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Best Taylor Swift Songs 2022

There is no question that Taylor Swift is one of the most popular musicians of all time. From feuding with Kim Kardashian and Kanye to dating all of our celebrity crushes, Taylor has climbed up the ladder from country artist to a certified international pop star. In 2010, she became the youngest artist in history to win Album of the Year at the Grammys at just 20 years old. Swift also writes most of her own songs by her and even co-produced all of her recent albums by her.

With all of that in mind, it’s no surprise that creating a definitive list of Swift’s best songs is nearly impossible. Cold. 2006 to now, Taylor has released nine studio albums, none of which were flops. With an army of Swifties behind her, she is quite literally on top of the world grabbing the attention of the masses both with her music and her general stardom. From hidden messages to breakup inspiration to industry beef, we’ve combed through it all to create a definitive list of Taylor Swift’s best songs of all time (in no particular order, that’d really be impossible). Regardless of where these songs landed on the charts or how much buzz they created on social media, they will live on in infamy as some of the best music to grace our humble ears.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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lover

“Lover” was nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys in 2020, so it’s obviously perfection. This haunting yet beautiful ballad was inspired by Taylor’s current boyfriend Joe Alwyn. “Lover” is one of the few glimpses into Taylor’s secretive fairytale romance with the British actor.

style

“Style,” Swift’s third single on her 1989 album, screams messy, toxic, red flag relationship-era Taylor. She confirmed in 2014 that this song was about her ex-boyfriend of her British boy-band heartthrob Harry Styles. This song is a true pop-hit gem.

You Belong With Me

The song that created the infamous Taylor-Kanye feud… “You Belong With Me” won best female music video at the MTV awards in 2009. Kanye stormed the stage during Swift’s acceptance speech in protest because he favored Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video 🐍. Regardless of what Ye says, this video that shows Taylor playing both the part of the nerdy girl next door and cheerleader girlfriend perfectly compliments this country-era Taylor bop.

Our Song

When this song dropped we were all “asking God if he could play it again.” “Our Song” was on Taylor’s debut album, Taylor Swift. Swift wrote the song about her boyfriend at the time, Drew Dunlop, for her high school’s talent show freshman year. “Our Song” held the number one spot on the Hot Country Songs charts for a whopping six weeks. I think it’s safe to say this song is the best song ever written for a high school talent show…

Picture To Burn

“Picture To Burn” was the angsty breakup anthem we all needed (essentially Taylor’s version of “Before He Cheats”). This song is yet another banger from her debut album Ella recorded in 2006. Swift’s high school bestie Abigail Anderson is featured in the music video.

cardigan

“cardigan” is the lead single on Swift’s 2020 Folklore album. It rose to claim the title of Swift’s sixth number one US single. The song is narrated by Betty, one of the characters she created for Folklore. This soft rock hit poetically explores young love and the loss of innocence.

mean

Critic Bob Lefsetz crossed the line calling Taylor dumb, naive, and a flat-out bad singer following her 2010 Grammys performance with Stevie Nicks. Swift responded with this track on her Speak Now album. She swiftly silenced her haters of her, winning a Grammy for Best Country Song, why you gotta be so mean, Bob?

shake it off

“I’ve had every part of my life dissected — my choices, my actions, my words, my body, my style, my music. When you live your life under that kind of scrutiny, you can either let it break you, or you can get really good at dodging punches. And when one lands, you know how to deal with it. And I guess the way that I deal with it is to shake it off,” Swift said in an interview with rolling stone. This is one of Taylor’s biggest hits to date. the 1989 lead single spent 50 (that’s almost a full year folks) weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I Knew You Were Trouble

Nobody knows for sure who this song is about (Harry Styles? John Mayer? Jake Gyllenhaal?), but whoever it was they were TROUBLE. This song is the first time Swift introduced dubstep to her sound, a stark contrast from her previous country-pop style. She wrote this one with Shellback and Max Martin for her 2012 album Net.

All Too Well (10 minute version)

This song is so powerful is caused the entire internet to collectively despise Jake Gyllenhaal. Originally included in Taylor’s Net album, the 10-minute version was a bonus track included in the re-recorded Taylor’s version album, which dropped in 2021.

august

Not only did Swift perform this song at the 63rd Grammys, she also took home the Album of the Year award. It’s been two years since folklore dropped, but we’re still listening to this gem every August.

Blank Space

Swift used her serial dater image to her advantage on this one. “Is it cool to write the narrative of a girl who’s crazy but seductive but glamorous but nuts but manipulative? That was the character I felt the media had written for me, and for a long time I felt hurt by it. I took it personally But as time went by, I realized it was kind of hilarious,” Swift said in an interview with GQ.

The Man

Swift addressed the media’s false perceptions of her yet again with this song from her lover album. She offers the question: would she receive the same criticism if she were a man? She pulled out all the stops for this music video, transforming from Taylor Swift to her male alter ego, Tyler Swift.

love story

“Love Story” is Taylor’s rendition of the classic story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It was her first big international hit. This timeless classic was the first to be re-released in “Taylor’s Version.”

Net

“I wrote this song about the fact that some things are just hard to forget, because the emotions involved with them were so intense and, to me, emotion intense is red,” Swift said on good morning america in 2012. This song was one of the more tame tracks on her self-described break-up album. “Red” may have been overshadowed by other hits on the album like “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and “All Too Well,” but it still deserves some recognition.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

This song provides all the snark and sassiness you could ever want. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Swift earned the Guinness World Record for fastest selling digital single and solidified Swift as a household name. This song definitely earned it’s spot at Rolling Stone’s second best song of 2012 (should’ve been first though).

22

This song is a staple for any 22nd birthday playlist. It perfectly sums up the rowdy, fun, chaos that is your early twenties. Swift describes this time perfectly: “happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time.”

Delicate

We have Joe Alwyn to thank for this absolute banger. Everyone can relate to the feelings of fear, bliss, and anticipation when you meet a new crush. As the fifth song on Swift’s Reputation album, it follows Swift’s pattern of the fifth song on every album including themes of vulnerability and emotion.

Wildest Dreams

The beat for this song is Taylor Swift’s actual heartbeat, so how could it not be amazing. Originally released in 2015 alongside the 1989 album, the 2021 Taylor’s Version re-record actually outperformed the original. “Wildest Dreams” is darker and more sultry than most of Miss Americana’s other music, and it has been compared to Lana Del Ray’s style.

State Of Grace

#1 on the Net album and #1 in our hearts. One of Swift’s few rock songs, this one just hits different. Swift received praise for the poetic, nuanced, and mature lyrics. This song perfectly sets the tone for the entire Net album and is definitely underrated.

Forever & Always

Spoiler, Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas did not stay together forever and always, but they will always have this song. Even though this song was released during Taylor’s country era, the only country thing about it is the use of fiddles. It was a last-minute addition to her Fearless album, and is a classic Taylor teenage heartbreak anthem.

Teardrops On My Guitar

Last but not least is “Teardrops On My Guitar,” one of Swift’s earliest releases. The simple acoustic accompaniment leaves room to showcase Swift’s vocal talents of hers. She explicitly name drops the song’s inspiration for her: her pre-fame for her former classmate Drew Hardwick. She dodged a bullet with this one because he was arrested for child abuse in 2015, yikes.

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