Not gonna lie, I have had dozens of phone calls over the years with friends dissecting who we think Taylor Swift‘s songs are about because, let’s face it, it’s interesting AF, and it’s a great way to ignore all the things in your life you should be focusing on. We’re guessing you, too, have had a few of these conversations. So here you have it. We present to you, The Ultimate Guide to Who Every Taylor Swift Song Was Written About.
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This one’s easy. From the hint in the song’s title to the tumultuous on again off again relationship, this song is about Harry Styles. “You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye. And I got that red lip classic thing that you like.” Yup, definitely about the time Harry and Taylor were a thing.
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“Out of the Woods”
Another ode to her and Harry Styles’ “are we, aren’t we” relationship. The give away in this song is the lyrics, “Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/Twenty stitches in a hospital room,” which refers to when the two were in a snowmobile accident, which sent them both to the hospital. Taylor also references the matching paper plane necklaces the two wore while they were dating: “Two paper airplanes flying, flying, flying.”
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Taylor wasn’t exactly subtle with this one; it’s totally about Jake Gyllenhaal. In the music video, we have a Jake lookalike and a visual reference to the infamous scarf that Taylor wore on one of their widely photographed dates. Taylor also references the scarf in “All Too Well;” “But you keep my old scarf from that very first week.” In this video, she also hints at his love for indie records.
This one’s a bit trickier. From the album “Red,” widely associate with Jake Gyllenhaal , Taylor says the song is “about when you’ve gotten through a really bad relationship, and you finally dust yourself off and go on that first date after a horrible breakup and the vulnerability that goes along with all that.” We’re betting the breakup in the song is about Jake, and the new man is Connor Kennedy or Will Anderson from the band Parachute, who’s a James Taylor fan.
“I Knew You Were Trouble”
This one is SO about Harry Styles. When she performed the song at the 2012 Brit Awards that Harry also attended, she said, “‘Well, it’s not hard to access that emotion when the person the song is directed at is standing by the side of the stage watching.”
This one’s for Joe Jonas, who was the first New Yorker the pop princess ever dated.
“All Too Well”
We’re back to Jake Gyllenhaal and the infamous scarf. “Left my scarf there at your sister’s house/And you still got it in your drawer even now” AND “But you keep my old scarf from that very first week/’Cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me.”
“The Last Time”
Another shout out to Jake. He was rumored to be linked to Rachel Bilson at the time they were dating, which brings light to the line about her wanting to be at the top of his “list.”
The Internet is sure this song is about the late Cory Monteith, who Taylor dated for just under a month.
“Back to December”
Sweet, Taylor Lautner. The timeline matches up perfectly here. Taylor broke it off with Lautner in December of 2009.
The title gives this one away; John Mayer this is about you.
Taylor loves to name songs after boys! This song is about a crush she had on a musician named Stephen Liles, who was in the band Love and Theft and who Taylor toured with.
“Better Than Revenge”
This dis track mentions an “actress,” and we’re pretty sure it’s referencing Camilla Belle, who Joe Jonas dated right after Taylor.
“Forever & Always”
Joe Jonas, this one’s for you. “Forever and Always” is about the boy who broke up with Taylor over the phone in a 25-second convo.
“Picture to Burn”
This song is rumored to be about Jordan Alford. After the video was released, former classmates said there were plenty of references to their high school relationship.
This song is rumored to be about Taylor’s high school love, Brandon Borello. He was older than her, and this song was written about him before he left for college.
Another sweet tune about Brandon Borello. She first performed it for a high school talent show while the two were dating.
“Should’ve Said No”
Sam Armstrong is the center of this revenge song. It was rumored that he cheated on her while they were dating in high school.
“Teardrops on My Guitar”
This one’s about Drew Hardwick. His name is right there in the lyrics! Drew apparently reached out to Tay after she found fame, hoping for a shot. Sorry, buddy. That ship has passed.
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