Songs about your best friend dating your ex
Whether a straightforward imitation of Avril Lavigne’s style or an early attempt at “Blank Space”–style self-satirization, the barbs never go beyond bratty.(As in “Look What You Made Me Do,” the revenge turns out to be the song itself, which feels hollow.) Best known now for the line about “the things she does on the mattress,” which I suspect has been cited in blog posts more times than the song itself has been listened to lately. “American Girl,” Non-album digital single (2009): Why would you cover this song and make it (2007): Before Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me,” there was only one holiday song about falling in love with Santa, and for some reason, we spent decades making all our young female singers cover it.It’s kind of a snooze on its own, but compared to the other songs on the soundtrack, even Swift’s leftovers shine. “I’d Lie,” (2017): Swift tries out her blaccent alongside Future and Ed Sheeran, on a track that sounds unmistakably like a Rihanna reject. She’s better at rapping here than on “…Ready for It? “The Lucky One,” (2012): “There’s some unbelievable music that has come out of artists who are from L. ” Swift asks the audience at the beginning of this live track.The crowd, not being idiots, responds with an enthusiastic yes.(2007): Swift’s cover of the Christmas classic veers significantly away from Franz Xaver Gruber’s original melody, and even gives it a Big Taylor Swift Finale.Points for ambition, but sometimes you just want to hear the old standards the way you remember them. “The Last Time,” is Swift’s strongest album, but it suffers a bit from pacing issues: The back half is full of interminable ballads that you’ve got to slog through to get to the end.Other Swift songs have clunkier rhymes, or worse production values, but none of them have such a gaping hole at the center. / Then I think there is something we all forgot.” In the future, Swift would get better at holding onto some empathy when she was casting a critical eye at the silly things people care about; here, the vibe is judgmental in a way that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever reread their teenage diary.
Some ground rules: We’re ranking every Taylor Swift song that’s ever been released with her name on it — which means we must sadly leave out the unreleased 9/11 song “Didn’t They” as well as Nils Sjöberg’s “This Is What You Came For” — a few duets where she gets an “and” credit.What sort of real life can stand up against fantasies like these?So, uh, I don’t recommend you listen to this list top to bottom.I’ll try to make slight allowances for age, reserving the harshest criticism for the songs written when Swift was an adult millionaire. “The most terrible letdown as a listener for me is when I’m listening to a song and I see what they were trying to do.” To Swift’s credit, it took her six records to get to this point.On a conceptual level, the mission here is clear: After the Kim-Kanye feud made her the thinking person’s least-favorite pop star, this comeback single would be her grand heel turn.