From the moment she first emerged into the music scene, Taylor Swift has made a name for herself by releasing carefully crafted songs about many of her famous ex-boyfriends. But while that aspect of Swift is closely linked to her public persona, many fans might not know just how many songs have been written by other famous musicians about T Swift.
Not all of these musical ditties are from exes, either. Some of the picks come from admirers of her work and from musicians that she's had very public feuds with. Even though almost all of the songs from her new album Reputation are hits, it's interesting to see if her haters and lovers, alike, make music that compares to her own.
For your pleasure, here are all of the times people have written songs about Taylor Swift. Listen for a treat.
Swish Swish By Katy Perry
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry's feud is one of the music industry's most well-known. It all started in 2014 with the release of Swift's radio hit, "Bad Blood," which was unofficially confirmed to have been about Perry several months prior to its debut.
For three years, fans waited anxiously to see if Katy Perry would ever release her own musical reply. Their wishes were granted in 2017 when Perry debuted "Swish Swish," a catchy pop anthem about the song's protagonist (Perry) mocking the outdated nature of the other (Swift). But just in case the song's lyrical content wasn't already clear enough, the "Swish Swish" music video is packed to the brim with Swift references.
Perfect By One Direction
Despite only lasting a brief three months, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles' romance has gone on to impact both of their songs in interesting ways. Several Swift songs were said to have been about the former One Direction member, with the most notable being one of her 1989 album's key singles, titled "Style."
However, before One Direction disbanded in 2016, one of the band's biggest final singles turned out to be "Perfect." Many believed it to be about Styles's opinions on his relationship with Swift. One line in particular appears to directly reference Swift's penchant for penning songs about her celeb exes:
And if you're looking for someone to write your breakup songs about,
Baby I'm perfect
Doesn't get much more obvious than that, does it?
Rose Gold By Pentatonix
"Rose Gold" is one of the few songs on this list to have been publicly confirmed by the songwriter. Unlike most of the other songs, however, this one doesn't appear to have been spawned from any failed romances or overblown feuds either. Pentatonix was inspired by the infamous icon and wanted to honor her.
Group member Scott Hoying confirmed on Twitter in 2015 that the track was written with Swift in mind. Considering some of the song's references to famous Swift tracks, the revelation didn't really come as much of a surprise.
Much Better By The Jonas Brothers
When she was still on her way to becoming the pop superstar that everyone knows her to be today, one of Taylor Swift's most well-known relationships was with Joe Jonas. After the teen heartthrob supposedly dumped her over the phone in less than a minute, though, Swift didn't waste much time penning not just one, but several breakup songs about Jonas on three of her albums.
Following Swift's Fearless album, Joe and the rest of The Jonas Brothers released a song called "Much Better." It not-so-slyly turned out to be about Joe's newest paramour Camilla Belle. The references make the song's inspiration fairly clear throughout, perhaps most notably with the lyrics:
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."
Artist: Jonas Brothers
Albums: Lines, Vines and Trying Times