We Need to Talk About Taylor Swift

I’ve already admitted multiple times that I have a total girl crush on Taylor Swift. The hate I feel for someone who slates her is probably not normal but as she would say herself: haters gonna hate.

I never really considered myself a huge fan back in her early days, but in recent years I have found my car stocked with her CDs and my Pinterest account filled with memes, song lyrics, and pictures of her cats. If you aren’t aware of Taylor Swift’s cats, Meredith and Olivia, I strongly suggest you Google them.

Anyway, I’ve put together my list of Taylor Swift songs that just make me love her so goddamn much. If you’re a fellow Swiftie, enjoy. If you’re not, then maybe just have a laugh at my irrational fangirling. Either that or get out.

1. Shake It Off (1989)

Just the best song to dance to with your best friend. Also, combined with my favourite Meredith Grey quote, “Dance it out,” this is one of my favourite songs to cheer me up when I’m feeling down.

2. The Best Day (Fearless)

This song, which Taylor wrote as a tribute to her mother gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling, and it shows that some of her best work isn’t about breakups. Such a sweet song, and it always reminds me of my favourite moments with my Mama.

3. New Year’s Day (Reputation)

As much as I loved all of Reputation, Taylor definitely saves the best till last with New Year’s Day. It’s one of those songs that just makes me think of the good times had with my friends. Although I wouldn’t listen to it hungover as it gets you just a little bit too emotional…

4. Enchanted (Speak Now)

This had to be my favourite song on Speak Now. I don’t particularly relate, but the lyrics and general melody are just BEAUT.

5. All Too Well (Red)

Omg. This was the song that caused me to fall in love with Taylor. Her performance of this at the 2014 Grammys genuinely gave me goosebumps. Not only that, but this song is an example of how she is an amazing storyteller in her songwriting.

6. Clean (1989)

Unless you’ve got this album, you may not have heard of this one. While it’s generally about feeling you’re finally over a break up, for me, I felt I could apply a lot of the lyrics to my mental state (that’s a whole other blog post for another time). I listened to 1989 a lot during the years I was really struggling with my mental health (“when I was drowning, that’s when I could finally breathe”) and I always thought that Clean was a good metaphor to aim for at the end of my CBT. Obviously not all of it relates, but it’s a song that would calm me down during some really difficult periods.

7. Look What You Made Me Do (Reputation)

Controversial, but this song is just so badass, and it’s one of the best songs to listen to when you’re psyching yourself up or you’ve been severely wronged by someone. Not to mention Taylor is just fierce AF in the music video.

8. Never Grow Up (Speak Now)

A sweet song about how we all seem to grow up too quickly. Again, probably not a song to listen to when you’re severely hungover or you’re having a bit of a crisis, as it all gets a bit too intense.

9. 22 (Red)

One of my favourite songs to request at any party, aside from Shake It Off, obvs. For that reason, it’s another one that reminds me of all the good times had with my friends. There’s nothing better than screaming “I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I’M FEELING 22.. “ at the top of your lungs after a couple of sambucas in an overcrowded nightclub.

10. Gorgeous (Reputation)

This song just sums up my feelings about Russell Howard, Olly Murs and Zac Efron. Jokes. It’s just another one of Taylor’s songs that I can’t help but sing along to when I’m driving, and I especially love the line “I guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats.”

Just to point out, this was a very hard list to put together. Honourable mentions include Wildest Dreams, Delicate, Fifteen, and Long Live. And even that was difficult to narrow down. If there’s any of these you’ve not heard of, I suggest you give them a listen. If anyone needs me, I’ll be off watching the Reputation Tour on Netflix.

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