Aside from her super catchy songs, gorgeous voice, amazing sense of style and iconic, show-stopping performances, Taylor Swift is also pretty known for her clever lyrics. Especially since she’s constantly throwing shade at her ex-boyfriends in them and doing it in the most epic way possible. The songstress is pretty much the queen of hidden messages at this point since she’s always dropping little clues and putting Easter eggs in her songs, and fans love to try to decode the tracks and figure out who they’re about!
For those who forgot, Taylor has been linked to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars over the years, including Joe Alwyn, Cory Monteith, Joe Jonas, Harry Styles, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston and more — and she’s used the relationships as inspiration for some of her biggest songs! She’s also not afraid to write tracks about her enemies — like Kanye West or Katy Perry. She doesn’t hold back when it comes to her music, and fans have definitely learned a lot about her life through her lyrics over the years.
To celebrate the eight-year anniversary of her fourth studio album Red — which has arguably some of the most epic lyrics of all time — Taylor looked back on the record and called it her one “true breakup album.”
“Every other album has flickers of different things,” she said while chatting with Rolling Stone in October 2020. “But this was an album that I wrote specifically about pure, absolute, to the core, heartbreak.”
Red, just like her other albums, have a bunch of songs dedicated to Taylor’s exes and it can definitely be a little hard to figure out which songs are about which guy, so J-14 went ahead and did some digging. We made a complete guide to all of Taylor’s songs and who they are really about — scroll through our gallery to see it!
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