Just days after the couple reportedly split — and Swift took the saddest boat ride of all time — Taylor took to Twitter to announce she was hitting the studio , presumably to pen the mother of all breakup tracks, and, coming from her, well, that’s saying something.
Because, as she’s proven time and time again, when Swift gets her heart broken, she’s basically at her best. Whether she’s taking a former flame to task, or lamenting love’s loss, here are our picks for Taylor’s best breakup songs … to be amended once her Harry track premieres, of course.What do fans think of Swift and Styles’ rumored split?
“All Too Well” Sure, more biting songs like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” garner most of the attention, but this heartbreaking Red track — where Swift looks back on her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal — is where her talent truly shines. She sings about an autumn day in a town upstate, where she realized she loved him … and then takes us through the final days of their relationship. And we feel like we’ve truly been there for all of it.
“Back To December” Taylor takes the blame in this one, apologizing to an ex (Taylor Lautner) who she didn’t fully appreciate when they were together. It’s a deceptively simple song — Swift wrote it as if she was having an awkward conversation with him, complete with idle small talk — yet it’s also devastatingly effective … especially the end, where she admits “I go back to December/All the time.”
“Dear John” A devastating kiss-off to her ex, John Mayer , who hurt her with his “dark twisted games,” it apparently hit too close to home … Mayer told Rolling Stone that Swift had “humiliated” him, adding “I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.” Oh, whatever, dude.
“Forever and Always” A song that documents the a rapidly dissolving relationship, Swift supposedly wrote this one about her time with Joe Jonas, and she nails the slow, painful unraveling that we’ve all (sadly) been through … the “silence that cuts to the core,” the phone that doesn’t ring, the falling out of love. She may be young, but when it comes to matters of the heart, Swift is an old pro.
“The Story of Us” A upbeat stomper that’s actually a heartbreaker, it was inspired by Swift being seated near an ex (most believe it’s John Mayer) at the CMT Awards, and the two ignoring each other for the duration of the night. Immediately following the show, Swift wrote the tune, and you can feel her pain in lines like “I’m dying to know/Is it killing you/Like it’s killing me?”
“Teardrops on My Guitar” One of her earliest hits, it’s about a former classmate (a kid named Drew) who Swift fell hard for … only he kept things firmly in the friend zone. Drew would even talk at length about his feelings for another girl, which inspired lines like “He says he’s so in love/He’s finally got it right/I wonder if he knows/He’s all I think about at night.” Or course, Swift would get her revenge once “Guitar” got massive, as Drew showed up at her house and she totally shot him down.
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