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Here are Nichola Monroe (‘22) and Gaby Trauttmansdorff (‘22)’s top Taylor Swift picks. Credit: Nichola Monroe (’22)

13 better Taylor Swift songs: a musical and lyrical analysis

As Taylor Swift fans, we were grief-stricken to see that none of our favorite songs were featured in Laura Haushalter (‘21)’s article, which sought to list Swift’s 13 best songs from the past.

Named Artist of the Decade at the 2019 American Music Awards, Taylor Swift has had a profound impact on the music industry, redefining what it means to be a songwriter and an artist. Her music tackles raw feelings in combination with brilliant metaphors, and she has written hit after hit since her first single in 2006.

Of course, any Taylor Swift fan knows it is an intimidating task to rank her top songs and we commend Laura for her efforts; however, her list was not an accurate reflection of Swift’s versatility and poetic proficiency.

Rachel Hong (‘22), a fellow Taylor Swift listener, also felt her favorite songs were not represented in Laura’s list.

“I thought all the songs were very popular songs that have just been overplayed,” Rachel said. “They really do not capture the essence of Taylor Swift as a song writer. I really like the songs from evermore, like ‘marjorie.’ I also really like ‘betty;’ it’s honestly one of my favorite songs. In Lover [Laura] included ‘Cruel Summer,’ but that one is super overplayed. I would say ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’ is really good.”

The absence of our favorite songs led us to the only conclusion: Laura lacks taste. And so, implementing our opinion that the word ‘better’ is superlative to the word ‘best,’ here are 13 better songs by Taylor Swift (in no particular order).

“Daylight”
“Ivy”
“Getaway Car”
“Death By A Thousand Cuts”
“Clean”
“the last great American dynasty”
“gold rush”
“Hey Stephen (Taylor’s Version)”
“Red”
“mirrorball”
“invisible string”
“Style”
“Cornelia Street”