The most underrated songs from every Taylor Swift album


Tommaso Boddi

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular singer-songwriters of our generation.

Daphne L.

Taylor Swift is extremely popular, which is shown by her over 81 million monthly Spotify listeners and almost $500 million net worth. Some of her songs, like “Shake It Off”, have been extremely overplayed. Although more devoted fans may be annoyed by this, these hits have contributed greatly to her success. However, each album seems to have at least one overlooked gem.

1. Debut

Swift’s self-titled debut album from 2006 earned Swift her first major hits, with “Tim McGraw”, “Picture to Burn”, “Our Song” and “Teardrops On My Guitar” leading the pack with over 540 million streams collectively on Spotify alone. But one song that is often overlooked is “Tied Together With A Smile”, which explores the mental health of the unnamed subject in the song, who is unable to see her beauty and hides her emotions in order to appear put-together, hence the name of the song.

2. Fearless

Swift’s second album came out in 2008, and brought with it more of Swift’s classics, including “Fearless”, “White Horse”, “Fifteen”, “Love Story”, and “You Belong With Me”. Put together, these songs gave Swift nearly 1.5 billion streams, almost three times the numbers of the debut streams. The song with the least streams from Fearless is “Change”, one of the songs on the album that Swift made a music video for. The song’s theme is about the importance of positivity and understanding that the battles you are currently facing will eventually end.

3. Speak Now

Swift’s third album, Speak Now, was spearheaded by “Mine”, “Sparks Fly”, “Back To December”, “Mean”, “The Story Of Us”, and “Better Than Revenge”. Speak Now featured less of Swift’s country style and was less popular in general than Fearless, a more country album that was more similar to Swift’s debut album. This may be why “Haunted”, the 12th song on the tracklist, remains unheard of. “Haunted” describes an unstable relationship that has finally broken, with one partner being satisfied with the ending and the other still hanging onto the relationship. From the perspective of someone who is heartbroken that their relationship has ended, Swift describes the grieving process of someone who has lost their lover.

4. Red

Red is famous for being Swift’s first dabble in pop music. With songs like “Red”, “I Knew You Were Trouble.”, “All Too Well”, “22”, and “We Are Never Getting Back Together”, Red help Swift not only maintain her popularity but increase it. However, one of the most underrated songs on the album, “Come Back…Be Here” is never mentioned or discussed with the more popular titles of the album. The song outlines the life of someone whose partner who has to travel around the world for their career, leaving them alone to miss them. “This is falling in love in the cruelest way / This is falling for you and you are worlds away / In New York, be here / But you’re in London, and I break down / ‘Cause it’s not fair that you’re not around,” the then-twenty-two year old Swift sings.

5. 1989

1989 was Swift’s first fully-pop album, featuring songs such as “Welcome To New York”, “Blank Space”, “Style”, “Out Of The Woods”, “Shake It Off”, “Bad Blood”, and “Wildest Dreams”. The most underrated song on this album is “You Are In Love”, which details a beautiful, healthy love not often talked about in the 1989 album. “You two are dancin’ in a snow globe, round and round / And he keeps the picture of you in his office downtown / And you understand now why they lost their minds and fought the wars / And why I’ve spent my whole life tryin’ to put it into words”, the end of the song says.

6. reputation

After making the fully-pop 1989 album and taking a year hiatus due to her feud with Kanye, Swift shocked her listeners with a complete mood change in reputation. Songs like “…Ready For It?”, “End Game”, “Don’t Blame Me”, “Delicate”, and “Look What You Made Me Do” secured her spot on the charts after reputation‘s release. Most Taylor Swift fans can agree that “So It Goes…” is the most underrated song on the tracklist, with the least Spotify streams by far (the only song under 100 million streams). The song is about how someone you love can change you, causing you to feel as if you are unable to change the effect of the force of love.

7. Lover

Swift made 2019 memorable with her songs “Lover”, “You Need To Calm Down”, “Cruel Summer”, and “The Man”. But her oft-forgotten song “Cornelia Street” should be just as talked-about as those four, if not more. “Cornelia Street” is about being in the relationship with fear that it will end. The song says, “I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends / I’d never walk Cornelia Street again / That’s the kind of heartbreak time could never mend / I’d never walk Cornelia Street again”.

8. folklore

Swift surprised her fans with an unexpected album in the midst of the pandemic. The folklore love triangle (the songs “cardigan”, “august”, and “betty”, which describe a love triangle with each song being from a different person’s perspective) was among the most listened-to songs of the album. Track 13, epiphany, was frequently near the bottom of the charts, but it deserves a spot near the top. The song is about the violence in the world from a doctor’s perspective, who was unprepared for the sadness he would face in his job from knowing his patients’ stories, and the desire of the doctor to find an escape from reality in his dreams. “Something med school did not cover / Someone’s daughter, someone’s mother / Holds your hand through plastic now / “Doc, I think she’s crashing out” / And some things you just can’t speak about”, sings Swift.

9. evermore

Everyone was shocked when Swift released a second quarantine album, titled evermore and often tied with folklore. “willow”, “champagne problems”, and “gold rush” were among the most popular songs of this album. The least popular song, “closure”, is not very well-known but is very well-written. The song is about two lovers who had a bad falling out due to the actions of one of them, who later apologizes, but the storyteller has moved on and doesn’t want to hear from them. The song starts out with, “It’s been a long time / And seeing the shape of your name / Still spells out pain / It wasn’t right / The way it all went down / Looks like you know that now”. This is followed by the chorus, which goes, “Yes, I got your letter / Yes, I’m doing better / It cut deep to know ya / Right to the bone / Yes, I got your letter / Yes, I’m doing better / I know that it’s over / I don’t need your closure / Your closure / Your closure / Your closure”.

10. Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

After losing rights to Fearless, Swift began rerecording her albums. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) released in 2021, with redone versions of the original Fearless tracks as well as some songs that said “(From The Vault)” after their title, which means that she wrote them during the era of that album but never released them. “You All Over Me (feat. Maren Morris) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”, “We Were Happy (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”, “That’s When (feat. Keith Urban) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”, “Don’t You (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”, and “Bye Bye Baby (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” are the five songs she released with the rerecording. The most underrated song on Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is “Jump Then Fall”, the 14th track on the album. “Jump Then Fall” is about wanting someone you are interested in to feel the same about you.

11. Red (Taylor’s Version)

Red (Taylor’s Version) was released in 2021 after Fearless (Taylor’s Version) with nine (From The Vault) songs, most notably “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”. However, the most underrated song from this album is “Girl At Home”, which tells the story of a man who tries to be dishonest in his relationship and questions the responsibility of the girl who knows the man is already in a relationship.

12. Midnights (3am edition)

Swift’s most recent album release, Midnights, gave fans many great songs to listen to until her next release, which she has hinted will be Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)Midnights (3am edition), which is essentially the deluxe edition of Midnights, added 7 bonus tracks, including “The Great War” and “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve”. With Midnights, Swift broke streaming records on many platforms and earned herself impressive new titles. Among the popular tracks like “Anti-Hero”, “Lavender Haze”, “Snow On The Beach ft. Lana Del Rey”, and “Midnight Rain”, one song is clearly the hidden gem of the bunch. “Glitch” is second-to-last in terms of streams, topping only “Dear Reader”. “Glitch” examines the situation of going from friends to more than friends, a topic many may face. The song starts out boldly with, “We were supposed to be just friends”, and explaining the glitch-like feeling of changing your emotions toward a person.