Listen to the Article
The Drama Continues
Taylor Swift is no stranger to being the subject of songs, with her high-profile relationships often serving as inspiration for others in the music industry. From Joe Jonas to Harry Styles, Swift has had her fair share of songs written about her.
Olivia Rodrigo's Controversial Song
The newest addition to the list is Olivia Rodrigo's song "The Grudge" from her latest album "Guts." Many speculate that the song is about the rumored drama between the two singers, stemming from a songwriting credit controversy. Rodrigo retroactively added Swift to the credits of her song "Deja Vu" after fans pointed out similarities to Swift's track "Cruel Summer."
Joe Jonas Strikes Back
Who could forget Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift's short-lived romance? The Jonas Brothers' song "Much Better," released in 2009, is believed to be directed at Swift. With lyrics referencing "tears on her guitar," it's clear that Swift's influence was undeniable.
Harry Styles: Inspiration and Inspiration
Harry Styles and Swift's relationship in 2012 inspired numerous songs on her album "1989." Styles even wrote a song called "Perfect," which seems to allude to Swift's reputation for writing breakup songs. And let's not forget about his unreleased song "Him," which directly references her song "Wildest Dreams."
Dear John, Dear Taylor
John Mayer and Swift's brief relationship in her early years resulted in the scathing song "Dear John." Mayer claimed that her song "Paper Doll" was cheap songwriting, but later released his own song that seemed to reference Swift's lyrics. Swift's album "Midnights" also touches on their relationship in the track "Would've Could've Should've."
Matty Healy's Mystery
Before their controversial relationship in 2023, Matty Healy and Swift were rumored to have had a fling in 2014. The 1975's song "A Change of Heart" is believed by many to be about their brief romance. While neither Healy nor Swift have confirmed this, fans are eagerly waiting to see if their recent breakup will result in new songs inspired by each other.
Owl City's Response
Adam Young from Owl City found himself the subject of Swift's song "Enchanted." In response, Owl City recorded a cover of the song with a few lyric changes, taking note of their meeting in New York. However, the two have never been linked again since.
Katy Perry's Feud and Reconciliation
The Katy Perry-Taylor Swift feud was headlined by Swift's song "Bad Blood," believed to be about Perry. Perry finally responded in 2017 with her song "Swish Swish," which references Swift's outdated image. Luckily, the pop icons have since made up, with Perry appearing in Swift's music video for "You Need to Calm Down."
Taylor vs. Kanye: The Showdown
The most infamous of them all, Taylor Swift's feud with Kanye West, began in 2009 when he interrupted her acceptance speech at the VMAs. West's song "Famous" referenced their past, and Swift responded in her acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards. The feud escalated when footage was leaked by Kim Kardashian seemingly showing Swift's approval of the song, but later the full footage revealed the truth. Swift retaliated with the song "Look What You Made Me Do" and continued the feud throughout her "Reputation" album.
These are just a few instances of the many times Swift has been the subject of another songwriter's work. Her relationships and public image continue to serve as inspiration, and fans eagerly await what she will do next.
Did you miss our previous article…