There is a Taylor Swift song for every situation, including for recharging from the outside world.
Big bashes and romantic gestures. New York, London, and Paris. Many of Taylor Swift’s beloved hits include a bustling crowd, and her concert locations are no different.
Swift’s 2023 North American tour capped at 68 shows with an average of 72,459 attendees per night. These record-breaking statistics illustrate what fans already knew: There is solidarity in being a Swiftie. I mean, we host listening parties for when Taylor’s Version album drops. We work together to unlock her latest Easter eggs. And we exchange hand-crafted friendship bracelets.
Whether we are “high in the sky with Pennsylvania under” or “in the angels’ city chasing fortune and fame,” we are bound to find a kindred spirit whose face will light up at her name. After all, “it’s nice to have a friend” — and if you’re a Taylor Swift fan, you automatically have over 170,000,000.
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Taylor Swift ‘Gets’ Introverts
Rest assured, despite her party-like song settings, Taylor Swift is also for the introverts. In 2020, Swift surprised quarantining Swifties by releasing two mellow indie albums, known as folklore and evermore. These twin albums romanticized escaping from crowds into imagination and nature — and made my introverted soul sing.
Swift even recorded a documentary of folklore for Disney while wearing a cozy flannel in an intimate studio near the Hudson River, which is basically every introvert’s dream.
As an introvert myself, I can confirm that Swift’s discography has set the soundtrack to my favorite moments of solitude: snuggling with a blanket and a cup of tea on a rainy day, watching the sunset on my front step, or staying up with a good book well past my bedtime.
There is a Taylor Swift song for every situation — she “gets” us — including for recharging from the outside world. Below are 10 tracks that will convince you that even the Billboard 200 Queen empathizes with our unique introverted dilemmas.
10 Taylor Swift Songs That Prove She ‘Gets’ Introverts
1. When you long for fantasy escapism: “Wonderland” from 1989
Call it what you want — we introverts are known for our exceptionally vibrant imaginations. I, at least, wish I could fall down a rabbit hole when reality seems too loud and overwhelming.
In her 14th track of her 1989 album, Swift uses imagery from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to describe the highs and lows of a relationship. Lyrics such as “fell down a rabbit hole” and “Cheshire Cat smile” allude that the singer has an imagination full of whimsical creatures and fantastical ideas. “Wonderland” reminds introverted listeners that even the most popular singers contain a wealth of whimsy.
Favorite lyric: “Haven’t you heard what becomes of curious minds?”
2. When you yearn for some privacy: “Call It What You Want” from reputation
If you are in a customer service job like I am, you know all too well how far gossip can fly. Swift, too, understood how draining rumors and chatter could be; in fact, she took a substantial break before her “reputation” album, due to the negativity she was facing as an artist and a woman in the media.
Throughout the track, Swift repeats the lyrics “call it what you want to” to insinuate that she prefers to keep to herself rather than engage in discussion about rumors. “Call it What You Want” may be a mellow counter to the other peppy “reputation” tracks, but it still delivers the powerful message that Swift is free from the loud opinions of others.
Favorite lyric: “Nobody’s heard from me for months / I’m doin’ better than I ever was”
3. When you’re forced to bend to an extroverted world: “this is me trying” from folklore
Let’s face it: Despite the growing acceptance for us more quiet folk, our world still runs on extroversion and socialization. So we all need a song to rally to after giving a presentation to a large audience or gearing up for our third social event of the day. And “this is me trying” is an unflinching, honest admittance of Swift’s struggle to function in our world.
She may make mistakes, like using “words shoot to kill when I’m mad” or “pouring out my heart to a stranger”, but she still commits to showing up. Like Swift, we may spend our Friday nights at home, recovering from the busy week, or hanging out with the host’s dog at a party… but we are still trying.
Favorite lyric: “It’s hard to be at a party when I feel like an open wound”
4. When you need to remember you are your own best judge: “it’s time to go” from evermore
My extroverted best friend and I often discuss how we differ because she processes her emotions in community and I need to sort through them by myself. I love support from my besties, but I know that I am my own best judge when it comes to making decisions and mitigating emotions.
In the final track of the album evermore, Swift sings about making decisions from being deeply in tune with your soul. The repetition of the lyric “you know when it’s time to go” can remind introverts that their self-reliance is a valuable strength.
Favorite lyric: “That old familiar body ache / The snaps from the same little breaks in your soul”
5. When you want to hide in your room: “Nothing New” from Red, featuring Phoebe Bridgers
Ah, the introvert’s bedroom. Our favorite refuge, our safest of havens — and the number-one spot we are criticized for spending too much time in.
In “Nothing New”, Swift and Bridgers understand the importance of spending moments reflecting by yourself, whether it’s in your bedroom or “in the middle of the night.”
Mix the desire for solitude with a profound quarter-life crisis, and you’ll receive the perfect mélange of “Nothing New”. After all, sometimes a girl just needs to be left alone — whether they’re battling a new wave of existential dread or watching the newest season of Heartstopper.
Favorite lyric: “How long will it be cute, all this cryin’ in my room? / When you can’t blame it on my youth / And roll your eyes with affection”
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6. When you need to remember you are your own best friend: “You’re on Your Own, Kid” from Midnights
“You’re on your own, kid / You always have been,” Swift repeats throughout her three-minute masterpiece of a fifth-track.
This refrain is discouraging at first, but it eventually becomes a mantra as the singer reflects on all the obstacles she has overcome. Society may not romanticize hanging out alone, but we introverts can learn to cultivate inner trust, love, and compassion through choosing to spend time by ourselves.
Swift’s powerful track alludes to the fact that self-knowledge can lead to a vibrant life full of living in the moment with “no reason to be afraid.” You’re on your own — and what a beautiful thing that is.
Favorite lyric: “Something different bloomed, writing in my room / I play my songs in the parking lot”
7. When you want to treasure the little moments: “New Year’s Day” from reputation
As an introvert, I value meaningful moments with a few loved ones more so than moments of excitement in crowds of people.
Swift captures the tension between these experiences through her sweet love song describing a couple in the wake of a New Year’s Eve party. The party has many high moments filled with “glitter,” “Polaroids,” and “memories.” All the same, Swift treasures cleaning up the party with her lover the next morning and sings, “I want your midnights / But I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day.”
“New Year’s Day” imbues fresh meaning into the quiet, intimate moments that we introverts long for the most in our relationships.
Lyric: “I’ll be there if you’re the toast of the town, babe / Or if you strike out and you’re crawling home”
8. When you want to be alone in a city full of people: “coney island” from evermore, featuring The National
“Coney Island” understands my wildest dreams as an introverted traveler: finding an empty bench in a crowded part of town to linger at and to gather my thoughts. Similarly, Swift sings about musing over a past relationship while sitting alone in the New York attraction Coney Island.
The singer is surrounded by “fast times” and “bright lights,” but contemplates harrowing questions, such as “Did I paint your bluest skies the darkest gray?” and “If I can’t relate to you anymore, then who am I related to?”
“Coney Island” is for listeners who know that the loudest corners of the city are the best places to process in silence.
Favorite lyric: “The fast times, the bright lights, the merry go / Sorry for not making you my centerfold”
9. When social media chatter leads to burnout: “the lakes” from folklore
An introvert’s list of pet peeves is pretty straightforward: constant conversation, small talk, and situations that combine the two. Social media creates a particularly cloying, chatter-filled conundrum that even an artist with over 278 million Instagram followers can get sick of.
To that end, “the lakes” describes Swift’s longings to trade “cynical clones” and “hunters with cell phones” for “lakes” and “Windermere peaks.” The hauntingly-beautiful track can provide sympathy for anything from logging off Instagram for the day or going off the grid to disappearing to a cabin in the woods.
Favorite lyric: “A red rose grew up out of ice frozen ground / With no one around to tweet it”
10. When you long to be seen and known: “The Archer” from Lover
Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, we all crave connection. But for some of us (me included), creating meaningful relationships can feel challenging when you gravitate toward spending time by yourself.
“The Archer” describes a unique loneliness that comes from the fear of letting people in. The singer struggles to hold onto relationships because others can “see right through” her, and so she oscillates between pride and self-doubt through repeating the chorus “who could ever leave me, darling / but who could stay”.
While introversion can certainly be healthy and fulfilling, “The Archer” reminds listeners that we deserve to let people in. You may be on your own, kid — but don’t forget that there are people in your life who love you more than you know.
Favorite lyric: “And all of my heroes die all alone / Help me hold onto you”
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