Why We Fell Out of Love with Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift

In case you've been living under a rock somewhere, let me tell you about Taylor Swift. She is a talented young woman in her 20s - she writes songs, plays instruments, and sings. Taylor started performing when she was a child and became a celebrity in her late teens. She started out as a country singer. Even though her roots are still in country, she has branched out into the world of pop music. Taylor Swift is forever winning awards. She constantly performs at sold out shows. So why is it so many people dislike her?

It did not start out this way. Recently, America's love of Taylor Swift went from sweet to sour. I remember about 5 years ago, if you said anything bad about Taylor Swift, you may as well ask for people to throw sharp objects at you. If you don't believe me, ask Kanye West. An entire nation (maybe even the world) turned against him when he interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009. Sometime between 2009 to today, things started to go wrong in the land of Taylor Swift fans, but what?

So Many Boyfriends, So Little Time

Taylor Swift has always had a "girl next door" appeal to her. Her image is sweet. She comes off as a super nice girl. So why on earth would we hold that against her? Oh, that is right. Taylor has gone out with a long list of guys.

There is nothing wrong with dating plenty of guys, of course, except that she likes to write songs about each one. So that means, if a guy breaks Taylor's heart, you'd better believe there is going to be a song about it. Sometimes you can spend your day just listening to Taylor's break up songs and trying to guess which guy it is about. There is something not so sweet and innocent about a girl that makes all her many relationship woes that public.

In case you are wondering, here is a list of just some of the many guys Taylor Swift has dated:

  • Taylor Lautner
  • Joe Jonas
  • John Mayer
  • Cory Monteith
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Zac Efron
  • Harry Styles

Honestly, I did not even know about some these guys until I stalked Ms. Swift a bit online. I left out any boyfriends that were only online rumors. Oh, Taylor... John Mayer? No, Taylor, no! How could you have thought that would ever work out?

Nonetheless, the sweet country girl image she portrays does not necessarily match the guys she dates. Don't get me wrong... I am not judging her. I would certainly go after these dudes if I were in her situation (yes, even John Mayer... especially John Mayer), but maybe her image needs to match her activities. Don't pretend to be so innocent. Just own it, girl. You like to hook up with hot, famous guys. You are living the dream!

You won't tell anyone I have this CD, right?
You won't tell anyone I have this CD, right? | Source

Taylor is a Terrible Dancer

OK, this sounds so catty doesn't it? Taylor can't dance. There... I said it! Trust me when I assure you, I can't dance either. That is why I minimize how often the public is subjected to my painfully awkward white girl moves... moves that look just like Taylor's moves. If I did not know any better, I'd swear she has been spying on me from a distance for years and put together an assortment of my best (worst) moves.

Sure, there is no reason to dislike Taylor Swift because she can't dance. However, when she boogies down at a ceremony, all eyes usually fall on her because she is often positioned in a front row somewhere. She basically steals the spotlight from the actual performer. This may not be her intention, but some folks believe she does this on purpose to seek attention.

Although all of this seems silly to me, I understand why some people find her spotlight-stealing dance moves inappropriate. Some of her moves might be better appreciated if they were not in the middle of awards ceremonies. This is especially the case when she and only a couple of other people in her row are dancing. Calm down, Taylor... save it for your living room, the after party, or your cousin's wedding. At least then you can blame it on the alcohol.

Taylor is Aging, But Her Music Isn't

Oh snap, I said it. If I were to pick on Taylor Swift for anything, it would be for some of her recent songs. When Taylor was a teenager, her song, "Fifteen" struck a cord with many people. Even adults liked the song because it accurately captured a time in everyone's life. Who can't relate to a song about being 15 years old and feeling awkward? So naturally, that song worked well for a teenager and everyone thought Taylor's song writing skills were amazing for someone her age.

Fast forward to seven years later and Taylor is trying the same thing with the song, "22." OK, Taylor, we get it. You had a hit when you sang about being 15 years old, so why not try the same gimmick when you are 22 years old? No thanks. Maybe it is wrong to say being 22 years old is not that eventful, but hey, it's true. It was cute the first time, but please, no more songs about being a particular age. Maybe when you are 50 years old, you can have a song about the awkwardness of menopause, because honestly, someone needs to sing about it. But for now, we don't need more songs like that.

Now, let's talk about "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." It is a cute song... if Taylor Swift was still only 15 years old. However, we are talking about a grown woman now that is chanting about never, ever, ever getting back together. She says this repeatedly throughout the song. Once again, OK, Taylor. Enough is enough. I have not chanted like that since I was a kid whining about never, ever, ever eating peas and carrots again.

My secret collection of downloaded Taylor Swift songs.
My secret collection of downloaded Taylor Swift songs. | Source

Reasons We Should Still Like Taylor Swift

I don't want anyone to get the wrong impression. I like Taylor Swift... I even download her songs and own a CD or two. I still think she is talented. I am just trying to investigate reasons why people turned against her, and I think I hit a few "catty girl fight moments" myself during this... ummm... investigation.

The problem with the music industry today is we know way too much about an artist's personal life and we don't pay enough attention to talent. Under all that silliness is a woman that knows how to write songs and sing. That should be what matters. If need be, don't watch her dance moves on any of the YouTube clips above, and love Taylor for what she is: a person with talent. She is not perfect. She has flaws. But so does everyone else; it is just not on national television.

So here are some reasons you should like Taylor Swift:

  • Taylor started performing in public at the age of 10. Even though she was young when she signed a record deal, she'd already been working for years towards her goal.
  • According to DoSomething.org, Taylor Swift tops the list of charitable celebrities. She's donated money to Nashville Symphony, as well as headlined a concert to help the homeless.
  • Taylor recently surprised one of her fans by showing up to her bridal shower. (Don't worry - she was invited to attend. The fan just never thought she'd take her up on it.)
  • Ms. Swift is a lovely dresser. She always looks pretty and well put together anywhere goes. Her outfits would fall into the category of "always classy, never trashy."
  • Taylor does have talent! She plays guitar, writes her own songs, sings lead, but also sings background for others. In fact, I daresay she has helped improve many songs for others, such as Tim McGraw and John Mayer. For someone that is accused of stealing the spotlight at awards ceremonies, she certainly does not feel she is too good for background vocals.
  • She seems like a nice person. So there! Let's give Taylor a break. When you grow up in the spotlight, it messes with your mind. Taylor is certainly handling it better than most former child stars.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Funny of course....interesting of course. I like Taylor Swift too, but her publicist should have nixed the ex-boyfriend songs when they first started. I think we just have a 22 year old who needs to mature a bit. Of course, by the time that happens, she will have fallen completely out of the limelight. :)


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

I think she is cute as a bug but I have never liked her music. They seem to call her music country, I think that's how little I know about her. I don't feel that she is a country singer. When her songs come on our car radio we turn it off or change channels. Enjoyed your hub about her. Voted up.


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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Bill, I think you are right. All the ex-boyfriend songs seem to be killing her career. It would be different if we didn't know who she was dating and which songs are about which guys, but everyone can figure it out. I do worry sometimes about her. By this point, I would expect her to be more mature. My prediction... one day she is going to try to buy Michael Jackson's old Neverland Ranch. ;-) Thanks for the comment!

moonlake - Yes, her music has strayed pretty far from country music now. I do assume one day she will go back to it though. Pop fans are pretty fickle and drop people in no time. Country fans are fans for life. I change the channel when some of her songs come on, but I do admit I enjoy her older music and a few of her new songs. I really like her songs when she sings background for someone else. Not sure what that says about her or my taste though! Thanks for the comment and the vote up!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I must admit, I'm not familiar with her music. I do like country, but I'm more of a Southern Rock girl. But seriously, she needs to keep her butt planted when she's at music events. She has absolutely no rhythm!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I like Taylor Swift, much to the chagrin of my teenage daughter. I like Taylor in spite of the false awestruck expression (isn't she used to all the adoration by now?), her boyfriend-of-the-week club (flaunt it, girl), in spite of her dating the high school Kennedy and buying the house next door to him (creepy), and dropping the F bomb when former boyfriend Harry Styles was on stage at the MTV Video Awards (good one!). She is like that immature high school girl who pretends to be a goody two shoes but has a wild side she's hiding. Taylor needs to start singing about that and grow up. I love your snark, Jeannie. Voted up and more, shared and pinning.


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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is cute. I like your investigation, the videos, and even your list of reasons to like her. I would hate to be in the spotlight, but being famous does require that. She still seems like a sweetheart, but she does seem to portray herself as a little more innocent than she really is. But overall, she is so much more grounded than many of the other singers.

Thanks for sharing this with us, for making me laugh, and have a great day.

~ Kathryn


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

I secretly like Taylor Swift. But those dance moves are so cringeworthy!


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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

bravewarrior - Yes! She needs to just sit down when she is out in public. Or she needs to keep her dancing at a minimum - crowded clubs and alone in her living room.

FlourishAnyway - Yes, you are right. She is that girl that pretends to be the good girl, but she is really dating all the guys and probably smoking in the girl's bathroom. Hehehe. I know the type... still, it is hard not to like her anyway. Thanks for the vote up and thanks for sharing.

Kathryn Stratford - I am happy you enjoyed it. She does come off as more innocent than she really is. Thanks so much!

DeborahNeyens - I remember when it used to be OK to say you liked Taylor Swift. Now we all have to hide it! Such a shame... just like her dancing. ;-)

Thanks for the comments!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Taylors songs are catchy and fun that it's difficult not to like her music! My granddaughter, her friends and I often sing along to Taylors songs on my front porch, neighbors begin to slowly close their windows...one by one. LOL!

She CAN NOT dance. That is not open for debate, I think it might have to do with her being tall and skinny, her moves just look odd.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

I am a Taylor Swift fan and I enjoyed reading this piece. I think you make some valid points. As for her writing a song about every boyfriend breakup-they say to write about what you know and have experienced and she certainly knows and has experienced this! Lol. I think she is extremely talented and has paid her dues and deserves the fame and money she receives for her songs and performances. She still is so young and with more maturity her music/lyrics will probably mature also. At least I hope so!


sheilamyers 2 years ago

I like Taylor Swift, but I don't listen to her much because her songs aren't on the local country stations. Even if they were, I'd treat them like I do any other country singer. If the song and music doesn't fit my definition of country, I'll tune into another station and listen to real country. Unfortunately, that's getting harder to do because so many of them are classified as country and, just maybe, my definition of country is a little too narrow. If I mention Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, or the Statler Brothers - that's how I define country.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jeannie......I really enjoyed your terrific hub as I always do......However I was never in love with Taylor in the first place. Nor do I understand the Taylor Swift Craze......her massive popularity and I certainly don't agree she has deserved all the awards she has received....when considering other artists much, MUCH better than Taylor.

She writes music , sings and plays guitar......so do a few "ordinary-people" friends and family members of mine. I've seen and heard some local talents that out-perform Taylor. This is one young lady IMO who is HIGHLY over-rated.

Of her long list of songs.....there may be approximately 2 or 3 basic melodies.....in her music. Simply....90% of her songs sound like the same damned song with different lyrics.

She just is NOT "all that" and after awhile all this undeserved fame and popularity becomes annoying.

Now....Adele...Alicia Keyes.....Norah Jones.....Beyonce.....These are ladies with MAMMOTH talent.


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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Sunshine625, she is such an awkward dancer. I guess you can't have everything in life. No one can be tall, skinny, blonde, sing well, write songs, AND be a good dancer. There has to be a flaw somewhere.

suzettenaples - I see Taylor going in one of two directions: either she really does mature and finds success, or she goes down the path Michael Jackson took. He never adapted to fame and never matured. I hope Taylor does adapt and she is OK. If I hear about her buying a pet monkey one day, I will be very concerned.

sheilamyers - I know what you mean. A lot of country out there today does not sound like country to me. That does not mean I don't enjoy some of it, but it is more like pop country, not actual country. I don't think I would even classify Taylor Swift as country anymore.

fpherj48 - I think she was really praised and loved at first because she was so young when she was doing all those things. For a teenager, her music was excellent. Like I said, I think she is getting older, but her music is not maturing with her. Now she is just like everybody else. Plenty of adults are just as talented if not more so. I do get frustrated with the pattern her songs all seem to take now. Cute at first, but tiresome now.

Thanks for the comments!!!


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famhauz 2 years ago from Kenya

Jeannie, couldn't agree with you more!


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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Glad you agree too, famhauz. Thanks for dropping by.


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MJennifer 2 years ago from Arizona

I thoroughly enjoyed this, Jeannie. I can't help but keep on lovin' Taylor, although I'm not crazy about her music (give me classic country or classic rock), and I agree she's not as talented as many of her rivals -- she just comes in a more appealing package. I just find her so refreshing -- for just the reasons you mention: she's classy, truly lovely, and still (despite the long trail of past romances) projects that aura of innocent wonder, like a wide-eyed puppy. I had no idea she was such an awkward dancer, though! I wonder if the people behind her at the award shows were amused that the person in front of them spoiled their views, even if that person was Taylor Swift? I think I'd be leaning forward and tapping her, saying, "Excuse me, but could you sit down?" Finally … I do find it sort of amusing to think of Taylor Swift's 50 song. So much potential, there!

Best -- Mj


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Interesting and funny hub Jeannie. Yes Taylor Swift does have talent, she just needs to make sure her songs mature and diversify with herself. If you compare her to other ex-child stars like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, she is doing ok. Voted up.


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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

MJennifer - It would have been hilarious if someone behind her asked her to sit down. Even better, it would have been great if someone asked her if she was having some type of seizure. Bless her heart, she just can't dance. It is true though... she is refreshing in a way. Thanks for your comment!

Jodah - Yeah, it is the maturity level of her songs that seem to be setting her back now. But you are right... she is doing so much better than Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus. Thanks for the vote up!

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