Editors’ Notes Given her stature as a performer and pop star, it’s easy to forget that Taylor Swift is, first and foremost, a songwriter—the 2020 Apple Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year, in fact. Like many great songwriters, her central subject is romance: the torrid, the beautiful, the teary, and the heart-swelling. But similar to the work of Cole Porter, Paul McCartney, and Shania Twain before her, Swift’s music manages to imbue big sentiments with a sharp, almost painfully intimate eye for detail: She’s not just alone, she’s barefoot in the kitchen; she’s not just trying to process her clashes with exes, she’s sending presents to their newborns. And she’s got a few arrows in the quiver for when you cross her, too. Mixing solo material with collaborations and music written for other performers, here’s a set of tracks that highlight Taylor Swift, songwriter.

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