10 MORE Undeservingly Underrated Taylor Swift Songs

Emmy Williams, Editor

 

I’ve been a fan of Taylor Swift since before I could walk; her debut album came out when I was about six months old, and ever since then I’ve held a special place in my heart for her music, which is why I wrote a piece on 10 of her most underrated songs last November. More recently, on April 28, I had the great privilege of seeing Taylor Swift in concert for her Eras tour. In the week leading up to the show, I re-listened to her entire discography in order to reignite my love for her music— an effort effectively turned me right back into the 12-year-old fangirl I once was. 

So, in honor of Swift’s phenomenal concert performance and the reignition of my obsession with her music, here are 10 more undeservingly underrated Taylor Swift songs.

 

Note: In this article, “TV” stands for Taylor’s Version. If you don’t know what that means, look it up!

 

  1. “Forever & Always” (Fearless TV)

This is one of my favorite breakup songs of Taylor’s. It encapsulates the feeling of caring more about someone than they do for you, but instead of being depressing it carries a feeling of liberation. Swift knew what she was worth when writing this song, and after hearing it her listeners do as well.

 

  1. “Soon You’ll Get Better” (Lover)

If I’m being completely honest, this one is really hard for me to listen to because of how close to home it hits. Swift wrote this song about her mother’s battle with cancer, but it’s relatable to any listener who has a loved one that has dealt with any sort of illness, whether it be physical or mental. I strongly recommend “Soon You’ll Get Better” to any readers who this applies to, as long as you have a box of tissues and at least 30 free minutes to cry your eyes out.

 

  1. “Stay Stay Stay” ( Red TV)

The fact that this is regarded as one of her worst songs makes me genuinely mad. How could anyone hate this adorable, upbeat, romantic song??? He literally carries her groceries and now she’s always laughing!!! This song is just so cute, and it’s a perfect representation of finally meeting the right person after meeting all the wrong people first. 

 

  1. “Never Grow Up” (Speak Now)

Everyone grows up; that’s a simple fact of life. But still, watching your younger loved ones – and yourself – grow up is an extremely bittersweet experience. This song reminds me so much of my younger brother, whose 14th birthday crept up on me a billion times faster than I wished it would’ve. Similarly, the end of this song, where Swift sings “I don’t wanna grow up” reminds me of myself, and the somewhat unwanted arrival of my 17th birthday. Growing up is hard, and I’m thankful to Taylor for writing a song about it.

 

  1. “Better Man” (Red TV)

I love this song so much. Leaving someone you love is always hard, especially when you loved them despite how poorly they treated you. The lyric “And I gave to you my best and we both know you can’t say that” is such a beautiful representation of unequal feelings in a relationship, so for anyone who has experienced that unfortunate dynamic: “Better Man” is for you.

 

  1. “I Wish You Would” (1989)

Coming from my favorite album of Swift’s, “I Wish You Would” encapsulates the excruciating situationship experience. (For those who aren’t well-versed in internet lingo, situationship means pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a situational relationship.) One of the main reasons why I love this song – and 1989 in general – so much is the way it takes otherwise heartbreaking themes and lyrics and turns them into a catchy, pop-y song that one could dance the night away to. And as for the lyric “you always knew how to push my buttons;” the song also provides a great representation of how attraction doesn’t cancel out someone’s most obnoxious qualities.

 

  1. “Dorothea” (evermore)

One of Swift’s biggest criticisms is that she only writes songs about ex-boyfriends of hers, but this song is proof of that statement’s inaccuracy, as it depicts the longing for an old friendship that may never happen again. This is a perfect song for anyone who has had a friendship grow apart. I love this song for many reasons, but one of the most important ones is because of Swift’s complete lack of resentment for her old friend, as she sings “and I’ve got nothing for well wishes for ya.” 

 

  1. “Last Kiss” (Speak Now)

This is one of the most heartbreaking songs to ever exist. Like, seriously. EVER. I almost always tear up when I hear the first few notes of the song, so you can only imagine the absolute meltdown that the bridge brings upon me. While it is about the untimely end of a romantic relationship, “Last Kiss” can be relatable to anyone who’s grown apart from someone.

 

  1. “Eyes Open” (Red TV)

Written for the Hunger Games movie soundtrack, “Eyes Open” is a beautiful depiction of feeling like everyone’s out to get you. Regardless of whether you can relate to it or not, though, this song is just so fun to listen to. In my opinion, it’s one of her best songs of all time- and definitely one of her most underrated. If you haven’t listened to it yet, do it right now; you absolutely won’t regret it.

 

  1. “‘Tis the Damn Season” (evermore)

I am genuinely so glad that there isn’t video footage of me during Swift’s performance of “‘Tis the Damn Season” at her April 28 concert. Some otherworldly spirit must have possessed my body because when I say I was feral… Anyways, this is such an underrated song, which would be surprising if it weren’t from her most underrated album, evermore. Telling the story of a reignited relationship during the holiday season, this song captures the feelings of love, loss, and winter depression perfectly. If you’ve ever gotten back together with an ex of any sort, this song is undoubtedly for you.