10 Best Taylor Swift Love Songs
The best Taylor Swift love songs tend to chronicle what she wants in a relationship, or even the feeling she gets on a first date. Covering personal relationships at 15 years old, to realizing that someone can make her believe in love again, here are Taylor Swift’s best songs about love.
‘I’m Only Me When I’m With You’
One of three tracks featured on the deluxe edition of Swift’s self-titled album, the song is about realizing that your first love understands you better than anyone else: “Everything I need is right here by my side / And I know everything about you / I don’t wanna live without you.”
Taylor is no stranger to heartbreak. Breakup anthems have become one of her signatures! However, she’s also a master at picking up the pieces and moving on. ‘Begin Again’ captures that magical moment of meeting someone new after a breakup and standing at the start of something great.
‘Today Was a Fairytale’
The upbeat, poppy single about a magical date is featured in the love-induced, cheesy flick ‘Valentine’s Day’ — Swift’s onscreen debut, next to former flame Taylor Lautner. Swift penned and shelved the single back in 2008, later offering it as a promotional single, as it did not fit on her album, ‘Speak Now.’ The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard 100, tying with ‘You Belong With Me,’ as her highest-charting single.
The haters are going to hate, but that doesn’t get Taylor down! ‘Ours’ showcases the singer at her best — sweet melodies, heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics and the ability to paint a love story. In the song, Taylor admits a familiar sentiment; love isn’t easy, but it’s worth the fight.
When Owl City‘s Adam Young professed his love to Taylor, she decided to respond by writing him a song. Awwww, so cute! Note that this rock ballad — introduced with short guitar strumming and fairytale-like synthesizers — includes the words “enchanted” and “wonderstruck” after Young used them in an email exchange with her. It obviously worked — she was swept off her feet:” All I know is I was enchanted to meet you / This night is sparkling, don’t you let it go / I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home.”
Demonstrating how to be fearless about falling in love, Taylor sings about the best first date: “Cause I don’t know how it gets better than this / You take my hand and drag me head first / Fearless.” Although the song was leaked in 2008 to promote the ‘Fearless’ album, it wasn’t official released as a single until January 2010.
The third single from Taylor Swift’s eponymous debut, ‘Our Song’ was originally written for her freshman year talent show, about how she and then-boyfriend did not have a song. The banjo-driven track was her No. 1 hit on the country chart.
‘You Belong With Me’
Taylor Swift’s biggest crossover hit — due to Nathan Chapman’s production — is about a seemingly unobtainable love interest similar to ‘Teardrops on My Guitar,’ but with a happy ending. One of the few Taylor Swift love songs that’s not based on her life, the track became her fourth No. 1 country hit and her highest-charting Hot 100 hit, peaking at No. 2.
“I’ve developed this pattern of running away when it comes time to fall in love and stay in a relationship,” Taylor admits to MTV News. However in ‘Mine,’ Taylor hopes she finds someone that will make her believe in love again: “You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter / You are the best thing that’s ever been mine,” she sings in the catchy hook.
The lead single from ‘Fearless,’ Swift penned the lyrics about a guy who may have not been the right choice in the eyes of others, but was perfect to her. Borrowing the famous Shakespeare tale, Swift’s fairytale hit became the fourth best-selling digital download by a female artist.