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The 100 Best Songs of 2019: Staff List

The 100 Best Songs of 2019: Staff List:


10. Taylor Swift, “Cruel Summer”

Did Taylor Swift have Kanye West in mind when she decided to call the song that documents the messiness that was her 2016 summer after his 2012 GOOD Music compilation album?! Unclear – but what’s clear is that Swift had more than that going on at that time anyway, specifically a blossoming romance with her now-boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, the suspected “bad, bad boy” of the song. Swift wrote this Lover highlight with producer Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent), and that braintrust managed to elevate the synth-pop of 1989 into something quirkier and with more depth, with a variety of synthesizers that squiggle and sparkle and wash the whole thing in a dreamy warmth. The words unspool an ecstatic, desperate celebration of a bad decision that might end up being a good one, and the drama is expectedly high: “And I scream, ‘For whatever it’s worth/ I love you, ain’t that the worst thing you ever heard?’” If you say you’re not excited to scream, “He looks up, grinning like a devil,” along with Swift when she sings this live, check your pulse.

21. Taylor Swift, “Lover”

On the title track for her seventh album, Taylor Swift charms with a simple, unabashedly romantic song about the timeless love of a committed relationship, asking the object of her affection, “Have I known you twenty seconds or twenty years?” With its timeless theme and dreamy tempo, “Lover” encapsulates the endearing memories of one’s last first kiss, and speaks loudest in its whispers and lyrical mastery. At its heart, “Lover” is an unabashedly idealistic ballad, revealing vulnerabilities of the heart while celebrating the inside jokes and mundane moments that make up relationships – once again demonstrating that when its comes to creating art from life’s experiences, Taylor Swift is in a class of her own.

Source: TSwift Daily

The 100 Best Songs of 2019: Staff List

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