Taylor Swift has announced she’s giving her fans a SHORT MOVIE of the ten-minute version of All Too Well, generally recognised as her best song and especially, her best bridge. To celebrate, we have listed her other amazing bridges.
We’ve known for the last fifteen years that Taylor Swift is a master songwriter, but recently her bridges, in particular, have gotten a lot of praise— and rightly so. Taylor’s bridges are a hallmark of her writing, and they deserve recognition on their own.
In music, bridges are exactly what they sound like: they act as a passage between two sections of a song, usually at the end. In order to stand out, bridges often have a different melody from the verses and chorus, or approach an established melody in a new way, by speeding up, slowing down or changing the lyrics. They serve to heighten emotion or add meaning to a song.
How does one judge a Taylor Swift bridge? I could do it by album, by most popular; by the saddest or the happiest; by best written from a songwriting perspective or just my personal favorites for no reason. I arranged the list below— 13 of Taylor Swift’s Best Bridges— by thinking about it from all of those angles. Don’t come at me if I left any out. As someone who listens to Taylor Swift every day, I promise I can back these all up.
Here are 13 of Taylor Swift Best Bridges, in no particular order!
1) champagne problems (evermore)
Your Midas touch on the Chevy door
November flush and your flannel cure
“This dorm was once a madhouse”
I made a joke, “Well, it’s made for me”
How evergreen, our group of friends
Don’t think we’ll say that word again
And soon they’ll have the nerve to deck the halls
That we once walked through
One for the money, two for the show
I never was ready, so I watch you go
Sometimes you just don’t know the answer
‘Til someone’s on their knees and asks you
“She would’ve made such a lovely bride
What a shame she’s fucked in her head, ” they said
But you’ll find the real thing instead
She’ll patch up your tapestry that I shred
champagne problems is about a girl who rejects her partner’s proposal because of her mental health issues. In the song, she explains how their friends and family always blew off her struggles as insignificant and small— calling them “champagne problems.” But because of those problems, the love story came to a tragic end.
Listening to this song is like watching a film. You can see everything in your mind because it’s described so vividly and artistically. And the bridge stands out as a true masterpiece. It could literally be analyzed in an AP English class. I can see myself in twenty years teaching high schoolers poetry and bringing up this bridge, asking the students which word they think Taylor is referring to when she says “Don’t think we’ll say that word again.” Is it “Evergreen?” “Friends?” Or “Our??” I still haven’t decided.
2) Death By a Thousand Cuts (Lover)
My heart, my hips, my body, my love
Trying to find a part of me that you didn’t touch
Gave up on me like I was a bad drug
Now I’m searching for signs in a haunted club
Our songs, our films, united we stand
Our country, guess it was a lawless land
Quiet my fears with the touch of your hand
Paper cut stings from our paper-thin plans
My time, my wine, my spirit, my trust
Trying to find a part of me you didn’t take up
Gave you too much but it wasn’t enough
But I’ll be all right, it’s just a thousand cuts
If I had a quarter for the number of times I have screamed along to this bridge I could buy myself front row seats to the next Taylor Swift tour (RIP Loverfest). This bridge hits perfectly for the bitter and angry. Thank goodness it’s the only break-up song on Lover because I don’t think I could take any more after yelling my way through this bridge.
3) All Too Well (Red)
And maybe we got lost in translation
Maybe I asked for too much
But maybe this thing was a masterpiece ’til you tore it all up
Running scared, I was there
I remember it all too well
And you call me up again just to break me like a promise
So casually cruel in the name of being honest
I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here
‘Cause I remember it all, all, all too well
Speaking of yelling and crying, All Too Well has one of the most dramatic, scream-able bridges ever written. She was obviously going THROUGH it when she wrote this one. It’s so vulnerable you honestly can’t help but be in awe of her sharing it with the world.
I’ve never had my heart broken but this song makes me want to go meet my dream man, fall deeply in love, get dumped standing in the middle of Central Park during a rainstorm then spend the next six weeks listening to this song on repeat while I reminisce and stare out the window— just so I can feel like a “crumpled up piece of paper lying there” too. What I mean to say is this song is DANGEROUS. I’m a little scared of the havoc I’m going to wreak on my love life when I listen to the All Too Well (10 Minute Version) for the first time. And now there’s even a short movie?!
4) Dear John (Speak Now)
You are an expert at sorry,
And keeping the lines blurry
Never impressed by me acing your tests
All the girls that you’ve run dry
Have tired, lifeless eyes
‘Cause you burned them out
But I took your matches before fire could catch me,
So don’t look now
I’m shining like fireworks over your sad, empty town
Of all the breakup songs Taylor has written, this might be the most savage. Mr. Perfectly Fine? Harsh. All Too Well? Devastating. But DEAR JOHN? This song rips J*hn M*yer to SHREDS, and rightly so. I’m here for it.
5) Out of the Woods (1989)
Remember when you hit the brakes too soon?
Twenty stitches in a hospital room
When you started crying, baby, I did too
But when the sun came up, I was looking at you
Remember when we couldn’t take the heat?
I walked out, I said “I’m setting you free”
But the monsters turned out to be just trees
When the sun came up you were looking at me
Have you ever wanted to be Harry Styles’ girlfriend more than while listening to 1989? Ugh. Even while telling us that their relationship was a constant question mark, Taylor makes it sound like the most appealing experience of all time in Out of the Woods. The bridge is like, “This relationship is so stressful and we literally got in a car accident because we are acting so reckless.” But what I’m hearing is, “Harry Styles is LOOKING at me!” See, straight-up magic.
6) Getaway Car (reputation)
We were jet-set, Bonnie and Clyde
Until I switched to the other side, to the other side
It’s no surprise, I turned you in
‘Cause us traitors never win
I’m in a getaway car
I left you in the motel bar
Put the money in a bag and I stole the keys
That was the last time you ever saw me
This song is about using someone else as a metaphorical getaway car to escape from another relationship. It is a perfectly executed metaphor, with Taylor comparing what she does to this guy as bad as what Bonnie and Clyde did (robbing banks). In any case, Getaway Car is an amazing song with an absolutely epic bridge. Hopefully, you’ve seen the adorable video of Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff writing this bridge together/making history.
7) ivy (evermore)
So yeah, it’s a fire
It’s a goddamn blaze in the dark
And you started it
You started it
So yeah, it’s a war
It’s the goddamn fight of my life
And you started it
You started it
ivy is my favorite Taylor Swift song. There, I said it. I committed. Well, wait, hang on… no. It definitely is.
It tells the story of a love affair between someone who is married and her secret lover. It’s just so full of passion, desperation and longing. You’re rooting for forbidden love. Along with these simple lyrics are beautiful background vocals and strings. Pro tip: ivy is best listened to while sitting in candlelight or walking through a forest.
8) my tears ricochet (folklore)
And I can go anywhere I want
Anywhere I want, just not home
And you can aim for my heart, go for blood
But you would still miss me in your bones
And I still talk to you
When I’m screaming at the sky
And when you can’t sleep at night
You hear my stolen lullabies
my tears ricochet is about a long relationship ending, like a divorce, or say, the man who signed you and made you famous selling your album masters behind your back. It shows how complicated and messy the end of a relationship can be, as the old feelings of trust and love get tangled with new anger and betrayal, and how you can mourn the relationship like a death even if you were the one who was wronged.
In the song, the narrator is a ghost who was killed by her lover. As she haunts him, she watches him go through life freely, attending the funeral, wearing the gems she bought him. It all culminates in this emotional bridge where she accuses him of feeling guilt and regret, her “stolen lullabies” keeping him up at night.
I will take this time to mention that Taylor Swift wrote this song completely by herself, so if you weren’t already convinced she is a genius, you should be now.
9) Daylight (Lover)
And I can still see it all in my mind
All of you, all of me intertwined
I once believed love would be black and white
But it’s golden
And I can still see it all in my head
Back and forth from New York sneaking in your bed
I once believed love would be burning red
But it’s golden
On a much happier note, Daylight is about how love is supposed to feel: like the peaceful and golden glow of daylight. This is an INCREDIBLY underrated song with a gorgeous bridge. I get chills every time I listen to it, mainly because I’m a giant sucker for callbacks to old songs— it just makes the writing next level. In his case she calls back to the tumultuous and fiery love in Red. It makes me so happy for her that she has a Daylight kind of love in her life after everything she’s been through.
10) Cruel Summer (Lover)
I’m drunk in the back of the car
And I cried like a baby coming home from the bar
Said I’m fine, but it wasn’t true
I don’t wanna keep secrets just to keep you
And I snuck in through the garden gate
Every night that summer just to seal my fate
And I screamed, “For whatever it’s worth
I love you, ain’t that the worst thing you ever heard?”
He looks up grinning like a devil
If you want a serotonin boost, listen to Cruel Summer. This is my song of the century. I once was at a Taylor Swift themed night at a dance club and they played this song three times and each time, the crowd went absolutely nuts. Try scream-singing “I DON’T WANNA KEEP SECRETS JUST TO KEEP YOU” with 200 strangers— it’s instant joy. The fact that we’ve never had a live version of this song is my villain origin story.
11) august (folklore)
Back when we were still changin’ for the better
Wanting was enough
For me, it was enough
To live for the hope of it all
Cancel plans just in case you’d call
And say, “Meet me behind the mall”
So much for summer love and saying “us”
‘Cause you weren’t mine to lose
You weren’t mine to lose, no
Taylor has written “fictional” songs before, or songs not based on her personal experience— think of Love Story, and Speak Now. She never stopped a wedding, as far as I know (besides that time she guest-starred on New Girl). But in folklore her imagination ran wild, sometimes following inspiration from other people, television, films and novels, or just having ideas spring fully-formed from her mind like Athena. She crafted entire characters and storylines, including a trio of songs about teenagers caught in a love triangle, one song for each person’s perspective.
august is my favorite of the trio. It feels like a warm day on the beach and has the bridge to end all bridges. The lyrics are amazing, yes, but what makes it top tier is Jack Antonoff’s guitar underneath. Credit where credit is due.
12) You Belong With Me (Fearless)
Oh, I remember you driving to my house
In the middle of the night
I’m the one who makes you laugh
When you know you’re ’bout to cry
And I know your favorite songs
And you tell me ’bout your dreams
Think I know where you belong
Think I know it’s with me
We all have someone we picture while we listen to this song. It’s the most relatable feeling, knowing that someone would be better with you instead, and this bridge is the perfect catharsis for that feeling. With this song, Taylor gave all us nerdy, quiet girls the unrealistic expectation that someday the hot football player would realize he didn’t want the head cheerleader, he wanted us in all our band geek glory. But in my case, the hot football player was more the curly-haired singer song-writer type, and I was in Advanced English and read Jane Austen books at lunch. The girlfriend was still the head cheerleader, though. Some things never change.
13) King Of My Heart (Reputation)
Is the end of all the endings?
My broken bones are mending
With all these nights we’re spending
Up on the roof with a school girl crush
Drinking beer out of plastic cups
Say you fancy me, not fancy stuff
Baby, all at once, this is enough
My favorite Alwyn song had to get a mention. This bridge goes by quickly, but it sums up her feelings perfectly— “Baby, all at once this is enough.” Many of her Joe songs allude to love at first sight or a sense of feeling like it was fate. And all I can say is congrats to him.
This list could go on and on. Taylor Swift has written hundreds of songs, most of them with incredible bridges that are powerful, emotional and/or simply a blast. When Red (Taylor’s Version) comes out on Nov. 12, we get a bunch of new vault tracks to choose from, plus the vault tracks on every subsequent rerecording, PLUS TS10, because we know that will come someday. Catch versions 2-100 of this article when necessary.
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