Here Are All Taylor Swift’s Songs, Meticulously Ranked By Two Superfans
Spoiler: "All Too Well" is not number one.
Hi! We're Sam and Ryan, and we're huge Taylor Swift fans. Between the two of us, we have been to dozens of her shows and we've both been supporting her for the past 14 years. Since we're such big fans, we thought it would be fun to rank her discography together. Everyone's taste in music is so different and subject to their own opinion, so if your ranking looks different than ours, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Without further ado, we present all Taylor Swift's songs — from her debut album to Evermore — ranked:
167. "Girl At Home"
Favorite lyric: "Want to see you pick up your phone, and tell her you're coming home."
166. "A Perfectly Good Heart"
Favorite lyric: "Maybe I should've seen the signs, should've read the writing on the wall."
165. "Both of Us" (with B.o.B)
Favorite lyric: "Some day I will be strong enough to lift not one but both of us."
164. "I Heart ?"
Favorite lyric: "Wake up and smell the breakup. Fix my heart, put on my makeup."
163. "I'm Only Me When I'm With You"
Favorite lyric: "And I don't try to hide my tears, my secrets, or my deepest fears. Through it all, nobody gets me like you do."
162. "Speak Now"
Favorite lyric: "And the organ starts to play a song that sounds like a death march."
161. "The Outside"
Favorite lyric: "I would give it all up to be a part of this, a part of you."
Favorite lyric: "Wasn't it beautiful when you believed in everything and everybody believed in you?"
Favorite lyric: "In the middle of the night when I'm in this dream, it's like a million little stars spelling out your name."
158. "Bad Blood"
157. "The Way I Loved You"
Favorite lyric: "I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain. It's 2 a.m. and I'm cursing your name."
156. "Better than Revenge"
Favorite lyric: "But sophistication isn't what you wear or who you know, or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go."
155. "Stay Stay Stay"
Favorite lyric: "All those times that you didn't leave, it's been occurring to me I'd like to hang out with you, for my whole life."
154. "Only the Young"
Favorite lyric: "They aren't gonna help us, too busy helping themselves. They aren't gonna change this, we gotta do it ourselves. They think that it's over, but it's just begun."
153. "The Last Time" feat. Gary Lightbody
152. "The Lucky One"
Favorite lyric: "They say you bought a bunch of land somewhere. Chose the rose garden over Madison Square."
Favorite lyric: "Don't you see the starlight, starlight? Don't you dream impossible things?"
150. "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (feat. ZAYN)
149. "If This Was a Movie"
Favorite lyric: "If you're out there, if you're somewhere, if you're moving on. I've been waiting for you every day since you've been gone."
Favorite lyric: "And all I think about is how to make you think of me and everything that we could be."
147. "The Man"
146. "Beautiful Eyes"
Favorite lyric: "Just as long as you're mine, I'll be your everything tonight."
Favorite lyric: "Ocean blue eyes looking in mine. I feel like I might sink and drown and die."
144. "Welcome to New York"
Favorite lyric: "Walking through a crowd, the village is aglow. Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats."
143. "A Place in this World"
Favorite lyric: "Don't know what's down this road, I'm just walking. Trying to see through the rain coming down."
Favorite lyric: "I remember your blue eyes looking into mine like we had our own secret club."
141. "Stay Beautiful"
Favorite lyric: "And when you find everything you looked for, I hope your life will lead you back to my front door."
140. "ME!" (feat. Brendon Urie)
139. "It's Nice to Have a Friend"
Favorite lyric: "Church bells ring, carry me home. Rice on the ground looks like snow."
138. "Look What You Made Me Do"
137. "Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince"
Favorite lyric: "We're so sad, we paint the town blue. Voted most likely to run away with you."
136. "You Need to Calm Down"
Favorite lyric: "Something med school did not cover. Someone's daughter, someone's mother."
134. "Two Is Better than One" (with Boys Like Girls)
Favorite lyric: "'Cause when I close my eyes and drift away, I think of you and everything's okay. I'm finally now believing."
133. "Soon You'll Get Better" (feat. the Chicks)
Favorite lyric: "I'll paint the kitchen neon, I'll brighten up the sky. I know I'll never get it, there's not a day that I won't try."
132. "Mad Woman"
Favorite lyric: "The master of spin has a couple side flings, good wives always know. She should be mad, should be scathing like me, but no one likes a mad woman."
131. "So It Goes..."
Favorite lyric: "You did a number on me but, honestly, baby, who's counting? Who's counting? (One, two, three)."
Favorite lyric: "I was trying to fly, but I couldn't find wings. But you came along and you changed everything."
129. "Come In with the Rain"
Favorite lyric: "Talk to the wind, talk to the sky, talk to the man with the reasons why. And let me know what you find."
128. "Christmas Tree Farm"
Favorite lyric: "I know I'm just a wrinkle in your new life. Staying friends would iron it out so nice."
126. "Cowboy Like Me"
Favorite lyric: "Now you hang from my lips like the Gardens of Babylon. With your boots beneath my bed, forever is the sweetest con."
125. "Highway Don't Care" (with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban)
124. "I Forgot That You Existed"
Favorite lyric: "I forgot that you got out some popcorn as soon as my rep started going down, down, down."
123. "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things"
Favorite lyric: "And therein lies the issue, friends don't try to trick you, get you on the phone and mind-twist you."
122. "End Game" (feat. Ed Sheeran & Future)
121. "Paper Rings"
Favorite lyric: "I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this."
Favorite lyric: "Don't want no other shade of blue but you. No other sadness in the world would do."
119. "...Ready for It?"
118. "London Boy"
Favorite lyric: "Stick with me, I'm your queen like a Tennessee Stella McCartney on the Heath."
117. "Everything Has Changed" (feat. Ed Sheeran)
116. "How You Get the Girl"
Favorite lyric: "Remind me how it used to be. Pictures in frames of kisses on cheeks."
115. "Eyes Open"
Favorite lyric: "In backyards, winning battles with our wooden swords. But now we've stepped into a cruel world where everybody stands and keeps score."
114. "Don't Blame Me"
Favorite lyric: "Echoes of your name inside my mind. Halo hiding my obsession. I once was poison ivy, but now I'm your daisy."
113. "It's Time to Go"
Favorite lyric: "Fifteen years, fifteen million tears, begging 'til my knees bled. I gave it my all, he gave nothing at all, then wondered why I left."
Favorite lyric: "You got shiny friends since you left town. A tiny screen's the only place I see you now."
111. "Beautiful Ghosts"
Favorite lyric: "Out here, the wild ones are taming the fear within me. Scared to call them my friends and be broken again. Is this hope just a mystical dream?"
110. "Tell Me Why"
Favorite lyric: "You could write a book on how to ruin someone's perfect day."
109. "Tied Together with a Smile"
Favorite lyric: "I guess it's true that love was all you wanted, 'cause you're giving it away like it's extra change. Hoping it will end up in his pocket, but he leaves you out like a penny in the rain."
107. "Mary's Song (Oh My My My)"
Favorite lyric: "I'll be eight-seven, you'll be eight-nine, I'll still look at you like the stars that shine in the sky, oh my my my."
106. "The Moment I Knew"
Favorite lyric: "And it was like slow motion standing there in my party dress. In red lipstick, with no one to impress."
105. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Favorite lyric: "Something in his deep brown eyes has me sayin,' he's not all bad like his reputation and I can't hear one single word they say."
103. "Right Where You Left Me"
Favorite lyric: "Did you ever hear about the girl who got frozen? Time went on for everybody else. She won't know it, she's still twenty-three inside her fantasy."
Favorite lyric: "You played in bars, you play guitar, and I'm invisible and everyone knows who you are. And you'll never see, you sing me to sleep every night from the radio."
100. "Never Grow Up"
Favorite lyric: "So here I am in my new apartment in a big city, they just dropped me off. It's so much colder than I thought it would be, so I tuck myself in and turn my night light on."
99. "This Love"
Favorite lyric: "When you're young, you just run, but you come back to what you need."
97. "You're Not Sorry"
Favorite lyric: "You had me crawling for you, honey and it never would've gone away, no. You used to shine so bright, but I watched all of it fade."
96. "Picture to Burn"
95. "No Body, No Crime" (feat. HAIM)
Favorite lyric: "And I've cleaned enough houses to know how to cover up a scene."
Favorite lyric: "I should've asked you questions. I should've asked you how to be. Asked you to write it down for me."
92. "Cold As You"
Favorite lyric: "And you come away with a great little story of a mess of a dreamer with the nerve to adore you."
91. "The Lakes"
Favorite lyric: "I want auroras and sad prose. I want to watch wisteria grow right over my bare feet, 'cause I haven't moved in years."
90. "I'd Lie"
Favorite lyric: "I don't think that passenger seat has ever looked this good to me."
89. "The Other Side of the Door"
Favorite lyric: "With your face and the beautiful eyes. And the conversation with the little white lies. And the faded picture of a beautiful night. You carry me from your car up the stairs."
88. "Today Was a Fairytale"
Favorite lyric: "You've got a smile that takes me to another planet. Every move you make, everything you say is right, today was a fairytale."
87. "Tim McGraw"
86. "Sad Beautiful Tragic"
Favorite lyric: "Kiss me, try to fix it, could you just try to listen? Hang up, give up, and for the life of us we can't get back."
85. "The Last Great American Dynasty"
Favorite lyric: "Fifty years is a long time. Holiday House sat quietly on that beach free of women with madness, their men and bad habits. And then it was bought by me."
84. "I Almost Do"
Favorite lyric: "I bet it never, ever occurred to you that I can't say hello to you and risk another goodbye."
83. "Illicit Affairs"
Favorite lyric: "And you wanna scream, don't call me 'kid,' don't call me 'baby.' Look at this godforsaken mess that you made me. You showed me colors you know I can't see with anyone else."
81. "Hey Stephen"
Favorite lyric: "Hey Stephen, I could give you fifty reasons why I should be the one you choose. All those other girls, well, they're beautiful. But would they write a song for you?"
Favorite lyric: "He will try to take away my pain and he just might make me smile, but the whole time, I'm wishing it was you instead."
79. "Come Back...Be Here"
Favorite lyric: "This is falling in love in the cruelest way. This is falling for you when you are worlds away."
78. "Forever & Always"
Favorite lyric: "And I stare at the phone, he still hasn't called. And then you feel so low you can't feel nothing at all. And you flashback to when he said forever and always."
77. "The Best Day"
Favorite lyric: "And now I know why all the trees change in the fall. I know you were on my side even when I was wrong."
Favorite lyric: "You searched the world for something else to make you feel like what we had and in the end, in Wonderland we both went mad."
75. "White Horse"
74. "You Are in Love"
Favorite lyric: "One night, he wakes. Strange look on his face. Pauses, then says 'You're my best friend.' And you knew what it was, he is in love."
73. "Sweeter than Fiction"
Favorite lyric: "And when they call your name, And they put your picture in a frame. You know that I'll be there time and again, 'cause I loved you when."
72. "Teardrops on My Guitar"
71. "I Think He Knows"
Favorite lyric: "I think he knows his hands around a cold glass make me wanna know that body like it's mine."
70. "Our Song"
69. "Should've Said No"
Favorite lyric: "And I should've been there, in the back of your mind. I shouldn't be asking myself, 'Why?' You shouldn't be begging for forgiveness at my feet."
67. "Dancing with Our Hands Tied"
Favorite lyric: "I'd kiss you as the lights went out. Swaying as the room burned down. I'd hold you as the water rushes in."
66. "King of My Heart"
Favorite lyric: "Is this the end of all the endings? My broken bones are mending with all these nights we're spending up on the roof with a school girl crush, drinking beer out of plastic cups."
65. "Tolerate It"
Favorite lyric: "Break free and leave us in ruins. Took this dagger in me and removed it. Gain the weight of you, then lose it. Believe me, I could do it."
64. "My Tears Ricochet"
Favorite lyric: "And I can go anywhere I want, anywhere I want, just not home. And you can aim for my heart, go for blood, but you would still miss me in your bones."
63. "I Wish You Would"
Favorite lyric: "You always knew how to push my buttons. You give me everything and nothing. This mad, mad love makes you come running to stand back where you stood."
Favorite lyric: "And I'm still a believer, but I don't know why. I've never been a natural, all I do is try, try, try. I'm still on that trapeze, I'm still trying everything to keep you looking at me."
61. "I Did Something Bad"
Favorite lyric: "If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing."
Favorite lyric: "If you kiss me, will it be just like I dreamed it? Will it patch your broken wings?"
59. "Evermore" (feat. Bon Iver)
Favorite lyric: "I rewind the tape, but all it does is pause on the very moment all was lost."
58. "I Know Places"
Favorite lyric: "Loose lips sink ships all the damn time. Not this time."
57. "Back to December"
Favorite lyric: "Flashback when you met me. Your buzzcut and my hair bleached. Even in my worst times, you could see the best in me."
55. "All You Had to Do Was Stay"
Favorite lyric: "People like you always want back the love they pushed aside. But people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye."
54. "Dear John"
Favorite lyric: "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."
53. "New Year's Day"
Favorite lyric: "I'll be there if you're the toast of the town, babe. Or if you strike out and you're crawling home."
52. "Begin Again"
Favorite lyric: "It's so excruciating to see you low. Just wanna lift you up and not let you go."
50. "The Archer"
Favorite lyric: "I wake in the night, I pace like a ghost. The room is on fire, invisible smoke. And all of my heroes die all alone."
Favorite lyric: "How's one to know? I'd live and die for moments that we stole on begged and borrowed time."
47. "Exile" (feat. Bon Iver)
Favorite lyric: "I can see you standing, honey. With his arms around your body. Laughin', but the joke's not funny at all."
45. "Long Story Short"
Favorite lyric: "Pushed from the precipice, climbed right back up the cliff, long story short, I survived."
44. "Invisible String"
Favorite lyric: "Time, wondrous time gave me the blues and then purple-pink skies."
43. "Safe & Sound" (feat. the Civil Wars)
42. "False God"
Favorite lyric: "I know heaven's a thing. I go there when you touch me, honey. Hell is when I fight with you."
41. "Call It What You Want"
Favorite lyric: "I want to wear his initial on a chain 'round my neck, chain 'round my neck. Not because he owns, but 'cause he really knows me."
40. "Shake It Off"
39. "Gold Rush"
Favorite lyric: "What must it be like to grow up that beautiful? With your hair falling into place like dominoes. My mind turns your life into folklore, I can't dare to dream about you anymore."
38. "Sparks Fly"
Favorite lyric: "Your braids like a pattern, love you to the Moon and to Saturn. Passed down like folk songs, the love lasts so long."
36. "The 1"
Favorite lyric: "And it would've been sweet if it could've been me."
Favorite lyric: "I once believed love would be burning red, but it's golden."
Favorite lyric: "And I don't know why, but with you I'd dance in a storm in my best dress, fearless."
33. "You Belong with Me"
Favorite lyric: "Nothing safe is worth the drive."
31. "The Story of Us"
30. "Jump Then Fall"
Favorite lyric: "I like the way I can't keep my focus. I watch you talk, you didn't notice. I hear the words but all I can think is we should be together."
29. "Coney Island" (feat. the National)
Favorite lyric: "'Cause we were like the mall before the internet, it was the one place to be. The mischief, the gift-wrapped suburban dreams. Sorry for not winning you an arcade ring."
28. "Wildest Dreams"
27. "I Knew You Were Trouble."
Favorite lyric: "And the saddest fear comes creeping in that you never loved me or her, or anyone, or anything."
Favorite lyric: "I can't make it go away by making you a villain. I guess it's the price I paid for seven years in heaven."
Favorite lyric: "So don't you worry your pretty little mind. People throw rocks at things that shine."
24. "Love Story"
22. "Breathe" (feat. Colbie Caillat)
Favorite lyric: "People are people and sometimes it doesn't work out. Nothing we say is gonna save us from the fall out."
21. "Cornelia Street"
Favorite lyric: "Baby, I get mystified by how this city screams your name."
20. "New Romantics"
19. "This Is Me Trying"
Favorite lyric: "They told me all of my cages were mental, so I got wasted like all my potential."
17. "Death By a Thousand Cuts"
Favorite lyric: "My time, my wine, my spirit, my trust. Tryna find a part of me you didn't take up. Gave you so much, but it wasn't enough. But I'll be alright, it's just a thousand cuts."
16. "State of Grace"
Favorite lyric: "So you were never a saint and I've loved in shades of wrong. We learn to live with the pain, mosaic broken hearts. But this love is brave and wild."
15. "Long Live"
“This is a song that for me is always gonna be about you,” Taylor told a stadium full of 70,000 screaming fans before playing the first few piano keys of “Long Live.” Ever since its 2010 release, the song has served as a monumental example of the unbreakable bond Taylor has with her fans — one that’s rare to find, especially among other artists of her fame. Retrospectively, the song was released on the early side of her career, so the lyrics that reflect on crowds in stands and all the magic made have become more and more relevant with time. It’s the kind of song whose memories invoke feelings you’ll absolutely be telling your kids about someday when they “point to the pictures.” It’s essentially a snapshot of Taylor’s earliest glimpse of mega-success and ultimately a fraction of what she would soon achieve.
Favorite lyric: "Hold on to spinning around. Confetti falls to the ground. May these memories break our fall."
14. "Blank Space"
In terms of love songs, “Peace” is Taylor’s most vulnerable song to date. A song of someone questioning their self-worth while also reaching a point of accepting the inevitable turmoil they’re attached to, “Peace” dives into the theme of control. Its specificity yet universality make it a raw, straight-from-the-heart serenade that shows one’s acceptance of some of life’s hardest pills to swallow: “Coming of age has come and gone... I could never give you peace.” It’s as if she took the “blues and then purple pink skies” she sings about a few tracks earlier on “Invisible String,” and sonically painted them in “Peace.”
Favorite lyric: "And you know that I'd swing with you for the fences. Sit with you in the trenches. Give you my wild, give you a child. Give you the silence that only comes when two people understand each other."
11. "Getaway Car"
“Getaway Car” has been a fan favorite ever since the 2017 release of Reputation, and for good reason. The track’s studio version is absolutely brilliant and purely electric when performed live. It’s a classic showcase of the magic that happens when Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift work together. “I’m in a getaway car, I left you in the motel bar. Put the money in a bag and I stole the keys. That was the last time you ever saw me,” Taylor sang, making a situation that only she could experience something we could copy and paste to our past, present, and future relationships.
Favorite lyric: "I'm in a getaway car. I left you in a motel bar. Put the money in a bag and I stole the keys. That was the last time you ever saw me."
10. "'Tis the Damn Season"
Melancholic, holiday-themed, and skewing rather far from Taylor’s typically covered grounds, "‘Tis the Damn Season" follows the bittersweet path of nostalgia and loneliness that many experience each December, and more than ever in 2020. Leave it to Taylor to give us a hometown hookup anthem that sounds like a chapter from a romance novel.
Favorite lyric: "We could just ride around and the road not taken looks real good now."
From the moment Taylor starts singing the lyrics, “Salt air and the rust on your door,” the listener is immediately transported back to those blissful late teenage summers of a carefree, spontaneous romance. Besides its escapism and the way it fits so perfectly into the Folklore storyline, "August" delivers a double bridge. Like the rest of Folklore, the line “Back when we were still changing for the better” sounds so simple, yet makes you think about your own adolescence, personal growth, and past. This form of escapism is a prime example of what made Folklore, and a few months later, Evermore, such soothing quarantine albums.
Favorite lyric: "To live for the hope of it all. Cancel plans just in case you'd call and say, 'meet me behind the mall.'"
8. "Out of the Woods"
When a TS song is over six minutes, you know shit’s about to go down. And what goes down in "Enchanted" is a romantic, trance-like track about a first-time meet. If normal people say, “Oh, I hope this person is single,” Taylor Swift sings, “Please don’t be in love with someone else, Please don’t have somebody waiting on you.”
Favorite lyric: "Please don't be in love with someone else. Please don't have somebody waiting on you."
6. "Holy Ground"
“Holy Ground” is an up-tempo, drum-pulsating track that features Taylor — in all her New York–inspired early-twenties naïveté — looking back on a relationship in true TS fashion, memorializing the relationship as something beautiful but ultimately unsuccessful. Unsurprisingly, when Taylor reminisces on a relationship, the smallest moments — a note with a joke on the door, a brief glance, etc. — become even grander, more poetic, and more important in the scheme of things.
Favorite lyric: "Tonight, I'm gonna dance for all that we've been through, but I don't wanna dance, if I'm not dancing with you."
The cherry on top of the purely pop 1989 is this Imogen Heap collab. Taylor’s never been shy when it comes to using metaphors — she takes common words and phrases and applies them to the interpersonal struggles we all experience. Whether it’s about a relationship, an addiction, or just an internal struggle, “Clean” is an ode to that feeling of self-liberation. “I think I am finally clean,” Taylor sings. Truly one of her best songs — sonically and lyrically. The song represents a pivotal moment for Taylor, as she begins to dabble in more layered vocal arrangements, synth pop sounds, and heavier production — something we’d soon meet on Folklore and Evermore.
Favorite lyric: "You're still all over me like a wine-stained dress I can't wear anymore."
4. "Last Kiss"
In "Last Kiss," it's clear Taylor has started to really hone her craft. Between the timestamps of the pivotal moments of a breakup, forever-remembered dates of a heartbreak, and vivid depictions of an intimate last kiss shared with a now-estranged lover, "Last Kiss" makes for a devastating listening experience. The most memorable part of the song is the bridge:
"So I'll watch your life in pictures like I used to watch you sleep. And I feel you forget me like I used to feel you breathe. And I'll keep up with our old friends just to ask them how you are. Hope it's nice where you are."
It preludes the songwriting of "All Too Well" — the small-but-important moments of a relationship have now turned to moments of loneliness, confusion, and sadness. Taylor described "Last Kiss" as a letter, and it seems like the author of the 6-and-a-half track isn't quite ready to let go of something so impactful on their life — at least, without reminiscing on all of its beauty.
Favorite lyric: "So I'll watch your life in pictures like I used to watch you sleep. And I feel you forget me like I used to feel you breathe. And I'll keep up with our old friends just to ask them how you are. Hope it's nice where you are."
3. "Cruel Summer"
Sadder than any Taylor ballad was the under-utilization of this song. This Taylor-St. Vincent-Jack Antonoff love-child was bound to be a sonically lush, beat-heavy masterpiece, and that it is. The under-three-minute track is a smooth, catchy, synth-pop song with an undeniably infectious hook. The chorus alone gives this song the potential to be a chart-topping beast, but it’s the bridge that sets it apart from Taylor’s typical pop songs. If you’ve heard it, you know the primal scream she lets out, singing, “I love you, ain’t that the worst thing you’ve ever heard? He looks up grinning like a devil…” before a final bass drop. It’s the authentic, unvarnished emotion that permeates through the Lover album, and the re-examination of small moments in life — like a drunken night out — that make Taylor so good at what she does. Perhaps "Cruel Summer" was meant to exist as an underused track, where it will continue to age like the finest of wine.
Favorite lyric: "So cut the headlights, summer's a knife. I'm always waiting for you just to cut to the bone."
2. "All Too Well"
The song "All Too Well" is revered among critics, fans, and even haters for a reason. From the moment the misleadingly soft guitar kicks in, listeners are transported into the first chapter of a relationship — and ultimately that relationship's deterioration. The song is so Taylor-specific, yet so universal, which isn't uncommon for her and all masterful songwriters. In the first two verses, it describes the typical steps in a relationship's timeline — the beautiful moments of singing in the car together, meeting a partner's parents and listening to childhood stories, and late nights of dancing in the kitchen. It's a song about remembering these moments, painfully aware that they now sit on a shelf in the past. "And I know it's long gone and that magic's not here no more," Taylor reflects. But soon, reflection turns to frustration and confusion in the song's bridge, which includes some of Taylor's best-ever lyrics:
"You call me up again just to break me like a promise. So casually cruel in the name of being honest. I'm a crumpled up piece of paper lying here. 'Cause I remember it all, all, all too well."
Taylor's exploration of that super-specific juxtaposition between the fond memories of a relationship and what those moments become after the relationship evaporates is what makes the song so brilliant. Plaid shirt days and intimate nights have now become mailing back each other's things and walking home alone. And for better or worse, you remember all the good, and you know they do too.
Favorite lyric: "And you call me up again just to break me like a promise. So casually cruel in the name of being honest."
1. "Champagne Problems"
It takes a lot to overthrow "All Too Well" from the top of any Taylor Swift's ranking, but "Champagne Problems" was able to — and deservedly so. Its storytelling and lyricism cut through the listener's heart like a freshly sharpened steak knife. Even a casual Taylor listener knows she loves a turn of phrase, and the way she transformed a simple phrase like champagne problems — which is used to describe a problem that is trivial — into a tragic story of love gone awry is remarkable.
It seems that Taylor's recently played with the idea of loveable-ness — the ability to be loved, really — since the Lover era. She explored the interpersonal give-and-take of a relationship in songs like "The Archer" and "Peace," but "Champagne" truly feels like a culmination of exploring this spectrum. The track implicitly asks "What does it take to love someone?" And more importantly, "What does it take for someone to love you? What are they willing to deal with? Will they support us?"
Not always, this story reminds us. In the track two piano ballad, we meet an unnamed character, who's clearly dealing with emotional and mental turmoil. She's the butt of the joke, her partner doesn't emotionally support her, yet she blames herself for the deterioration of the relationship.
The song culminates with a bridge with the same intensity and heartache as "All Too Well," but this time, it permeates even more maturity, more heartache, and more bite. "All Too Well"'s "You call me up again just to break me like a promise" has now become "'She would've made such a lovely bride / 'What a shame she's fucked in the head,' they said." Finding new ways to explore that universal heartache, self-doubt, and that inner monologue of insecurity has always been Taylor's strongest suit — and in "Champagne Problems," every lyric, every line, and every execution of her low register paints that picture beautifully, and tragically.
Favorite lyric: "One for the money, two for the show. I never was ready so I watch you go. Sometimes you just don't know the answer, 'til someone's on their knees and asks you. 'She would've made such a lovely bride, what a shame she's fucked in the head,' they said."