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You might remember Swift’s 2008 hit, “Love Story,” the song that not only serves as an a A+ throwback but a universally loved karaoke banger as well. Today marks 10 years since song’s release, and while watching the masterpiece that is its music video, we can’t help but notice the differences in the way Swift has defined love throughout the years of her own journey towards a fairy tale ending.
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of “Love Story,” we took a look through the country starlet-turned-pop princess’ catalogue for the best love stories as told by Swift herself. Here are the five best songs that narrate heartbreak, love at first sight, and heaping piles of rumours. And beware, there might be snakes involved.
“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone/ I’ll be waiting, all that’s left to do is run / You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess / It’s a love story, baby just say yes.”
The third song off her Fearless album tells us the storybook romance set in the fantasy world Swift built on her expectations on love—one full of gowns, castles, ballroom dancing, and white horses. Who can blame her? We may have to blame Disney movies for this one.
“This night is sparkling, don’t you let it go / I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home / I’ll spend forever wondering if you knew / I was enchanted to meet you.”
This dreamy song from Swift’s Sparks Fly era, which was written about Adam Young from Owl City (imagine the songs they would’ve wrote together), is about the butterflies you get in your stomach after meeting what feels like The One.
One thing that no one can fight Swift on is her ability to build visuals with her writing. Just by listening to this song you’ll get the vibes of a night lit only by Christmas lights, slow-motion movements, and eye contact across a room full of people. There’s some real rom-com stuff happening in Swift land.
Swift’s “Enchanted” is the feeling many of us can relate to. And whether the feelings are towards our significant other or our Uber Eats delivery carrier, there’s nothing as comparable to that feeling that makes us feel a little bit like magic.
“Baby, I miss you and I swear I’m gonna change, trust me / Remember how that lasted for a day? I say I hate you, we break up, you call me, I love you.”
Flash forward a year later and we enter the Red era, where we witness three minutes of pissed-off Taylor in a matching set of pajamas singing about her on-again, off-again loverboy who’d breakup with her and get back together with her twice before you can even finish saying “Jake Gyllenhaal.”
Let’s just say Taylor wasn’t having the most enchanted times during this era, and this song was the final nail in the coffin of the now-deceased Old Taylor.
“Got a long list of ex-lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane / ‘Cause you know I love the players / And you love the game”
Swift’s 1989 era, in which the country star did a full 180 by moving to her New York City penthouse, she turned into the queen of pop while playing the character the media made for her: a heartbreaking maneater. The result was the release of her new song and music video that went viral with over two billion views, “Blank Space”
A contrast to her girl-next-door brand, the artist decided to play up a menacing Taylor, giving us major Cruella de Vil vibes. Welcome to New York, Tay.
At a performance at the Grammy Museum, Swift prefaced her “Blank Space” performance saying, “The media had a really wonderful fixation on painting me as the pyscho-serial dater girl…Every single article had these descriptions of my personality that were very different from my actual personality…and my first reaction was like ‘Man, that’s a bummer, this isn’t fun for me,’ but then my second reaction ended up being like, ‘Hey, that’s actually a really interesting character they’re writing about.’”
“And I know I make the same mistakes every time / Bridges burn, I never learn / At least I did one thing right”
After three years of an intense media frenzy accusing Swift of victimizing herself, the country veteran dusted herself off and was ready to do what she does best—perform. With the release of Reputation, we got to see evolved badass Taylor admit to her mistakes, only wear dresses so hot guys can take them off, order old fashions at bars, and promote healthy, realistic relationships. We love a good character development.
On “Call It What You Want,” Swift sings about her XO helping her back on her feet after the big storm. This song’s message is significantly different than any of Swift’s past tracks. We went from “Romeo, save me,” in “Love Story” to “You don’t need to save me / But would you run away with me?” in “Call It What You Want.”
Swift’s Reputation tour has broken multiple venue attendance and grossing records. She’s currently on the last leg of the tour with only six more shows to perform and is doing just fine—with or without a Romeo.