Taylor Swift is making headlines as she continues to re-record her masters. And what better time than now to remember all those times Taylor held our hand, relating to our ugliest heartbreaks, right? Swift, who started her musical journey with Big Machine Records in 2006, has to date released nine studio albums- Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), Speak Now (2010), Red (2012), 1989 (2014), Reputation (2017), Lover (2019), Folklore (2020) and Evermore (2020).
Taylor Swift chose to re-record her old albums in 2021 after the masters controversy according to which Big Machine Records had sold her masters with her consent to Ithaca Holdings LLC, owned by music manager Scooter Braun. The first re-recording was Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and the second was released a few days ago titled Red (Taylor’s Version). Taylor’s revisit to her old masters has made us want to pick out the top 5 songs by Taylor Swift that broke our hearts.
All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)
Taylor Swift dropped a 10-minute version of her classic Red song All Too Well on November 13, 2021, with a short film featuring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien and the world has not been the same ever since. The re-record is filled with easter eggs hinting at one of Swift’s ex-boyfriends, Jake Gyllenhaal, starting from calling the mysterious man in the song a little kid with glasses in a twin-sized bed to the scarf that Gyllenhaal has allegedly kept which belongs to Swift. The song has broken 2 Spotify records and continues to sadden our hearts as it tells the story of Taylor and Jake’s sweet love affair and its ultimate demise.
Exile (feat. Bon Iver)
From Taylor Swift’s 2020 album Folklore which restored her stance in the genre of country music, the song Exile was recorded in collaboration with alternate indie band Bon Iver. The song talks about two ex-lovers who run into each other after they have exiled their relationship giving rise to this soulful ballad. The song is not only called Taylor Swift’s best collaboration to date but, also serves as the ending track to Netflix’s YOU season 3. Click here to listen to the song.
As much as Swifties hate Big Machine Records for taking away Taylor Swift’s masters, some of the old pieces cannot be redone with the same magic that Swift once blessed the song with. On such track is surely Wildest Dreams from the 2014 album 1989. The music video is cinematically brilliant and the lyrics recite the troubled and painful love affair of unrequited love.
White Horse (Taylor’s Version)
No doubt we have all made bad choices when it comes to love and, Taylor Swift’s White Horse that she re-recorded in 2021 for Fearless truly portrays the naivety and feeling of being lost in love. The song is essentially a song about heartbreak but, Swift being the feminist she is, gives the audience a determined chorus to look beyond the ugly relationships and move ahead. You can listen to the song by clicking here.
The Last Time (feat. Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol)
Both Taylor’s version from 2012 and the re-recorded one in 2021 has the power to bring your soul on its knees, sweeping. Taylor and Gray’s voices harmonize perfectly and the lyrics sting us with the story of a relationship with potential that just couldn’t work out for varying reasons. It is one of Taylor Swift’s more mature take on relationships and heartbreaks where she doesn’t blame anyone but, accepts how life plays out weirdly and even if you are meant to be, you might not always be together.
The video of the duo’s live performance is soulful and compelling and makes you fall in love with Taylor all over again.
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