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Best Taylor Swift Lyrics

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The best Taylor Swift lyrics express the expert songwriter's sense of love, loss, anger or frustration in a few short verses, while entertaining us with a contagious melody or guitar line. The country superstar is the voice of a generation, having defined teenage love and heartbreak over the course of her first three albums. Which lyric is the best of Taylor Swift's lyrics? 

This list includes her biggest hits like 'Love Story,' 'Ours,' 'Tim McGraw' and 'Mean.' It also includes a few others that don't make our list of the Top Taylor Swift Songs. If there is a song that you think should be on the Best Taylor Swift Lyrics list, be sure to tell us about it in the comments section below. 


Fifteen
10

'Fifteen'

"In your life you'll do things greater than dating the boy of the football team / But I didn't know it at fifteen."
 
 

This short lyric from 'Fifteen' is just a small example of Taylor Swift's strong work on her 'Fearless' album. One could argue there are better lyrics from this song to be included, but this phrase kicks off the Best Taylor Swift Lyrics list because -- like so many of her songs-- it captures how it feels to be a teen in a way even people much older can appreciate.

 
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
9

'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'

"I'm really gonna miss you picking fights / And me, falling for it screaming that I'm right / And you, would hide away and find your peace of mind / With some indie record that's much cooler than mine."
 
 

Taylor Swift's 2012 debut single from 'Red' may not make many lists of the Taylor Swift songs, but it includes a few gems lyrically. The 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' lyrics are made better by Swift's sarcasm and anger from start to finish.

 
White Horse
8

'White Horse'

"This ain't Hollywood, this is a small town / I was a dreamer before you went and let me down / Now it's too late for you and your white horse to come around."
 
 

Taylor Swift was going through something of a fairytale stage with 'Fearless.' This best Taylor Swift lyric provides beautiful imagery in just a few short words. That's a strength that the country superstar shows with each new song.

 
Mine
7

'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."
 
 

Taylor Swift's lead single from the 'Speak Now' album became a Top 5 hit while introducing a new phase in the singer's life and career. The love song isn't her best on the album, but the 'Mine' lyrics are strong enough to land on this list of the best Taylor Swift lyrics.

 
Tim McGraw
6

'Tim McGraw'

"When you think Tim McGraw / I hope you think my favorite song / The one we danced to all night long / The moon like a spotlight on the lake."
 
 

Swift showed off her songwriting skills early with this lyric from her very first single, 'Tim McGraw'. The innocence of love has never been described so well by someone so young -- the singer wasn't yet able to drive when she penned this colorful line. The song continues to hold up as one of the best of her career.

 
Mean
5

'Mean'

"Someday I'll be living in a big ol' city / And all you're ever gonna be is mean / Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me / And all you're ever gonna be is mean."
 
 

Swift proved she's capable of much more than love or breakup songs with this hit from the 'Speak Now' album. Her songwriting continues to get sharper and sharper, and in this song, she cuts down a critic without coming across as mean or nasty herself. Along the way, she pens one great anti-bullying song.

 
Teardrops on My Guitar
4

'Teardrops on My Guitar'

"Drew walks by me, can he tell that I can't breathe / And there he goes, so perfectly / The kind of flawless I wish I could be / She better hold him tight, give him all her love / Look in those beautiful eyes and know she's lucky 'cause ..."
 
 

This verse from 'Teardrops on My Guitar' reminds anyone who's crushed on a high school classmate what the pain was like. As she walks by, our chests tighten and we beg for this boy to notice her. When a song can move you like that, it's sure to find a place on a best lyrics list.

 
Love Story
3

'Love Story'

"'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter / And my daddy said, 'Stay away from Juliet' / But you were everything to me / I was begging you, Please don't go'."
 
 

This is perhaps the best song in Swift's catalog, and it's so much more than just a catchy melody or hooky chorus. The Scarlet Letter reference and allusion to Shakespeare are smart, but not too smart. They add romance to one of the best songs on the Taylor Swift Lyrics list.

 
Ours
2

'Ours'

"So don't you worry your pretty little mind / People throw rocks at things that shine / And life makes love look hard / The stakes are high, the water's rough / But this love is ours."
 
 

The last single from Swift's 'Speak Now' album is arguably her best from the project, or even the best ever. The mood is understated, but the lyrics are powerful and honest. It's a shame that everyone focuses on the subject of her breakup songs more than beautiful sentiments like this one.

 
Back to December
1

'Back to December'

"Your guard is up and I know why / Because the last time you saw me / Is still burned in the back of your mind / You gave me roses and I left them there to die."
 
 

The top song on the Best Taylor Swift Lyrics list is a love song which is rumored to be about actor Taylor Lautner. The lyric above is just a small example of how Swift can arrange her thoughts in such a powerful and melodic way. "And then the cold came, the dark days when fear crept into my mind / You gave me all your love and all I gave you was goodbye," she sings during 'Back to December.' While it's not her biggest hit, it's her best lyrical effort. 

 

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