- 15. So It Goes...
I'm sure I'll get hate for this. It's just a little bland, and it is my least favorite written song on the album. It feels a bit unfinished to me. I still like it though! I literally like every song on the album and would rank each song higher on this song would not be last or even like last three places on any previous album.
Best lyric: I did a number on you // But, honestly, baby, who's counting?
Dress is an important song for the evolution of Taylor Swift's character and the loss of her innocence. Otherwise, I find it kinda boring. This placing will get most hate I bet.
Best lyric: And if I get burned, at least we were electrified
13. This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Honestly, the chorus reminds me of "It's A Hard-Knock Life" so much. And, it does not favorably compare to the iconic Annie opener. But, it's still a great song, and is salvaged by how shady the lyrics are. Snarky Taylor is still great. I am living for the condescension of the song especially how everything comes together at the end.
Best lyric: Friends don't try to trick you // Get you on the phone and mind-twist you // And so I took an ax to a mended fence
12. Look What You Made Me Do
Despite dying and coming back to life after hearing this song, it just isn't as strong as many of her other songs. I'm not a huge fan of the chorus.
Best lyric: I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. // Why? // Oh, 'cause she's dead!
To be clear, I still love this song! I literally love every song on this album. It's just aggressively simple that sometimes it can be a bit cringeworthy which is overall the biggest flaw of Taylor Swift's writing (and often my own).
Best lyric: You make me so happy, it turns back to sad, yeah // There's nothing I hate more than what I can't have
10. Dancing With Our Hands Tied
I love this song. It's so different from her other songs. Taylor writes the BEST pre-choruses. A trend in Reputation is that I like the pre-chorus better than the actual chorus. This is one of those instances. I love the use of techno elements in the background. It kinda reminds me of the Stranger Things intro.
Best lyric: I could've spent forever with your hands in my pockets // Picture of your face in an invisible locket
9. New Year's Day
Okay, this is legitimately an amazing song. It feels so different from every song in the best way, and I think there's a definite argument that this is the best song on the album. I just prefer listening to her other songs better. It's similar to how I feel about All Too Well which is likely Taylor Swift's best song. I still like listening to I Knew You Were Trouble better than All Too Well.
Best lyric: Please don't ever become a stranger // Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
8. I Did Something Bad
Taylor swore! The first song on this list where I feel that every piece of the song is working. Also, the guy riffing in the background is definitely Ed Sheeran right? EDIT: IT'S TAYLOR
Best lyric: If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing // I don't regret it one bit, 'cause he had it coming
7. Don't Blame Me
I LOVE the chorus to this song. It's one of those songs that you can instantly sing along to. It's not "single material" unfortunately. But at least I can be one of those weird fans that knows every hidden gem.
Best lyric: Lord, save me, my drug is my baby // I'll be usin' for the rest of my life
6. King of My Heart
I love how the chorus sounds. It just feels so relaxing. It feels like a warm realization. It's one of the most underrated songs on the album.
Best lyric: I made up my mind, I'm better off being alone
I've used LOVE too much that it's becoming a cliché, but also I definitely love this song. This album feels like such a natural evolution for Taylor. I love how everything came together. My reputation's never been worse, so you must like me for me. So many beautiful lyrics.
Best lyric: Sometimes I wonder when you sleep // Are you ever dreaming of me?
4. ... Ready For It?
Perfect start to a great album. I thought of ranking it lower because I've listened to it so much, but I can't deny how good the song is. I really hope that it gets more plays on the radio. It deserves to be a #1 for Taylor as well as LWYMMD was. This is definitely the better song.
Best lyric: I know I'm gonna be with you // So I take my time // Are you ready for it?
3. End Game
This needs to be the next single! Everything about this song works so much better than it should. At first, I cringed at "big reputation big reputation" but now that's one of my favorite parts of the album because of how different it is from everything she's done. This is definitely the closest she gets to appropriating black culture, but let's wait to judge until the music video. Ed Sheeran's part is also lowkey the best part of the song.
Best lyric: I swear I don't love the drama, it loves me
2. Call It What You Want
Such a good song. Every part is so great. So much to say about it that I'll just quote extra lyrics.
Best lyrics: My castle crumbled overnight // I brought a knife to a gunfight // They took the crown, but it's alright
And I know I make the same mistakes every time // Bridges burn, I never learn // At least I did one thing right
But would you run away with me? // Yes
1. Getaway Car
The end of this song is euphoric. I love how it builds on itself and goes higher and higher. It feels like the happy ending that everyone wants to their sad story. Too bad it's not.
Best lyric: The ties were black, the lies were white // The shades of grey in candlelight
TL;DR Reputation is amazing!
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