Every Swiftie has a favorite Taylor Swift song that you can’t believe didn’t make it as a single! So we thought it would be fun to round up the five songs we think Taylor should have dropped as singles!
Taylor has a massive catalog of music— and over this last year, she’s been cranking out both new albums like Folklore and Evermore, as well as her re-recorded ones alike, so it’s easy to say, we’ve got Taylor on repeat all day every day. Some tracks still make our hearts skip a beat, just like the first time we heard them!
And when we re-listen to some songs, they have us scratching our heads and wondering, “why wasn’t this a single?” Starting with—”I Forgot That You Existed” from 2019’s “Lover.” “I forgot that you existed.” Ok, so “Lover” had SO many hits—it’s one of my favorite Taylor albums to date—I mean, “You Need to Calm Down,” “ME,” “The Man,” and of course the title track– “Lover.”
But “I Forgot That You Existed” is SUCH a solid, catchy song. The whole concept of not getting revenge on a toxic person who hurt you- but instead just simply FORGETTING they even existed…what a powerful, free-spirited way to live!
Not to mention, it showed a definite evolution from her Reputation era- which was VERY MUCH about revenge… And with lyrics like “It isn’t love, it isn’t hate- it’s just indifference,” – Taylor was clearly in a much happier place in her life. It’s a great message to fans, and for a song about someone who hurt you, the beat feels happy and makes you walk with a pep in your step!
Not to mention, it’s the first song on the “Lover” album” – so Tay clearly knew it was a hit! So with all this evidence, I’ve presented… I think it should have been a single! Up next- “I Did Something Bad” from Reputation. “I did something bad, then why does it feel so good?”
So we talked about Taylor’s evolution of not wanting revenge—”I Did Something Bad” was… before that happened! If you were lucky enough to catch the Reputation Stadium Tour, you KNOW how epic Taylor’s performance of this song was- fireworks, the dark lipstick, the dancing—it was a vibe!
And though Taylor had a LOT of real-life drama leading up to the whole Reputation era, she actually said “I Did Something Bad” was inspired by…the season seven finale of…Game of Thrones!
Though it could have definitely held its own as a single, we are so glad she brought it to life on stage and on tour. And you know what, while we’re on the topic of revenge, let’s get into a song that wasn’t a single, but FEELS like it was – Better than Revenge. “She’s not a saint, she’s not what you think , she’s an actress.”
Hard to believe this song came out more than a decade ago—on 2010’s Speak Now. This one became part of a huge TikTok trend just this Spring—where users share the messy story of how their once happy relationships… didn’t end well!
Taylor allegedly wrote “Better than Revenge about a girl who stole her boyfriend—*cough* – Joe Jonas… Taylor was called out for slut-shaming with lyrics like “she’s better known for what she does on the mattress….”
And later, Taylor admitted she’d gone a little too far, telling The Guardian, “I was 18 when I wrote that. That’s the age you are when you think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realize no one can take someone from you if they don’t want to leave.” It sounds like she got a lot wiser! But damn- it was fun to hear Taylor channel pop-punk vibes for this one, and this song will not be catchy! Alright, fast forward to 2014, and Taylor’s first “official” pop album drops– 1989.
She had a whopping seven singles from this one! Shake It Off, Blank Space, Style, Bad Blood, Wildest Dreams, Out of the Woods, New Romantics—plus “Welcome to New York” if you count *promotional singles* — but hold up—where’s “All You Had to Do Is Stay?” “Stay, all you had to do was stay, had me in the palm of your hand…” So good! And Taylor wrote “All You Had to Do is Stay” after having a dream where an ex came to her door.
She told Rolling Stone—”I opened it up and I was about ready to launch into the perfect thing to say…Instead, all that would come out of my mouth was that high-pitch chorus of people singing ‘Stay!'” Interesting!
We get it, there were already SO many huge singles off of this album- not to mention music videos, but this one deserved its chance to shine too! Alright, finally- a more recent single from “Evermore” – “Long Story Short.” “And I fell from the pedestal, right down the rabbit hole, long story short, it was a bad time.”
Dropping at the end of 2020, a year many of us can admit was absolutely a “bad, bad time” – “Long Story Short” is definitely relatable—I mean, lots of us got knocked down, but luckily this story ends with Taylor finding a happy ending, and as she said, “Long story short, I survived.” Preach, girl!
No doubt there are WAY more singles we could add to this list, but we’ll stop here for now! The way Taylor’s cranking out music for these days, I’m sure we’ll need a part 2 and 3 and 4 soon.
If you need me, I’ll be listening to Taylor’s COMPLETE collection for the rest of…forever. In the meantime, stick around to read an article on Taylor Swift & Sophie Turner’s fangirl friendship. And Swifties– let me know YOUR picks- which songs do you wish would have been singles?