After taking a short break from the limelight, powerhouse singer-songwriter Taylor Swift began dropping hints that she was about to release new music. Swift cleared her Instagram account and posted cryptic messages before the release of “Look What You Made Me Do,” lead single to her sixth studio album reputation. The album hit retailers on Nov. 20, 2017 and debuted on the Top 200 Albums chart selling 1.22 million copies in its first week. That made Swift the only artist to have four albums debut with more than one million copies.
In 2018, the success of Reputation earned Swift two more Billboard Music Awards to add to her record-setting collection. She took home the prize for Top Female Artist and Top Selling Album and for good reason. The album was still very pop but a departure from 1989 with more hip-hop driven tracks and atmospheric numbers. AXS is taking a look at the 5 best songs from Taylor Swift’s reputation.
5. “Dancing with Our Hands Tied”
This EDM tune appears closer to the end of the record but holds its own as a tie-in for the final four songs. “Dancing with Our Hands Tied” has a lyric that is classic Swift - trying to date while media circulated its latest stories. Needless to say, it didn’t work out. “If I could dance with you again/ I’d kiss you as the lights went out/ Swaying as the room burned out/ I’d hold you as the water rushes in,” she sings closing the song.
“Delicate” stood out from the beginning with its tender sentiment commencing a new relationship despite her reputation with love affairs. The captivating tune has its own feel good flair wrapped in an ambience Swift had not recorded before. The song was released as a single in March 2018 with a carefree video directed by Joseph Kahn to accompany it. The song was primarily serviced to Adult Top 40 radio where it peaked at No. 10 while reaching No. 16 on Mainstream Top 40.
3. “Getaway Car”
“Getaway Car” is a true pop anthem for Swift, building on previous hits that has the potential to be another for the singer-songwriter. One trait that has separated Swift from others in pop music is her ability to paint a perfect image listening to the song. “Getaway Car” is just that right into its escalating outro that begs for another spin.
2. “...Ready for It?”
The second single from reputation, “...Ready for It?,” was far removed from Swift’s usual catalog. Dub-step, drum machines and even rapping color this earworm that showed lead single “Look What You Made Me Do” was meant to be what it was - a head scratching single choice that quite literally (and brilliantly) made a mockery of herself. The song debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and climbed to the top 10 on Adult Top 40 while becoming another Mainstream Top 20 single.
1. “Don’t Blame Me”
On reputation, Swift changed her sonic dynamics as to not duplicate 2014’s massively successful 1989. Overall, the album is a more grown up Taylor Swift even on tracks like “Don’t Blame Me,” a haunting number of love going crazy but a sound so cathedral that it’s reminiscent of the hit “Take Me to Church” by Hozier.
Bonus: “Call It What You Want”
With 15 tracks on Swift’s sixth record, there are so many more noteworthy songs and the list would be incomplete without the mentioning of “Call It What You Want.” It was released just a week prior to the release of reputation as a promotional single and highlighted another ambient side of Swift using her vocals as an instrument throughout. This time, she’s saying she’s better than she ever was and that sure shows the singer-songwriter growing not only as an artist but as a woman.
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