For over a decade now, Taylor Swift has been churning out chart-topping, catchy pop hits about first crushes, first loves and the inevitable, gut-wrenching heartbreaks that follow. Tunes like “Tim McGraw” and “Our Song” captured the spirit of temporary summer romances while “Forever & Always” and “Picture to Burn” were go-tos when coping with tough breakups. And while her initial teen fan base has reached adulthood and Swift’s songs have lost their innocence and southern twang, they are still just as relevant as ever. Because with every immediately regrettable text we’ve sent or accidental psychotic behavior we’ve displayed, Taylor Swift has been there too and just gets our crazy, not so cute tendencies when it comes to relationships.
Today, her sixth and most anticipated album drops, and although we’ve already gotten a taste for what’s on it, there is sure to be a new song where she name drops an ex or references a recent breakup. You can call her psycho or crazy, but deep down it’s Swift’s songs that us from feeling so alone in the game of love. Below, take a look back at her most memorable hits, and decide for yourself which level of Taylor Swift psycho you really are.
It’s the T. Swift song that applies to mostly everyone as it sums up perfectly the butterflies we experience when dating someone new. No matter how hard we try to keep our cool, we can’t help but envision a fairy tale ending with this person. “You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess, it’s a love story, baby just say yes,” Swift muses on her track. However, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves–putting false hopes on your latest crush can often lead to disappointment. Take the relationship for what it is, not what you wish it would be.
We Are Never Getting Back Together
We all have that one ex who just won’t go away. It’s as if he has a sixth sense that tells him to text the moment you stop thinking about him. He ended things because of his commitment phobia, yet he still pop ups with late night “hey what’s up” texts and the occasional Instagram like every few weeks. Instead of running back into the arms of someone who will never truly be there, T. Swift stands her ground when it comes to this type of situation. “This is exhausting, like we are never getting back together…like ever,” she says. This track is for the girl who knows her worth, and isn’t about to let an undeserving ex back into her life. There’s nothing wrong with setting a few healthy boundaries.
Teardrops on My Guitar
A tale of unrequited love, these lyrics hit a little too close to home for any girl who has ever been in love with someone who didn’t know she existed. She watches her crush bounce from relationship to relationship, hoping that one day she’ll be next, but alas her turn never comes. “And as I drive home and I turn out the light, I’ll put his picture down and maybe get some sleep tonight.” The best advice? Stop Facebook stalking this guy, move on and find yourself a man who isn’t blind to how great you really are.
Picture to Burn
This song comes in the aftermath of discovering your partner has cheated on you. And no, his betrayal wasn’t a one time thing, it had been going on for quite a while. Never one to act “chill” this girl let’s it all out, before dropping her betrayer forever. And the best way to get over him is to get even. “So watch me strike a match on all my wasted time. As far as I’m concerned you’re just another picture to burn,” is her motto. Sometimes there is nothing as satisfying as sweet sweet revenge.
I Knew You Were Trouble
For the girl who self sabotages by only dating guys who are either hot and cold with their emotions or not that interested to begin with. She ignores all red flags that initially pop up, and instead jumps headfirst into romances that are doomed from the start. “I guess you didn’t care and I guess I liked that. And when I fell hard, you took a step back” goes the tune. Boys like this are bad news, and it’s better to escape now while you still have some dignity left.
The relationship may have ended months, maybe even years ago, but this girl is still not over it. Over time she has lost the majority of her friend group, because everyone has grown tired of listening to her talk about her failed romances. Angry texts to exes are her specialty, but they never produce the desired result (i.e. winning him back). “Don’t think it’s in the past, these kind of wounds they last and they last,” is T. Swift’s explanation. Rather than taking out pent up anger on an old flame though, a few sessions with a therapist would be the smarter solution.
You Belong with Me
This girl is a real boyfriend stealer, and not someone to be trusted. She spends her days ruminating on “what if” scenarios involving other girls’ boyfriends, while creeping on them from behind her bedroom window. “She’ll never know your story like I do,” is the type of text you find from her on your man’s phone. Unfortunately, confrontation won’t solve anything, because she’s the last one to admit she’s in the wrong.
Look What You Made Me Do
Never underestimate this girl, because she will find you later on and hit you where it hurts. She’s the type most guys didn’t take seriously in high school or college, but a few years down the road she’s landed a high power job and a killer wardrobe. And if you’re the man who never returned any of her texts and moved onto your next relationship without a second thought, then you better believe she will come back seeking revenge. “Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time. I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined.” If you’re this guy, you better start running.
The Gone Girl of Taylor Swift songs, its candid lyrics hit home for those of us who love to scheme and manipulate our way into a relationship. For this girl, social media stalking is key to finding out a crush’s interests, location and friend group, and with every month comes a new romantic obsession. Once she has roped a partner in, the game has only just begun as her relationships undergo the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, never settling on a stable, middle ground. Beware of her kind, because while she looks innocent she’s usually secretly plotting behind her man’s back. “Cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream,” Swift sums up. And even though we don’t like to admit it, she’s easily the most relatable of them all.