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    21 Taylor Swift Songs That'll Probably Change The Way You Think About Her

    Taylor has the range, and these songs prove it.

    If you're a Taylor Swift stan, there's probably a lot of things you're sick of hearing from non-stans. But the one we all hear the most is that Taylor ~only writes songs about ex-boyfriends~. Which is absolutely untrue.


    I want to make it clear that there's definitely nothing wrong with Taylor writing about love, relationships, and everything that goes along with it. Like, those are some of her best songs, and they've helped a lot of people through a lot of feelings. Also, every songwriter writes about those things, so don't come for Taylor.

    However, since we seemingly can't escape these comments, no matter how untrue they are, I have compiled a handy list of Taylor Swift songs that ~aren't~ about relationships.


    So next time someone says Taylor only sings about boyfriends, just send them this link to prove them wrong. You're welcome!

    1. "Tied Together With A Smile"

    What it's about: According to a 2007 interview, Taylor wrote "Tied Together With A Smile" when she found out her friend was dealing with an eating disorder.

    Best lyric: I guess it's true that love is all you wanted / 'Cause you're giving it away like it's extra change

    2. "A Place In This World"

    What it's about: Taylor wrote "A Place In This World" just after she moved to Nashville so she could pursue her dream of being a songwriter. It's about knowing where you want to be in life, but not knowing how to get there.

    Best lyric: Even though I'm not the only one who feels the way I do / I'm alone, on my own, and that's all I know

    3. "The Outside"

    What it's about: Taylor wrote this song when she was 12 years old, and it's about feeling like she didn't fit in at her school.

    Best lyric: You could have helped if you had wanted to / But no one notices until it's too late to do anything

    4. "Fifteen"

    Big Machine Records

    What it's about: Yes, "Fifteen" does include some references to love and dating, but it's mostly about lasting friendships and realising there are more important things in life than relationships.

    Best lyric: All you wanted was to be wanted / Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now

    5. "The Best Day"

    What it's about: Taylor's relationship with her mom! Adorable! I cry every time!

    Best lyric: Now I know why all the trees change in the fall / I know you were on my side even when I was wrong

    6. "Change"

    What it's about: Taylor finished writing this song after she won the Horizon Award at the CMAs. It's about believing in your own ambition and succeeding even when the odds are stacked against you.

    Best lyric: The battle was long, it's the fight of our lives / But we'll stand up champions tonight

    7. "Mean"


    What it's about: How you feel when someone crosses the line of constructive criticism and instead is just mean.

    Best lyric: You have pointed out my flaws again / As if I don't already see them

    8. "Innocent"


    What it's about: The infamous night Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs. The song talks about forgiveness and moving on from past mistakes.

    Best lyric: Your string of lights is still bright to me / Who you are is not where you've been / You're still an innocent

    9. "Never Grow Up"

    What it's about: If you've ever had to pay a bill or do anything remotely adult, you'll relate to "Never Grow Up".

    Best lyric: No one's ever burned you, nothing's ever left you scarred / And even though you want to, just try to never grow up

    10. "Long Live"

    Big Machine Records

    What it's about: Taylor's relationship with her fans! I cry at this every time too!

    Best lyric: The cynics were outraged, screaming "This is absurd!" / 'Cause for a moment a band of thieves in ripped up jeans got to rule the world

    11. "22"

    Big Machine Records

    What it's about: I'm sure I don't need to tell you, but it's about being in your early twenties, having fun with your friends, and being happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.

    Best lyric: We're happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time / It's miserable and magical

    12. "The Lucky One"

    What it's about: Wishing for success and fame and then, when you achieve it, realising it's not all it's cracked up to be.

    Best lyric: Your lover in the foyer doesn't even know you / And your secrets end up splashed on the news front page

    13. "Ronan"


    What it's about: Taylor wrote this song about a little boy who died of neuroblastoma — a type of cancer — after she came across his mother's blog in 2012.

    Best lyric: Flowers pile up in the worst way / No one knows what to say

    14. "Welcome To New York"

    Apple Music /

    What it's about: Moving to New York, being independent, and living your best damn life.

    Best lyric: Walking through the crowd, the village is aglow / Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats

    15. "Blank Space"

    Big Machine Records

    What it's about: OK, yes, you could argue "Blank Space" is about a relationship. But it's also told from the perspective of a fictional character based on the serial-dater persona created for Taylor by the media.

    Best lyric: I get drunk on jealousy, but you'll come back each time you leave / 'Cause darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream

    16. "Shake It Off"

    What it's about: The haters hating, but shaking it off anyway!!!

    Best lyric: It's like I've got this music in my mind / Saying "it's gonna be alright"

    17. "Bad Blood"

    Big Machine Records

    What it's about: Being betrayed by someone you thought was your friend.

    Best lyric: You say sorry just for show / If you live like that, you live with ghosts

    18. "New Romantics"

    Apple Music /

    What it's about: "New Romantics" is about living your best life with your BFFs, learning from past mistakes, and not taking anything too seriously.

    Best lyric: I could build a castle out of all the bricks they threw at me / And every day is like a battle, but every night with us is like a dream

    19. "I Did Something Bad"

    What it's about: Similarly to "Blank Space", "I Did Something Bad" plays on the public perspective of Taylor as a serial dater who uses men and then discards them.

    Best lyric: They're burning all the witches even if you aren't one / They've got their pitchforks and proof, their receipts and reasons

    20. "Look What You Made Me Do"

    Big Machine Records

    What it's about: What did we make her do? It's still unclear! But whatever it is, there's no way this song is about relationships.

    Best lyric: I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time / Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time

    21. "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things"

    What it's about: The break Taylor took after public perception of her switched thanks to the ~TaylorSwiftIsOverParty~. She stays winning, tho.

    Best lyric: There are no rules when you show up here, bass beat rattling the chandelier / Feeling so Gatsby for that whole year


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