fall”


“End Game”

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Big Machine Records

It’s kind of fun to hear Taylor rap, but I much prefer Future’s and Ed Sheeran’s verses. Without them, there’s just no song. Also, I think Riverdale ruined the term “endgame” for me.

Best lyric: “Both sprung, I got issues and chips on both of my shoulders, reputation precedes me, in rumors I’m knee deep”


“You Are in Love”

As opposed to “A Perfectly Good Heart,” it feels like there isn’t much to this song musically, especially in the verses. I do love the lyrics, which are just about this feeling of constant, unwavering love. The “You are my best friend” part is especially sweet.

Best lyric: “You keep his shirt, he keeps his word”


“Come Back…Be Here”

This is another one that really isn’t memorable to me! But it’s sweet and pretty.

Best lyric: “The delicate beginning rush, the feeling you can know so much without knowing anything at all”


“Only the Young”

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This isn’t my favorite song in the world or anything, but I just LOVE Taylor taking a stand and singing about politics.

Best lyric: “So every day now you brace for the sound you’ve only heard on TV, you go to class scared, wondering where the best hiding spot would be”


“Welcome to New York”

It was a good song to open 1989, and a good introduction to her new sound. But honestly…I just don’t love it on its own. I guess I’m more of an LA girl.

Best lyric: “Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats, everybody here wanted somethin’ more, searchin’ for a sound we hadn’t heard before”


“Cruel Summer”

This really sounds like a Jonas Brothers song, and I…kind of wish it were. Sorry. 🙁

Best lyric: “And I screamed, ‘For whatever it’s worth, I love you, ain’t that the worst thing you ever heard?'”


“The Lakes”

This song is really pretty, but to me it lacks that super-relatable, authentic feel of many of Taylor’s songs. Not that all of her songs have this, but I can think of better, more haunting songs of hers that read like poems with a similar melody.

Best lyric: “What should be over burrowed under my skin in heart-stopping waves of hurt; I’ve come too far to watch some name-dropping sleaze tell me what are my words worth”



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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Remember when Taylor was casually in the Hannah Montana movie? It was super random, but this song is actually pretty good. Still, nothing groundbreaking.

Best lyric: “I watched from a distance as you made life your own; every sky was your own kind of blue, and I wanted to know how that would feel”


“I Think He Knows”

I love how confident and fun this song is. But I also feel like it’s similar to other songs on Lover!

Best lyric: “He’s so obsessed with me, and boy I understand”


“Sad Beautiful Tragic”

Every song on Red is beautiful, but a lot of them feel really similar, and they can blend together a bit. I think this is the most forgettable of them, though I still think it’s beautiful!

Best lyric: “Time is taking its sweet time erasing you, and you’ve got your demons, and darlin’ they all look like me”


“This Love”

This song is pretty, but it feels like it never totally hits its stride, and it’s a bit forgettable.

Best lyric: “In silent screams and wildest dreams, I never dreamed of this”


“Look What You Made Me Do”

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Big Machine Records

I know this is kind of the point, but it’s too much like “I’m Too Sexy” for me. Still, it was our intro back to Taylor after SO long, so it has a special spot in my heart.

Best lyric: “Honey, I rose up from the grave, I do it all the time”



I mean, this song is about cheating, right? Which I don’t love. It also feels a little…sad, and not in a heartbreakingly relatable or poignant way. It’s pretty, but not my fave.

Best lyric: “Back when we were still changing for the better, wanting was enough for me, it was enough to live for the hope of it all”


“Last Kiss”

This song is really heartbreaking and beautiful, but it’s also just. So. Slow. I still like it, but I’m rarely in the mood to listen to it.

Best lyric: “So I’ll watch your life in pictures like I used to watch you sleep, and I feel you forget me like I used to feel you breathe”



I know I’m going to get hate for this, but here we are. This song is nice, but it just feels kind of simple to me, and I don’t love Bon Iver’s and Taylor’s voices together. There are so many better duets!

Best lyric: “Second, third, and hundredth chances, balancin’ on breaking branches, those eyes add insult to injury”


“Out of the Woods”

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Big Machine Records

I like this song, but it’s a little too repetitive to me, tbh.

Best lyric: “The rest of the world was black and white, but we were in screaming color”



I KNOW. I’M SORRY. But while I LOVE the lyrics of this song and the story of it, I just really don’t love the tune!

Best lyric: “And I’ve been meaning to tell you, I think your house is haunted; your dad is always mad and that must be why”


“Girl at Home”

This is a cute song that doesn’t get enough love. It feels very early Taylor. That being said, it doesn’t feel as polished as her other songs.

Best lyric: “Call a cab, lose my number, you’re about to lose your girl”


“Begin Again”

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Big Machine Records

I love the story of this song — learning what you deserve when starting a new relationship after a bad one. But the tune is just sort of eh to me.

Best lyric: “I’ve been spending the last eight months thinking all love ever does is break and burn and end”


“Come in With the Rain”

I really love the start of it (it kind of reminds me of “Candle in the Wind,” but specifically the Parks and Rec version, lol). It feels like it’s at a great intersection of country and lyrical music, but Taylor has better examples of this.

Best lyric: “I could go back to every laugh, but I don’t wanna go there anymore”



I really love the lyrics and how specific they are. It’s a beautiful song, but it does feel like it’s almost spoken rather than sung.

Best lyric: “Maybe you ran with the wolves and refused to settle down, maybe I’ve stormed out of every single room in this town”



I feel the same way about this one as “Daylight.” Beautiful lyrics, almost spoken melody. This one definitely feels more sung, but it also doesn’t really have a chorus. I love it as part of the album, but I rarely listen to it on its own.

Best lyric: “All these people think love’s for show, but I would die for you in secret”


“All You Had to Do Was Stay”

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I really like the verses of this song, but I’m just not sold on the chorus. It also feels a bit like a few other songs on 1989.

Best lyric: “People like you always want back the love they pushed aside, but people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye”


“Dancing With Our Hands Tied”

This is another song where I love the lyrics but am not obsessed with the tune.

Best lyric: “I’d kiss you as the lights went out, swaying as the room burned down; I’d hold you as the water rushes in if I could dance with you again”


“London Boy”

This song is really cute and fun, and I love the Idris Elba opening. Not the most memorable, but still good!

Best lyric: “Babe, don’t threaten me with a good time”


“Teardrops on My Guitar”

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Big Machine Records

It’s a classic and it’s good, but it belongs in the past.

Best lyric: “He’s the song in the car I keep singing; don’t know why I do”


“I Wish You Would”

This one reminds me of “All You Had to Do Was Stay,” but the urgency in it makes me like it a bit more.

Best lyric: “I wish we could go back and remember what we were fighting for; wish you knew that I miss you too much to be mad anymore”



Sexy, but not as sexy as “Don’t Blame Me” or “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” so I’m marking it lower.

Best lyric: “And if I get burned, at least we were electrified”


“Tim McGraw”

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Big Machine Records

What a classic. But to me, this one just doesn’t carry the same nostalgic appeal as “Our Song,” and it’s not as sweet as something like “Mary’s Song,” so I’m putting it a bit low on this list.

Best lyric: “You said the way my blue eyes shined put those Georgia stars to shame that night; I said, ‘That’s a lie'”


“Hey Stephen”

The nostalgia factor is strong with this one, so it’s hard for me to really figure out how good it is, which is why it’s ranked a bit lower. Still, it makes me happy whenever I hear it.

Best lyric: “All those other girls, well, they’re beautiful, but would they write a song for you?”



I really felt this song as a middle schooler. It feels similar to “Teardrops on My Guitar,” but I actually think it’s more relatable.

Best lyric: “Like shadows in a faded light, oh we’re invisible”


“If This Was a Movie”

This is an underrated song. I love the urgency of the verses, but the title is a little cliché (Hannah Montana has a song with basically the same title).

Best lyric: “Locked up in your arms and our friends are laughing, ’cause nothing like this ever happened to them”


“King of My Heart”

The lyrics on this one feel a little cheesy, and I’m not sure I love the king imagery, but it’s still a cute song, and I like the melody.

Best lyric: “Now you try on callin’ me, baby, like tryin’ on clothes”


“Shake It Off”

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Big Machine Records

Another example where I love the message and it’s catchy, but musically it’s not my favorite. It sort of makes fun of what people say about Taylor, like “Blank Space,” and also tells haters to back off, like in “You Need to Calm Down,” but it’s not quite as tongue-in-cheek, which is the best part of those songs.

Best lyric: “I go on too many dates, but I can’t make ’em stay, at least that’s what people say, mmm mmm, that’s what people say, mmm mmm”



This song really captures what it feels like to utterly idolize a guy in high school, whether that’s Harry Styles or the cute guy in your chem class. But again, the nostalgia factor here is making it hard for me to tell if this song is good or not.

Best lyric: “This is wrong, but I can’t help but feel like there ain’t nothing more out there”



Maybe it’s just that I love Halsey’s “Colors” (which has similar lyrics) so much, but I’ve just never liked this song as much as I wanted to. It’s still a great title song for the album!

Best lyric: “Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall, like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all”


“How You Get the Girl”

This is a cute song, but I don’t feel any of the lyrics are particularly inspired, and it reminds me of other songs on 1989.

Best lyric: “Tell her how you must’ve lost your mind when you left her all alone and never told her why; and that’s how it works, that’s how you lost the girl”


“I Forgot That You Existed”

I love the references and slang in this song, and it’s a fun “Screw you” anthem that’s a great opener to Lover, but I think there are better songs that are similar (like “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”).

Best lyric: “In my feelings more than Drake, so yeah”


“Back to December”

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Big Machine Records

This song is good (I love whenever Taylor sings about making mistakes). But the “Back to December”–”Apologize”–”You’re Not Sorry” mashup is INSPIRED. That version would be in the top 20, tbh.

Best lyric: “I’d go back in time and change it but I can’t, so if the chain is on your door, I understand”



This feels like the more mature sequel to “Superstar,” about actually dating the person of your dreams and still seeing them as this star or hero. It’s a lot of fun!

Best lyric: “Something in his deep brown eyes has me singin’ he’s not as bad like this reputation”


“Cold as You”

I love this song because some people are just straight-up cold, and there’s no real explanation other than that. This song feels like calling someone out while also having a realization and figuring out what you deserve. The bridge is also great!

Best lyric: “You put up the walls and paint them all a shade of gray, and I stood there loving you and wished them all away, and you come away with a great little story of a mess of a dreamer with the nerve to adore you”


“The Story of Us”

This song is fun, but it feels sort of like a filler song on an album where basically every song is stellar. (Can you tell Speak Now is my favorite album?)

Best lyric: “But you held your pride like you should have held me”


“You Need to Calm Down”

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Republic Records

This is such a fun song, and I had to put it in the top 100 even though I don’t think it’s the most well-crafted song of all time. I adore its message and music video, and it’s fun to belt.

Best lyric: “You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace and control your urges to scream about all the people you hate, ’cause shade never made anybody less gay”


“The Last Time”

Bon Iver, take notes from Gary Lightbody. This is how you do a Taylor Swift duet. (Please don’t hate me.) I love the lead-up to the choruses.

Best lyric: “This is the last time I’m asking you why you break my heart in the blink of an eye”



Yesss, Taylor taking notes from Colbie Caillat! This does feel like a Colbie Caillat song, but it also feels like Taylor. Again, Bon Iver, take notes.

Best lyric: “People are people, and sometimes we change our minds”


“The Moment I Knew”

This should have been more than a bonus song. I love the chorus — It feels like I’m belting the song in the middle of an empty stage. This song reminds me of every angry conversation I’ve rehearsed in the shower.

Best lyric: “What do you say when tears are streaming down your face in front of everyone you know? And what do you do when the one who means the most to you is the one who didn’t show?”


“Bad Blood”

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Big Machine Records

Without Kendrick Lamar, this song is just eh. WITH Kendrick Lamar and the music video, it’s great. I wasn’t sure which to consider, so I ranked it sort of between where the two versions would be.

Best lyric: “If you live like that, you live with ghosts; if you love like that, blood runs cold”


“The 1”

Bonus points for Taylor starting off her newest album by swearing, but other than that, this song isn’t anything super special!

Best lyric: “You know the greatest loves of all time are over now”


“Call It What You Want”

I love how quietly happy this song is, and it feels like an update on Taylor’s life after years of silence, but I just cannot get over “trust him like a brother.” It just makes me so uncomfortable. Your lover should never be compared to your brother.

Best lyric: “All my flowers grew back as thorns, windows boarded up after the storm, he built a fire just to keep me warm”



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Republic Records

Look, I almost never like Taylor’s first singles from albums. I like “Cardigan,” but it’s far from the strongest on the album. It has really pretty lyrics, but the whole cardigan analogy falls a little flat for me.

Best lyric: “‘Cause I knew everything when I was young, I knew I’d curse you for the longest time, chasing shadows in the grocery line”


“Cornelia Street”

This is just a good, pleasant song. I’m happy when it comes on shuffle, but I don’t usually seek it out.

Best lyric: “Years ago, we were just inside, barefoot in the kitchen, sacred new beginnings that became my religion”


“I Almost Do”

This song has a great bridge, and the lyrics are super relatable. It’s not SUPER memorable, but every time I listen to it, I remember how much I like it.

Best lyric: “I bet it never, ever occurred to you that I can’t say ‘Hello’ to you and risk another goodbye”


“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

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Big Machine Records

Fun fact: This is my dad’s favorite Taylor Swift song. It’s just a lot of fun, and it makes me want to go dancing with my friends.

Best lyric: “I’m really gonna miss you picking fights, and me falling for it screaming that I’m right, and you would hide away and find your peace of mind with some indie record that’s much cooler than mine”



This song captures the desperation of trying to hang on to love so well — it’s such a sad song, but it’s also really pretty.

Best lyric: “You are not like the regulars, the masquerade revelers, drunk as they watch my shattered edges glisten”


“The Other Side of the Door”

This song should NOT have just been a bonus track. The bridge is so good, and the ending is stellar.

Best lyric: “I said, ‘Leave,’ but all I really want is you to stand outside my window throwing pebbles screaming, ‘I’m in love with you'”


“The Man”

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Republic Records

This is another song where I love the message and music video, but I’m not obsessed with the song itself. Still good, though!

Best lyric: “I’d be just like Leo, in Saint-Tropez”


“Stay Stay Stay”

This song is really cute and fun…almost TOO cute and fun. Still, it always puts a smile on my face.

Best lyric: “You came in wearing a football helmet and said, ‘Okay, let’s talk'”


“Invisible String”

I love the whole concept sung about in this song, and it’s also just a really nice melody. But not my fave from the album or anything!

Best lyric: “Cold was the steel of my ax to grind for the boys who broke my heart; now I send their babies presents”



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Big Machine Records

This song feels like it belongs more on Fearless than on Speak Now, but that makes it a perfect song to open Speak Now and bridge the gap between the two. It’s nostalgic and feels almost like a goodbye to Fearless.

Best lyric: “Braced myself for the goodbye, ’cause that’s all I’ve ever known; then you took me by surprise, you said, ‘I’ll never leave you alone'”


“New Romantics”

I’m so glad this ended up being a single and not just a bonus song — I love the lyrics, and the tune is way more fun than a lot of the other upbeat songs on 1989. Best lyric: “I could build a castle out of all the bricks they threw at me”


“The Outside”

I really like this song, but it often gets forgotten on Taylor’s first record, and I do think there are better songs with a similar message. STILL, a great song!

Best lyric: “You could have helped if you had wanted to, but no one notices until it’s too late to do anything”



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Big Machine Records

This song will forever remind me (and everyone else) of being 22, so it’ll always have a special spot in my heart.

Best lyric: “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way; it’s miserable and magical”


“It’s Nice to Have a Friend”

This song is just so unique, and yet it still feels like Taylor. I know I’ve gotten on songs before that don’t really feel like they have a chorus or that feel sort of spoken, but this one just works.

Best lyric: “Church bells ring, carry me home, rice on the ground looks like snow”


“Stay Beautiful”

This song is really sweet and very country. It has a huge nostalgia factor for me, but I still think it holds up. I love that it doesn’t have to be about a romantic love but just really believing in someone.

Best lyric: “I’m taking pictures in my mind so I can save them for a rainy day”


“Mary’s Song (Oh My My My)”

This song makes me cry. The love story is so beautiful! It feels almost like the happy version of “Tim McGraw” to me for some reason — it’s VERY country.

Best lyric: “And I’ll be 87, you’ll be 89, I’ll still look at you like the stars that shine in the sky”


“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

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This song is just SO SEXY. I feel like I can’t rank it higher, since it’s half Zayn Malik, but man. This is a good one.

Best lyric: “Wondering if I dodged a bullet or just lost the love of my life”



I’m a sucker for any and all Alice in Wonderland references, so this one was a winner from the start.

Best lyric: “It’s all fun and games till somebody loses their mind”


“The Last Great American Dynasty”

This song feels like Folklore doing Red in the best way. It feels very vintage and Old Hollywood, which is imagery Taylor made a lot of use of in Red. I love when Taylor gets into storytelling, and this is one of my favorite examples of that.

Best lyric: “She had a marvelous time ruining everything”



Aaaand this is exactly the kind of song “The Last Great American Dynasty” was copying. I like this one slightly better, just because it’s a little bit more fun to belt out, and it feels a little more magical.

Best lyric: “He said, ‘Look at you, worrying so much about things you can’t change; you’ll spend your whole life singing the blues if you keep thinking that way'”


“I Knew You Were Trouble”

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Big Machine Records

This is my favorite of the upbeat radio singles from Red. I love how intense the chorus is, and how well Taylor nails it. (Have you ever tried singing it? It’s hard.) The bridge is also amazing.

Best lyric: “And the saddest fear comes creepin’ in, that you never loved me or her, or anyone, or anything”



This was my anthem back when I had the biggest crush on this boy in my class. It feels silly and giddy in the best way.

Best lyric: “Guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats, alone, unless you wanna come along”



I have to be honest: The Red songs can blend together. I LOVE this song, but I wish it were on a different album, because its placement on Red makes me forget about it! I love the way this song builds.

Best lyric: “I can’t decide if it’s a choice, getting swept away”


“Holy Ground”

This is one of the best songs on Red. I love the fast drumbeat, and the lyrics feel unique while still relatable.

Best lyric: “And I guess we fell apart in the usual way, and the story’s got dust on every page, but sometimes I wonder how you think about it now, and I see your face in every crowd”


“I Did Something Bad”

I love how unapologetic this song is. I kind of wish it had started the album! It’s dark and almost villainous, but also tongue-in-cheek.

Best lyric: “But if he drops my name, then I owe him nothin’, and if he spends my change, then he had it comin'”



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Big Machine Records

This song is just happy and sweet. It kind of feels like Speak Now’s version of “Lover” — it feels like it’s about contentment.

Best lyric: “So don’t you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine”


“I Heart ?”

This song was technically released on the Beautiful Eyes EP, so I’m counting it! It feels like a mix between “Our Song” and “Picture to Burn,” while still being its own thing. It feels a little young, but it’s also a classic for all my old-school Swifties out there.

Best lyric: “Wish I had concentrated, they said love was complicated, but it’s something I just fell into”


“Speak Now”

This is a really quintessential Taylor Swift song and feels sort of like her poking fun at herself and how people picture her pre–”Blank Space,” but for the titular song on the album, I wanted it to go a little harder! Still, great bridge!

Best lyric: “She floats down the aisle like a pageant queen, but I know you wish it was me, you wish it was me, don’t you?”


“Paper Rings”

Ah, the song that spawned about a million engagement Instagram captions. For good reason, though. It’s fun and sweet and giddy!

Best lyric: “The wine is cold like the shoulder that I gave you in the street, cat and mouse for a month or two or three”


“State of Grace”

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This is such a good song that I don’t listen to enough. I feel like it’s so unique, especially lyrically, and each line just hits home for me.

Best lyric: “So you were never a saint, and I loved in shades of wrong; we learn to live with the pain, mosaic broken hearts”


“Illicit Affairs”

Okay, I know I said I don’t like songs about cheating/affairs. But the music of this song is just. SO. GOOD (one of her best). It would be higher if it were about something else — I don’t love romanticizing affairs.

Best lyric: “Take the words for what they are, a dwindling, mercurial high, a drug that only worked the first few hundred times”


“The Way I Loved You”

For the longest time, I didn’t hear the “I miss” and thought this was just a fun love song about dramatic young love. But I like it better the real way — it doesn’t feel as mature as a lot of Taylor’s later love songs, but it definitely captures a certain type of yearning you feel when you’re young.

Best lyric: “He can’t see the smile I’m fakin’, and my heart’s not breakin’, ’cause I’m not feelin’ anything at all”



One of Taylor’s best songs lyrically for sure. It’s a little slow and quiet, but still really good!

Best lyric: “You’re still all over me like a wine-stained dress I can’t wear anymore”


“Everything Has Changed”

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Big Machine Records

I mean, it’s Ed Sheeran, and there’s no rapping, which alone almost puts it in the top 50. There are a lot of collabs/duets on Red, and this one is definitely my favorite. It’s just so pretty!

Best lyric: “‘Cause all I know is we said, ‘Hello,’ and your eyes look like comin’ home”


“Better Than Revenge”

I know people feel really strongly about this song, and I agree that the message isn’t great. But it’s just so damn catchy — it’s my guilty pleasure for sure.

Best lyric: “No amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity”



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Big Machine Records

This song just feels so Taylor — but at the time, it was a very new version of her style. It’s sexy yet still fun, and very representative of the album.

Best lyric: “He says, ‘What you’ve heard is true, but I can’t stop thinking about you,’ and I said, ‘I’ve been there too a few times'”


“Mad Woman”

This song, to me, is a better version of “The Man.” It’s so dark and angry, but put into a lilting melody that feels like the perfect representation of women having to come across calm and collected and dial down their emotions to be more pleasant.

Best lyric: “I’m takin’ my time, takin’ my time, ’cause you took everything from me”



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THIS SONG IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I know it’s SO sad, but it’s such a beautiful tribute. “I love you to the moon and back” was something my parents (and a lot of others, I’m sure) said while I was growing up, so this song always gets me.

Best lyric: “I remember the drive home, when the blind hope turned to crying and screaming why; flowers pile up in the worst way, no one knows what to say”



Again, I love whenever Taylor takes responsibility and talks about regret in her songs (it’s relatable, lol). I also love how open-ended this song is: We don’t know if this plea actually works.

Best lyric: “Fighting with a true love is boxing with no gloves, chemistry till it blows up, till there’s no us”



This felt like the most honest song on Reputation, and I loved that. It really signaled a huge shift in Taylor’s worldview and was part of her shift toward realism in talking about love. The song’s melody feels delicate, and the lyrics, spoken in a slightly unsure voice, feel so vulnerable and authentic.

Best lyric: “Sometimes I wonder when you sleep, are you ever dreaming of me? Sometimes when I look into your eyes, I pretend you’re mine, all the damn time”


“Wildest Dreams”

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Big Machine Records

I love how breathy this song is. It’s very romantic and dreamy, and I feel like I’m floating through the clouds. Definitely one of my favorites from 1989.

Best lyric: “He’s so bad, but he does it so well”


“This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

I LOVE how tongue-in-cheek and fun this song is. It’s my go-to angry song to blast alongside all my angry rock. The whole Gatsby imagery is a lot of fun too, and the bridge is great.

Best lyric: “And so I took an ax to a mended fence”



This song feels like lying down under a weighted comforter in the dark on a rainy day, in a good way. When I’m feeling sort of melancholy, but not necessarily in a bad way, it’s perfect.

Best lyric: “In the middle of the night when I’m in this dream, it’s like a million little stars spelling out your name”


“Tell Me Why”

I feel like this song hits home for anyone who’s ever been in a toxic relationship or even friendship. One of the worst parts is just not understanding how someone who loves you could treat you like this, and this song captures that so well.

Best lyric: “Why do you have to make me feel small so you can feel whole inside? Why do you have to put down my dreams so you’re the only thing on my mind?”


“White Horse”

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Big Machine Records

This song plays with Taylor’s fairy-tale imagery in an interesting way, where she actually rejects it in favor of reality. Maybe this was signaling a later shift, but I really liked it. It reflected the disillusionment felt after being betrayed and the questioning of whether it is your fault. I just love the complex feelings it described so well.

Best lyric: “My mistake, I didn’t know to be in love, you had to fight to have the upper hand”



This is an anthem, honestly. I love calling someone “mean” because it’s not even really an insult. It’s not bringing anyone down or stooping to their level. But at the same time, it’s so dismissive. Like, I literally don’t care what you think, you’re just mean. This is a better anti-hater anthem than “Shake It Off,” tbh.

Best lyric: “But someday I’ll be living in a big old city, and all you’re ever gonna be is mean”


“You’re Not Sorry”

This song feels very 2000s in the best way. I just love the moment it captures of deciding you’re done with someone’s lies.

Best lyric: “You had me crawling for you, honey, and it never would’ve gone away, no, you used to shine so bright, but I watched all of it fade”



I really think this is Taylor’s strongest song lyrically. I know it’s pretty slow and simple musically, but the eerie darkness that feels hidden under the track just cements this song’s place in the top 50 for me.

Best lyric: “Stood on the cliffside screaming, ‘Give me a reason.’ Your faithless love’s the only hoax I believe in”


“Blank Space”

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Big Machine Records

This song was a full-on cultural reset. Taylor really said, “I know what y’all have been saying about me, and I’m going to show you exactly what it looks like.” This is the best comeback of all time.

Best lyric: “‘Cause darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream”


“The Best Day”

I’m already crying listening to this one. This will forever remind me of my family, and especially my mom. That verse about her mom taking her window-shopping after she was fighting with her friends always gets me — moms really can just make everything better, even just for a day, even when everything is a mess. Listening to this song just feels like a reminder of that.

Best lyric: “I don’t know who I’m gonna talk to now at school, but I know I’m laughing on the car ride home with you. Don’t know how long it’s gonna take to feel okay, but I know I had the best day with you today”


“This Is Me Trying”

This is one of those songs where I cried when I first listened to it. It just really hits home for me, so maybe I’m biased — but the lyrics are also amazing!

Best lyric: “They told me all of my cages were mental, so I got wasted like all my potential”



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Big Machine Records

I love all of Taylor’s early songs that aren’t about relationships, because I could relate much more (lol). This is the hopeful anthem I listen to when I’m feeling discouraged.

Best lyric: “We’re getting stronger now, find things they never found. They might be bigger, but we’re faster and never scared”


“Should’ve Said No”

The Jonas Brothers singing this with Taylor…iconic. But really, this is such a great early song. How did Taylor find her sound so early? I can’t help but sing along to this one.

Best lyric: “I can’t resist; before you go, tell me this: Was it worth it? Was she worth this? No, no, no, no”


“False God”

THAT SAXOPHONE, THOUGH! This song is so sexy and unique and personal and intimate. Everything about this song is just perfect.

Best lyric: “And I can’t talk to you when you’re like this, staring out the window like I’m not your favorite town. I’m New York City, I still do it for you, babe”



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I don’t care what anyone says, this is a queer anthem. It’s also just so fun and young in a way that feels like poking fun at being a teenager in the most loving way.

Best lyric: “I’m only 17, I don’t know anything but I know I miss you”


“Never Grow Up”

This song is really sad but also really great. It perfectly captures the loss of innocence in this really beautifully sad way.

Best lyric: “Remember the footsteps, remember the words said, and all your little brother’s favorite songs. I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone”


“The Lucky One”

This is my favorite of the vintage/Old Hollywood Taylor songs. It’s very “Lucky” by Britney Spears (another great song), but more specific and more nostalgic. It carries all the joy of watching an old movie but still feels relevant to today. It also has this hint of darkness, which I always love in Taylor’s songs.

Best lyric: “Another name goes up in lights, you wonder if you’ll make it out alive”


“Love Story”

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Big Machine Records

A lot of Taylor’s early work was about fairy tales and offered a lot of wish fulfillment; this was my favorite of those. It’s romantic, with beautiful imagery and a nostalgia factor that I don’t think will ever go away.

Best lyric: “We keep quiet, ’cause we’re dead if they knew, so close your eyes, escape this town for a little while”


“Long Live”

Someone did a Tumblr edit of this song and the Marauders from Harry Potter, and I’ve associated them ever since. I know this is about her band, but to me it reminds me of graduation or prom — like a last night of perfection with your high school friends before everything changes. So emotional!

Best lyric: “And the cynics were outraged, screaming, ‘This is absurd,’ ’cause for a moment a band of thieves in ripped-up jeans got to rule the world”


“Dear John”

👏👏CALL👏👏HIM👏👏OUT!! 👏👏 I’ve personally always loved when Taylor called men out: At one of her early concerts, they played this interview where Taylor basically said that if men didn’t want her to call them out, then they shouldn’t do bad things, and this is the best example of that. It’s not even just a fun revenge anthem, though — it’s so heartbreaking and bitterly regretful. It feels like Taylor is providing a voice for people who have been taken advantage of in relationships.

Best lyric: “But I took your matches before fire could catch me, so don’t look now, I’m shining like fireworks over your sad, empty town”



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Big Machine Records

I love the storytelling nature of this song. It’s so heartbreaking — I love whenever Taylor sings about the loss of innocence. It just captures high school and starting to date in a way that other artists haven’t been able to replicate.

Best lyric: “Back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday, but I realized some bigger dreams of mine”


“New Year’s Day”

Some of my favorite Taylor songs aren’t necessarily about romantic love. I love that this is about sticking with anyone you love during the hard or boring or monotonous times, because that’s real love. It’s also got a gorgeous melody.

Best lyric: “Please don’t ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere”


“A Place in This World”

This was my favorite when I was growing up. I just felt like it GOT me. I didn’t exactly relate to romance songs in middle/high school, so I loved whenever Taylor would sing about identity and not belonging. It just captures so well what it feels like to be young.

Best lyric: “I don’t know what I want, so don’t ask me, ’cause I’m still trying to figure it out”


“The Archer”

This song has some of my favorite Taylor Swift lyrics. It’s so poetic and feels like such a great bridge of her sound over the past few years. It truly feels like maturing while also lamenting the past without bitterness. It feels so symbolic and complex.

Best lyric: “I wake in the night, I pace like a ghost, the room is on fire, invisible smoke, and all of my heroes die all alone”


“Eyes Open”

Y’all are sleeping on The Hunger Games soundtrack!! “Eyes Open” is SUCH a good song. Even though it’s about The Hunger Games, it still feels like it’s about Taylor, and how everyone’s waiting to tear her down. I also love whenever Taylor talks about playing make-believe and yearning for that time again

Best lyric: “Every lesson forms a new scar; they never thought you’d make it this far”


“Picture to Burn”

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Big Machine Records

This is my favorite of Taylor’s angry “Screw you” songs directed at her exes. It has so many iconic lines, and the imagery is so much fun (the music video is a real throwback too). The melody perfectly matches the lyrics, and it all just comes together.

Best lyric: “And if you come around saying sorry to me, my daddy’s gonna show you how sorry you’ll be”


“Forever & Always”

This song feels almost like a rant or diary entry in the best way. It’s kind of like this fast stream of consciousness that I, of course, learned by heart at 14. This song feels really young in a good way: It’s not immature; it’s just authentic.

Best lyric: “So here’s to everything coming down to nothing; here’s to silence that cuts me to the core”


“I’d Lie”

It kind of feels like cheating to include this, since it was never on an official album, but I don’t care. It’s just honestly SO CATCHY, and it captures yearning to me better than “Teardrops on My Guitar” and even, in some ways, “You Belong With Me.”

Best lyric: “First thought when I wake up is ‘My god, he’s beautiful,’ so I put on my makeup and pray for a miracle”


“Getaway Car”

This feels like one of the first big examples of Taylor telling someone else’s story in a song (although there are some examples in Red), as she did so much in Folklore. I love when she invokes vintage imagery and films, and she nails that in this song.

Best lyric: “But with three of us, honey, it’s a sideshow, and a circus ain’t a love story, and now we’re both sorry”


“You Belong With Me”

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Big Machine Records

Ah, the classic. We all truly felt this song in middle school. It’s honestly iconic, and it speaks to this song’s power that we still think of it after all this time. It just has literally every staple of a Taylor Swift song.

Best lyric: “Oh, I remember you drivin’ to my house in the middle of the night; I’m the one who makes you laugh when you know you’re ’bout to cry”



I love whenever Taylor sings about forgiveness. Barring the context behind this song, I always thought it carried such a beautiful lesson about growing up and making mistakes, and truly believing in people even when they mess up.

Best lyric: “Did some things you can’t speak of, but at night you’ll live it all again. You wouldn’t be shattered on the floor now if only you had seen what you know now then”


“Tied Together With a Smile”

This song used to be my alarm (depressing, I know). It made me feel so seen and understood; I think that’s one of Taylor’s superpowers as an artist. This song in particular feels as if a close friend is talking to you — not promising that things will be okay, but just seeing you and being there.

Best lyric: “I guess it’s true that love was all you wanted ’cause you’re givin’ it away like it’s extra change, hoping it will end up in his pocket…but he leaves you out like a penny in the rain”



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I feel like I should be waltzing to this song; I think it’s one of her absolute best melodies. I also love the lyrics and the fact that she’s not singing about a fairy-tale love, but something just as beautiful and far more lasting. It feels like contentment, or cuddling with your loved one at the end of the day, or cooking dinner with your partner.

Best lyric: “And you’ll save all your dirtiest jokes for me, and at every table, I’ll save you a seat, lover”



The personal connection that Taylor has to this song just makes it that much more poignant and beautiful. This is one of those songs I truly feel in my very soul when I listen.

Best lyric: “Something med school did not cover: someone’s daughter, someone’s mother, holds your hand through plastic now. Doc, I think she’s crashin’ out. And some things you just can’t speak about”


“Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince”

Yet another underrated song (surprise, surprise). The imagery! The tune! The lyrics! We were ROBBED of a music video.

Best lyric: “American glory faded before me, now I’m feeling hopeless, ripped up my prom dress. Running through rose thorns, I saw the scoreboard and ran for my life”


“Don’t Blame Me”

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Hellooooo, dark and sexy Taylor. If you’re going to have sex to a Taylor Swift song besides “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” it’s this one.

Best lyric: “And baby, for you, I would fall from grace just to touch your face”


“Jump Then Fall”

This song is just SO. MUCH. FUN. I literally cannot listen to the second verse without singing it, and that’s ~impact~. This song just feels so carefree and breezy and pure fun — it’s like sugar.

Best lyric: “Well, I like the way your hair falls in your face, you got the keys to me, I love each freckle on your face”


“Sparks Fly”

This is another song that feels as if Taylor is just smiling throughout it. It’s so happy and fun and captures that giddy feeling of early love.

Best lyric: “You’re the kind of reckless that should send me running, but I kinda know that I won’t get far”



This is one of those songs that really encapsulate a whole album (in this case, Speak Now). It’s so magical and captures that feeling of spinning around giddy in your room over your crush.

Best lyric: “This is me praying that this was the very first page, not where the storyline ends. My thoughts will echo your name until I see you again”


“I’m Only Me When I’m With You”

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Big Machine Records

This is the song I scream-sing with my friends. I know it’s not the most popular, but it literally reminds me of every happy friend-based memory I’ve ever had, and no other song has ever done that.

Best lyric: “Just a small-town boy and girl, living in the crazy world, trying to figure out what is and isn’t true”


“Death by a Thousand Cuts”

If Taylor has ever written a song about my life, it is this. It’s got a fun melody but such heartbreaking lyrics, which is my jam, and the feeling it describes is just SO relatable.

Best lyric: “Tryna find a part of me that you didn’t touch, gave up on me like I was a bad drug, now I’m searching for signs in a haunted club”


“Soon You’ll Get Better”

This one breaks my heart. It’s like “Ronan,” “Never Grow Up,” and “The Best Day” had a baby in the best possible way. It’s definitely Taylor’s most personal song, and it’s so beautiful.

Best lyric: “This won’t go back to normal, if it ever was. It’s been years of hoping, and I keep saying it because…’cause I have to”


“Our Song”

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Big Machine Records

I mean, this is really just a classic. It’s also the first Taylor Swift song I ever heard, so I might be biased. It feels like her twangiest, most country song, and the nostalgia is real, but it’s also an amazing song! So much fun.

Best lyric: “He’s got a one-hand feel on the steering wheel, the other on my heart”


“Safe & Sound”

If you don’t know this song, you’re missing out. It’s basically a super-haunting lullaby that I literally think about ALL the time. Her voice is SO GORGEOUS (plus it features the Civil Wars), and this song is just so beautiful and unique.

Best lyric: “Don’t you dare look out your window, darling, everything’s on fire”


“My Tears Ricochet”

THE BEST SONG OFF FOLKLORE BY FAR. So symbolic and beautiful and haunting. It’s honestly just a work of art.

Best lyric: “You turned into your worst fears, and you’re tossing out blame, drunk on this pain, crossing out the good years”


“All Too Well”

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The bridge on this song is the best of any song ever. I only wish it got there quicker! But it builds beautifully. I honestly think this is the best Taylor Swift song, but it’s No. 4 because I just love my top 3 so much on a personal level.

Best lyric: “Maybe we got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much, but maybe this thing was a masterpiece till you tore it all up”


“You call me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest”


“I Know Places”

This is the best song on 1989. I LOVE when Taylor goes a little bit dark and moody, and this song is so dark and sexy and urgent and PERFECT in every way. The lyrics and especially the line “Just grab my hand and don’t ever drop it” remind me of one of my favorite songs, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” which is a bonus.

Best lyric: “Love’s a fragile little flame, it could burn out”



This song does NOT get enough love, in my book. It’s unlike any of her other songs, and the feeling it describes is so poignant and specific. The beat and emotion make me want to head-bang. SO GOOD.

Best lyric: “It’s getting dark and it’s all too quiet, and I can’t trust anything now, and it’s comin’ over you like it’s all a big mistake”



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Big Machine Records

This is THE iconic Taylor Swift song to me. The imagery, the lyrics, the sound…it just brings me right back to screaming this song with my friends in high school. Seriously, sing this song at my funeral.

Best lyric: “And I don’t know why, but with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress, fearless”

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