The 9 Best Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked

Tell Me Why

"You think I'm bulletproof, but I'm not" is a recurring motif that appears throughout "I Can Do It With a Broken Heart," which was formed in youth. In the Taylor Swift universe, being vulnerable and indomitable at the same time is never an oxymoron.

Fresh Out the Slammer

Out of all the contenders, "The Tortured Poets Department" has the funniest song title, with Swift quoting vintage Warner Bros. lingo. 

You're on Your Own, Kid

In case there was any doubt that the best environment for producing hyper-motivated superstars is unresolved childhood rejection and loneliness

False God

A song about how adding that slinky groove makes a relationship that has gotten worse for the wrong reasons feel right doesn't have to be true.

Vigilante Shit

When she was younger, she informed us that nothing pleased her more than getting even. Even with her growing adulthood since then, that belief hasn't altered.


At some point in their career, every female singer with a little lung power and a huge taste for drama should write their own version of a melodramatic Evanescence rock song.

Tim McGraw

Compared to all the more complex writing she has since produced, this debut, career-launching track undoubtedly qualifies as a simple delight today.

Soon You'll Get Better

Nearly everyone thought Swift's announcement that she had recruited the Chicks for a duet would be a lighthearted joke, similar to the murder ballad she would subsequently perform with Haim.

I Knew You Were Trouble

The electronic chorus has an almost violent melodic quality to it, like the soundtrack to a violent scene in which a woman throws herself upon the tile after making a poor decision with a hot guy.