Taylor Swift is known for her music tastes, and she's been introducing the world to new musical talent for years. For instance, she was one of the first early champions of Grammy winner Alessia Cara, whose song "Here" dominated the 2015 airwaves. Now, Swift is back with a just-released Spotify playlist, and while there are some familiar songs on it, like her very own "Delicate," there are lots of songs to listen to from newer, not as established artists.
We could reorder the playlist to show you which songs we think is the best, but this is Taylor Swift's playlist, and she knows best. So here are her top 20.
"Mine" - BazziSinger-songwriter Bazzi just hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Mine," which debuted at No. 56. The song's sudden popularity was due to an internet meme which focuses on the lyric "You so f**kin' precious when you smile." Bazzi reached out to Swift on Twitter saying, "woah. hi
"Rhythm of Your Heart" - Marianas TrenchCanadian pop rock band dropped this eighties-sounding single in December. It's a complete departure and definitely would not sound out of place in your fav eighties playlist.
"Loving Is Easy" - Rex Orange CountyBritish singer-songwriter Rex Orange County – real name Alex O'Connor – originally wanted to be a drummer, but then realized he wanted to be at the front and not the back of the stage. This is the result.
"Heartbeat" - HauxHaux is the pen name of American born, London-based dream-folk/indie electronic singer/songwriter and producer Woodson Black, who also writes, composes, and does photography. Pretty talented guy.
"Pick You Up" - LANCOLANCO is a country band comprised of Brandon Lancaster (lead vocals), Chandler Baldwin (bass guitar), Jared Hampton (keyboards), Tripp Howell (drums), and Eric Steedly (guitar). Their song "Greatest Love Story" reached No. 1 on the country charts.
"Win You Over" - LANCOTaylor Swift must really like LANCO because here they are again, this time with the song "Win You Over." They reached out to Swift via Twitter to say, "Ooh this playlist has a “big reputation". Thanks for the love
"Tequila" - Dan and ShayCountry music duo Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney somehow manage to make the word "tequila" sound heart-breaking and lovely in this ode to bravery and love.
"Belong" - Cash Cash, Dashboard ConfessionalCash Cash is an electronic dance music (EDM) group from Roseland, New Jersey, Dashboard Confessional is a rock group from Boca Raton, Florida. Together, they made this dreamy song that has hints of eighties influence.
"There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You" - Sylvan EssoSince their debut with the eponymously titled album, Sylan Esso, the pop duo from Durham, North Carolina have been releasing songs left and right, and this is one of their newest efforts.
"Truly Madly Deeply" - Yoke LoreYoke Lore is a musical project by artist Adrian Galvin, and "layers the harmonies of Panda Bear, the soulful beats of M83, and the modern pop of Blackbird Blackbird to tell 'the stories of how we are bound.'" We honestly don't know what that means, but the song is a pretty good cover of Savage Garden's original track.
"Don't Want You Back" - BØRNSAndrogynous artist Børns is often mistaken for a woman at first glance (an appeal that has led to a collaboration with fashion house Gucci) but no one can deny his sugary sweet vocals, especially not in this track.
"Unlock It" - Charli XCX ft. Kim Petras and Jay ParkCharlie XCX is one of the more familiar names on this list, but Jay Park is a Korean rapper not as well known the United States, although that's rapidly changing.
"Your Favorite Song" - Eighty NinetyThis one is a bit of a claim by Brooklyn duo Eighty Ninety, whose debut single Three Thirty catapulted to No. 2 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart. Honestly, it's an okay song, but decidedly not our favorite.
"Taxi" - EXESThis song by Los Angeles electric-dream-pop duo Allie McDonald and Mike Derenzo is a dreamy remembrance of past love.
"Cologne" - HauxSinger/songwriter Woodson Black is at number fifteen with this ode to German city Cologne. He explains:
There was a certain magic about Cologne. It struck me as a place that I might've had another life in if I hadn't lived the life I have. When I was back home, off tour, I remembered that feeling and tried to imagine a life there and the story of what might have been.