We all have off days, but that doesn’t mean you have to let one moment of uncertainty cloud the entirety of your day. Sometimes, just the act of playing upbeat music can help you to see the sunshine of the day once again.
Taylor Swift has a boatload of tracks that are sure to help keep those clouds at bay. Consider adding the following tracks to your own danceable playlist the next time you need a boost.
1. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
More often than not, we can live a life dictated by what we think other people would think it best for us to do. Sometimes, we perceive people to have certain thoughts about us, which can be detrimental to enjoying the small things in life.
Shake It Off is a track that reminds listeners to revel in the joy of marching to the beat of one’s own drum.
2. “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
Have you ever had second thoughts about getting into a relationship with someone because of their reputation? Or perhaps it’s you that has a reputation that cannot be escaped?
Blank Space satirizes Swift’s personal reputation for jumping from relationship to relationship. In the song, she likens the act of giving out her love like writing a blank check for anyone to fill out their name.
3. “Delicate” by Taylor Swift
Personal relationship dynamics can be quite fragile at times, especially at the beginning of a new romance. Both parties generally want the other person to like them, despite the fact that we’re all flawed human beings.
Delicate touches on this fragility as the song’s narrator balances self-doubt with a carpe diem attitude with regard to their new love interest. After all, while the future is always uncertain, the current moment is something that can always be enjoyed.
4. “Me!” by Taylor Swift, Featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco
Everybody has been a part of a situation where 1 person ruined a great situation for everyone else. For many, this has happened in the field of romance, where a potential partner rejected them based on the past actions of someone else (but of the same sex).
Guys and girls both tend to have these preconceived notions of how the other will jeopardize the relationship and waste time. ME! reminds listeners to be themselves and to not let the mistakes of others define their future.
5. “Ready For It?” by Taylor Swift
Sometimes, we can get a particular feeling about someone just by looking at them. And yet, it’s important to remember that other people are making the same snap judgments about ourselves without even taking the time to know us.
…Ready For It? outlines the thronging for another despite knowing they might be considered bad news. Of course, since both people fall under this distinction, it might be a perfect match after all.
6. “Style” by Taylor Swift
The popularity of all things is always subject to the passing phases of the current fashions. Yet, there are always certain timeless icons (both in people, objects, works of art, etc.) that withstand the test of time.
Style gives an insight into the timeless nature of a romance that never dies despite the many mistakes each party has made. Even though they might be drawn toward a passing passion of fancy, that original love for the other remains in the foundation.
7. “Mine” by Taylor Swift
Upon reaching adulthood and beyond, humans spend a good portion of time working through the baggage they’ve been carrying since childhood. These experiences shape our reality and often inform our preconceived expectations.
The song, Mine, expresses just how this can play out in romance when one has grown up watching their parents have failed relationships. Like any good partner, the right person will give one a reason to believe again.
8. “End Game” by Taylor Swift, Featuring Future & Ed Sheeran
Most people listening to End Game for the first time probably did not expect to hear Taylor rapping a few lines of her verse. The song highlights the importance of having standards with regard to where energy and effort are being reciprocated.
For instance, the song has verses from both Future and Sheeran telling their character’s unique perspectives. But, from Taylor’s perspective point of view, her love will go to the one who can treat her like she knows she deserves.
9. “Sparks Fly” by Taylor Swift
One song that hinted at Taylor’s songwriting prowess at a young age was Sparks Fly, the foundation for which she wrote at 16. This track is all about having feelings for someone that you know you shouldn’t but going for it anyway because the results are worth the risk.
10. “Fearless (Taylor's Version)” by Taylor Swift
It really is quite magical how the feeling of love can make one do things that they might not otherwise have the courage to do. Fearless plunges its listener into that uplifting magic of a new love that makes the heart beat just a few ticks faster, and the desire to remember those moments of passion forever.
11. “Love Story (Taylor's Version)” by Taylor Swift
Love Story dates back to Taylor’s 2nd album, using Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a basis for its tale. The song paints a story of a young love that survives hardships and misunderstandings but surprisingly ends in marriage at the last strand of hope, contradicting the tragic play with a happily-ever-after ending.
12. “Hey Stephen (Taylor's Version)” by Taylor Swift
Many people pursue romantic relationships without ever giving thought to what they themselves bring to the table. More often than not, when posed with the question, people will tend to clam up and sell themselves short.
In Hey Stephen, Taylor takes the time to completely outline the reasons why it’s worth anyone’s time to choose her for a relationship. She even makes a joke about writing a song about it.
13. “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift
More often than not, it’s the different personalities that stand out among the usual humdrum of life that catch our attention (and sometimes, our heart). Such is the case with Taylor’s song, Enchanted, which touches on being swept off one’s feet at first sight but almost certain that there might never be another chance meeting.
14. “Long Live” by Taylor Swift
Throughout her long career, Taylor has seemingly never forgotten that she would not be where she is without the help of those around her, especially her fans. It’s for this reason that Taylor wrote Long Live, which pays homage to all of those who helped her become the star she is today.
Long Live is about cherishing the present moment, knowing it will be looked upon in remembrance at an older age.
15. “22 (Taylor's Version)” by Taylor Swift
While puberty can be a curiously confusing time, life tends to get even more confusing when one enters their 20s. More often than not, it’s around this time that we realize we might not know as much as we had spent our lives thinking we actually did.
Taylor’s track, 22, highlights the notion of setting aside the existential dread in favor of celebrating with friends.
16. “Everything Has Changed (Taylor's Version)” by Taylor Swift
It’s quite common for personal connections to go from a friendship to a full-on romantic relationship. By perhaps something as simple as a glance or gesture, the entire air of the connection can change.
Taylor takes the listener right into this shifting moment in the song, Everything Has Changed. A friend turns into a lover, realizing the one they were searching for was right in front of them all along.
17. “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift
New York City has a captivating quality around the world, serving as one of the cultural hubs of Western civilization. It goes without saying that the Big Apple has held an important role in the music world.
Welcome to New York is Taylor’s homage to the great city, written around the time she had moved there. The song likens Taylor and the city to a beneficial, reciprocal relationship, each giving and receiving inspiration.
18. “I Did Something Bad” by Taylor Swift
I Did Something Bad is an interesting song in the sense that it promotes taking ownership of one’s identity. On the other hand, it acknowledges that people are bound to be or feel used in the aftermath of being involved in one’s pursuits.
At its core, however, the track expresses the fact that sometimes what feels right might be deemed wrong in the eyes of others.
19. “Gorgeous” by Taylor Swift
Everyone who enters a romantic relationship is usually tested by the attractiveness of an outsider. If the relationship is monogamous, would one risk everything to taste the forbidden fruit?
Gorgeous takes us into the mind of someone considering this very thought while at a dance club after being swept away by another’s good looks.
20. “Call It What You Want” by Taylor Swift
Attempting to put a label on a relationship can be a tricky task when the parameters might not be clearly defined. Call It What You Want draws attention to the occasions in life where love has one walking in mid-air, even if the relationship isn’t exactly “official”.
The track’s lyrics also tell of a love that seems much more mature and trustworthy than past excursions of the heart.
21. “I Forgot That You Existed” by Taylor Swift
Any tumultuous circumstance between a friend or lover is sure to wreak havoc on one’s mind, especially if the event leads to a breakup. Taylor’s track, I Forgot You Existed, celebrates the moment that all of the associated mental anguish and worry is cast aside while realizing that everything is still okay.
22. “Paper Rings” by Taylor Swift
Can you imagine being in a relationship that made you feel as if the other person’s presence is enough wealth? In Paper Rings, Taylor tells of a love that originally started out as a friendship and is built on a solid foundation backed by the wisdom of failed prior relationships.
The song gets its title from the fact that, even with paper wedding rings, the song’s narrator would choose the person of their desire.
23. “London Boy” by Taylor Swift
Humans often find themselves attracted to those from foreign countries and different cultures. Whether it’s a particular accent or their personal style, the lure of the exotic can be intoxicating.
In London Boy, Taylor tells just how much she’s been smitten by a boy from London. She goes on to tell the story of how this particular relationship developed from first sight.
24. “Lavender Haze” by Taylor Swift
When was the last time you held yourself back from doing something out of fear of what someone else might think about you? Lavender Haze weighs in on this very topic, particularly focusing on the fear of making a move toward someone of romantic interest.
Because people broadcast many aspects of their lives onto social media platforms, life has become more public and can draw unwanted criticisms and judgments.
25. “Bejeweled” by Taylor Swift
It is an unfortunate fact of life that any amount of effort does not always equal the same result. Taylor touches on this in the song, Bejeweled, outlining a relationship that has gone stale, with the narrator feeling taken for granted.
After feeling fed up, she hits the town for a night of fun, remembering just how attractive to others she really is. This, of course, prompts her to weigh how much value her lover and each potential lover might place on her.
26. “Karma” by Taylor Swift
In Karma, T-Swift recalls some past grievances with others and reminds them that their actions will eventually come back to bite them in the rear end. But, rather than doing anything out of vengeance, letting karma play out naturally is often the best revenge.
27. “Paris” by Taylor Swift
Romance can often feel like a living fantasy come true, which is precisely the matter at hand in the song, Paris. The song tells the tale of a love that causes one to completely forget about the outside world in favor of the dreamy utopia of love.
Because sometimes, the right lover can make a small town seem like Paris.
Happy Taylor Swift Songs, Final Thoughts
If there’s one thing that’s glaringly obvious about Taylor, it’s that she’s not afraid to explore different sounds. Throughout her entire career, she’s gone from country to pop and everything in between.
Along the way, she’s dropped many tracks that maintain a positive vibe with a powerful message. It’s songs like these that have engraved Taylor’s name as a legend of history that future generations will be familiar with.