Over the past few years, Taylor Swift has become the queen of love songs, writing lyrics about relationships that everyone seems to relate to — the good, the bad, and the teen angsty. To celebrate her 23rd birthday, we've chosen a Taylor Swift tune to suit every kind of relationship, pointing out why her lyrics may seem to hit so close to home. While some of her hits can get a little cheesy, we still love singing along when we're into a new guy or just getting over someone. With songs that cover the initial butterflies, bitter breakups, sad endings, and forever devotion, here are 13 (of course) Taylor Swift songs for every relationship status.
The song: "Sparks Fly"
Get me with those green eyes, baby
As the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me
When you're not around
Why it works: When a relationship is heating up, you're constantly thinking about everything that's happened, holding onto the sexy memories.
The song: "The Way I Loved You"
He can't see the smile I'm fakin'
And my heart's not breakin'
'Cause I'm not feelin' anything at all
And you were wild and crazy
Just so frustrating, intoxicating, complicated
Got away by some mistake
Why it works: When one relationship ends suddenly and you jump right into another, it's easy to start comparing the two, missing what you'd had before.
The song: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
You go talk to your friends,
Talk to my friends, talk to me
But we are never ever ever getting back together
Like ever . . .
Why it works: Sometimes relationships can feel like they're on a forever, on-and-off timeline. And sometimes, you know without a doubt that you've reached the finish line.
The song: "Love Story"
Romeo save me, they try to tell me how to feel
This love is difficult, but it's real
Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess
It's a love story, baby, just say yes
Why it works: Sometimes, we just want what we can't have — everyone loves a good challenge.
The song: "Enchanted"
This night is sparkling, don't you let it go
I'm wonderstruck, blushing all the way home
I'll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you
Why it works: "Wonderstruck" blends "wonder" and "awestruck," making it the perfect word to describe those swept-up feelings of meeting someone and instantly falling in love.
The song: "You Belong With Me"
If you could see
That I'm the one who understands you
Been here all along, so why can't you see?
You, you belong with me, you belong with me
Why it works: It's the story of being infatuated with someone who doesn't know how you feel — and all the frustrating, impatient feelings that go along with it.
The song: "Should've Said No"
And I should've been there in the back of your mind
I shouldn't be asking myself why
You shouldn't be begging for forgiveness at my feet
You should've said no, baby
And you might still have me
Why it works: If a person cheats, it feels like things should be black and white, but sometimes there's a bit of a gray area. In the aftermath, it's all about dealing with the shoulds and should nots, deciding whether to forgive and forget or move on.
The song: "Back To December"
It turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you
Wishing I'd realized what I had when you were mine
I go back to December,
Turn around and make it alright
I go back to December all the time
Why it works: Walking away from a relationship can feel like freedom, like the beginning of something new. It's an ending, though, too, and sometimes it's too late to come back.
The song: "Red"
Losing him was blue like I'd never known
Missing him was dark gray all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody
You've never met
But loving him was red
Why it works: No relationship is all good or all bad, but some are even more confusing than others, full of high highs and low lows.
The song: "Fearless"
And I don't know how it gets better than this
You take my hand and drag me headfirst, fearless
And I don't know why but with you I dance
In a storm in my best dress, fearless
Why it works: When you've already loved and lost, it's not as easy to dive headfirst into a relationship. But when you feel that first love, you're willing to be bold and fearless and love fully.
The song: "Forever and Always"
This thing is breaking down,
We almost never speak
I don't feel welcome anymore
Baby, what happened? Please tell me
'Cause one second it was perfect
Now you're halfway out the door
Why it works: Relationships go through phases over time, but sometimes the change can happen instantly — as if a switch goes off and suddenly everything's shifted.
The song: "Mine"
Do you remember
We were sitting 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's ever been mine
Why it works: When love is real and good and there to stay, it's all about valuing the other person and recognizing their worth — knowing that they truly are your best thing.
The song: "Our Song"
'Cause our song is the slamming screen door
Sneakin' out late, tapping on his window
When we're on the phone and he talks real slow
'Cause it's late and his mama don't know
Why it works: Teen flings are all about the sneaky, stolen moments, like throwing rocks at each other's windows to wake each other up or whispering during late-night phone calls.