It’s a fact: Taylor Swift is the Queen of Feelings. This award-winning blonde sweetheart is talented at expressing her emotions through powerful lyrics. Whether you’re willing to admit it or not, T. Swift’s songs must have struck you where it hurts once in your life.
Her songs speak to us about things that matters to us. Despite the numerous criticisms for her inspirations, there’s no denying that her songs speak of sincerity and describe who we are as women. Whether it’s about heartbreak, loneliness or just a good day with your friends, Queen Tay’s probably got a song for that.
Here are 10 of Miss Swift’s songs that perfectly describe random moments in your life:
1. When someone’s done you wrong: “Shake It Off”
Hugot lyrics: “‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate / Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake / I shake it off, I shake it off”
Unfortunately, we can’t please everybody. Sooner or later, we’re going to meet people who dislike us. There will be those who speculate about us or attempt to discourage us whenever they can. Life is not life without the haters, the players, the fakers—people who do you wrong and aren’t even sorry about it. This chill tune encourages us to brush them off and love yourself. So what if they say you’re a player? They’re not worth your time. Just shake them off.
2. When it’s so totally over between you: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Hugot lyrics: “We called it off again last night / But, ooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you: / We are never ever, ever getting back together”
Break-ups are ugly; the repercussions following the break-up are sometimes uglier. When you’ve got an ex-boyfriend who refuses to acknowledge your separation, tell him the harsh truth he needs to hear: you “are never, ever, ever, getting back together. Like ever.” Heck, maybe it’s something you need to hear if you’re pining away after the guy who’s done you wrong and then dumped you.
3. When you just want to live a little: “22”
Hugot lyrics: “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time / It’s miserable and magical / Tonight’s the night when we forget about the deadlines / It’s time”
Best friends are the best things in life. Judging from her Instagram posts, Taylor believes firmly in this mantra. Her swoon-worthy pictures with A-list friends encourage you to develop your own #squadgoals. Tay-Tay’s song “22” celebrates friendship in style. Forget about the deadlines and the heartbreak—your friends are the greatest treasures you have. And if your entire barkada is feeling the toxic effects of life as working ladies, well, it’s time to break out this tune and make like you’re 22.
4. When you can’t get over or get past that one guy: “Style”
Hugot lyrics: “And when we go crashing down, we come back every time / ‘Cause we never go out of style, we never go out of style”
Life offers numerous what-if moments. Sometimes, you can’t help but wonder what would have happened if you’d made different decisions. Perhaps you’ve had that one love story—the biggest what-if moment in your life. Taylor’s “Style” reminisces about that one guy you just keep circling back to, for good or ill. A gift, if the two of you work. But if it’s a case of being addicted to his brand of poison, well, maybe not so much.
5. When you long for the joy and simplicity of your childhood: “The Best Day”
Hugot lyrics: “Now I know why all the trees change in the fall / I know you were on my side even when I was wrong / And I love you for giving me your eyes / Staying back and watching me shine”
Taylor’s “The Best Day” reminds us of the importance of our families. The award-winning singer wrote this song for her beloved mom, recounting the numerous adventures they’ve had together. When you feel grateful for everything your dad or your mom has done for you, “The Best Day” best expresses your feelings. It’s a heartfelt song that brings us back to our childhood and reminds us of our families’ love for all of us.[crp]
6. When suddenly you’re crushing on a friend: “Everything Has Changed”
Hugot lyrics: “‘Cause all I know is we said hello / And your eyes look like coming home / All I know is a simple name / Everything has changed.”
Change is inevitable in all aspects of life. Sometimes, your perspective experiences an overhaul and you find your opinions different. Taylor’s song with friend Ed Sheeran tells of how, over time, you can see a person in a different light. He used to be just your friend but now, he’s something else. You find yourself wondering why you miss him despite seeing him every day. The feelings are confusing and you get mixed signals from him as well. One thing is for sure: everything has changed.
7. When the one you like likes someone else: “You Belong With Me”
Hugot lyrics: “Been here all along / So, why can’t you see / You belong with me”
Falling in love with someone is tough. Falling in love with someone clueless about your affections and in love with someone else is tougher. Taylor’s “You Belong With Me” is the anthem of frustrated girls wanting their guys to ditch their snooty girlfriends for the real deal. You’ve been here the whole time—why doesn’t he see you? Doesn’t he know that he belongs with you?
8. When someone you love is hurting and there’s little you can do: “Safe and Sound”
Hugot lyrics: “You’ll be all right / No one can hurt you now / Come morning light / You and I’ll be safe and sound.
This song from The Hunger Games album is perfect for when your hugot is about someone else’s pain and your inability to help or heal it. “Safe and Sound” echoes the frustration of being helpless while also offering the comfort of simply being there for someone else. It’s a beautiful message, yet it stems from heartbreak.
9. When you see your ex and are flooded with doubt about how things ended: “The Story of Us”
Hugot lyrics: Now I’m standing alone in a crowded room and we’re not speaking / And I’m dying to know is it killing you like it’s killing me, yeah?
Chance meetings after bad breakups are the most awkward occurrences in the world. There’s so many questions: “What do I say? Do I care he’s here? Does he remember?” Let’s not forget that cold invisible barrier between the two of you. “The Story of Us” best describes the uncertainties brought back by the sight of your ex. What could’ve been? Why did it end?
10. When you’re going through tough times with your guy: “Mine”
Hugot lyrics: “You saw me start to believe for the first time / You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter / You are the best thing that’s ever been mine”
Going through a rough patch in your relationship? Think back to the ways you’ve grown as a person and learned to embrace love and life because of your guy. Remember those moments that brought you together, and the hard times you’ve already had but endured and emerged even stronger for it. “Mine” is a reminder that this too shall pass if you’ve built your relationship on a solid foundation of love and commitment. Because no matter how many ups and downs you may go through, it’s important to remember one simple truth: he’s the best thing that’s ever been yours.
Taylor Swift is gifted in expressing our sentiments through her lyrics. Are there other Tay-Tay songs you feel are perfect soundtracks to your life and emotions? Leave a comment to share!
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