9. RONAN - This is one of the only songs that can reliably make me cry every single time I listen to it. Swift did a brilliant job of integrating the words from Maya's blog into the song. Add the fact that the profits went to charity, and everyone should be astonished by how amazing this song is.
8. FIFTEEN - This song means so much to so many people. One of my close friends is absolutely obsessed with it, and so many of the lyrics are so quotable. You can even see Swift's early feminist roots (they're everywhere on her early albums, but especially on this track) with lyrics such as "in your life you'll do greater things than dating the boy on the football team" and "back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday/but I realized some bigger dreams of mine".
7. DEAR JOHN - Yeah, it's the ultimate "shade" song, but it's a lot more than that. Swift's lyrical gifts really shine through here, and I'd quote the whole song if I could, but they're especially evident in these lyrics:
All the girls that you 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
5. NEW ROMANTICS - Named the 2nd best song of 2014 by Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield, it's evident this song has lots of appeal. Swift's self-aware songwriting and Max Martin's ability to write songs that worm their frequently cynical messages (Britney Spears's If U Seek Amy, anyone?) into the listener's brain combine to make lyrics such as "we show off our different scarlet letters/Trust me, mine is better" and "Please take my hand and/Please take me dancing and/Please leave me stranded/It's so romantic". This track was the last one on 1989, and appropriately placed, because that's the point in the album where Swift has realized she doesn't need romantic love at all and doesn't care at all.
4. BEGIN AGAIN - Although Begin Again may have originally been created as a promotional single to convince listeners that Swift wasn't entirely abandoning country (look at how that worked out) it is also more than that. It's another example of Swift's early(ish) feminism, with lyrics such as "Took a deep breath in the mirror/He didn't like it when I wore high heels/But I do" (and yes, Tumblr, choosing to wear high heels can be feminist.) While some might interpret the song as being about finding acceptance of yourself through love, it's really more about finding acceptance of yourself and then finding someone who also accepts you for who you are, high heels and James Taylor records and all.
3. YOU ARE IN LOVE - How are more people not obsessed with this song? The lyrics that tie You Are In Love with the theme of 1989 as a whole are hard to pick up on, but they're there. It's about another couple (Jack Antonoff and his girlfriend Lena Dunham, to be precise) but Swift brings in a mention of how it ties into 1989 in the bridge with the lyrics "And now you understand why they/Lost their minds and fought the wars/And why I've spent my whole life trying to put it into words".
2.. OUT OF THE WOODS - This track is the best of pop (and not the mindless kind, either.) Super catchy, but with brilliant lyrics. Just this bridge would be enough to include it on this list, but the production and other lyrics makes it #2.
Remember when you hit the brakes too soon?
20 stitches in the hospital room
And 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 and said I'm setting you free
But the monsters turned out to be just trees
And when the Sun came up, you were looking at me
You were looking at me
You were looking at me, ooh
I remember, oh I remember
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