10 Taylor Swift Lyrics We’ll Never Forget

Prepare to be “Enchanted,” from ‘Fearless’ to ‘Midnights.’

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December 14, 2023

Taylor Swift is renowned not only for her captivating melodies and infectious hooks but also for her masterful lyricism. With a knack for storytelling and a keen understanding of human emotions, Taylor has penned some of the most memorable and thought-provoking lyrics in contemporary pop music. From love and heartbreak to empowerment and self-discovery, her songs explore a myriad of themes, earning her the title of one of the best lyricists in the industry.

One of Taylor Swift’s greatest strengths as a lyricist lies in her ability to capture the complexities of relationships with honesty and vulnerability. Whether she’s detailing the euphoria of new love or the anguish of a breakup, Taylor’s lyrics are raw and relatable, yet still deep.

Songs like “All Too Well” and “Clean” showcase her talent for weaving intricate narratives that resonate with listeners on a deeply personal level, evoking feelings of nostalgia, longing, and resilience, while anthems like “Shake It Off” and “The Man” encourage listeners to embrace their individuality, defy societal expectations, and stand tall. Each lyric is meticulously crafted to evoke a specific mood or emotion, resulting in songs that linger in the hearts and minds long after the last note fades.

Taylor’s status as one of the best lyricists in the music industry is well-deserved. We’ve rounded up some of what we consider to be her most beloved lyrics — from her self-titled debut album back in 2006, all the way up to her musical masterpiece, Midnights, and every re-recording in between.

Prepare to be “Enchanted.”

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1. “Cold as You” – Taylor Swift (2006)

“And you come away with a great little story
Of a mess of a dreamer with the nerve to adore you”

From the earliest days of her career, Taylor has used her lyrics to convey the deepest of heartache and betrayal. These lines about the hopefulness of youth transport us straight back to our teenage years.

 

2. “Fifteen” – Fearless (2008)

“’Cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you
You’re gonna believe them”

From the lyrics about her first day at school to her first kiss, this song still hits us like a sucker punch. Taylor’s power lies in the way she can recall her younger years with pitch-perfect clarity.

 

3. “Dear John” – Speak Now (2010)

“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”

These bittersweet lyrics remind us to never dull our shine for anyone. “Dear John” became an instant classic over a decade ago, and we have a feeling that its re-release on the hotly-anticipated Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) will be life-changing.

 

4. “All Too Well” – Red (2012)

“And you call me up again just to break me like a promise
So casually cruel in the name of being honest”

Of course, we also mean the 10-minute version. These lyrics have become a cultural institution, and the short film has racked up almost 80 million views in the year since its release!

 

5. “Blank Space” – 1989 (2014)

“Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane”

Taylor’s first full pop album is, unsurprisingly, full of absolute bops. “Blank Space” addresses rumors about her love life with a tongue-in-cheek nonchalance that powers through into her next album. This line also sparked a misheard-lyric phenomenon, which even had Taylor’s mom singing, “All the lonely Starbucks lovers.”

 

6. “Look What You Made Me Do” – Reputation (2017)

“Honey, I rose up from the dead
I do it all the time”

There’s only so much heartbreak one girl can take. With these lyrics, Taylor rises from the ashes, revealing a bigger and badder persona. She plots some good old-fashioned revenge in what many believe to be a reference to her longstanding beef with a certain rapper.

 

7. “Lover” – Lover (2019)

“Have I known you twenty seconds or twenty years?”

These lyrics capture the magic of feeling like you’ve known someone forever — even if you’ve only just met. It’s beautiful when you feel truly comfortable with someone you love, and we’ll listen to Taylor sing about it all day long.

 

8. “exile” (feat. Bon Iver) – folklore (2020)

“Second, third, and hundredth chances
Balancing on breaking branches”

In a piano ballad for the ages, Taylor and Bon Iver come together to offer a heart-wrenching tale of the kind of heartbreak that takes far too long to sink in.

Check out Bastille’s beautiful cover of the song here:

 

9. “no body, no crime” (feat. HAIM) – evermore (2020)

“That ain’t my merlot on his mouth
That ain’t my jewelry on our joint account”

Harking back to her country roots, Taylor takes a page out of The Chicks’ book in this murder-revenge story. Joined by HAIM, her sisters in crime, Taylor lays out the signs of infidelity before the story takes an even darker turn.

 

10. “Bejeweled” – Midnights (2022)

“Puttin’ someone first only works when you’re in their top five
And by the way, I’m going out tonight”

No number of fire emojis could ever possibly convey just how hard these lyrics go in the latest Taylor Swift era of dreamy, atmospheric pop.

Here’s what Ryan Reynolds had to say about his family’s love for the album, “swear words included”:



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