Red’s Top 5 Songs- Ranked
Shir Dagan - November 12, 2021

The True Meaning Of Life

By Pat A. FlemingPublished: July 2017

The Years have passed by,
In the blink of an eye,
Moments of sadness,
And joy have flown by.

People I loved,
Have come and have gone,
But the world never stopped,
And we all carried on.

Life wasn't easy,
And the struggles were there,
Filled with times that it mattered,
Times I just didn't care.

I stood on my own,
And I still found my way,
Through some nights filled with tears,
And the dawn of new days.

And now with old age,
It's become very clear,
Things I once found important,
Were not why I was here.

And how many things,
That I managed to buy,
Were never what made me,
Feel better inside.

And the worries and fears,
That plagued me each day,
In the end of it all,
Would just fade away.

But how much I reached out,
To others when needed,
Would be the true measure,
Of how I succeeded.

And how much I shared,
Of my soul and my heart,
Would ultimately be,
What set me apart.

And what's really important,
Is my opinion of me,
And whether or not,
I'm the best I can be.

And how much more kindness,
And love I can show,
Before the Lord tells me,
It's my time to go.

In honor of Red’s (Taylor’s Version) release next week), we have ranked the top 5 songs off this incredible album. Choosing just five was a seriously arduous undertaking and it feels almost criminal to rank them. Red is the second album off of Taylor Swift’s catalog to be re-recorded, following Fearless (taylor;s Version) after the loss of her Master’s to Scooter Braun. Red is a fan favorite and it’s not hard to understand why. It includes some of her best-written songs and spanned hits like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Additionally, this is the first album in which Swift starts to experiment with pop, a transition she will complete with her fifth studio album 1989 which has no hint of her country sound that was inherent in her previous music. So without further ado, here are the top 5 songs from “Red”. (Swifties, please don’t come for us!)

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State of Grace

This is arguably one of the best opening tracks in Swift’s discography. Reminiscent of a U2 song, with its arena rock sound, its chiming guitars and kicking drums, State of Grace is a beautifully epic song. It details the feelings of hope and awe when first falling in love and all the possibilities and expectations that come with it.

Best lyric: “Love is a ruthless game/Unless you play it good and right”