[[caption-width-right:245:Got a long list of ex-lovers, they'll tell you I'm insane.]]
Influenced by:
+ Music/DixieChicks, Music/ShaniaTwain, Music/DefLeppard, Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, Music/StevieNicks, Music/CarlySimon, Music/DollyParton, Music/BritneySpears, Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/BruceSpringsteen, Music/FaithHill, Music/TimMcGraw

->''"I'm not that complicated. My complications come out in my songs. All you have to do to be my friend is like me... and listen."''

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is a popular [[CountryMusic country-pop]] turned full on pop singer-songwriter from Wyomissing, UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}. Swift found herself interested in poetry and music from an early age, and won a nationwide poetry contest at ''age nine'' with a poem called "Monster in my Closet", learned to play guitar from a computer repairman at 10, sang the national anthem at the U.S. Open in 2001 at the age of 11, and was signed by Sony/ATV at age 14. Swift broke into the Top 40 in 2006 with her debut single "Music/TimMcGraw", and has since achieved widespread appeal and success both in the world of country music as well as mainstream pop.

Five albums, two [=EPs=] and three tours into her career (and counting!), Swift has seen all four of her country albums go to #1 on the country charts (and four albums, including the pop ''1989'' go to #1 on the Billboard 200), seven #1 singles on the country charts, dozens of songs charting in the Hot 100 (almost all of those making the top 40), gotten to #1 on the Hot 100 for the first time in 2012 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", has won seven Grammy awards, became the first female artist to succeed herself in the #1 spot in 2014 with "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space", and all of her big hits have crossed over massively. She's been certified by Nielsen as the most commercially successful country artist in music history and almost singlehandedly made the independent Big Machine Records label and her early producer Nathan Chapman big names in the country music industry.

She also appeared in an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' as a murder victim, was the musical guest for two episodes of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (a season 34 episode hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and a season 35 episode where she was both host and musical guest, becoming the second-youngest host/musical guest to appear on the show - Music/BritneySpears was the first when she appeared on ''SNL'' on the show's 25th season) and was one of the [[AllStarCast many stars]] in the film ''Film/ValentinesDay'', and had her first leading role as Audrey, the female lead in the film adaptation of the Creator/DrSeuss book ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax''. She played Rosemary in the film adaptation of ''Literature/TheGiver'' and appeared AsHerself in (and on the soundtrack of) ''[[Series/HannahMontana Hannah Montana: The Movie]]''.

In June 2017, after years of withholding her back catalogue, it was finally put back on streaming services - Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, and Google Music - to celebrate ''1989'' selling ten million copies. In August, she announced her next studio album, ''[[AllLowercaseLetters reputation]]'', which is set to be released November 2017.

* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Taylor Swift]]'' (2006)
* ''[[ChristmasSongs Sounds of the Season]]'' (EP) (2007)
* ''Beautiful Eyes'' (EP) (2008)
* ''Fearless'' (2008)
** "Music/YouBelongWithMe"
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Speak Now]]'' (2010)
** "Music/{{Mean}}"
* ''Red'' (2012)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum 1989]]'' (2014)
* ''reputation'' (2017)

Live albums:
* ''Live From [=SoHo=]'' (2008)
* ''CMT Crossroads: Taylor Swift & Music/DefLeppard'' (2009)
* ''Speak Now World Tour Live'' (2011)

Headlining Tours:
* Fearless Tour (2009–10)
* Speak Now World Tour (2011–12)
* The Red Tour (2013-2014)
* The 1989 World Tour (2015)

!!Taylor Swift and her works provide examples of:
* FourOneNineScam: There's been a fair amount of spam purporting to come from Taylor Swift, but it's an obvious scam, since it's so often phrased in the template of standard 419 spam, except signed as 'Taylor Swift' and [[RefugeInAudacity even linking to her website]]. Which is not so good for fans...
* TheAce: Her string of top 10s is very impressive.
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Combined with a strange line-break, the bridge of "Fearless" is hard to decipher:
-->Well you stood there with me in the door-\\
-way, my '''hands''' shake, I'm '''not''' us'''ually''' this way...
** "Teardrops On My Guitar" also counts:
-->Drew talks to me, I laugh 'cause it is just so fun'''ny'''
* ActionGirl: Not just Taylor, but no less than ''twenty'' girls and women in the music video for "Bad Blood". The whole video is some sort of sci-fi noir set up, complete with explosions, hand-to-hand combat, swordfighting, and numerous Creator/QuentinTarantino references.
* AdamWesting:
** Done in the video for rapper Music/TPain's parody song, "Thug Story", in which she pokes fun at her [[ContractualPurity squeaky clean image]].
** The Monologue Song, as well.
** Done in the song "Blank Space" and even more explicitly in the music video. Taylor's character is the media's perception of her: A girl who lures boys in, dates them for song writing material, gets jealous and clingy, goes AxCrazy, and as the current boy escapes, she has another one lined up.
** The music video for "Look What You Made Me Do" features numerous callbacks to previous music videos and appearances, culminating in a lineup of Taylor Swifts caricaturing herself and trading barbs.
** During a guest appearance on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', she crashes Seth Rogen's monologue out of the blue, claiming that Seth was getting upset, and, "Whenever a man shows emotion... I appear."
* AdvertisedExtra:
** Music/ColbieCaillat on "Breathe". It's supposed to be a duet, but Colbie's voice is really hard to hear; some might be surprised that she's on the track.
** Taylor herself on John Mayer's "Half of My Heart". She listed as featured but is really a glorified backup singer.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** You can see some of it in her goofy dancing in "You Belong With Me" and "Shake It Off". Compared to the professional dancers in the latter one, Taylor comes off as hilariously incompetent.
** A [=BuzzFeed=] article Taylor [[ActuallyPrettyFunny favorited]] on Website/{{Twitter}} shows some RealLife [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/elliewoodward/times-taylor-swift-failed-so-hard-she-almost-won#.ijpMMAQbY5 examples]].
* AgeProgressionSong:
** A minor one in "Mine", which chronicles Taylor's relationship with another guy throughout the years. More prevalent in [[HappilyMarried the music]] [[BabiesEverAfter video]].
** More explicit versions are exhibited in "The Best Day", "Never Grow Up", and "All Too Well".
** As well as "Mary's Song (Oh My My My)"
* AirQuotes: In the music video for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
-->''We hadn't seen each other in a month \\
When you said you needed "space." (What?)''
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: In "The Way I Loved You", though she expresses genuine affection for her new boyfriend (who is very much a NiceGuy) the narrator is still reminiscing passionately about the excitement of [[MasochismTango "screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain"]] with her bad-boy ex.
** "Treacherous" from ''Red'' has a similar theme, only this time it's about knowing someone will be trouble (pun not intended) and still falling for them anyway.
** "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "Dear John" are aimed at a particular "bad boy".
** "Blank Space" has this line: "I can make the bad guys good for a weekend."
** "You look like bad news... I've gotta have YOU!!!" (from "22")[[note]]which may or may not have been meant ironically, given that the song is about both the positives and negatives of young adult life[[/note]]
** "Wildest Dreams" has "He's so tall and handsome as hell / He's so bad but he does it so well".
** "End Game": "And I heard about you / You like the bad ones too".
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: In "You Belong With Me" (and this clip is going to be referenced quite a bit here), but eventually subverted as the boy leaves his cheerleader girlfriend for the band geek protagonist.
* AllLowercaseLetters: ''reputation''.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: In "Invisible" the protagonist has a crush on a guy who has an unrequited crush on a girl.
* AloneInACrowd: "Now I'm standing alone in a crowded room, and we're not speaking," in "The Story of Us."
* AlphaBitch: Did a double role as both the blonde GirlNextDoor (the protagonist) and the brunette AlphaBitch (the antagonist) in the "You Belong With Me" video.
** "Mean" is about Alpha Bitches and bullies in general.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: On New Years' Eve 2014, she performed "Welcome to New York" and "Shake It Off" on a stage in Times Square that had colored lights glowing aplenty.
* AmbiguouslyGay: One of the characters in the "Mean" music video is a young man (in a purple sweater and bow tie) who is tormented by jocks when they catch him with a fashion magazine; he ends up being a successful designer. (Which doesn't necessarily mean he's gay.)
* AnalogyBackfire: "Love Story". See CriticalResearchFailure on the YMMV tab.
* AnimalMotifs: Starting with ''reputation'', snakes. For context, snakes are associated with evil, sneakiness, and liars -- something Taylor's detractors have been calling her since 2015, at least, some even outright calling her a snake. ''reputation'' and its marketing makes ''great'' use of the motif, even selling merchandise with serpents on them, showing how Taylor is taking the image and making it her own.
* AppropriatedAppellation: Taylor's begun to embrace the insult "snake," starting with ''reputation''.
* ArcNumber: Let's see, she was born on the thirteenth, ''Fearless'' has thirteen tracks, she often writes the number on her hand during concerts, the stage used on the Speak Now tour has "XIII" written on it in multiple areas, her character's office in the "Ours" video is on the thirteenth floor, her Website/{{Twitter}} handle is @[=taylorswift13=], "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" debuted at #13 on Hot Country Songs, "I Knew You Were Trouble" debuted at #13 on Radio/AmericanTop40 on the first weekend of 2013…
** In promotional videos for the Speak Now tour, Taylor also identifies 8 as a significant number, as "Speak Now" contains 8 letters and her band, including herself, is 8 people.
** Red has a theme of 22, the bonus version has 22 tracks, a song called 22 on it and it's released while she's 22 years old and was released on October 22.
* ArcWords: There are frequent references to a little girl walking all the way home in ''Speak Now'', along with a few fairy tale references ("Enchanted", "Dear John", "Sparks Fly" "Mine", etc).
** Arc Gesture, she always finds time every show to do the heart above the head using the hands gesture for her fans.
* AudienceParticipationSong: On ''Speak Now Live'', almost ''all'' of the songs are accompanied by the roar of tens of thousands of audience members singing along with Taylor.
** "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" has also turned into one as well.
** As well as "I Knew you Were Trouble"; at certain concerts, you can ''hardly hear Taylor's voice'' over the roar of 'Trouble, trouble, trouble!'
* AscendedMeme: Related to Adam Westing.
** Someone made a Website/{{Facebook}} page featuring a picture of a woman named "Becky" with a claim that she [[YouCanPanicNow died of marijuana poisoning]]. Many people pointed out that the pictured woman was obviously Taylor Swift, but the original poster insisted "no it's Becky." The phrase instantly became a meme, and even Taylor Swift herself poked fun at it by wearing a [[http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/taylor-swift-wears-hilarious-no-its-becky-shirt-referencing-meme-2014259 t-shirt with the phrase.]]
* AxCrazy: Becomes this in the "Blank Space" video.
* BabiesEverAfter: In the "Mine" music video.
* BadJobWorseUniform: The waitress in the "Mean" music video has to dress up as a giant cardboard star.
* BareYourMidriff: Taylor's been going for this look to one degree or another since ''1989'''s release, although she's more subdued about it than many other pop acts. Especially prominent are the cheerleader and hip hop dancer outfits in the "Shake It Off" video.
** Add in that though she often bares her midriff, she rarely shows her belly button.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Done at the end of the video for "You Belong With Me" when she switches her geek garb for a prom dress. However, she wasn't [[HollywoodHomely exactly bad looking]] as the band girl with the glasses.
* BestServedCold:
** A few of her songs about breakups, but the best example [[LampshadeHanging according to her]] is "Picture to Burn".
-->'''Taylor:''' I always try to tell the audience that I really do try to be a nice person... but if you break my heart, hurt my feelings, or are really mean to me, I'm going to write a song about you. Haha. This song is the perfect example.
** Pretty much the entirety of ''Speak Now'', at least those that aren't "sorry". And half those apologies are "sorry for my revenge". An [[CaptainObvious obvious]] example is "Better than Revenge" Or "Mean".
** She parodies this in her SNL monologue.
** We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble are pretty much intended to annoy the ex boyfriends they are about.
** In a similar way, "Shake it Off" is ever so slightly annoying in order to piss off the haters she's "ignoring".
** "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" is a big "fuck you" to [[KanyeWest Kanye West]] and [[KimKardashian Kim Kardashian]].
** "Look What You Made Me Do" is her revenge song after her huge public falling out with [[KanyeWest Kanye West]] in 2016.
* BettyAndVeronica: "You Belong with Me," from the perspective of the "Betty"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Combined with BitchInSheepsClothing in "Blank Space".
--> ♪Rose garden filled with thorns...♪
--> 'Cause darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream...
** The subject of "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" is this:
--> 'But you stabbed me in the back while shaking my hand...'
* BeYourself: She's on record as saying, "If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change." Her accessibility is seen by many to be her biggest asset and huge reason for her success.
* BigApplesauce: "Welcome To New York", based on her having moved to an upscale apartment in New York City.
* BigShutUp: Fourteen Taylors vs Grammy!Taylor.
--> '''Grammy!Taylor''': I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative-\\
'''The rest''': Oh '''SHUT UP!!!'''
* BigWhat:
** Likely to be the first word out of her mouth every single time she wins an award, if it's not 'Oh my God'. Even if it's her third or fourth award of the night. She'll usually have her JawDrop and have an EyeTake to go along with it.
** She also has an {{Adorkable}} look of shock and this trope on her face all the way through Speak Now Live concert. She's surprised she's so loved.
** "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis When you...said you...needed...space...]][[BigWhat What.]]"
* {{Bishonen}}: "I'd Lie".
-->"First thought when I wake up, is, 'My God he's beautiful', I put on my makeup, [[ObliviousToLove and pray for a miracle]]."
** The LoveInterest in You Belong With Me also counts.
* BlackWidow: Her performance of "Blank Space" for the American Music Awards is themed after this. The music video proper takes on a more {{Yandere}} feel.
* BookEnds: "Tim [=McGraw=]" begins and ends with the lines "You said the way my blue eyes shined / Put those Georgia stars to shame that night / I said that's a lie." The radio edit removes the second iteration, and just ends after the last chorus.
* {{Bowdlerise}}:
** "That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay" in "Picture to Burn" was changed to "That's fine, you won't mind if I say" for the radio edit and video version.
*** You'll never hear the original lyrics now, because she never sings them.
** Some stations edited the lyrics to "Teardrops on My Guitar". They are changed from "so damn funny" to "just so funny."[[note]]Strange, as most stations let "damn" slide.[[/note]]
* BraidsOfAction: Shown in her "You Belong With Me" and "The Story of Us" music videos.
* BreakupBonfire: The topic of "Picture to Burn".
** Shown for a short second in the "Blank Space" music video.
* BreakupSong: At the present rate, she will have dated, broken up with and written one about every male performing artist of the millenial generation by the time she's 40. If you make a DrinkingGame out of it, you ''will'' die.
## "I Knew You Were Trouble"
## "You're Not Sorry"
## "White Horse"
## "Cold as You"
## "Haunted"
## "A Perfectly Good Heart"
## "Tim [=McGraw=]"
## "Dear John"
## "Forever & Always"
## "Should've Said No"
## "Begin Again"
## "You're Not Sorry"
## "The Story of Us"
## "Breathe"
## "Last Kiss"
## "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
## "All Too Well"
## "All You Had To Do Was Stay"
## "Clean"
*** To mix it up, she also wrote songs about her revenging upon her ex ("Pictures to Burn") or the girl who lured him away ("Better Than Revenge"), a song in which she convinces her ex to breakup with his new girlfriend ("Speak Now"), a song where ''she'' steals someone else's boyfriend ("You Belong with Me"), songs about breaks ups that were her fault ("Back To December", "The Last Time", and "The Way I Loved You"), and breakups that were due to mutual agreement ("Wildest Dreams" and "Style"). Frankly, it comes as bit of a shock when the couple in the song argued but managed to work through their issues and stay together ("Stay, Stay, Stay", "Love Story", and "Mary's Song"). "Bad Blood" can be interpreted as a break-up song, though Taylor has said it was about a friend, not a significant other.
* TheBroCode: {{Invoked}} in "Picture to Burn":
-->There's no time for tears; I'm just sitting here, planning my revenge.\\
There's nothing stopping me from going out with ''all'' of your best friends!"''
* BrokenAesop: “Mean” can come off as this considering some of Swift’s other songs. [[SarcasmMode Because writing vindictive songs about your exes and their new girlfriends is not mean-spirited at all?]]
* BrokenBird: She's this in "Mine" & "Begin Again".
* BurnBabyBurn: Said word-for-word in "Picture to Burn".
* ButtMonkey: Pick one BreakupSong subject, any BreakUpSong subject. She became a {{Punchline}} in the process.
-->'''[[http://dlisted.com/2014/10/20/taylor-swift-thinks-its-sexist-that-shes-called-out-for-writing-songs-about-her-exes/ Michael K]]''': ''"Yes, every songwriter writes songs about their exes, but not'' every ''songwriter turns the speculation about who that song is about into a game. Taylor set up the board, handed out the playing cards, rolled the dice first and turned into a giant game of '''''{{TabletopGame/Clue}}''''' by dropping clues in the liner notes and during interviews."''
* CallBack: In the first verse of "The Story of Us", she sings about "how we met and the sparks flew instantly", referencing "Sparks Fly", an earlier song on the album.
* TheCameo: The video for "Bad Blood" is more or less just a string of cameos of various female actors, singers, or models.
* CanonDiscontinuity: She no longer performs any song off her first album in concert, except the occasional performance of "Our Song" in a more pop style.
* CelebCrush: "Superstar" on ''Fearless: Platinum Edition'' has hints of this.
* CensoredForComedy: Taylor and Music/TPain's short parody song "Thug Story". The end of the song was censored for comedic effect, with Swift herself protesting "But I didn't even swear."
* ChainedToARailway: Swift winds up tied to the railroad tracks by a [[DastardlyWhiplash villain]] in the video for "Mean". She gets away in the end, though.
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Inexplicably changes from running shoes to high heels in "Ours".
** Taylor's getting rather known for this. There were five different costume changes in the video for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", a video shot ''in one take.'' She made another costume change mid-song in a ''live performance'' of "I Knew You Were Trouble" at the 2012 European Music Awards.
** This trend actually started at the [[http://youtu.be/2CZQZohbZcQ?t=3m 2008 CMA Awards]]. While performing "Love Story", she changed from a normal dress to a wedding dress on stage. She also did this while performing the song on the Fearless Tour.
* CheapHeat: "Someday you'll turn your radio on" in "Tim [=McGraw=]" got several edits along the line of "Someday you'll turn [name of station] on". ''Radio/BobKingsleysCountryTop40'' countdown even got its own edit, which said "[[ProductPlacement And turn the Bob Kingsley countdown on]]".
* TheCheerleader:
** The antagonist in the video for "You Belong With Me".
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the video for "Shake It Off": One of her personas is a cheerleader, but displays none of the associated personality traits.
* ChristmasSongs: ''Sounds of the Season'', an EP featuring country-pop renditions of Swift's favorite holiday songs.
* ClothingDamage: Taylor undergoes this in the video for "Out of the Woods", her dress being ripped up quite a bit.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience:
** The girl bullies in the "Mean" video all wear pink, while their victim wears blue.
** In videos where Taylor competes with another girl for a guy's affections, her rival will usually be brunette.
** The title song to her 2012 album, ''Red'', describes emotions as colors.
** At the prom in the "You Belong With Me" video, she is dressed in a conservative white dress, while the evil ex of her crush is dressed in a revealing red number. Just missing horns and a tail.
* ConceptAlbum: [[WordOfGod According to Taylor's introductory essay]] in the album's liner notes, all of the songs on ''Speak Now'' are tied together by the concept of words Taylor regretted not saying to other people in her life in certain situations. The title song invokes the SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace trope, appropriately.
* ContinuityCavalcade: The music video for "Look What You Made Me Do" is ''packed'' with references to Taylor's older events, appearances, and music videos. Not even the most diehard Swiftie could catch them all on the first viewing.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: When "Teardrops On My Guitar" was arranged as a duet for ''Crossroads'', the verse sung by Joe Elliot had "Drew talks to me" changed to "You talk to me".
** Swift's cover of "Drops of Jupiter" changes the subject of the song from a woman to a man.
** On the other hand, Music/RyanAdams covered ''1989''--all of it--in a manner that flipped everything to a man's point of view.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Luna Halo's song "Untouchable" turns more towards the lust side of attraction. Taylor manages to turn it into a ballad about not being able to admit her love for someone while changing amazingly few of the lyrics on ''Fearless: Platinum Edition''. Nevertheless, the changes were still enough for Luna Halo to give Taylor [[http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2009/11/24/nathan-barlowe-of-luna-halo-talks-about-taylor-swift-and-untouchable/ co-writing credit]] for her version.
* CrossOver: In 2008, Swift appeared on an episode of ''CMT Crossroads'', backed by Music/DefLeppard. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Awesomeness ensued.]]
* CuteKitten:
** Swift has designed several greeting cards featuring kittens. She's on record as saying "I feel like kitten cards make everything better, pretty much."
** And now we must note the kitten she went and [[http://instagr.am/p/Sn8jP/ adopted,]] further fulfilling the trope.
** And the second kitten she went and [[http://instagram.com/p/paCNsoDvFO/ adopted.]]
** And that Diet Coke [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okTokQgOo6I commercial]], which takes it up to eleven.
* TheCutie: Includes the aforementioned kitty.
* CycleOfRevenge: Discussed in "Mean." Taylor basically vows to stop the cycle.
** And then proceeds to mock the 'mean' girl for being "mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life, and mean". No wonder it's a BrokenAesop.
* DamselInDistress: Subverted in the video for "Mean".
* DarkerAndEdgier: Watch the video for "You Belong With Me" or "Love Story" followed by the video for "I Knew You Were Trouble." You won't believe they're by the same artist.
** "Speak Now" and "Red", if not exactly DarkerAndEdgier, are definitely more biting and cynical than her first two albums.
** "Blank Space" shows Taylor at her most AxCrazy.
** And then, there's "Look What You Made Me Do".
** ''reputation'' as a whole explore more adult themes than her previous albums, with themes sex, lust, obsession and jealousy instead of romance.
* DastardlyWhiplash: The villains in the "Mean" video.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** "Love Story".
** Also, to a lesser extent, "Ours".
* DeadpanSnarker: Surprisingly enough, she can be quite sarcastic at times.
** For proof of this, one needs to look no further than her appearance on [[Creator/EllenDeGeneres The Ellen DeGeneres Show]] in October, 2012. She's one of the few guests who could actually match wits with Ellen pretty well!
** "We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together" ALL verses are snarked.
** Her tongue seems definitely in her cheek with "Shake It Off", certainly where the lyrics referencing criticism against her is concerned. More so in the song's music video.
** "Blank Space" portrays her as what the media makes her out to be: a crazy, serial dater that lures in men.
** "Stay Stay Stay" from ''Red'' and ''This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things'' from ''reputation'' show her snarky side as well.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Not just digital piracy, but even some legitimate forms of digital media. Taylor has crusaded against music being sold or streamed for free, especially her own, as she's pulled her entire catalog off of Spotify and iTunes (the latter being temporary; after Apple returned to a paid streaming model, she posted her 1989 album back up). [[http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor This]] Tumblr post explains the move as meant to help struggling young artists who can't afford to just give away their art.
** Taylor has been criticized for this position and justification in some circles, as most signed artists make little-to-no income off of their music, meaning that it is actually the ''label'' that is hurt most by free streaming (artists tend to make much more of their money off of merchandise and ticket sales). It's gotten to the point where people often contrast her to Music/MileyCyrus, who has absolutely no problem if her music is pirated since as she has "made her money".
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** In "Speak Now", the guy's fiancee gets jilted and humiliated in public for yelling at her bridesmaid and having bad taste in wedding dresses.
** The entire point of the video for "Mean", which is about bullying. A girl in the video has to eat lunch alone because she's wearing a different dress than everyone else.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Yeah, she goes barefoot pretty often.
* DoubleEntendre:
** In "Tim [=McGraw=]" she claims her boyfriend was "just a boy in a Chevy truck / That had a ''tendency of getting stuck / on backroads at night''."
** In "Treacherous": "And I'll do anything you say / If you say it with your hands". This is Taylor at her most sexual – in a ''Rolling Stone'' interview, she becomes evasive and blames cowriter Dan Wilson for the line – and nevertheless, it's still veiled ''just'' enough so that her youngest fans won't pick up on it.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted in "You Belong With Me". The evil, shallow AlphaBitch shouts at, pushes around and cheats on her boyfriend, but this is in no way seen as acceptable.
** Played straight in the "Blank Space" video, which shows Taylor('s character) destroying her boyfriend's property and physically abusing him in a positive/"ironic" light.
*** Arguably a Zigzagged case as Taylor('s character) is stated to be AxCrazy, petty and selfish BitchInSheepsClothing. So she is a KarmaHoudini at worst.
* DoubleVision: The "You Belong With Me" video.
* DownerEnding: Surprisingly, Taylor ''doesn't'' resolve the conflict between her and her ex(?) by the end of the "The Story of Us" and "Back to December" videos. Considering the latter is about Taylor Lautner and the former is believed to be about John Mayer, these seem to have RealitySubtext to them. "All Too Well", "Sad Beautiful Tragic", "I Almost Do" also do this.
** "I Knew You Were Trouble" is basically "Downer ending" made from transitioning acoustic guitars and perky beats into heavy dubstep and slowly slipping sanity lyrics.
* DreamTeam: John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Foster the People, Butch Walker, The Civil Wars.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Taylor Swift'' is much closer to mainstream country music than the country-pop style Taylor adopted as early as her second album, or the complete abandonment of country as of ''1989''. As of her 2011 tour, only one song ("Our Song") from her debut album is included in the setlist. Some of the change in sound may be due to her phasing out Liz Rose as a co-writer — Swift and Rose wrote most of the first album together, but only a couple tracks on the second, Taylor wrote all of ''Speak Now'' on her own, and only one track on ''Red''. According to {{Word of God}}, ''1989'' is her first official full Pop album.
* EasilyForgiven: Not her, but Music/KanyeWest. "Innocent" is about him.
** Averted as of ''reputation'', given the events of 2016 involving West and Creator/KimKardashian. "Look What You Made Me Do" and "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" especially seem to be directed at him, and make it very clear that they're no longer on good terms.
* EasterEgg: In the liner notes to her albums, the lyrics are all lowercase except for a few seemingly random capital letters. When read top to bottom, the capital letters spell out a message (for instance, "Can't tell me nothin'" is the hidden message in the lyrics to "Tim [=McGraw=]"), and "[[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy Hyannisport]]" is the hidden message in "Everything Has Changed".
* EatingLunchAlone: The little girl in the "Mean" music video is forced to because [[DisproportionateRetribution she's not wearing the same color dress as everybody else]].
* EmpathicEnvironment: The "[[LiteralMetaphor emotional landscape]]" in the video for "Out of the Woods"
* EntitledToHaveYou: "You Belong With Me".
* EpicFail: Averted with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." The song debuted at #13 on the ''Billboard'' Hot Country Songs chart in September 2012, fell back to No. 19, rebounded to make the lower reaches of the top 20 ... and then fell out of the top 20 again. It appeared the song's run on the chart was finished. Then, ''Billboard'' introduced new chart methodology for several of its major charts, including the Hot Country Singles chart, incorporating both radio airplay and sales (music downloads and sales) into the data. The result: an aversion of the trope – "We Are Never Ever ... " becomes a No. 1 country song. In doing so, it is her first to top both the all-encompassing Hot Country Songs and all-encompassing Hot 100, and just the 38th song in the country chart's nearly 69-year history (dating to 1944) to top both the country and pop charts. (The last song to do so was Music/{{Lonestar}}'s "Amazed," turning the trick on the country chart in the summer of 1999 and the Hot 100 in March 2000.) With the December 15, 2012 chart, the song surpassed the country chart's longevity record of "Amazed" (eight weeks) and now stands in the same company as the last song to spend nine weeks at No. 1 – David Houston and "Almost Persuaded," a song that topped the chart some 46 years earlier.
* EroticDream: All but stated in "...Ready For It?"
-->''In the middle of the night, in my dreams, you should see the things we do, baby. Mmm...''
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: {{Lampshaded}}.
-->"I like glitter and sparkly dresses [[HypocriticalHumor but I'm not gonna talk about that]] in my monologue!"
* EpicRocking: The live version of "Better Than Revenge" ends with a lengthy instrumental outro that allows guitarist Grant Mickelson to show off his chops. Several other songs include extended musical interludes as well in order to cover Taylor's costume changes.
** The rock version of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" from 1989 World Tour is as epic as it gets.
* EyeTake: Often when she wins awards. She'll usually have a BigWhat and a JawDrop to go with it.
* FacialDialogue: During her performance of "Mean" at the 54th Grammys, the looks on her face during the downstage closeups show you ''exactly'' what she thinks of the person who inspired the song.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** A probably accidental example in the video for "Change" in that we get a nice look down her cleavage at two different points.
** A probably intentional example in the video for "Out of the Woods". Taylor goes barefoot and suffers quite a bit of ClothingDamage.
* {{Fangirl}}: Taylor is a Joni Mitchell fangirl. So much in fact, that "The Lucky One" may have been written about her. The title for Red (her 4th album) could have been inspired by Joni Mitchell's Music/BlueJoniMitchellAlbum. The album cover for ''Red'' closely resembles that of Joni Mitchell's 13th album. (see Thirteen is Unlucky)
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: The message of this aesop is alluded to in "Look What You Made Me Do"
--> You asked me for a place to sleep\\
Locked me out, and threw a feast
* FemmeFatale: Her character in "Blank Space" has elements of this.
** "I Did Something Bad" portrays a somewhat [[LargeHam hammy]] version of this trope.
* FightFurYourRightToParty: Minus getting drunk, this happens in the video for "We Are Never Ever Getting back Together."
* ForbiddenFruit: "Love Story".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In a sense, "22" can be considered this to "I Knew You Were Trouble" based on this line in the post-choruses:
--> It feels like one of those nights\\
You look like bad news\\
I gotta have you, I gotta have you
* TheFourChordsOfPop: "Tim [=McGraw=]" uses a slightly modified DooWopProgression (the V chord is suspended before sounding normally), and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" uses IV-I-V-vi.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In "Out of the Woods" video, if you pause at the right time, you'll see the vines spelling out the song title.
* FutureLoser: The antagonists of "Mean".
* GenreSavvy: The song is called "If This was a Movie."
* GenreShift: From country to more traditional pop. On her Speak Now tour, at every North American stop Swift would cover a couple well-known songs sung by local bands. This led to her covering everything from Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Lose Yourself" to the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" to Music/JustinBieber's "Baby" to Music/FallOutBoy's "Sugar, We're Goin Down" to Music/BritneySpears "Lucky". ''Red'' incorporates elements of bubblegum, Britpop, and dubstep on various tracks. It's only a matter of time before Swift attempts disco, ragtime (of which there was a hint near the ending for the "Mean" clip), and reggae.
** 2013 sees Taylor collaborating with Eric Prydz for a new HouseMusic release - according to a showbiz blog (which itself made speculation British football forums HilariousInHindsight or a FunnyAneurysmMoment).
** She completed the genre shift with the release of 1989, where there are no acoustic guitar sounds to be found at all, but lots of synthesizers and pop beats.
** As of ''reputation'', she's started dabbling in R&B and hip-hop, including rapping the verses on "...Ready For It."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: All over her album "Red" featuring lines such as: "nights when you made me your own", "drowning out the night with the sounds of 'I need you', "I'll do anything you say, if you say it with your hands" and "we are alone just you and me, up in your room and our slates are clean, just twin fire signs, and four blue eyes."
** Not to mention the video for "I Knew You Were Trouble", which features her alone in a bedroom with her shirtless boyfriend. (And she appears to be [[SexyShirtSwitch wearing his shirt]])
** She blames Dan Wilson for the suggestive lyrics in "Treacherous"
** Her earliest example would probably be "Sparks Fly". While it could be interpreted as a simple love song, some of the lyrics hint it could be about a one night stand, especially since before it was changed for the album, there was originally a line about her meeting this guy in a bar: "And you stood there in front of me just close enough to touch", "Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down. Gimme something that'll haunt me when you're not around", "My mind forgets to remind me, you're a bad idea", "You touch me once and it's really something, You find I'm even better than you, imagined I would be."
** In "Wildest Dreams," there's this awfully suggestive little lyric: "I said "No one has to know what we do," / His hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room."
** ''reputation'' completely abandons all pretense, most blatantly on "Dress" which includes the line "Only bought this dress so you could take it off." She also says "shit" on "I Did Something Bad."
* GirlNextDoor: In "You Belong With Me" and "Teardrops on my Guitar".
* TheGlassesComeOff: Done by her band girl character near the end of the "You Belong With Me" video. And that includes...
* TheGlassesGotToGo: "You Belong With Me", yet again.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: {{I|ntercourseWithYou}}mplied in "Sparks Fly".
* GorgeousPeriodDress: In [[WomanInWhite cream tones]] for the "Love Story" music video. The "Fearless" music video shows that she also wears dresses like these when she performs the song at concerts.
* GoshDangItToHeck:
** {{Parodied|Trope}} in the video for Music/TPain's parody song, "Thug Story", in which she gets bleeped despite not even swearing.
** Subverted in the video for ''The Story of Us". When Taylor ducks behind her book, she can clearly be seen mouthing [[PrecisionFStrike "Shit!"]] at the sight of her ex.
** Subverted in her 2005-2006 Website/MySpace posts.
* GossipyHens:
** Taylor learns about her boyfriend's infidelity through her best friend in the "White Horse" music video.
** Two coworkers whisper about her in the cafeteria in the "Ours" music video.
* UsefulNotes/{{Grammy Award}}s: Album of the Year (''Fearless'' and ''1989''), Best Country Album (''Fearless''), Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("You Belong With Me"), Best Country Song ("White Horse" and "Mean"), Best Pop Vocal Album (''1989'') and Best Country Solo Performance ("Mean").
* GrandRomanticGesture: Taylor confessed her crush on her best friend at her high school talent show through singing "I'd Lie".
-->'''Taylor:''' [[SubvertedTrope It was really awkward and great.]]
* GreenEyes: She seems to have a thing for them, as they're mentioned in "Sparks Fly," "Everything Has Changed," and "Wonderland."
* GriefSong: Her charity single "Ronan," which was inspired by the blog of a mother whose four-year-old son died of cancer and includes sayings from the blog such as "I love you to the moon and back."
* GrowingUpSucks: The basic theme of "Never Grow Up".
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She tries to portray - especially in early works - an image of being pure, innocent, beautiful and virginal. Also from a purely physical standpoint, especially when she was younger and before her hair began to darken slightly, her eyebrows were so light-colored that she would have to rub mascara into them so they'd be visible under the bright lights used in photoshoots.
** In the video of "You Belong With Me", the innocence of the blonde protagonist is contrasted with the [[TheVamp brunette vamp]]--both, naturally, played by Swift.
* HappilyMarried: Swift and the LoveInterest in the "Mine" music video.
* HappyEnding: "Love Story" and "Mine".
* HappyRain: "Fearless", "Sparks Fly" and "The Way I Loved You".
* HereWeGoAgain: The music video for "Blank Space" ends with another suitor arriving to fill the blank space left by the previous guy who [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere just took off running.]]
* HighSchoolDance: The video for "You Belong With Me" has {{nerd|sAreSexy}}y, [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl sneaker-wearing]] blonde Taylor get an upgrade from [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] status at the dance when her love interest realizes what a {{jerkass}} the [[AlphaBitch cheating]], [[TheCheerleader cheer captain]] brunette Taylor is. And just in case he had any last minute doubts they're even [[DressCodedForYourConvenience dress]] [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience coded]] [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains for]] his [[LightIsGood convenience]].
* HollywoodNerd: An JustForFun/{{egregious}} example of Type 2 with her as the neighbor girl in the video for "You Belong With Me".
* HotterAndSexier: Her two most recent albums, Red and 1989, explore more sexual themes, and Taylor has also been wearing noticably more revealing otfits in her 1989 World Tour.
** Then compare "Look What You Made Me Do." Not only the song itself, but the video - especially when she dons a patent-leather suit that might as well be a dominatrix's costume. "...Ready For It" took this trope even further, with both the lyrics and her wearing a nude bodysuit in the video.
* HugeSchoolGirl: Believe it or not, she's 5'11" without heels. In the "The Story of Us" music video, she actually ''is'' dressed as a school girl.
* HumanNotepad: It's getting to the point where you're almost as likely to see her with something or other written on her arm as not. Some random song lyric, her award show thank-yous, something.
* HypocriticalHumor: Taylor Swift's first appearance on Series/SaturdayNightLive had her singing a musical monologue where she talked about various things, but then she ends each verse with "But I'm not gonna talk about X in my monologue."
* InJoke: Remember those {{Easter egg}}s in her liner notes? The hidden messages for "Stay Beautiful" and "Sparks Fly" are [[spoiler:Shake N Bake]] and [[spoiler:Portland, Oregon]], respectively.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The video for "Fifteen" co-stars one Abigail Anderson, Swift's high school friend who is named in the song's lyrics.
* {{Irony}}: "Shake It Off" is about shaking off the hate. Less than a day after its release, she's already receiving hate.
* IntercourseWithYou: Believe it or not. "Sparks Fly" lives and breathes this trope, what with such lyrics as "You touch me once and it's really something. You find I'm even better than you imagined I would be" and the entirety of the bridge ("I'll run my fingers through your hair and watch the lights go wild. Just keep on keeping your eyes on me, it's just wrong enough to make it feel right and lead me up the staircase. Won't you whisper soft and slow, I'm captivated by you baby like a firework show").
** Treacherous is also know for having sexual implications.
** There's also the "we are alone, just you and me..." verse from "State of Grace."
** "His hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room" from "Wildest Dreams".
** "...Ready For It?" is her most blatantly sexual song to date.
** That is, until we heard "Dress."
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Mentioned semi-frequently on ''reputation'', most notably in "Gorgeous."
* IRegretNothing: From "I Did Something Bad."
-->''I don't regret it one bit, 'cause he had it coming.''
* IWarnedYou: "Boys only want love if it's torture. Don't say I didn't, say I didn't warn you..."
* JawDrop: Often when she wins awards. She'll usually have a BigWhat and an EyeTake to go with it.
* {{Jerkass}}: The cheer captain in the video for "You Belong With Me".
* JerkJock: A group of them bully a [[Series/{{Glee}} Kurt Hummel]]-{{e|xpy}}sque character in the "Mean" music video.
* JustFriends: Taylor and the love interest in "You Belong With Me" and "I'd Lie".
* KidsAreCruel: The [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience girls in pink]] in the "Mean" music video.
* KindheartedCatLover: Any video of her and Meredith shows some [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvodYNcH13Q extremely cute footage]].
* KubrickStare: Demonstrates in the videos for "Blank Space" and "Bad Blood".
* LadyInRed: The AlphaBitch in the "You Belong With Me" video.
** And ever since ''Red'' was released, Taylor's rarely been seen in public without dressing in something primarily red.
* LargeHam: In the latter half of the "Blank Space" music video. This is actually a good thing, since she's playing a psycho who "takes it way too far".
* TheLastTitle: "Last Kiss" and "The Last Time".
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: During a performance at the 2012 Grammys, she switched a line in "Mean" to read "Someday, I'll be singing this at the Grammys..."
* LightIsGood: The "You Belong With Me" video.
* LittleBlackDress: Mentioned in "Tim [=McGraw=]".
* LoudnessWar: Averted; she records using an analog machine that preserves most of the instruments' fidelity.
* LoveAtFirstSight: "Love Story".
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: "My mother accused me of losing my mind" in "Dear John".
* LoveNostalgiaSong: "Tim [=McGraw=]", "Wildest Dreams"
* LongTitle: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "The Way I Loved You", "Tied Together With A Smile", "I'm Only Me When I'm With You", "Look What You Made Me Do", "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things", "Dancing With Our Hands Tied"
* LyricalDissonance: [[http://youtu.be/1CfSS35ILs0?t=2m19s/ As she said]] about "The Story Of Us", "See, that made you want to dance. But it's a breakup song, so it's confusing. That's what we want here."
* LyricalShoehorn: "Fearless", again: "And I don't know why, but ''with you I'd dance'' / In a storm in my best dress, fearless". On top of that, nearly half of the line breaks are in odd places.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: In the "The Story of Us" music video, where Taylor's love interest chooses a girl who's much more [[ForcefulKiss physical]] in her affections than Taylor is, who shows to be more flirty and playful.
* MarilynManeuver: She suffered this during a concert when a [[http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/ourcountry/94419/taylor-swift-suffers-wardrobe-malfunction-on-tour-stop/ wind machine blew her skirt]] (the linked article called it a WardrobeMalfunction, which it clearly isn't).
* MasochismTango: Taylor's [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop favorite kind of love]] in "The Way I Loved You". Also heavily implied all over Red with All Too Well, Red, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, and Sad Beautiful Tragic.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Mine" uses this quite effectively. In the story of the song, the [[BrokenBird young woman]] remembers "how we sat there by the water/you put your arm around me for the first time/ you made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter/ you are the best thing that has ever been mine." At the song's conclusion, the woman fights with her husband, and feeling he is going to abandon her, runs off in despair. But he finds her and repeats the same words {ie the refrain} she has been singing in the whole song back to her with loving reassurance that he will never leave her.
* {{Meganekko}}: Her role as the nerdy neighbor girl in the video for "You Belong With Me." Subverted in the end of the video, though, in that [[TheGlassesComeOff she takes them off]] when she does her Literature/{{Cinderella}} act and gets the guy.
* {{Megane}}: Her LoveInterest is this in the "The Story of Us" music video.
* MessyHair: One could argue that this is prevalent in most of her videos, but it's the most obvious in "The Story of Us", where her hair is straightened and frizzy, probably to make [[DawsonCasting her look like a stressed high school student]]. Lampshaded in several parts where she makes futile attempts to push her bangs out of her face during the interludes.
* MixedMetaphor: "Love Story" is often criticized for randomly referencing ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' in an otherwise ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''-themed song. Another example is the first line of "Sparks Fly": "The way you move is like a full-on rainstorm / And I'm a house of cards".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: While her studio albums are generally 1 or 2, her live songs can go higher. With a couple performances even bordering on 6.
** "Better Than Revenge" teeters somewhere between 4 and 5, arguably the hardest song she's recorded. Songs like "Bad Blood" and "Look What You Made Me Do" are just as angry, if not more so, but they're not rock songs at all.
* MoodWhiplash: On ''Red'', "All Too Well", a heartbreaking TearJerker that makes Adele's "Someone Like You" sound like "Don't Worry, Be Happy", is immediately followed by "22", a dance-pop party anthem cowritten by MaxMartin and Shellback. It's almost like Taylor was apologizing for making everyone depressed and trying to cheer them up.
** "I Knew You Were Trouble" shifts back and forth from sprightly soft country-pop to harder synth-heavy techno-pop.
** "How You Get The Girl," a very uptempo song, is sandwiched between "Wildest Dreams" and "This Love," both of which are much slower and have sadder tones.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Many people misheard the "Blank Space" lyric ''got a long list of ex-lovers'' as something to do with ''Starbucks'' lovers, due to the enunciation of the line. This quickly became a meme.
** ''This Love'' has the line "this love is [[AccentOnTheWrongSyllable a-live]] back from the dead", easily mistaken for 'all I ask of the dead' or something equally creepy.
** I can't be the only one who heard "Drew" in ''Teardrops On My Guitar'' as "you" for years.
** Some people were surprised at the TakeThat aimed at whoever "my ex-man ''bought'' his new girl-friend" was about. At least until the volume was turned up.
** The first line of ''Starlight'' sounds very much like "I'm a Barbie on the boardwalk, summer of '45". It's not. It's "I met Bobby on the boardwalk".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: In her rap parody "Thug Story" she brags about how she bakes cookies at night, still lives with her parents, and '''knits sweaters, yo'''.
* NeverMyFault: Her critics have accused her of dumping all the blame on her ex's and never acknowledging her own responsibility in her relationships falling apart. If you read most of her lyrics, though, this is actually not true. She openly admits to such tendencies as obsessiveness and occasional neediness in many of her songs. The song "Back To December" is about how she herself screwed up a relationship, and the album Red includes songs like "All Too Well," "I Knew You Were Trouble," and "Sad Beautiful Tragic," where Taylor does take fault.
* NeverSayDie: Averted in "Love Story" and "The Story Of Us".
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Speak Now'' has more of a pop-rock song than Swift's earlier albums, relying on electric guitars and synth more than acoustic guitar and banjo, and Swift abandons on it the [[OohMeAccentsSlipping affected Southern twang]] she used on her first two albums. ''Speak Now Live'' is even more so - the version of "Better Than Revenge" included on it borders on HeavyMetal.
** ''Red'' is even more pop, but also more rock then ''Speak Now''.
** ''1989'' is her first official pop album.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: "Red" is rock, played through a country introduction and with a pop-like hook, all at the same time, this rule could be applied to many of the other non-Max Martin tracks on the album.
* NiceGirl: Watch any interview with her and she comes across as so sweet You'd probably get diabetes from standing next to her.
** Ditto to most of her songs, though often with enough [[{{Lampshading}} self-deprecating humor]] that they don't become too [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickeningly sweet]].
** Subverted as of the release of "reputation"
* NobodyThinksItWillWork: One of the bonus tracks on Speak Now (Ours) is about one of these.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The protagonist of "Wildest Dreams" is clearly based on Elizabeth Taylor, with her unknown co-star standing in for Richard Burton.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Ronan", which was a charity single written for a boy who died of cancer. This is the ''only'' example in her repertoire. (See the entry for TitleDrop for more information.)
* NoodleIncident: "...the incident that happened backstage when Taylor Swift appeared in concert in Wembley November 2009", as mentioned by a radio presenter on the Orion Media group of stations in the Midlands in the United Kingdom. What the incident was, exactly, [[WildMassGuessing is not made clear]]. It's speculated it was something involving [[ThePrimaDonna something funny we can't go into]]. Speculation states [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement we can't go into it]].[[TroubledProduction "for legal reasons"]].
* ObsessionSong: "Teardrops On My Guitar", "You Belong With Me", and "Speak Now". "Invisible" might qualify for this. All but said in "Dear John"...
* OddFriendship: Many people consider her friendship with Lena Dunham to be this.
** Same with her friendship with Music/{{Lorde}}, with Lorde even noting how on the outside they have nothing in common while introducing Swift's performance at the 2014 MTV [=VMAs=].
* OdeToYouth: "22", "Tim [=McGraw=]", "Our Song", "Long Live", "Never Grow Up"
* OlderThanTheyLook: Does she ''look'' like she's 27? For reference's sake, she's 16 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Taylor_Swift.png on her debut album's cover art]].
* TheOner: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
* OopNorth: Where she's become a fashion icon, competing with Music/{{Kesha}} in the style stakes. ''Particularly'' in Wigan where others try to emulate her look, and sometimes, her singing voice.
** In fact, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is an unofficial anthem in Ormskirk, for some reason, in factor, Taylor Swift is something of a celeb icon there - more so than her home state, or the United States, and it's [[Headscratchers/TaylorSwift not entirely clear]].
** Those from the North are not quite sure either, but when she was just getting well known the children's choir performed "Love Story" at the Manchester Arena. Perhaps because she seems similar enough to them and is American; there is an appeal to that.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: In "You Belong With Me".
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: None of the Taylors in the "Look What You Made Me Do" music video get along.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: [[http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/94793/Harry-Styles-Threw-Taylor-Swift-Over-His-Shoulder-As-He-Hangs-Out-Backstage-At-US-X-Factor- Courtesy of]] Music/HarryStyles.
* OverprotectiveDad:
** "Picture to Burn".
-->"My daddy's gonna show you how sorry you'll be!"
** "Love Story".
* ParentalLoveSong: "The Best Day" is about a girl and her mother and the good times they have as she grows up.
-->And I didn't know if you knew
-->So I'm taking this chance to say
-->That I had the best day with you today.
* PastInTheRearViewMirror: "White Horse".
* PerformanceVideo: "Change", "Fearless", and "Sparks Fly."
* PimpedOutDress:
** The lyrics to "Speak Now" mention "someone back inside the room wearing a gown shaped like a pastry".
** She wears a couple classical ones in the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xg3vE8Ie_E "Love Story"]].
* PissTakeRap: Her and Music/TPain's parody "Thug Story".
** Then "Shake It Off" has her actually rapping in a Music/{{Kesha}}-like way.
* PopPunk: "Better Than Revenge" and "The Story of Us" wouldn't sound out of place in a Paramore album.
* PowerWalk: The music video for "Bad Blood" features one.
* PrecisionFStrike: Not on the actual track, but the music video for "Look What You Made Me Do" has Taylor calling ''herself'' a bitch. And then the other Taylor objects to it. (Yeah, it's that kinda video.) Not an ''f''-strike, but still surprising when compared to her previous stuff.
** Likewise, the line "If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing" on "I Did Something Bad" surprised many fans.
* PrincessClassic: Fairytale imagery featured on Swift's second album, ''Fearless''. She explored the disconnect "between fairy tales and the reality of love": "We're raised as little girls to think that we're a princess and that Prince Charming is going to sweep us off our feet". Seen in ''Love Story'', ''White Horse'', and ''Today Was A Fairytale''.
* PrincessPhase: Mentioned specifically in "The Best Day," when describing early memories of her and her mother.
-->"There is a video I found from back when I was three...\\
It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs...
* ProductPlacement: The aforementioned Bob Kingsley edit of "Tim [=McGraw=]".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: WE. ARE NEVER. EVER. EVER. GETTING BACK TOGETHER. [[DiscussedTrope Discussed on-air]] on UTV radio stations, and on Real Radio Scotland.
** You could've been getting down to ''THIS. SICK. BEAT.''
** "This is why we can't have nice. Things. Dar. Ling!"
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: This line from "Long Live":
-->And the cynics were outraged\\
Screaming, "This is absurd!"\\
Cause for a moment a band of thieves in ripped up jeans got to rule the world.
* RapunzelHair: Donned this until February 2014 when she fully transitioned to Pop music. She then sported shoulder-length hair until 2017. Since the release of ''reputation'', it appears she has started growing her hair back out again.
* RealIsBrown: The office in the "Ours" music video is decorated in a way that makes it look very sepia-toned.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** The lyrics of "Should've Said No" were based on words used by Taylor when she confronted an ex-boyfriend.
** All of her songs on her album ''Speak Now'' are supposedly about her relationships, each relating to one person or event, except for "Speak Now" (based on a dream) and "Mine" (totally hypothetical scenario).
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: {{Invoked}} in the video for "You Belong With Me".
* ReallyGetsAround: The subject of "Better Than Revenge" is said to do this.
* RearrangeTheSong: Many of Swift's singles are heavily remixed for airplay on stations less friendly to country music:
** The pop mix of "Our Song", used so widely it appeared on one of the ''Now That's What I Call Music!'' albums, replaces fiddle with power chords in the intro and all but does away with the banjo and the silly style of the instrumental. There is a country version on ''Taylor Swift'' and a pop version on ''Fearless'', it's really obvious.
** The pop radio version of "Teardrops on My Guitar" completely replaces the country instrumental from the original with electric guitar, keyboards, and a drum machine.
** "Love Story", in particular, drops the banjo and strings, pushes the bass and drums forward, [[AutoTune distorts the vocals more so than the original]], and adds a brief electric guitar solo.[[note]]This is also how the song is performed in concert.[[/note]]
** "You Belong With Me" replaces the banjo with electric guitar.
*** For the ''Red'' tour, Swift herself rearranges the song entirely as a doo-wop number.
** The pop radio versions of "Mine" and "The Story Of Us" similarly drop the country-ish electric guitar from the verse sections in favor of some PowerPop chords.
** In a variant, she started performing "Sparks Fly" in 2007 and it became a viral hit on Website/YouTube. She released a re-written version of the song on ''Speak Now'' in 2010 (it was released as a single the next year) with electric guitar as the lead instrument as opposed to banjo, and slightly more [[IntercourseWithYou suggestive]] lyrics.
** Also seen on the deluxe version of ''Fearless'', where "Forever And Always" appears both as an up-tempo pop song and as a slowed-down solo piano piece.
** "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" went in the other direction — the pop version made the album, while the country version was a radio-only release.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** "Dear John" to John Mayer, who apparently took advantage of her and broke her heart. John responded in the press and the song appears to have worked splendidly.
** "Mean" is clearly about calling one particular person out.
--->''All you are is mean! \\
And a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life and mean!''
** "Better Than Revenge" to Camilla Belle. The song references [[Music/TheJonasBrothers Joe Jonas']] song "Much Better", which was written about Belle.
** "Forever and Always" is this towards Joe Jonas about leaving her for Belle; she refers to him as "a scared little boy".
** Others include "Picture to Burn" and "Cold As You".
** Jake Gyllenhaal gets run through the wringer on ''Red'', allegedly being the inspiration for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "All Too Well", the negatively-portrayed ex in "Begin Again", and the bonus track "The Moment I Knew". He gets a couple of more positive songs ("State of Grace" first among them), but the overall sentiment is clearly that Taylor is glad to be rid of him.
** "I Knew You Were Trouble" about Music/JohnMayer.
** "Bad Blood", which is rumoured to be about Music/KatyPerry.
** "Look What You Made Me Do" and "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" are pretty clearly about Kanye West.
* RecordProducer: Her debut album was the first production credit for Nathan Chapman, who has since become an in-demand producer and session musician.
* ReincarnationRomance: Implied in the video for "Love Story."
* RegalRinglets: "Love Story"
* RhymingWithItself:
** "Like I do" is rhymed with itself in "You Belong with Me", which also rhymes "than that" with, "like that" and others.
** She also does it in "Look What You Made Me Do":
-->But I got smarter, I got harder in the '''nick of time''',\\
Honey, I rose up from the dead; I do it '''all the time'''.
* TheRival: At first, she's touted to be rivals with Music/MileyCyrus. Considering Taylor and Miley are known to be good friends, even performing together, and even Taylor being a cameo on Series/HannahMontana: TheMovie, this is nonsensical. However, her latter feud with Music/KatyPerry is real; see TakeThat below as to how it started.
* RomanceOnTheSet: [[invoked]] The starlet in "Wildest Dreams" has one with the male lead. It doesn't end happily, as he moves on to someone else.
* RunningGag: Check the end of her first three albums' liner notes:
** ''Taylor Swift'': "P.S. To all the boys who thought they would be cool and break my heart, guess what? Here are 14 songs written about you. HA."
** ''Fearless'': "And to the boys who inspired this album, you had fair warning."
** ''Speak Now'': "P.S. To all the boys who inspired this album, you should've known. :)"
** This stopped with ''Red'', which just read "THANK YOU'' under the inner CD holder.
* SecondPersonNarration: "Fifteen", despite being clearly autobiographical, switches between this and first person.
* SecretKeeper: Given that "You're So Vain" is also about a real person, it kind of fits that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7CsaOF3S5c she's one of only two people in the world who knows for sure who Carly Simon's singing about]].
* SelfDeprecation:
** During one verse in "22", you can clearly hear the voice of someone saying "Who's Taylor Swift anyway? Ew!"
** Taylor does this a lot. During one concert, she said, "I imagine it could be really hard to make a relationship last. I wouldn't know." And "Whenever a man shows emotion, I appear." on SNL.
** The video for "Shake It Off" has her surrounded by skilled dancers of all types and her just being... not.
** At an award show, she happily nodded along to a host saying watch out for her, she'll break up with you and write a song about it.
** One line in the chorus of "Blank Space" is, "Got a long list of ex-lovers/They'll tell you I'm insane".
** All of the celebrities picked the names of the alter egos they played in the "Bad Blood" video themselves. Taylor's alias was "[[IncrediblyLamePun Cat]][[CrazyCatLady astrophe]]".
* SignatureSong: "You Belong With Me" for her country period, "Shake It Off" or "Blank Space" for her pop period.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Go on, guess what her first album was called.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: The "You Belong With Me" video.
* ShoutOut:
** "Tim [=McGraw=]" is a shoutout to [[Music/TimMcGraw that singer]] in general, and specifically to his song "Can't Tell Me Nothin'".
** "Bad Blood"[='=]s music video references several films. The bikes, for instance, are a reference to ''{{Film/Tron}}''. The opening scene, in which Taylor gets thrown out a window and lands on top of a car, also closely resembles the opening scene of the horror-comedy ''Film/{{Detention}}'' (which, notably, was also directed by Joseph Kahn), right down to the way in which she's [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/cinemorgue/images/4/44/Alisonwoods.png/revision/latest?cb=20140529214849 splayed out]] [[http://ell.h-cdn.co/assets/15/21/980x612/screen-shot-2015-05-18-at-80352-am.png atop the car]], as well as the fact that the character in ''Detention'' who suffers that fate [[HilariousInHindsight is named Taylor]].
* SignatureStyle: Recurring references include the guy's [[WhatBeautifulEyes eyes]], rain, and Tuesday night (even more specifically, 2am). Before ''Red'', she was also distinguished by acoustic pop production and her thin singing voice.
* SillyLoveSongs: "Love Story" lampshades itself as this.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Definitely in her Fearless and SelfTitledAlbum eras.
* SarcasmMode: in We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: "I hate you, we break up, you call me, '''I Love you'''"
* SmallTownBoredom: Particularly in "White Horse".
* TheSomethingSong: "Our Song", "Mary's Song" and "The Monologue Song (La La La)".
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Said word for word in "Speak Now."
* SpidersAreScary: A spider got in her dress driving back from the "Love Story" video shoot. This scenario was then followed by four rapid-fire "Oh my God"s and someone killing the spider with a deluxe Swift CD.
* StatuesqueStunner: She's 5'10" barefoot, and when dressing 'fancy' usually wears two inch heels, making her 6 feet even. Her guest appearance on ''Series/NewGirl'' lampshades it when she tells her love interest that she's not too tall for him.
* StealthParody: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
* SubduedSection: "Sparks Fly" and "Back To December", also "Haunted" and "Red"
* SlutShaming: "Better known for what she does on the mattress" and other family friendly quotes. She later revoked these lyrics, blaming it on her immaturity when she wrote them.
* StudioChatter: At the end of "Stay Stay Stay", she can be heard laughing and exclaiming "It's so fun!".
* SanitySlippageSong: I Knew You Were Trouble, Red, are two examples of toxic boys taking her sanity. Trouble's video monologue also lampshades it. All Too Well may also apply.
* TakeThat: "Forever and Always" to Joe Jonas. Also, her Series/SaturdayNightLive "Monologue Song" to him and Music/KanyeWest.
** "Better Than Revenge," which is about Camilla Belle. She goes through a period of talking about how Belle is haughty towards Taylor, apparently mocking her towards other people, and how she's been misinterpreting the concept of sophistication, likely in one of her best TakeThat moments ever. She ends the paragraph with this line:
--> ''But no amount of vintage dresses gives you '''dignity'''.''
** And then there was [[http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/awards/taylor-swift-takes-shot-ex-harry-styles-during-021124913.html the one to Harry Styles at the Grammys]].
** "Bad Blood" is a song about an artist who tried to hurt Swift's career. Considering her falling-out with Music/KatyPerry, and the fact that some of her tour dancers were hired out by Perry, most believe the song to be about her. (Another substantial rumor that plagues the song is that she's resentful of Perry's on-off relationship with Music/JohnMayer, who also dated Taylor and that she's bitter over someone she thought was a friend is dating her ex.)
** [[HereWeGoAgain And then there was]] [[http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/taylor-swift-shades-kanye-in-grammys-speech.html the one to Kanye West at the Grammys]].
** "Look What You Made Me Do" jabs at a lot of things, including a few repeat targets.
* TakeThatCritics: "Mean" calls out those who criticize her singing ability, a common criticism held against her.
** "Shake It Off" goes one step beyond.
* TeenIdol: She was sixteen when her first single was released.
* TeenPregnancy: According to WordOfGod, this was averted. Its aversion was {{lampshaded}}. Quoth her Website/MySpace:
-->''"I read a very creative rumor this morning saying I’m pregnant, which is the most IMPOSSIBLE thing on the planet. Take my word for it. Impossible."''
* ThatManIsDead: The bridge of "Look What You Made Me Do." "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead."
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Inverted. Oh so inverted. Not only is 13 Swift's lucky number, to the point where she will actively seek out any possible instance up to and including ''the expiration date on milk cartons'', she also considers the number 31 an acceptable substitute, because it's "13 backwards." Her birthday being on the 13th of December probably helps to explain a few things.
** "The Lucky One" is the 13th track on ''Red'', in which she sings the word ''lucky'' 13 times.
* ThisIsASong: "Dear John" and "Our Song".
* ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: Played straight in the "The Story of Us" music video, where the camera frequently cuts from the main storyline to Swift singing in the library, squirming against a wall.
* ThroughHisStomach: She's a noted advocate of using this approach at winning over new boyfriends.
* TitleDrop: ''And how.'' As of the release of ''Red'', every song she has ever released commercially, even as a featured artist, is an example of this trope. The only exception is "Ronan", which is a charity single.
** There is [[TitleDrop/TaylorSwift a page]] where many are listed, because you can't really fit such a massive discography on this page.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Look What You Made Me Do."
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: "She wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts, she's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers...." Yeah, that song again. The main character doesn't even look that tomboyish, but it counts by comparison.
** Likewise, Swift herself is the girly girl to Music/SelenaGomez's tomboy.
* TomboyishPonytail: In the "The Story of Us" music video.
* TookALevelInBadass: The "Out of the Woods" music video is essentially about Taylor doing this, being chased into an apparently-enchanted forest by some wolves and surviving treacherous conditions.
* {{Troperiffic}}:
** "Music/YouBelongWithMe" and the accompanying video, which has its own page.
** "Music/{{Mean}}"'s video, also has its own entry here.
** The "Bad Blood" music video is chock-full with ActionGirl tropes and references to Sci-Fi and Spy movies, to the point that [[http://io9.com/all-the-crazy-science-fiction-references-in-taylor-swif-1705145757 io9.com published an article enumerating them]].
* TruckDriversGearChange: Done in "Love Story" in an unusual fashion: she sings half of the chorus, goes up from C to D, then starts the chorus over again.
* TrueCompanions: "Change" and "Long Live" imply this relationship between her and her band, The Agency.
* {{Tsundere}}: The narrator of "Gorgeous." She has a crush on a guy, but she has a boyfriend and feels guilty for liking someone else, so she copes via making fun of him, blatantly ignoring him, or [[INeedAFreakingDrink getting drunk]].
-->''You make me so happy, it turns back to sad.''\\
''There's nothing I hate more than what I can't have.''
* TurnTheOtherCheek:
** "Innocent".
** Subverted by "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things."
-->And here's to you, 'cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do. ''(pause, followed by uproarious laughter)'' I can't even say it with a straight face!
* TwirlOfLove: Taylor's reunion with her boyfriend [[spoiler:returning from deployment]] in the "Ours" music video.
* {{Undercrank}}: Used for ''no freaking reason'' in the end of the "Fearless" video. It's just a curtain going down.
* UnflinchingWalk: The music video for "Bad Blood".
* UnfortunateNames: She's thought of as a relative of [[http://www.signal1.co.uk/on-air/andy-swift/ this presenter]].
* UnkemptBeauty: Here's what she looks like [[http://www.taylorpictures.net/displayimage.php?pid=17538&fullsize=1 without the makeup]]. She also displays this in the video for "Out of the Woods".
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: The inspiration for "Speak Now", according to WordOfGod.
* ValleyGirl:
** In ''We are Never Ever Getting Back Together'' she has this inflection in her voice. Like ''ever''.
** Also her "ex-man's new girlfriend" apparently speaks like this.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Ellen Degeneres. Ellen's probably the one person who can make Taylor into an out-and-out ButtMonkey and get away with it.
* TheVamp: Taylor's rival ([[ActingForTwo and Taylor herself]]) in the "You Belong With Me" music video.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: A [[StrictlyFormula recurring theme]].
* WhiteStallion: The song "White Horse":
-->I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairytale\\
I'm not the one you'll sweep off her feet\\
Lead her up the stairwell\\
...Now it's too late for you and your white horse\\
To come around.
* WideEyedIdealist: Her self-portrayal in "White Horse", all the way to the TearJerker ending.
* WinBackTheCrowd: Her accounts on [[http://www.ukastle.co.uk UKAstle]] and [[{{OtherWebsites/Reddit}} Reddit]] could be seen as an attempt at this.
* WholeCostumeReference: The video for "Shake It Off" has Taylor dressed up as Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Skrillex, and Fergie as they appeared in various music videos.
* WomanInWhite: It would be easier to count which music videos ''don't'' have her in a white dress of IncorruptiblePurePureness.
* WomanScorned: Go ahead. Make a DrinkingGame out of it.
* {{Yandere}}: Often portrayed as one in parodies.
** She seems to be one in her own music video for "Blank Space," ''parodying the parodies of her.''
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: In "Love Story", Swift says she "was a scarlet letter", presumably meaning ForbiddenFruit, as in [[OverprotectiveDad My Daughter Is Off Limits]]. However, ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' actually refers to a badge of shame worn by an outcast (said of the one worn by the main character in the book).
** Possibly actually refers to the concept of something "red letter" being exciting and off-limits.
** "New Romantics" has the line "we show off our different scarlet letters, trust me, mine is better," which makes more sense considering the song is overall about not letting others' negative opinions get to you.
* YourCheatingHeart: Comes up in several of her songs, including "Should've Said No" (breaking up with her partner for cheating), and "Style" (both partners confess to cheating but it doesn't seem to end the relationship). It's also the reason for the breakup in the "White Horse" music video, though the lyrics make it sound more like an abusive relationship.