102 Taylor Swift Songs Ranked According To Their Bridge
Oh boy, here we go.
I think everyone can agree that Taylor Swift is an artist known for her songwriting abilities.
The girl really knows how to write a tune that is somehow universally relatable and truly sees into your soul. A hotly discussed topic within the Swift fandom is her heart-wrenching and beautiful bridges – the bit in a song usually between the second and third chorus. For the majority of her songs, this is the best part – its where the most vulnerable lyrics often lie and where the music drops away, ready for that final dramatic chorus.
I've seen multiple people fight over what they claim to be the best (ahem, "All Too Well" stans), so I figured why don't I just rank them all? Yikes, famous last words. This might be the hardest thing I've ever done.
Please KEEP IN MIND this is just MY OPINION and I really don't want 100 DMs attacking me because your fave isn't where you wanted it to be.
FYI some of her songs ("End Game", "Both of Us", "Safe and Sound", "The Outside" and "Tied Together With A Smile") weren't included as they don't have bridges.
102. "Better Than Revenge"
Best Lyric: "I'm just another thing for you to roll your eyes at honey."
If you know me, you know that I am NOT. A. FAN. of this song. I'm not going to go into it all here, but we can probably agree that the songwriting on the bridge is comparatively pretty uninspired. Issa no from me.
101. "A Perfectly Good Heart"
Best lyric: "It's not unbroken anymore."
It's a sweet song, but the lyrics are kinda all over the place.
100. "The Best Day"
Best lyric: "I grew up in a pretty house and I've got space to run and hide."
I physically cannot listen to this song without crying. But honestly the bridge kinda sucks. It feels as though she was like: "Oh, whoops, I better throw in a reference to my dad and brother too!"
99. "If This Was A Movie"
Best lyric: "I just want it back the way it was before."
I love Taylor but every time I see this song title, my mind immediately goes to the Hannah Montana song "If We Were A Movie". The bridge of this one does its job, and ramps it up just before the last chorus. But that's about all I can say about it.
98. "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things"
Best lyric: "Here's to my baby, he ain't reading what they call me lately."
The LAUGH guys. The laugh. I just can't. I hate it so much. :'(
Best lyric: "I'm lovestruck and looking out the window."
I've never been a giant fan of this song, I just don't ~get into it~ every time it's on. Compared to the rest of her back catalogue, the bridge is very snooze-worthy...and I have no more to say.
96. "A Place In This World"
Best lyric: "Maybe I'm just a girl on a mission, but I'm ready to fly."
I don't know how 16-year-old Taylor Swift managed to write such a universally relatable song for people of all ages, but here we are. It's a great song, but a pretty underwhelming, two-line bridge.
95. "I Heart ?"
Best lyric: "There's no you and I."
This song really is the original "I'm doing better than I ever was". But yeah the bridge doesn't do too much for me.
94. "Forever & Always"
Best lyric: "Back up, baby, back up."
I don't feel like I'm wrong in thinking that not much thought was really put into this bridge? It just doesn't go as hard as the verses.
Best lyric: "I know, I just know you're not gone."
I think it's fair to say that this bridge really does nothing more than connect the last two choruses. Also, uh, up until right this second I thought the lyric was "you're no good", not "gone". Fake Swiftie alert.
92. "Today Was A Fairytale"
Best lyric: "Time slows down whenever you're around."
If you put all of Taylor's 2010 stereotyped qualities into a computer and asked it to write a song, this is probably what would come out.
Best lyric: "It's 2am, feelin' like I just lost a friend."
It's a pretty unmemorable bridge, and honestly it's a pretty unmemorable song as well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Best lyric: "I'm invisible and everyone knows who you are."
Ah, the song of pining fangirls from all around the world. I don't know who this song is about but if it's John Mayer I'm going to scream and rip my eyebrows out.
89. "Sweeter Than Fiction"
Best lyric: "You know that I'll be there time and again."
Wow I am a BAD Swiftie because I haven't listened to this song since at least 2014. It sounds way more ~Jack Antonoff~ than even some of his own songs but it's a bop. Also wow is this "Change" 2.0?
Best lyric: "Baby you showed me what livin' is for."
I think I didn't even know Taylor was in the Hannah Montana Movie before seeing it in cinemas so this song always takes me back to that shock. I really wanna hear this song on the TS7 tour with her shiny new vocal ability.
87. "Jump Then Fall"
Best lyric: "The bottom's gonna drop out from under our feet, I'll catch you."
Uhhh I don't have much of anything to say about this song! I won't skip it if it comes up on shuffle but I don't think I've ever gone out of my way to listen to her.
86. "...Ready For It"
Best lyric: "Let the games begin."
There's not a lot going on in this bridge, let's be real. I'm getting Rep tour flashbacks right now though...
85. "I'm Only Me When I'm With You"
Best lyric: "When I'm with anybody else, it's so hard to be myself."
It's not bad, but compared to her newer songs which deserve a Nobel Prize for literature, this ranks pretty low.
Best lyric: "When all you wanted was to be wanted."
I know Abigail said she was fine with it, but hearing about how Taylor's best friend lost her virginity to a guy who then dumped her isn't her finest lyrical work. To be fair, it did cut deep when I first heard this song back as a teenager.
83. "Eyes Open"
Best lyric: "Keep your feet ready, heartbeat steady."
This song from The Hunger Games soundtrack is a quiet masterpiece that I always conveniently forget about. The lyrics of the bridge aren't too inspiring, and basically just serve as a reminder for Katniss to keep her wits about her. However, Taylor's vocals send my wig into lower orbit so it's a yes from me.
Best lyric: "I'll fight their doubt and give you faith."
Another song which is cute and sweet and fine and I like it, but it just doesn't stand up to the masterpieces that came before and after.
81. "The Last Time"
Best lyric: "This is the last time you tell me I've got it wrong."
While it's a beautiful song that still deserves a place on the album, it's a little boring. And the bridge follows that theme, sorry!
80. "The Other Side Of The Door"
Best lyric: "And I'll scream out the window, I can't even look at you."
Listen up, y'all. If the outro of this song ("With your face and the beautiful eyes...") counted as the bridge, it would be number one on this list, no questions asked. It's potentially my favourite part of any of her songs ever. But unfortunately I have to judge it by its bridge which is nowhere near as special.
79. "Tim McGraw"
Best lyric: "There's a letter left on your doorstep, and the first thing that you'll read."
This bridge is just fine. Not good, not bad, just a way to tie two choruses together. But someone please remind Tim McGraw of the lyrics.
78. "Welcome To New York"
Best lyric: "Like any great love, it keeps you guessing."
This ode to New York City was the song that we needed in 2014, and is undoubtedly a great opener to the 1989 album. But compared to the rest of the discography? Snooze.
77. "Everything Has Changed"
Best lyric: "I'm feeling like I've missed you all this time."
Not bad...but not overly inspiring either? Sorry Sweeran.
76. "Speak Now"
Best lyric: "There's a silence, there's my last chance."
She's a cute song but I think we can all agree that she's not groundbreaking. And I just can't imagine baby Taylor interrupting a wedding to steal back her man.
75. "Come In With The Rain"
Best lyric: "I've watched you so long, screamed your name."
This bridge is PEAK Fearless Taylor. The violins and drum beats paired with dramatic lyrics? Iconic 17-year-old nonsense.
74. "Teardrops On My Guitar"
Best lyric: "I'll put his picture down, and maybe get some sleep tonight."
This song is eternally relatable, and the bridge is no exception. The lyrics aren't too profound but 16-year-old me loved listening to it while crying over everyone who didn't like me back.
73. "Mary's Song"
Best lyric: "A few years had gone and come around."
Just like a comfy pillow, people really love to sleep on this song. It's certainly no lyrical masterpiece, but it's cute and y'all need to get your ears checked. The bridge isn't anything to write home about, but the music falling away before leading into the final big chorus really brings it over the line.
72. "Girl At Home"
Best lyric: "Call a cab, lose my number, let's consider this lesson learned."
We're all on the same page here that has definite bonus track energy...she's not the strongest. But turning down a guy who has a girlfriend *cough* Zefron *cough* is a big ol' mood.
Best lyric: "We’ll stand up champions tonight."
This song is kind of like "Long Live"'s little sister. Yeah, it's inspiring and it's a mood but the bridge isn't anything too special.
70. "Bad Blood"
Best lyric: "If you live like that, you live with ghosts."
I am very vocally Not A Fan Of "Bad Blood" but I can admit that if I'm three drinks in and it comes on in a club, I'm going to bop to it. The bridge certainly goes off in a great way, but I can't bring myself to rate it too highly.
69. "I'd Lie"
Best lyric: "My god if I could only say, 'I’m holding every breath for you.'"
This is my hands-down favourite song of all time, so it breaks my heart to rank it so low. But when you compare this bridge to some of her later masterpieces, it just doesn't make the cut.
68. "Look What You Made Me Do"
Best lyric: "I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams."
I still haven't made my mind up about this bridge. Is the "the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now" embarrassing and cringe-y or is it iconic and bad bitch alert? Or is it both?
67. "Picture to Burn"
Best lyric: "'Cause coming back around here would be bad for your health."
Pretty sure this bridge is just reiterating the chorus' claim that her dad's gonna beat up this guy who dumped her.
66. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Best lyric: "This is exhausting."
Wow Taylor really loves a spoken bridge in her lead singles, huh? I'm never going to get over her saying it with a British accent at the 2013 Grammys, probably referencing her ex Harry Styles.
Best lyric: "Take me home."
This isn't really as well-crafted a bridge as some of her other masterpieces, more just her chanting "take me home", which we probably all have wanted to do to Harry Styles at one point.
64. "Stay Stay Stay"
Best lyric: "You took the time to memorize me."
The fact that a lot of Swifties dislike this song really breaks my heart every day. It's such a fun bop, I guess you all just hate happiness. The lyric in the bridge where Taylor says "I'd like to hang out with you for my whole life" is just sweet and wholesome and I'm so into it.
63. "How You Get The Girl"
Best lyric: "And you could know, that I don't want you to go." (Because that's literally the whole bridge.)
I loooooove the way she stretches out the "oh" in this. Literal heart eyes. LET ME SEE YOU JUMP JUMP.
Best lyric: "Have 10 kids and teach them how to dream."
It's a fun bridge which matches a fun song, but that's about it.
61. "Never Grow Up"
Best Lyric: "Remember the footsteps, remember the words said."
Here's another song that I, a 27-year-old woman, still can't listen to without tearing up. She perfectly captures what it's like to grow up and move out of home and suddenly be overcome with fear that nothing will ever be like it once was. "I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone"??? That shit hurted.
60. "New Romantics"
Best lyric: "Please leave me stranded, it's so romantic."
Taylor Swift logic is relegating a song to only be a bonus track...and then releasing it as a single. I do love the electronic sounds in the background of the bridge that kinda sound like shooting stars.
59. "You're Not Sorry"
Best lyric: "You used to shine so bright but I watched all of it fade."
It's a pretty short bridge but it gets right to the point. Lyrical queen strikes again.
58. "The Moment I Knew"
Best lyric: "And what do you do when the one who means the most to you is the one who didn't show."
They're very literal lyrics, but wow does anyone else have an overwhelming urge to knee Jake Gyllenhaal in the testicles?
Best lyric: "I pretend you're mine, all the damn time."
Though this song definitely grew on me in the month after Reputation's release, I can't say that I loooooove the bridge. Thought it does line up with the whole vibe of "I'm falling in love with you but I'm trying to be chill but also I'm picturing our future kids".
56. "Holy Ground"
Best lyric: "I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you."
Gosh, I love this song so damn much. While the bridge isn't groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, it's still fun and really fits in with the theme of the song. It just makes you wanna dance, right?
55. "I Almost Do"
Best lyric: "We made quite a mess, babe."
This song is such a relatable mood of breaking up with an ex and constantly thinking "uhhhh maybe we should get back together??????" The music in the bridge matches the hesitancy of the lyrics and I rate it.
54. "Cold As You"
Best lyric: "I know you wouldn't have told nobody if I died for you."
I know it's right there in the title, but this song is c o l d. If I were the guy who inspired this track, I'd be feeling pretty guilty. The way she sings "I cried for you" in this bridge cuts deep.
53. "Stay Beautiful"
Best lyric: "If you and I are a story that never gets told."
I might be biased because this is one of my favourite songs of all time. Even though it's from her first album, she's already showing off her ability to take normal sentences and somehow make them seem even more poetic. Where I would say "we'll never get together", she's saying "if what you are is a daydream I'll never get to hold". Genius.
Best lyric: "It's the first kiss, it's flawless, really something."
The anthem for perfect first dates, "Fearless" so high school it hurts. The electric guitar in the lead up to the bridge, then the drum beats as the next chorus opens are bloody perfect.
51. "The Story of Us"
Best lyric: "This is looking like a contest of who can act like they care less."
The battle imagery in this bridge is some real top notch shit. Let's also keep in mind that every song on this album was written entirely by Taylor. Despite being about running into an ex at a glitzy award ceremony, it's still extremely relatable and I feel it deep in my soul.
Best lyric: "Today is never too late to be brand new."
For most Swifties, the vibe of this song is preeeetty cringey...but the lyrics are still 10/10. The bridge is masterful, and gave us this incredible quote to be plastered on Tumblr pages around the world.
Best lyric: "All you are is mean and a liar and pathetic."
The sass and snark of this song will carry me well into old age and see me thriving. While the lyrics aren't overly imaginative, the banjo and the upbeat tempo really makes this song what it is.
Best lyric: "Like shadows in a faded light."
This doesn't quite reach the heights of the lyrics on later albums, but it's a hint toward her future love of poetic metaphors.
Best lyric: "You are so gorgeous it makes me so mad."
They're not quite lyrics that could cut glass, but I can't help but bop along to this song. Plus the choreography she did to this on the Rep tour really took it from a five to a ten.
Best lyric: "Remembering him comes in flashbacks."
"Red" really is that bitch, huh. This bridge is a good one to sing along to at the top of your lungs when you're like three drinks in and trying to think about anything other than your ex.
45. "Hey Stephen"
Best lyric: "All those other girls, well they're beautiful, but would they write a song for you?"
This carefree bop somehow perfectly summarises the feeling of a high school crush. And the bridge? That laugh at the end deserves all the Grammys in the world, 10/10, A+ 100%.
44. "Should've Said No"
Best lyric: "Was she worth this?"
WOW this song fuckin' slaps. While most of the lyrics and melody are angry and mad, the bridge is where we hear how much she was actually hurt by this asshat who cheated on her.
43. "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"
Best lyric: "I see you around in all these empty faces."
This bridge about missing your ex then booty calling them is a real bop. The way she belts "tell him where your place is" is SO GOOD. Also this was the real first look we had at ~Sexy Taylor~ before the Reputation era so it always feels like such a scandalous song, is that weird to admit idk.
42. "I Wish You Would"
Best lyric: "You gave me everything and nothing."
Sometimes I read the lyrics to songs on 1989 and I just get so mad about how eternally relatable they are. I love this bridge, especially the backing vocals of "I-I-I-I wish I wish I".
Best lyric: "Just because you're clean don't mean you don't miss it."
This song is so, so special to so many people – including myself. It's beautiful and poetic and truly a masterpiece. The way the first two lines of the song are repeated at the end of the bridge in such a soft way, with Imogen Heap's backing vocals really just... *chef's kiss*.
40. "Our Song"
Best lyric: "I've heard every album, listened to the radio, waiting for something to come along, that was as good as our song."
This is a real yeehaw anthem where her fake country twang comes out in full force. And I LOVE IT.
39. "Back To December"
Best lyric: "Maybe this is wishful thinking...probably mindless dreaming."
In terms of lyrics, this doesn't register too far up for me, but the sweeping sentimentality of this song gets me every damn time. The bridge, with its dramatic violins and drum beats, has really cemented itself a place on my cry playlist and in my heart.
Best lyric: "You look like bad news, I gotta have you."
Even if the lyrics in the bridge were complete shite, I'd still rate this super high. It's such a fun song and this part is no exception.
Best lyric: "Braced myself for the goodbye, 'cause that's all I've ever known."
This song is storytelling at its finest, I hope they use it in schools to teach people how to write narratives. Mentioning 2am is a classic Taylor Swift trope and in this bridge she seamlessly brings their love story to a soaring crescendo before dropping it back in the next chorus.
36. "The Lucky One"
Best lyric: "How you took the money and your dignity, and got the hell out."
You can really hear Taylor's emotions in this bridge, how she's low-key jealous of this mystery star who was actually able to escape fame. Wow, major Reputation foreshadowing.
35. "White Horse"
Best lyric: "Begging for forgiveness, begging for me."
When I was 16, my biggest dream was that I could sing, so that I'd be able to get on stage at school and sing this song while maintaining eye contact with everyone who ever wronged me. It's not so much the lyrics that are so good in this bridge, but more the dramatic-ass music behind them.
34. "All You Had To Do Was Stay"
Best lyric: "You were all I wanted...but not like this."
Another example of a song on this album with perfect production. This bridge has a sneaky way of getting stuck in your head, not that you could ever be mad about it. And the way she says "not like this" is somehow so sad and resigned, exactly how you'd feel when an ex who fucked up tries to get back in touch.
33. "Begin Again"
Best lyric: "For the first time what's past is past."
This song is so CALM compared to the rest of Red, especially when you picture the music video while listening to it. The bridge really perfectly seizes that feeling of a first date when you're really living in the moment and thinking of the future.
32. "I Knew You Were Trouble."
Best lyric: "You never loved me or her or anyone or anything."
Now THIS is a bop. Everyone and their pets knows "IKYWT" and probably can sing along to every word. I just love how the bridge kinda takes a step back from the chaos of the chorus and verses, and just strips away the drama.
31. "New Year's Day"
Best lyric: "Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere."
Hands up who else is crying??? While the bridge of this song is pretty much just two lines, they're still pretty damn powerful ones. I think about this line a lot.
30. "Dancing With Our Hands Tied"
Best lyric: "Swaying as the room burned down."
It's a pretty beautiful bridge, and I do love how the background piano noises (or whatever that instrument is idk I'm not a musician) rise with a feeling of urgency as it goes on. But every time I hear "as the water rushes in" I just think of the Titanic.
29. "Tell Me Why"
Best lyric: "Why, do you have to put down my dreams so you're the only thing on my mind."
Throwaway lines like this which are somehow perfectly worded to the point where you don't even notice their genius, are the reason why Taylor is a songwriter first and a performer second.
28. "Come Back...Be Here"
Best lyric: "It's not fair that you're not around."
This long-distance relationship anthem is actually kinda sad and beautiful (when you look past the uninspired title and chorus). The bridge really redeems itself in the second half, with the building music and the line "you're in London and I break down".
Best lyric: "My thoughts will echo your name, until I see you again."
This song is a literal fairytale. The music, the lyrics, everything about it just makes me think of Taylor in a princess dress standing under fairy lights dancing barefoot alone and thinking about her prince. It's insanely relatable - that feeling of meeting someone and instantly falling under their spell. That section at the end of the bridge "Please don't be in love with someone else / Please don't have somebody waiting on you", coupled with the crescendoing violins, really nails anticipation in the early stages of a crush.
26. "State of Grace"
Best lyric: "This is the golden age of something good and right and real."
I love this song, but the structure is strange. Looking at the lyrics, there's not reaaaally a real chorus, and what I thought was the chorus could technically be called the bridge. Whatever it is...it's fucking GOOD. This song really sets you up for the rollercoaster of emotions that come with listening to Red, and I adore the lyric where she calls him "my Achilles heel". Plus the golden age lyric is definitely a Swiftie Classic.
25. "I Did Something Bad"
Best lyric: "They're burning all the witches, even if you aren't one."
I do love the lyrics of this bridge, as well as the rhythmic clapping in the background. However I feel like it's a little overproduced...?
24. "Blank Space"
Best lyric: "Boys only want love if it's torture."
This is the actual best pop song ever created, no arguments. Taylor really created an iconic moment with the bridge on the 1989 Tour with the vocal loop that still lives on in the crowd to this day.
23. "This Love"
Best lyric: "When you're young, you just run, but you come back to what you need."
This song has to be the definition of "hauntingly beautiful". Taylor has an incredible power to make music match the lyrics and sentiment of the song. I don't know how she does it but she really nailed it with this one. The echoing vocals in the background just make you feel like you're sinking back into old memories.
22. "I Know Places"
Best lyric: "And I know for you it's always me."
This song really has some of the best vocals of 1989. Especially on the bridge, her voice is so clear and strong, and the background "ohhhhh"s get me every time.
21. "Don't Blame Me"
Best lyric: "I get so high, oh every time, yeah every time you're lovin' me."
This bridge really breaks the whole song down before that iconic high note going into the last chorus. I'll never stop loving the whole church choir vibe.
20. "You Are In Love"
Best lyric: "You understand now why they lost their minds and fought the wars and why I've spent my whole life try to put it into words."
I'm obsessed with the lyrics of this bridge, she somehow makes love feel so relatable despite it being such a different experience for everyone. The layered vocals just make me want to cry, it's so beautiful. And that's not to mention the quiet that accompanies "you can hear it in the silence" and the way she belts "you are in love" leading into the last chorus.
19. "The Way I Loved You"
Best lyric: "And you were wild and crazy, just so frustrating, intoxicating, complicated."
Oh shit. The way she crams all these rhyming lyrics into one line makes this a damn good bridge. Then she adds the Swift touch of stripping back all the music before roaring into the last chorus.
18. "So It Goes"
Best lyric: "Scratches down your back now."
I nearly passed out when I first heard that lyric. This is my FAVE song on Reputation, though I can admit it's not quiiiite the best bridge on the album. But the way she pauses before saying "one, two, three" is truly quite a moment.
Best lyric: "You searched the world for something else to make you feel like what we had."
The bridge of this song is crafted so masterfully, it literally sounds and feels like you're falling down a rabbit hole. Queen of music.
16. "You Belong With Me"
Best lyric: "I know your favourite songs and you tell me about your dreams."
If you don't love screaming along to this bridge while bopping up and down, you're lying. And if you've been to the Reputation tour then you KNOW how much this song slaps.
15. "Love Story"
Best lyric: "My faith in you was fading when I met you on the outskirts of town."
Uh, wow. This song is an actual perfect bop. The bridge itself isn't lyrically amazing, but there's something about the beat and the crescendoing violins which create this feeling of anticipation. Then it goes into the last chorus where Romeo proposes and oh boy, love is real.
14. "Long Live"
Best lyric: "May these memories break our fall."
Having this song so high up on the list is some Rep tour tea if I've ever seen it. It's an incredible song with a perfect bridge...but the way Taylor mashed it up with "New Year's Day" and sang it every night on tour IN THE YEAR 2018 has really cemented its place in my heart.
Best lyric: "Nothing safe is worth the drive."
The lyrics throughout the whole song are seriously impressive, and it's a classic Taylor love song. The bridge, leading into that stripped-back chorus are goosebump-enducing, and I thank God every day that she performed it on the B-stage of the Rep tour.
12. "Getaway Car"
Best lyric: "Put the money in a bag and I stole the keys."
The production on this song man...it's good. The drum beat and the siren-like noises in the background really support the song's narrative, and the way it all cuts out when she leaves him in the motel bar. Also it doesn't count as the bridge but the outro to this song where she's like "I was riding/crying/dyin' in a getaway car"...I will never get over that genius.
11. "Sparks Fly"
Best lyric: "I'm captivated by you baby, like a fireworks show."
Taylor literally included this on her album because she performed it live in 2007 and the fans demanded a studio version. It's one of Speak Now's best tracks and it's seriously hard to believe she wrote it at 16 years old. The lyrics are teenage love written in a sophisticated way, and will always make me think of the opening of the Speak Now tour.
10. "Out Of The Woods"
Best lyric: "The monsters turned out to be just trees."
I must admit, I really slept on the bridge of this song for about a year, until I saw it live at the 1989 tour. I thought it was fine, pretty good, not bad. But the way she performs it live...I just felt like I'd been transported to another planet. So yeah now I can acknowledge it as one of her best bridges.
9. "Wildest Dreams"
Best lyric: "Some day when you leave me, I bet these memories follow you around."
UGH this BRIDGE. It's just so, so beautiful. I don't really have the technical skill to actually put into words why or how it's so poignant. It's the mix of the echoing vocals and the violins and the way her voice sounds...I just wanna die every time I hear it.
8. "Shake It Off"
Best lyrics: "To the fella over there with the hella good hair."
Whether you love it, hate it, or it makes you cringe, you can't deny this is an ICONIC bridge. When this comes on in a club or at a wedding or even in a damn supermarket, even the biggest Taylor Swift haters will feel compelled to sing along. And that high note she does at the end? Yas. (P.S. I know y'all are going to kill me for putting this higher than Out Of The Woods, sorry!)
Best lyric: "I woke up just in time, now I wake up by your side."
The way she rhymes flashback, mistakes and earthquakes in the bridge just gets me every time. I love the way nearly all the music cuts out underneath and the "ha ha ha ha haaaaaaa" builds into the last chorus. It's pretty damn perfect.
6. "All Too Well"
Best lyric: Pretty much the whole thing...but I feel like if I don't say "you call me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest" I will get death threats.
The structure of this song is a little wild – there isn't a clear verse, chorus and bridge. But the section at the end which we all claim as the bridge is definitely the strongest part of the song. Red should have got a Grammy just for those twelve lines alone. Feeling like a crumpled up piece of paper is just the biggest mood.
5. "Sad Beautiful Tragic"
Best lyric: "Distance, timing, breakdown, fighting."
Swifties love to harp on about "All Too Well" but we really should be talking about this incredible masterpiece. Something about these lyrics just fuck me up big time, and the bridge just brings it all to a head. The way she sings "would you just try to listen" contains more emotion than I could even dream of having in my little finger.