Taylor Swift is the queen of writing songs about other people. Whether it's her exes, her squad, or her enemies, she's not shy about putting her real-life feelings into song. But it turns out she's seemingly had a taste of her own medicine several times! There are tons of songs from people associated with Swift — like former lovers and famous fans — that have songs that seem to be all about the pop songstress. Some are flattering, some are... not so much. But there's no denying that Swift has clearly inspired those around her to take a page out of her book!
There's been a wide breadth of musicians who have sung about the singer, but there is definitely one more vocal than the rest: Harry Styles. Expect lots of One Direction and solo Styles songs on this list, because when two musicians get together and then break up, what else is there to do other than write songs about each other?! Taylor can't be too mad though — she is known for these types of songs! Here are some songs that are, IOHO, totally inspired by Taylor Swift!
Swift and Styles famously dated between 2012 and 2013 and the music they've put out since has definitely given fans a huge glimpse into their time together. Harry's 2017 solo album gives us quite a few songs aimed at Taylor! "Two Ghosts" seems to take a cue right from Swift's song "Style" (about, you guessed it, Mr. Styles) and drops lines about red lips and blue eyes. The lyrics are eerily reminiscent of each other and that can't be a coincidence! When asked if the song was about Swift Styles said that it was pretty self-explanatory... so that's all the confirmation we need!
The rumors that Swift and The 1975 frontman Matt Healy dated are just that — rumors. But fans certainly seem to think they had an epic romance and that this song is all about Swift. While the lyrics are about a narcissistic woman who takes pictures of her food and posts them on insta (so not Taylor!), sources close to the singer reportedly said that the song is inspired by Swift even if the lyrics aren't spot-on about her. Fans seem to agree and have wholeheartedly latched onto the idea that song is about the pop Queen!
Swift and Harris were an item for quite a while until they broke up and suddenly Tay was with Marvel star Tom Hiddleston for one of the craziest whirlwind romances in modern Hollywood history. Calvin was, of course, feeling a little burned. So he seemingly penned a song about the whole thing and apparently did it from Hiddleston's perspective while insinuating Swift totally cheated. With lyrics like "Low key, you won't tell none of your friends about me/you won't tell them I occupy your dreams and your thoughts," it's easy to think the song is about someone dating someone on the DL. Whether or not it's actually what the IRL Loki was feeling, we'll never know!
This is a confirmed song about Swift! And it's not by a scorned ex! Pentatonix tweeted at Tay that they had her in mind when they were writing their track "Rose Gold." The song tells the story of a "timeless" and "classic" romance, something the Reputation songstress often romanticizes about in her songs. The Pentatonix members are clearly fans and took themes right from Swift's own work to write the song. The song also references James Dean, whom T.S. once compared Harry Styles to in a song. Rumors abound that the song isn't just about Swift but about her romance with the 1D guy!
Before Harry went solo, he was already writing songs about his famous ex! Some of the lyrics in this particular song go,
“All of the rumors, all of the fights, but always find a way to make it out, thought we were going strong, thought we were holding on"
We've always known Swift hates Bieber. Rumors have swirled for years that she didn't think he was good enough for her BFF Selena Gomez. Turns out the dislike was mutual! "All Bad" is about a girl's friends trying to get between him and his lady love. Definitely sounds to us like Taylor was trying to convince Selena that Bieber was, in fact, all bad. Bieber himself basically confirmed that the song was a Taylor Swift diss track by retweeting a post that said he was shading the singer. While he swiftly deleted it, nothing is ever truly deleted from the internet! We all saw it, and we all know this is a total Swift hate song!
Liles and Swift didn't date, but they did tour together and the experience inspired him to pen a song about her. With lyrics about curly hair and cowboy boots, this is def about vintage T.S.! And fun fact: her song "Hey Stephen" is about Liles, too! The two wrote the separate songs around the same time and surprised each other with each. How's that for great minds thinking alike? While it doesn't seem like these two were a serious item, they are definitely super fond of each other!
Fans got a feeling that the original "Enchanted" by Swift was about Owl City's Adam Young and he ran with it. He totally got that vibe too and reimagined her song, directing the lyrics back at her and basically declaring his love for the singer. We have to imagine she told Young the song was absolutely about him because it's pretty ballsy to respond to a song publicly without knowing for certain that the original was about you! Unfortunately, his sweet ballad didn't bring the two together, but at least they were both ~enchanted~ to meet each other that one time.
Remember that time Swift's hot snowmobile date with a guy turned into "20 stitches in a hospital room?" Well turns out, no surprise, that her partner in that medical mess was a member of One Direction. Harry references ending up in the hospital "20 minutes later," painting the same imagery as Swift in "Out of the Woods." This definitely isn't a coincidence... right?! It's been long confirmed that "Out of the Woods" was about a snowmobile accident so bad that Tay saw her life flash before her eyes. And it must have been pretty significant for Harry, too, for him to write about it in a song!
Musgraves song about not wanting to be "another gear in a big machine" has had fans wondering if she's shading Swift, who's signed to Big Machine records. Her song about not wanting to play by anyone's rules, and to get by on her talent, not by who she knows, seems like a bit of a jab at Taylor. She said it wasn't a diss track specifically about one person, but that it was about several people who reached fame for reasons besides talent. Most notably those who get into the industry because of favors and connections. But she didn't deny that Swift could be one of the "several people."
Y'all remember when Taylor and Joe Jonas were the pinnacle of ~love~ for tweens everywhere?! We do, and it bred some great songs. This Jonas Brothers jam is undoubtedly a hit at Swift after her breakup with Joe and the songs she wrote in the aftermath. The lyrics even namedrop one of her songs! One segment goes,
"I got a rep for breakin' hearts / Now I'm done with superstars / And all the tears on her guitar / I'm not bitter."
This was definitely one of the weirdest Swift relationship eras. Taylor and Mayer were a thing for a short time, and we never really got over the huge age gap between them. They broke up, she wrote "Dear John" about him, and we all went on with our lives. Except for Mayer, who retaliated via song. Pro-tip Tay: if you date a musician and write a song about him, he's probably going to write one back. In the song, Mayer references a girl who's so erratic she's like "twenty-two girls in one" which is a definite reference to the Swift song "22." In her song about him, she calls herself the girl in the dress, and Mayer takes it even further in his song by talking about this girl in "a dress of gold and blue"! The references could not be any more obvious!
The most obvious One D song about Taylor of all time! Let's look at the facts. The song is eerily similar to Swift's "Style." From lyrical content to being the exact same length, the two songs are pretty much intertwined forever in history. The song also seems to reference several of the songs on Taylor's 1989 album. Oh, and there's the line Harry sings about being the guy someone can "write [their] breakup songs about." Um, does it get any more obvious? Though we hate to break it to you Har, you def wrote a million breakup songs about her, too!
The Swift-Perry feud may finally be over, but we'll always have the songs it inspired. Not just "Bad Blood"! This Perry jam is all about shaking off haters and not worrying about the opinion of "sheep." And we all remember when she tweeted about Swift being a "Regina George in sheep's clothing!" Aside from the lyrics, the music video is basically a direct clapback to Taylor's "Bad Blood," a song about Perry. From the guest stars to the use of the word "catastrophe" there is no shortage of references to Swift's OG video. Perry, at the time, said the feud was over (though she hadn't extended that literal olive branch yet), but we can tell she just couldn't resist releasing this diss track!
New York definitely holds a special place in the Haylor relationship. The couple paraded their love all over the Big Apple when they were dating and it definitely seemed to be the hub of their romance. Swift has written songs about the city and now Harry's writing songs about it too, all while attaching it to a failed romance. Fans assumed the song was about their relationship from the title long before it was ever released! That's how integral New York is to their former relationship. The lyrics point at a love gone sour and we know him and Swift didn't end on the best terms.
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Kanye and Kim Kardashian-West vs. Taylor Swift was major. She even wrote most of her latest album Reputation about the feud and the backlash to her career because of it. The feud escalated even further because of this exact song. After Kanye interrupted Swift's MTV Music Video Award win way back in the day (2009!), we never expected them to be friends. But it seemed they were making up! And then this song dropped, where Kanye says he thinks him and Tay might "still have sex" because his MTV Music Video Awards stunt made her famous. And shiz hit the fan! Taylor was appalled, Kanye said she approved it and had the receipts to back it up, and Swift retreated into a private little hole for a long time. Eventually, she came back with an album full of bangers about fake friends and totally out-songs Kanye!