Everyone knows Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She has an extensive back catalog that will live on forever. Swift is known for writing about exes and enemies, but there are some cases where that is not the case. Here are the top 5 times Taylor Swift name dropped celebrities in her songs.
Most of the time, she’ll let listeners decipher who she is talking about, but sometimes there is a name in a song that you wouldn’t expect.
Taylor Swift Name Dropped: Stella McCartney in “London Boy” (Lover, 2019)
The line is “Stick with me, I’m your queen, like a Tennessee Stella McCartney, on the heat. Just wanna be with you.” This is in reference to her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. He is British so Stella McCartney, fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, is very popular over there. Swift moved to Nashville to begin her career and that’s where it started. Swift also collaborated on a clothing line with McCartney and the designer was very flatters Swift mentioned her in her song.
Taylor Swift Name Dropped: Drake in “I Forgot That You Existed” (Lover, 2019)
The line “In my feelings more than Drake, so yeah” is in reference to the rapper’s song, “In My Feelings.” Fans have wanted them to collaborate for a while, but no luck yet. However, the pair were linked when Taylor Swift rapped to Drake in the Apple Music commercial while on a treadmill. He hilariously responded by appearing in an Apple Music commercial dancing to “Bad Blood.”
Taylor Swift Name Dropped: Harry Styles in “Style” (1989, 2014)
Although she never directly said this song was about the “Watermelon Sugar” singer, the title says it all. It is his last name. The lines, “You got that long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt” and “You’ve got that James Dean daydream look in your eye” are hinting towards Styles. The man in the video also resembles him. The pair reportedly dated for a few months at the end of 2012.
John Mayer in “Dear John” (Speak Now, 2010)
Swift’s longest song in her discography name drops John Mayer by having his first name in the title. The line “Don’t you think 19’s too young to be played by your dark twisted games when I loved you so? I should’ve known.” also implies it is about him because Swift dated him when she was 19 years old. The pair dated for about one year. In the past, Mayer has given praise to Swift’s album, “reputation” and praised her songwriting. It seems like there is no more bad blood between the two.
Tim McGraw in “Tim McGraw” (Taylor Swift, 2006)
The debut single from Swift started it all. The lines go “When you think Tim McGraw, I hope you think of my favorite song” and “When you think of Tim McGraw, I hope you think of me.” The country singer has been a part of Swift’s life since the beginning of her career. She even collaborated with him and Keith Urban on “Highway Don’t Care” and brought him and wife, Faith Hill on stage during a show on her reputation Stadium Tour.
Can you think of any more songs where she name-drops celebrities?