Top 13 Taylor Swift Songs


Peyton Heath

Taylor Swift performing at the iHeart Radio Wango Tango on June 1

Peyton Heath and Rachel Golden

Amidst all of the new album speculation, fan theories, cryptic interviews, and waiting for something to happen, we have decided to compile a list of the top 13 Taylor Swift songs for your reading enjoyment. This list has taken into account several criteria, including lyrics, music, story, vocals, and personal enjoyment. Though there are two people agreeing on the order, the list does remain fairly subjective, but we feel these are Taylor’s 13 best works.

OKAY FOLKS GET READY because here comes several hundred words of rants

…or maybe several thousand.

We may love Taylor Swift a lot. Don’t worry about it.


  1. Tied Together With a Smile

“Seems like the only one who doesn’t see your beauty is the face in the mirror looking back at you”

Taylor Swift wrote this song about a friend of hers who suffered from an eating disorder, but people everywhere can relate to this at times. This song has such an incredible story and is really sweet. The background music, complete with a violin, is absolutely beautiful, and while her voice may not be fully matured the emotion Taylor conveys in this country hit makes it worth a listen… and then several repeats..


  1. Cold As You

“And you come away with a great little story of a mess of a dreamer with the nerve to adore you”

Taylor Swift wrote this song at the age of 16. Just take a moment to let that sink in… sixteen years old. That’s younger than I am and all I’m writing is an article about my favorite Taylor Swift songs. The song is three minutes and fifty-two seconds of beautiful, emotional lyrics with various string instruments that only add to its beauty.


  1. The Lucky One

“And they tell you that you’re lucky but you’re so confused/ ‘cause you don’t feel pretty/ you just feel used”

This is a beautiful song Taylor wrote to honor one of her favorite celebrities, and to describe the difficulties celebrities face with all their fame. The lyrics really make you think about what these celebrities are sacrificing to do what they’re doing. The song is also catchy and has a sweet sound, and overall is a great choice to listen to.


  1. Haunted

“Something keeps me holding on to nothing”

This is a personal favorite, and while the lyrics may not be on par with the rest of the list, the vocals and music are still amazing, and what makes this song great for me are the memories tied to it. The song also sounds different from many of her hits, and has a beautiful (very dramatic) intro. All things considered, this piece certainly deserves to be on this list.


  1. Dancing With Our Hands Tied

“I loved you in spite of deep fears that the world would divide us”

Another bop, but this one is a bit less happy. In this song, Taylor sings about  being in love but having to hide it, and being afraid to lose it because of her fame. Great story, great lyrics, great sound, overall a great song (and arguably the greatest song on her most recent album). This song is perfect for any dance party.


  1. Sad Beautiful Tragic

“And time is taking its sweet time erasing you”

Sad, beautiful, and tragic are all definitely words I would use to describe this song. To break down exactly why I love this song so much, let’s start at the beginning. The song starts with very faint sounds of a train going past (which you can’t really notice unless you’re paying attention) and the train motif is continued on throughout the entire song. Now onto the BRIDGE! The bridge is so simple (the beginning of the bridge is literally five words) and it even brings in the trains again. Love it.


  1. The Moment I Knew

“What do you say when tears are streaming down your face in front of everyone you know?”

How can you not want to sing this emotionally at the wall with water pouring down on you in the shower? The song can seem almost light and happy until you listen to the lyrics, which fits perfectly with a story of having to act like everything’s fine on “happy” occasions while your heart is actually breaking.


  1. New Romantics

“We are too busy dancing to get knocked off our feet”

Two words: ABSOLUTE, BOP. This song is carefree and happy and the perfect song to dance to. It can empower you and brighten your day; it’s basically a more complex version of “Shake it Off.” Instead of saying “haters gonna hate but I’m just gonna shake it off” it says “I could build a castle with all the bricks they threw at me.” Listen to it. I dare you. You won’t be able to get it out if your head.


  1. Dear John

“I’m shining like fireworks over your sad, empty town”

While the next song on the list is often hailed as Taylor’s lyrical masterpiece, this one should not be overlooked. The emotion and overall story of this song would be enough to place it on this list, but with a guitar riff in the style of the song’s namesake and inspired lyrics like “You are an expert at sorry, and keeping lines blurry” and “You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain,” this ballad is truly a masterpiece.


  1. All Too Well

“And I might be okay but I’m not fine at all”

“All Too Well” is anything but underrated. Grasping more and more attention in recent years, this song demonstrates that Taylor is not only an incredibly talented singer, but an amazing writer. It was extremely difficult to pick a best lyric for this song. Every time I hear “I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here” I want to scream it at some imaginary ex-boyfriend. Not only are Taylor’s lyrics at their peak in this song, the raw emotion coming through in the vocals are stunning. This is truly a song deserving of a high spot on this list.


  1. State of Grace

“So you were never a saint and I loved in shades of wrong. We learned to live with the pain mosaic broken hearts”

“State of Grace” is very upbeat, and is a very underrated song on the album. The lyrics are so complex that it sounds poetic while at the same time is the perfect song to jam out to in the car. Slower vocals on top of a fast beat offer a sweet contrast, and the song doesn’t follow the usual verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus format. Listening to this song will change your life (or not if you’re lame like that). The song is a hit, and certainly a highlight of the Red era.


  1. Wonderland

“And in the end in Wonderland we both went mad”

This! Song! Deserves! More! Recognition! A highly underrated single from 1989, “Wonderland” is a totally unique song from Taylor. She compares falling in love with wonderland, falling down a hole and everything getting faster and more and more out of control with every step. The fun and lighthearted song immerses you in the wonderland magic, and the music and vocals back the metaphor at every step. Wonderland is truly an underrated masterpiece.


Now before we give away number one, here are some honorable mentions that were very close to making this list:

Never grow up

“I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone”


“The water filled my lungs, I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing”

Blank Space

“Got a lot of starbucks lovers”

(Ha! Just kidding… “You look like my next mistake”)

Out of the woods

“The monsters turned out to be just trees”

Begin again

“And for the first time what’s past is past”


1.I Almost Do

“I bet it never ever occurred to you that I can’t say ‘hello’ to you and risk another goodbye.”

This song is just so raw and underrated. The lyrics, the story, the vocals, everything, just make this song worthy of number one. The intro calls back to her earlier albums, and the simplicity of the music combined with the emotion conveyed provide a very raw and beautiful song. With (arguably) the best bridge in the album (okay maybe at least just the most underrated bridge but IT’S GOOD I tell you), this song was able to rise to the top of our list.


While making this list, we discovered we apparently lean toward the Red album in terms of which songs we like best. We also both prefer Taylor’s more emotional songs. Her lighter and more upbeat pieces are great, but her emotional pieces elicit some of her best vocals and lyrics, so perhaps that is why we are so tied to them. Emotional ties can get in the way of looking at songs individually, but they are part of what makes music so great, and they certainly contributed to making the list. However, the difficulty of picking Taylor best songs proves one thing: Taylor Swift is an amazing singer and songwriter, and while some singles make it on the radio, she has many many many amazing hits that deserve just as much attention. She is truly talented.


Also here’s to hoping TS7 comes sooner rather than later.

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