8 Songs That Were Definitely Written with Taylor Swift in Mind
We all know by now that Taylor Swift is a pro when it comes to writing catchy hits about her exes. She’s proven time and time again that going through a tough breakup can actually be the perfect inspiration for awesome music (just listen to “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Style”). However, it looks like the 26-year-old singer isn’t the only one who’s been turning to past relationships when it comes to her songwriting. A few of her exes and old rivals actually followed her example by singing songs about her, and they’re not all lovey-dovey ballads about the good old times either.
But in an interview with InStyle UK, Taylor said, “If I’m gonna write songs about my exes, they can write about me. That’s how it works.” And then she went on to add, “I’m not gonna complain about it. I’m not gonna sit there and say, ‘I’m the only one who can write songs about this relationship.’ It’s fair game.” So on the bright side, it seems like Taylor is totally fine with having the tables turned on her. After all, it’s only fair that her exes get to tell their side of the story. Check out these eight songs that are most likely about Taylor Swift:
1. “Perfect” by One Direction — Let’s just pause for a second and consider this lyric: “And if you like cameras flashing every time we go out, and if you’re looking for someone to write your breakup songs about, baby I’m perfect.” Now, considering the fact that Taylor and Harry Styles were constantly in the spotlight and that Taylor has a reputation for singing about old flames, Harry pretty much hit the nail on the head here. When he was asked about it on The Late Late Show, Harry said, “I think the thing with songwriting is everyone writes from personal experience. It’s not always necessarily what it sounds like it’s about. Sometimes it is! And it’s open to interpretation.” He never denied that it was about Taylor. Plus, there’s the fact that “Perfect” has the same beat in the chorus as “Style,” the song that Taylor wrote about him. We don’t think that’s a coincidence.
2. “History” by One Direction — The music video for this song might’ve been for the fans, but judging from the lyrics, there’s a good chance it was also inspired by Harry and Taylor’s relationship. The two were always photographed in public and had to deal with tons of rumors while they were dating. Plus, the cause of their breakup was a huge fight. So we’re pretty sure that this is what Harry could’ve been referring to with these lyrics: “All of the rumors, all of the fights, but we always find a way to make it out alive. Thought we were going strong, thought we were holding on, aren’t we?”
3. “Paper Doll” by John Mayer — Taylor wrote a song called “Dear John,” which was inspired by her relationship with John Mayer. The lyrics say, “I’ll look back and regret how I ignored when they said run as fast as you can.” But when John got word of the fact that this song was inspired by him, he wasn’t too happy. He once called it “cheap songwriting,” and he also said, “It’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait ’til he gets a load of this!'” However, it turns out he had a lot to say about their relationship, too, because then he released “Paper Doll,” which has a few references to Taylor. For example, he sings, “You’re like 22 girls in one, and none of them know what they’re running from. Was it just too far to fall, for a little paper doll?” Taylor had a song called “22.” Case closed.
4. “Much Better” by The Jonas Brothers — Taylor Swift wrote quite a few songs about her painful breakup with Joe Jonas, including “Forever and Always” and “Better Than Revenge.” But Joe decided to push back by singing a response of his own in “Much Better.” He sings, “I get a rep for breakin’ hearts, now I’m done with superstars. And all the tears on her guitar, I’m not bitter. But now I see everything I’d ever need, is the girl in front of me, she’s much better.” The ‘tears on her guitar’ is a pretty clear reference to Taylor’s song “Teardrops on My Guitar,” but on top of that, the song actually suggests that Joe’s then-girlfriend (Camilla Belle, the girl that he left Taylor for) is much better than Taylor Swift. Man, talk about harsh.
5. “Change of Heart” by The 1975 — Although it’s just rumored, Matt Healy, the lead singer of The 1975, might have written this breakup song about Taylor because they supposedly date at some point. Reports suggested that “she may have inspired some of it,” but the song is actually “about more than one girl.” The song talks about a girl who’s actually mean and cold-hearted, with lyrics like “For goodness sake, I wasn’t told you’d be this cold, now it’s my time to depart and I just had a change of heart.” We don’t know for sure, but he just might be describing Taylor here.
6. “Famous” by Kanye West ft. Rihanna — Everyone knows about that incident back in 2009, when Kanye rudely interrupted Taylor at the MTV Video Music Awards. But as if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Kanye went ahead and included a super controversial lyric about Taylor in his new song, “Famous.” He raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that b*tch famous.” So as you can imagine, the backlash was HUGE. And of course, Kanye ranted on Twitter and defended himself, saying, “I called Taylor and had a hour-long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings.” But that doesn’t seem to be the case according to Taylor. In her acceptance speech at the Grammys, she said, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way that will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
7. “Enchanted” by Owl City (Adam Young) — Taylor wrote the song about Adam Young when she met him for the first time. She said, “I wrote “Enchanted” about a guy who I was enchanted to meet, obviously. He was somebody that I had talked to a couple of times on email, and then I was in New York and went to meet him. I remember just the whole way home thinking, ‘I hope he’s not in love with somebody.’ It was just wonderful, that feeling.” So clearly, they didn’t date, but that one encounter apparently gave them the feels and inspired them to sing about each other. After “Enchanted” was released, Adam did his own version in response by adding Taylor’s name and including a few more edits.
8. “Rose Gold” by Pentatonix — Shortly after the release of their self-titled album, Pentatonix’s Scott Hoying tweeted this to Taylor Swift: “literally had you in mind while writing “rose gold.”” And judging from the amount of Taylor Swift references packed into the lyrics, it’s pretty clear that the song was inspired by Taylor’s hit song, “Style.” For example, there’s this lyric: “Once upon a London street, tried to play it like James Dean” (you got that James Dean daydream look in your eye). And there’s also this: “Me and you could stand the test of time” (we never go out of style!).