My Personal Rankings of the songs on “Lover”
Two weeks after the release and many, many re-listens of Taylor Swift’s 7th studio album, I feel prepared to make some calls about all of the songs. This album feels like a much lighter, much more fun direction than Reputation took us in. It feels much more in line with 1989.
The aesthetic that Taylor has been teasing on her instagram feed for months (one that matches perfectly with this blog) really matches the feeling on the album. All of the songs feel like they would perfectly fit in any upcoming romcom trailer.
Here are my rankings of the songs on Lover.
- Lover – The title track on the album is my favourite song on it. It’s perfectly melodic without being a slow-ballad kind of love song. The song is sweet and uplifting, but not overly up-beat and peppy. It’s a great tune that I’ve had on repeat since the album came out.
Favourite Lyric: All’s well that ends well to end up with you
- Paper Rings – The album’s 8th song is in close second for my favourite. It feels like a classically Taylor song. It’s catchy, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since listening to it. I just really love this song
Favourite Lyric: I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
- I Forgot That You Existed – The lead song on the album seems to be a universal favourite. It does a great job at ushering in her new era. It’s a great way to leave the grudge-holding of Reputation in the past.
Favourite Lyric: But then something happened one magical night, I forgot that you existed
- The Archer – For me, The Archer was a grower not a show-er. When it was released as the third single from the album, I was pretty lukewarm on it. After the first two singles being a disappointment I was a little worried about this album. But on many, many re-listens, I’ve fallen in love with The Archer.
Favourite Lyric: Who could ever leave me darling, but who could stay?
- London Boy – It may be an unpopular opinion to have this song so high up on my list, but gosh darn I love a geography-based song! I can see how a native Londoner would cringe listening to this, but as a lifelong anglophile I get Taylor’s excitement in this song.
Favourite Lyric: Babes, don’t threaten me with a good time
- Cornelia Street – Another geographical song!! This song is a perfect combination of a slowish song but with a great beat that’s really catchy. Check out the place on Cornelia Street that she was referring to in the song.
Favourite Lyric: We were in the backseat, drunk on something stronger than the drinks in the bar
- Cruel Summer – I just love this song. It’s sad that this song came out so close to the end of summer, or else it would have been on repeat for the whole season. There’s some great moments in the song where it really goes away from where you think it will.
Favourite Lyric: I love you, ain’t that the worst thing you’ve ever heard?
- I Think He Knows – I love the beat in this song. It’s super catchy, and I love how her voice changes between the chorus and the verses.
Favourite Lyrics: He’s so obsessed with me and boy, I understand
- False God – The saxophone at the beginning of this song is just magical and I wish it continued throughout. It is a perfect, slow, jazzy little number. This isn’t the most exciting song on the album, but it’s a nice listen.
Favourite Lyric: Make confessions and we’re begging for forgiveness
- Soon You’ll Get Better – When I heard that there would be a Dixie Chicks collab on this album, I was very excited. I was hoping for a back-to-her-roots country song from Taylor. What we got instead was a very beautiful song about Taylor’s mom’s cancer battle. And I almost can’t listen to it because it makes me cry every single time. This is a classic Taylor Swift song, with moving, poignant lyrics and a soft melody.
Favourite Lyric: And I hate to make this all about me, but who am I supposed to talk to? What am I supposed to do if there’s no you?
- Afterglow – This may be in the back half of the list, but I still really like this song. It’s just not the first song I want to listen to when when I press play on this album. It’s an interesting song that isn’t gushing about love, but taking responsibility for relationship issues.
Favourite Lyric: I’m the one who burned us down
- Death by a Thousand Cuts – This song was inspired by a Netflix romcom called “Someone Great” that I have yet to see. It’s a fairly upbeat track for the fact it’s about the end of a long romance. It’s definitely not where I thought the song was going when I heard the opening notes.
Favourite Lyric: Our country, I guess it was a lawless land
- Daylight – This song is fine. It just not particularly exciting. It’s the last song on the album, and I think it provides a nice outro to the theme of Lover.
Favourite Lyric: I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you
- Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – I really love the title of this song, but that’s about where it stops. Again, it’s a fine song. I don’t hate anything on this album. The lyrics mention high school a lot, and it feels pretty high school honestly. Both Taylor and myself are rapidly approaching our thirties, we don’t need to do this anymore. There’s also some tones in the chorus that drives me crazy because I think my phone is going off.
Favourite Lyric: You play stupid games, you win stupid prizes
- ME! – The lead single from this album is, uh, interesting. At first listen I was really unsure about this song. It’s really grown on me, but there are a couple very cringey moments that are hard to overlook. Thankfully, for the album release the took out the ‘Hey kids, spelling is fun!!!’
Favourite Lyric: My reputation precedes me
- It’s Nice to Have a Friend – I like the plucky instrumentals. But like in Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince, it just feels a little juvenile. It’s just like, did this song reeeeally need to make it on the album.
Favourite Lyric: Sorry, I don’t have a favourite lyric in this one.
- You Need to Calm Down – I love the message of this song. Support the LGBTQ+ community!! I love that the video prominently featured people from this community. It just feels like the song ties in some of her issues with people being mean to her with the issues LGBTQ+ folx face, which just isn’t the case. It took a a bunch of listens to get into this song, and even still some of the lyrics are just odd and awkward.
Favourite Lyric: Like, can you just not step on his gown?
- The Man – This song is just another cringe-worthy offering from Taylor. In this song she tries to take down the patriarchy, and discusses how much harder it is as a woman. All true and noble things! It’s just Taylor doesn’t always handle these things the best lyrically, which is the case with The Man.
Favourite Lyric: I’d be just like Leo in St. Tropez