One of the most well-loved artists of all time, Taylor Swift has songs for everyone in her iconic, genre-spanning discography. Whether you’re in the mood to dance, sing along, or cry, these are the essential Taylor songs you need in your playlists!
‘Should’ve Said No’
We couldn’t say no to kicking off this list with some good old country angst! We’ve all been in a place where we’re a little heartbroken either by relationships or friendships. A sing-along to this angsty number will let you release some emotion while reminding you of your self-worth. Country Taylor never misses!
While ‘Enchanted’ has been popping off on TikTok lately, this track from Taylor’s third album, Speak Now, deserves its time in the spotlight. The third single from the album encourages you to rise above the haters, no matter how small they make you feel. Ahead of her time, Taylor really manifested her dream life with this one. Living in a big old city? Check. Big enough that you can’t hit her? Check. Safe to say she’s one of the biggest artists of all time, do we need to say more?
‘Both of Us’
Possibly one of the most underrated songs of Taylor Swift’s discography, this collaboration with B.O.B debuted at Number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Packing a punch with some gritty verses about overcoming hardships and community spirit, Taylor works her magic by sprinkling optimism over the chorus. ‘Both of Us’ is so very 2012 and we’re still here for it!
‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’
Released just before the world shut down, the Lover Era didn’t get the appreciation it deserved! ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’ is one for the sensitive stans out there but its instrumental is packed with positivity. Taylor teamed up with producer Jack Antonoff on this one, delivering bright vocals and a killer piano riff. Once you’ve mastered the lyrics of the bridge, you’ll be a certified Swiftie. This is pretty much pop perfection!
We lost our minds when Taylor announced folklore out of the blue! Hiding among the songs of betrayal, heartache, and love triangles, this sweet track gave us a rare insight into her romantic relationship. If you’re a hopeless romantic or cottagecore type, ‘invisible string’ is the song for you.
‘long story short’
Much like folklore, evermore is largely told through storytelling, but many fans think this may be one of the most biographical songs on TS9. Referencing the fallout from that Kimye drama and how it’s changed her priorities and perspectives, Taylor talks about falling in love and learning when to fight and when to let things be. Long story short, she survived!
If you’re not already a reputation stan, where have you been? Another track from the iconic comeback album, ‘Getaway Car’ may just take the crown for Taylor’s best bridge. Taylor may be framing herself as a Bonnie and Clyde villain, but it would’ve been criminal not to include this track for the key change alone.
‘Message In A Bottle (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)’
One of the best things about Taylor re-recording her old albums (other than owning her masters, of course) is the vault tracks that she’s kept all these years. This one is from her latest release of Red (Taylor’s Version). A hopeless romantic song about having a crush that you can’t quite express, ‘Message In A Bottle’ is a bridge between Red and 1989’s pop sound. This feel-good banger has been all over TikTok lately and is the perfect addition to your 2022 playlists!
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