If I haven’t said it here yet, well I will, I’ve been a dedicated Taylor Swift fan for like 10 years now and I’m not ashamed of it because she’s one of the most incredible persons in the whole wide world. That statement is for another article but right now, we’re going to talk about the 20 best Taylor Swift songs that you’re probably unfamiliar with if you’re not that kind of a fan like me. It’s undeniable that she has a lot of catchy and famous songs but she also has other equally beautiful songs that should be given more recognition. That’s only my opinion, and here I am trying to share it with you and probably convince you as well.
Getting on with the list, first on it is:
1. I’D LIE
One of the best unreleased Taylor Swift songs, I’d Lie remains a favourite among die-hard Swifties. This song is all of us at times when we lie about liking someone. But the best thing about it is how it’s cleverly written. It’s actually like a sweet movie flick with twists. I won’t give justice describing it so go check it out for yourself.
Favourite line: “He’ll never fall in love he swears, as he runs his fingers through his hair, I’m laughing ’cause I hope he’s wrong.”
2. SWEET TEA AND GOD’S GRACES
This unreleased song takes you back to that beautiful summer where you met your first love. That’s the vibe you get from here. But more than that, the song screams of maturity as Swift sings how this love was like a sweet lesson that gave her heartbreak and taught her how to get back up as a better person. It’s amazing how Swift can articulate feelings we sometimes can’t express.
Favourite line: “You can love like a sinner and lose like a winner, nothing’s shatterproof. You can crash and burn and come back someone new and that’s what I learned from you.”
3. TIED TOGETHER WITH A SMILE
From her self-titled first album, this song is about Swift’s friend who suffered from anorexia. The song talks about this girl who everyone thinks is doing great but is actually dying inside. Everyone thinks that Taylor just writes about her love life but there she was writing for a friend to assure her and let the whole world know that she’s beautiful and should be loved no matter what. Every time I hear this, I get a lump in my throat because the weight of this song is just too much you just can’t dismiss it.
Favourite line: “Seems the only one who doesn’t see your beauty, is the face in the mirror looking back at you.”
4. STAY BEAUTIFUL
Another one from her first album, this four-minute heartfelt song is about a guy Taylor had a crush on in high school. Note that she only had a crush on him and didn’t date him. Taylor said back then that most of her songs come from observation than actual experience. This song may sound just another cutesy tune but I really like the maturity in it. She sings in it that she likes this guy and she wants him to stay beautiful and have a good life even if she’s not part of it. Nice to think of you, girl!
Favourite line: “And when you find everything you looked for, I hope your life will lead you back to my door, oh, but if it don’t, stay beautiful.”
5. THE OUTSIDE
This song depicts an unwanted Swift struggling to get hold of opportunities to make her dreams come true. Anyone struggling to reach their dreams could have this song as an anthem for sad hopeless nights. It actually helps me get by from time to time knowing that someone as rich, famous and talented as Swift once became an outsider.
Favourite line: “So how can I ever try to be better? Nobody ever lets me in.”
6. I’M ONLY ME WHEN I’M WITH YOU
This country pop track has a laid-back setting and shows a more friend and family-oriented side of Swift. The music video features her friends including her well-known best friend, Abigail Anderson, and her family. Taylor sings here how she feels free and true to herself when she’s with these people. We definitely need songs like this in our life once in a while.
Favourite line: “I’m only up when you’re not down, don’t wanna fly if you’re still on the ground.”
This gentle sweet song off of the Fearless Platinum Edition is one of Taylor’s most relatable as she channels here her inner wide-eyed fangirl who’s desperately in love with a superstar. That’s all of us, aren’t we? We’ve all been dreaming about someone out of our reach whether we like to admit it or not and Taylor is no different even if she’s a superstar herself.
Favourite line: “And I knew from the first note played, I’d be breaking all my roles to see you.”
8. HEY STEPHEN
I know this Fearless album song is somewhat like the other upbeat Swiftie songs such as You Belong With Me in which she’s wishing a guy would like her back, but hey, who wouldn’t like how catchy this song is! Taylor isn’t famous for songs that would make you feel in love but this one will definitely make you feel like getting hit by Cupid and I completely do not understand why this isn’t as loved as Love Story! Taylor in love is indulging!
Favourite line: “Hey Stephen, I could give you fifty reasons why I should be the one you choose. All those other girls, well they’re beautiful, but would they write a song for you?”
Breathe is a country pop song co-written with singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat and was included in Swift’s second album. This song is calm and beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It talks about having to say goodbye to a friend without blaming anyone for the fallout. Sometimes that’s the most tragic part, when it’s no one’s fault. It’s one of my favourite collaborations ever. Two angelic voices singing together feels like heaven in this one.
Favourite line: “People are people and sometimes we change our minds, but it’s killing me to see you go after all this time.”
10. TELL ME WHY
Another Fearless album track, Tell Me Why kicks some ass with its biting lyrics expressing frustration over someone’s attitude. We all come to a point where we ask why someone treats us the way he or she does and in times like that, this song is a perfect way to bring out all the frustrations. When I’m so confused about a lot of things I just play this tune out loud and sing and shout, then I feel much better afterwards. Try it out for yourself.
Favourite line: “And here’s to you and your temper, yes I remember what you said last night, and I know that you see what you’re doing to me, tell me why.”
11. THE BEST DAY
The Best Day is Taylor’s loveliest song ever as it is one she wrote for her beloved mother. Mama Andrea Swift has always been supportive of Taylor and her passion for singing and composing songs. She’s Taylor’s first fan and as a fan myself, I kind of feel a motherly connection with Andrea as well. This song proves how loving Taylor is as a daughter and you can’t help but feel connected with it as we ourselves also have parents dear to us. Sing this to your parents and for sure they will appreciate it.
Favourite line: “I know you were on my side even when I was wrong,
And I love you for giving me your eyes, for staying back and watching me shine.”
This is technically not an original Taylor Swift song because it was actually first written and produced by Luna Halo. Taylor just covered it but changed it quite significantly. It’s pretty unrecognizable from the original version that Luna Halo gave co-writing credit to Taylor. This song shows how good she is at reinventing old songs and making it feel like her own. I respect artists who can do that.
Favourite line: “Untouchable burning brighter than the sun, and when you’re close I feel like coming undone.”
13. LAST KISS
It’s so captivating how intimate this song sounds. It actually feels like you’re reading a personal letter full of desperate and hopeless feelings while listening to this six-minute song from Swift’s third album, Speak Now. It translates anger, frustration and confusion in a very calm way. Like how was that possible? Well, it’s Taylor Swift and she’s a genius.
Favourite line: “So I’ll watch your life in pictures like I used to watch you sleep and I feel you forget me like I used to feel you breathe.”
14. LONG LIVE
Long Live is the last track in Speak Now but definitely not the least. This song can make you feel like a champion. It may seem like an over-the-top prom anthem to other people but the lyrics somehow make you believe that impossible things are possible and you’re going to make it someday. Taylor’s life has had a lot of these winning moments and it’s nice to see her translate these to a song. Let’s celebrate each other’s success!
Favourite line: “If you have children someday
When they point to the pictures
Please tell them my name
Tell them how the crowds went wild
Tell them how I hope they shine.”
15. HOLY GROUND
Holy Ground is the eleventh track in Swift’s fourth studio album, Red. I swear it’s difficult not to get dancing with the song’s storming drum beat. The lyrics is a classic Swift talking about a relationship that ended but you can’t help but feel rejoiceful with the groove that naturally comes out when you hear the driving rhythm of the song. It’s weird and I can’t stop dancing to it.
Favourite line: “Tonight I’m gonna dance like you were in this room. But I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you.”
I always imagine a movie scene in which the two main leads are dancing on the dance floor and forgetting about the world whenever I hear this song. It’s that fists-in-the-air love anthem you’d always go back to when you reminisce good memories. Starlight is actually about the ‘romantic adventures of Ethel and Bobby Kennedy after Swift came across a photo of the pair dancing when they were teenagers.’ I forget my worries and genuinely feel happy under the influence of this addictive sound. I badly want this song to become a well-loved classic!
Favourite line: “Like oh my, what a marvellous tune, it was the best night, never would forget how he moved.”
17. YOU ARE IN LOVE
I feel like this bonus track from Taylor’s most acclaimed album, 1989, is the most romantic love song she has ever written. Funny thing is, it’s not actually about her love life, but about her friends Jack Antonoff and Lena Dunham’s relationship. The sincerity, trust, happiness and love in the song are overflowing. It’s the perfect background for a chill Sunday night drinking wine with your loved one.
Favourite line: “You can hear it in the silence, the silence
You can feel it on the way home, way home
You can see it with the lights out, lights out
You are in love, true love.”
Swift collaborated with British folktronica singer-songwriter, Imogen Heap, for this haunting electronic tune in her album, 1989. The lyrics of the song is heavily metaphoric and talks about getting out of an addicting love. I adore a poetic Swift that’s why this song is a must hear!
Favourite line: “Rain came pouring down when I was drowning that’s when I could finally breathe.”
19. I WISH YOU WOULD
I’ve always thought this song is like a background to a lot of flashback scenes in my life. It’s sweet, romantic, tragic, badass and lonely all at the same time. The general sound of the song is an ecstasy for me thanks to the thoroughfare synth-pop style of Jack Antonoff. I can’t describe how cool this song is, you gotta hear for yourself.
Favourite line: “You always knew how to push my buttons, you give me everything and nothing.”
20. DON’T BLAME ME
One of the songs from Swift’s latest album, Reputation, Don’t Blame Me is as unapologetic as Swift can be. Fierce Swift is the new trend and this track channels this perfectly with its religious-sounding choruses and stripped back verses. What makes this song different is the drug metaphor that you wouldn’t expect from Swift if this was two years ago. She talks about this generic guy as somewhat like a drug and I swear to God she’s kicking it! Smart choice of words for this song by the way.
Favourite line: “Don’t blame me, your love made me crazy, if it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right.”
That’s it folks. What do you think about the list? Let me know in the comments section!