It’s no secret that Taylor Swift is, at present, a huge trending social media name. This is because of her Eras Tour and most recently, the breakup of her six-year relationship. Since she’s just a popular topic conversation, and we covered some Eras Tour outfit inspiration, I decided I’d write something about her music, specifically, sharing a ranking of the best Taylor Swift songs. At least the version I think are. Though like anything I write that’s more discussion, I suspect, this won’t be a list most agree with.✨🎶RANKING THE BEST 20+ FAVORITE TAYLOR SWIFT SONGS🎶🎶 TALKING AND RANKING 20 OF THE BEST TAYLOR SWIFT SONGS. #FAVORITEMUSIC #FAVORITESONGS #FAVORITETAYLORSWIFT #TAYLORSWIFT Click To Tweet
I’m no longer the Taylor Swift fan I once was. I think some of her directions are no longer things I enjoy or relate to, which is largely the reason. Even at this, I was never a rabid fan considering I’ve never been to a show or bought her merch or waited in line at Target for an album. One thing I will note is ever since Reputation, I think Swift’s music has lost that wholesome* quality her older stuff had. The Folklore/Evermore era felt a little more authentic and stripped, but her writing is so different now.
Relistening to her older songs just made me realize how many I’ve forgotten about. Understand, I do know her art has grown because it has to since she too has grown and changed. That’s fair and good. However, I don’t think you have to be something so different in order to grow. Art does change because you change. This is especially true when someone like Swift has been in the industry over the course of ten albums.
I’m sure I’ll miss some songs I like and will later kick myself over. I’ve never done this before though (only ranked the songs on a new release album) so this seems like a fun exercise. All this to say, let’s take a look back at her discography and rank the songs!
* By “wholesome,” I don’t mean the music has to stay G-rated “clean,” I just mean there was something about her older music – stylistically, instrumental, that seems more genuine than it does now. Maybe her music now is more storytelling? I don’t know.
RANKING THE BEST OF TAYLOR SWIFT SONGS from least to most
probably some of these are tied, too
THE BEST DAY from FEARLESS and NEVER GROW UP from SPEAK NOW
There’s just something about the songs she writes that honor her parents that are lovely.
TIED TOGETHER WITH A SMILE from TAYLOR SWIFT
This is the ultimate OG song and really, I think it’s sweet. Her bigger hits from this album are ‘Tim McGraw’ and ‘Teardrops on my Guitar.’ In fact, I think the pop version of the latter IS fun. However, I think this one is just wholesome and cute, and feels like an earlier version of ‘Invisible String’ or ‘Dancing with our Hands Tied.’
ENCHANTED from SPEAK NOW
A sweet, fairytale type song that’s easy listening.
BEGIN AGAIN from RED
The start of a relationship is the building blocks for this one and it’s got this kind of old-fashion lyrical storytelling that I really like.
LONDON BOY from LOVER
I like the fun of this song!
MINE from SPEAK NOW
The storytelling of this is charming (about a couple sticking together through thick and thin and building a life) and seems to fit with interviews long ago where Swift talks about hoping she recognizes when its her time to live a simpler life and embrace the change.
ALL TOO WELL from RED
This is almost everyone’s ULTIMATE choice. Or so it seems. I think it’s good lyrically but it’s not my favorite in that it places blame on one party. That’s not my thing.
LOVE STORY from FEARLESS
This is all the nostalgia and probably the first song from Taylor that I really loved.
GOLD RUSH from EVERMORE
I cannot pin down what it is about this song I like. I think it’s more the song itself rather than the lyrics.
MY TEARS RICCOCHET from FOLKLORE
This may be the one song that’s a little too self-involved for me that I still like. There’s something beautiful about the entire production from music to lyrics.
SNOW ON THE BEACH from MIDNIGHTS
This one is really pretty; the title is also this thing that conjures a cool visual affect.
HAUNTED from SPEAK NOW
Like its title, this one is appropriately, haunted.
A PLACE IN THIS WORLD from TAYLOR SWIFT
This one is a solid addition to her lineup and given the age she was when it released, it’s very real and related for a girl to be going through.
CLEAN from 1989
This one is about the aftermath of a breakup and figuring out you’re finally in a place where you no longer think about them.
YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN KID from MIDNIGHTS
I don’t love everything about this song, and some of the messaging bugs me, but nonetheless, I do like it! There’s just something really interesting about the song.
SWEET NOTHING from MIDNIGHTS
A love song co-written with William Bowery which most know is Joe Alwyn, Swift’s ex-beau. The song is overall sweet, but I have a gripe or two.
CHAMPAGE PROBLEMS from EVERMORE
The lyric “I dropped your hand while dancing” is somehow so tender and yet heartbreaking.
PARIS from MIDNIGHTS
A kind of private romance love story song. I also love that it’s called ‘Paris’ and feels kind of like a nod to the music video for ‘Begin Again.’
INVISIBLE STRING from FOLKLORE
This song is beautiful. Additionally, I like that the song is, likely, part biographical and part storytelling, perhaps inspired by Jane Eyre.
CALL IT WANT YOU WANT from REPUTATION
One of the more introspective songs in her discography.
NEW YEAR’S DAY from REPUTATION
Her best off Reputation.
CORNELIA STREET from LOVER
This one is another lovely song. Again, like so many others, I don’t love all of the implications, but the chorus is beautiful.
PAPER RINGS from LOVER
This one is just fun. Yet at the same time it’s a romantic ballad that’s cute.
THIS IS MY TRYING from FOLKLORE
Many of Swift’s songs don’t seem to hold herself accountable and instead seem to blame the friend, guy or whatever relationship she’s singing about. I tend to find the songs where she lays part of the blame at her feet really interesting because it’s a rarity. I also think this is way more honest.
BIGGER THAN THE WHOLE SKY from MIDNIGHTS
This is rumored to be about a miscarriage and is part of the ‘3 AM’ incarnation of this latest album. Some say the song is about Swift’s own experience, though I tend to think it’s about a friend since it’s kind of an “afterthought” song. Also, who else thinks Swift’s “bonus” songs for this album are actually the best off this album?
HONORABLE MENTIONS from a to z
BLANK SPACE from 1989
Don’t love all that this song seems to be about however, I do love that it’s a kind of tongue in cheek song (from Swift’s perspective) about the media’s perception of her.
DANCING WITH OUR HANDS TIED from REPUTATION
THE GREAT WAR from MIDNIGHTS
OURS from SPEAK NOW
A happy song that’s darling.
WE WERE HAPPY from FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION)
I love songs where Taylor talks about being happy without needing more than a good love. Reminds me of ‘Mine.’
You can shop all of the albums mentions on places like Amazon through a search of the artist’s, Taylor Swift, name. You can also find them individually at the album titles: Midnights; Evermore; Folklore; Lover; Red.
How would you rank her best songs? Which ones are your most favorite? Which ones do you think deserve all the credit? Comment your thoughts. Let’s mee in the comments.
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