Acceptable’s in quotation-marks because you’re never going to persuade everyone someone that successful is credible. But Taylor’s having a bit of A Moment right now so here are her 9 best songs to persuade the Swift sceptic in your life (this is for you, my beloved sister)/reinforce your idolisation. It’s so bite-size but it’s so catchy:
1) State of Grace
The greatest U2 song Taylor Swift ever wrote. It’s lyrical brilliance, pop grandeur and perfect intimacy all at once:
She’s come a long way from this:
2) You Belong With Me
Her most perfect pop song yet. Always on the bleachers, never the bride.
3) The Best Day
This is the song I listen to when I bake cookies (which is rare, and maybe imaginary). This will make you feel better. This begs the question, though: What does Taylor Swift listen to when she bakes cookies.
4) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Harry Styles who? No, but seriously this is good. Perfecting valley-girl speak and creating an insanely catchy hook isn’t easy but La Swift pulled it off.
5) I Knew You Were Trouble.
The dubstep scandal that wasn’t. This is the Taylor jam you’re most likely to hear in a club. And know all the words to.
The song that launched a thousand ‘Poor Abigails.’ Seriously, poor Abigail. This song perfectly captures all your fifteen-feels.
8) Dear John
Yikes, this is a burn and a half. Whoever this is about (and it might not be about that John) ought to feel ashamed. Or embarrassed for her. Maybe both.
The second cookie-baking song here. This is great; a head-over-heels romance that’s one of Taylor’s very very very best.
9) Back To December
Taylor apologises! This is so emotional but surprisingly restrained. Brilliant video, too:
And finally, because you know she’s never going to escape this one: