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    Taylor Swift Recommended A Bunch Of Songs During Her "ELLE" Cover Shoot And It Makes A Perfect Playlist

    It's time to enjoy a Taylor Swift-approved playlist of bops.

    Last night, ELLE UK unveiled the cover for the April edition of their magazine starring none other than Ms Taylor Alison Swift.

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    Needless to say, since the cover dropped in the midst of all that theorising that Taylor may be releasing a new album soon, fans freaked the hell out.

    me: *knows taylor would be covering elle soon* taylor: *covers elle* me:

    Elle's cover saying "pop's new power" Taylor Swift is DEFINITELY coming very soon. Either tomorrow or next week and we're all shaking already wbk.

    Alongside the ~gorgeous~ photos — and in lieu of an interview — Taylor wrote a personal essay for the magazine about the importance of pop music.

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    In the essay, she explains why she thinks it's so important that pop musicians write songs about intensely personal experience rather than simply writing something generic.

    Quentin Jones / Courtesy of ELLE

    I think these days, people are reaching out for connection and comfort in the music they listen to. We like being confided in and hearing someone say, "this is what I went through" as proof to us that we can get through our own struggles.

    We actually do NOT want our pop music to be generic. I think a lot of music lovers want some biographical glimpse into the world of our narrator, a hole in the emotional walls people put up around themselves to survive.

    Taylor also offers some recommendations of songs she feels a personal connection to throughout the essay. Here are all the songs she references, and what she has to say about them:

    1. "Cowboy Take Me Away" by the Dixie Chicks

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    "I instantly recall the feeling of being twelve years old, sitting in a little wood-panelled room in my family home in Pennsylvania," Taylor writes. "I’m clutching a guitar and learning to play the chords and sing the words at the same time, rehearsing for a gig at a coffee house."

    2. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At The Disco

    Fueled By Ramen

    "I’m transported back to being sixteen and driving down the streets of Hendersonville, Tennessee, with my best friend Abigail, euphorically screaming the lyrics," Taylor says of the song.

    3. "How To Save A Life" by The Fray

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    "I immediately flashback to being seventeen and on tour for months on end," she writes about these next few songs.

    4. "Breathe (2AM)" by Anna Nalick

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    "When I’d get a day at home in between long stretches on the road sharing a van with my band and crew, I would spend my rare nights off painting alone with candles lit in my room — just being alone with those songs," Taylor continues.

    5. "The Story" by Brandi Carlile

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    She also explains how she came to love the tracks: "Those are all from the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack. My commitment to that show truly knows no bounds."

    6. "You Learn" by Alanis Morissette

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    "[These songs] have actually healed my heart after bad breakups or let downs," Taylor writes about these Alanis Morissette, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Annie Lennox tracks.

    7. "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae

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    8. "Why" by Annie Lennox

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    9. "In My Feelings" by Drake

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    Taylor praises the highly specific lyrics of Drake's song ("Kiki, do you love me?"), saying songs with intensely personal details "have been breaking through on the most global cultural level."

    10. "Closer" by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

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    The same goes for the Chainsmokers' famous lyric, "Baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover".

    11. "Havana" by Camila Cabello

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    "This year on tour, I got to hear stadium crowds passionately sing along to a young woman from Cuba singing about Havana," Taylor writes. Camila was one of the support acts on Taylor's super-successful Reputation Stadium Tour.

    Want to listen to all of Taylor's recommendations? Here's a handy Spotify playlist:

    You can read Taylor's full essay here. ELLE UK's April issue is on sale from March 7.

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