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    Olivia Rodrigo's Music Video For "Deja Vu" Took Me Back To Multiple Taylor Swift Songs

    Disclaimer: I love them both.

    I know fans of both Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo have said for a while now that they feel the two artists share many similarities. And I'll be honest, I didn't quite see it at first.

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    But when Olivia dropped "Deja Vu" on Thursday, it all clicked. Not only did this specific video give me major Taylor Swift Red/Fearless-era vibes, but I also started noticing the overwhelming similarities in their career trajectories.

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    OK, first, in "Deja Vu" we have this scene of pining.

    Olivia looking at someone from behind a door
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    Which, naturally, immediately made me think of this.

    Taylor watching her neighbor through her bedroom window
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    And there's this little beach moment.

    Olivia standing on a beach
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    Which, imagery-wise, took my mind right to Taylor's "22" video.

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    Two sepia-loving queens.

    I'm also stuck on this minor detail, but Taylor and Olivia both seem to share an appreciation for vintage styles of clothing.

    Both wearing bandanas
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    It's noticeable throughout many of Taylor's videos.

    Then, there's the lyrics. Everything about this song screams Taylor Swift to me, starting with Olivia reminiscing about a past love and driving together in a car.

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    We all know Taylor has a slight obsession with car imagery in her songwriting (i.e. "Red," "Our Song," "Getaway Car," etc.), and in particular, she loves using cars to express feelings of nostalgia. To me, many of Olivia's lines in "Deja Vu" mirror Taylor's in "All Too Well."

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    No complaints, though, her car lyrics are some of her best lyrics.

    But it's also the specificity of the details in their lyrics — the references to likes and dislikes of their former flames, as well as fleeting moments from their memories.

    Olivia Rodrigo / Geffen Records / Taylor Swift

    Both Olivia and Taylor know how to paint the scene, that's for sure.

    And another tiny detail is when Olivia sings, "Yeah, everything is all reused."

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    Which, sonically, sounds so much like Taylor's line, "he looks up grinning like a devil" in "Cruel Summer."

    "Deja Vu" aside, there's no denying how similarly Olivia's career trajectory is paralleling Taylor Swift. They both released singles at a young age that became instant hits.

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    For Taylor, it was "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Our Song," and for Olivia, "Drivers License."

    Not to mention, Taylor has built an entire empire by singing songs from the perspective of the "other girl," the one who doesn't get the guy. Obviously, I'm well aware that Taylor Swift didn't invent the concept of unrequited love, but she did create a successful career by writing songs on that exact concept while simultaneously both humbling and endearing herself to her fans.

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    "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "You Belong with Me" are lyrically in a very similar vein to "Drivers License" and "Deja Vu." This is in no way diminishing the lyrical genius of both women, but it's also an undeniable truth.

    PLUS, Taylor has been leaving Easter eggs in her songs since the dawn of time, initiating full-on investigations from her fans into who each song is about. And it seems that Olivia is doing the same.

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    I mean, the entire Sabrina Carpenter-Olivia Rodrigo-Joshua Bassett drama started because Olivia called Sabrina "that blonde girl" in "Drivers License."

    And let us not forget the significance of Taylor's "Track 5" — each song being the most personal and emotional of its respective album. It looks like Olivia might be taking a page from this book as well, because "Deja Vu" is currently listed as the fifth track on her soon-to-be-released album.


    The full tracklist has yet to be released.

    And Olivia has said in the past that her favorite two songs from Taylor's most recent albums are "Tolerate It" and "My Tears Ricochet."

    📹 | @Olivia_Rodrigo reveals her favorite songs from #folklore & #evermore in an interview with @katiessummerss “on folklore it’s ‘my tears ricochet’ that is Taylor Swift’s best song in her catalog (...) my favorite on evermore right now is ‘tolerate it’”

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    Both of which are — yep, you guessed it — track number five.

    Taylor clearly sees the similarities, too, and she has been incredibly supportive of Olivia's budding career.

    Either way, both women certainly know what they're doing when it comes to singing and songwriting!

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