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Watch Out Harry: Taylor Swift’s Shadiest Lyrics


Fri, October, 16 by


By now you’ve probably heard about One Direction’s newest single Perfect and its many Taylor Swift references. Though Harry Styles may have won the battle, he should be reminded that no one does shade-throwing song lyrics better than her.

Here’s a look back at the shadiest lyrics she’s written. And if you’re reading this Harry…watch yourself.

Better Than Revenge


She’s not a saint
And she’s not what you think
She’s an actress, whoa
She’s better known
For the things that she does
On the mattress

Shade Forecast: Cloudy and definitely shady. This song is off her 2010 album Speak Now and is about accused boyfriend-stealer Camilla Belle. We’re not endorsers of girl hate and/or slut shaming (and neither is Taylor in the year 2015), so this is kind of a low-blow.

The Last Time


You find yourself at my door,
Just like all those times before,
You wear your best apology,
But I was there to watch you leave,
And all the times I let you in,
Just for you to go again,
Disappear when you come back,
Everything is better

Shade Forecast: Dark and gloomy.  This heartbreaking ballad about her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal succeeds more at making us feel bad for Taylor than mad at Jake.

Back to December


Because the last time you saw me
Is still burned in the back of your mind.
You gave me roses and I left them there to die.

Shade Forecast: Sunny skies. This song is the meanest line in the otherwise kind song about Taylor Lautner. Taylor herself acknowledges it as the only apology song she’s ever written.

Girl At Home


I just wanna make sure,
You understand perfectly,
You’re the kind of man who makes me sad,
While she waits up,
You chase down the newest thing,
And take for granted what you have.

Shade Forecast: Overcast. This song calls out a two-timer (suspected to be Ryan Adams) and helps to maintain the illusion that Taylor is a sinless angel.

Bad Blood


Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts

Shade Forecast: Less shady than it was last week. Now that she’s trying to back track on who the song is actually about, it’s starting to affect the potency of its original shadiness.

Dear John


Maybe it’s you and your sick need to give love then take it away
And you’ll add my name to your long list of traitors who don’t understand
And I’ll look back and regret how I ignored when they said “run as fast as you can”

Shade Forecast: PRETTY DAMN SHADY. This song, blatantly about John Mayer, is Taylor’s equivalent of a diss track. Ouch.

I Knew You Were Trouble


And I heard you moved on
From whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt
Is all I’ll ever be

Shade Forecast: The shade heard round the world. Quite possibly the first song written about Harry. Little did we know how far things would escalate. Now we’re lying on the cold hard ground.