Top 5 Taylor Swift songs to play leading up to Election Day
Election Day Is less than a month away and it is so important to never lose hope. One way we can do that is by listening to music to keep us going. Music makes everyone happy and gives us a bit of inspiration and hope.Taylor Swift’s catalog of music is very extensive and talks about a wide range of topics. With her last few albums, Swift has dived into politics and talking about important issues in the world.
So, if you want to feel inspired to change the world, to vote, or just listen to some great music, here are 5 Taylor Swift songs you should listen to leading up to election day.
Only the Young
This politically driven song was featured in the Netflix Documentary, “Miss Americana,” about Swift’s life, career, how she found her voice and encouraged others to do so. The song was not featured on her seventh studio album, “Lover,” instead it was saved for the documentary.
“Only The Young” talks about gun violence, mass shootings, and how the younger generation of voters can be the ones who change what is happening today. It received critical acclaim and is nominated for a People’s Choice Award. It is the most political song she has released to date.
Although not intended as a political song, “Change” has taken on a whole new meaning. This song featured on her sophomore album, “Fearless,” was way before Swift talked about politics. It is actually about her hopes and aspirations of succeeding.
“Change” was chosen as the theme song for the 2008 Summer Olympics and speaks of overcoming obstacles and achieving victory. There are very political lyrics that Swift might not even have intended such as, “repeating history and you’re getting sick of it,” “These walls that they put up to hold us back will fall down. It’s a revolution. The time will come for us to finally win.” They are just a few examples. It is really empowering to listen to if you are feeling fed up.
This song, off her album, “Lover,” which she owns, talks about toxic masculinity and double standards, not just in the entertainment industry but in the world, how she gets criticized for writing about love and exes, for example, but it’s ok when men do it. Men can get away with a lot more than women can and it’s not fair.
She has rightfully accomplished and earned everything she has worked for and just because people are jealous because she is not a man doesn’t mean they should call her degrading names, try to manipulate her, and discredit her hard work.
Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince
Although it is set in the setting of a high school, Swift has spoken about the political undertones in this song. “MAATHBP,” track 7 on “Lover,” documents Swift’s disillusionment with the current state of the US politics. It has been labeled as a melodramatic protest song.
The song inspired the title of her documentary. It was used in the trailer, but never used in the film itself. One lyric that really stands out is “American glory faded before me. Now I’m feeling hopeless.”
You Need To Calm Down
One of the singles off “Lover,” “You Need To Calm Down” talked about Swift addressing internet trolls and homophobes. Many of her friends in the LGBTQ+ community were featured in the video. At the end, she reunited with long-time rival turned friend, Katy Perry, and made fans freak out.
The very end also featured a petition for the equality act, which basically states that everyone is treated equal under the law, which has gained over 800,000 signatures. “YNTCD” won several awards including AMAs and VMAs.
Don’t forget to make your voice heard and vote on November 3rd!