Every Song Ranked on Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’ Deluxe Edition: Critic’s Picks (2022)

After exploring her indie-folk impulses on Folklore earlier this year, Taylor Swift has walked deeper into the woods with Evermore, an album that extends her current era while offering some of the biggest risks of Swift’s career as a songwriter. Multiple tracks on Evermore tinker with pop structure and narrative design, as Swift — working once again alongside collaborators like Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff and Bon Iver, and now pulling Haim into her sonic world — crafts hooks for new characters while delving deeper into her own ideas of adult love and pain. Evermore is fully formed, less of a follow-up to Folklore than an expansion of its universe; there was fertile ground left to explore, and Swift summarily locates it.

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And while there are no skippable tracks on the new album, there are a few standouts out of the 17 on the deluxe edition. Here is a humble, preliminary opinion on the best songs on Taylor Swift’s Evermore.

17. Coney Island feat. The National

After borrowing Aaron Dessner from The National for Folklore, Swift corrals the full band for “Coney Island,” a duet with singer Matt Berninger in which the two musical approaches meet in the middle. Whereas “Exile,” the Folklore duet with Bon Iver, was founded upon escalated drama, “Coney Island” rests on the gentle recollections of a pair that has shared a world, with Berninger’s soothing rumble returning every volley from Swift.

16. Dorothea

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As she did on Folklore songs like “The Last Great American Dynasty” and “Betty,” Swift creates emotional stakes on “Dorothea” by zooming in on passed-down narratives and singing from new perspectives. The backstories of the characters in “Dorothea” are less crucial than the drama that Swift constructs: a separation, a skipped prom and other well-worn memories, swinging alongside a guitar and tambourine.

15. Gold Rush

“Gold Rush” begins with a red herring, as Swift’s layered vocals shimmer in a manner that immediately recalls the Folklore standout “Mirrorball”; after a few seconds, however, the song finds a pulsating rhythm as Swift rapidly spills her jealous feelings and longstanding insecurities (“What must it be like to grow up that beautiful?” she wonders). “Gold Rush” keeps the listener guessing as it swivels in different directions, with drums, horns and violins flushing out Swift’s confessions.

14. Happiness

One of Evermore’s most brutal breakup songs exists within one of its most ornate arrangements, as woozy synthesizers morph into programmed beats, hi-hats, violin and bass. If a song like “Tolerate It” chronicles the dissolution of an unhappy pairing, “Happiness” captures the post-split scramble — trying to figure out who you are now, what this means, why this has happened, whether there’s a whisper of reconciliation. Swift prods at her deepest scars, and the orchestration makes the pain sound essential.

13. It’s Time To Go

“Sometimes giving up is the strong thing / Sometimes to run is the brave thing,” Swift concludes on the final song on the deluxe edition of Evermore, which suggests that even a sorrowful realization at least offers a sense of understanding. In addition to the skittering beats and layered vocals, keep an ear open for a verse in which Swift very clearly addresses a former label boss, who’s “got my past frozen behind glass, but I’ve got me.”

12. Champagne Problems

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During a different Taylor Swift era, “Champagne Problems” would make the back of a track list, an affecting piano ballad that helps balance out the pop onslaught. On Evermore, however, the song is positioned in the No. 2 slot as an opening salvo and centerpiece, with a quiet sense of hurt growing louder as the song’s story of a shriveled romance — Swift’s narrator watching a past love move on, their bond frozen in time — turns more urgent. It’s a lump-in-throat highlight that sets the tone for the album that follows.

11. Evermore feat. Bon Iver

Anyone who wrapped their arms around the unsparing ache in Bon Iver’s falsetto on For Emma, Forever Ago will get chills listening to “Evermore,” an aching interplay between Swift and Justin Vernon that hits unexpected speed midway through and reaches a thrilling high as they try to synchronize their voices. “Evermore” offers a cold, somber ending to the album of the same name that matches the grandeur of Folklore’s “Exile” and will steel your heart for winter.

10. Tolerate It

If Folklore examined the complexities of adult relationships in stark contrast to the star-crossed romances of her early records, a song like “Tolerate It” takes that study one step further, with Swift reckoning with the malaise of her partner to the point of resentment. The exercise is devastating for anyone who’s suspected an approaching ending, or watched a spark within someone they trust disappear: “If it’s all in my head, tell me now,” Swift pleads, “tell me I’ve got it wrong somehow.”

9. Cowboy Like Me

On a song that finds Swift circling around thoughts of love, independence and commitment in the context of another with a similar mindset, she and Dessner offer an ambitious mix of folk, sun-kissed alternative and a whiff of the country music that Swift was once rooted in. “Cowboy Like Me” shoots for the stars musically — harmonica, mandolin, piano, and hey, there’s Marcus Mumford credited with vocals — and grows into one of the album’s most decadent listens.

8. Right Where You Left Me

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Although it was relegated to bonus-track status on Evermore, hitting streaming services weeks after the album’s surprise release, “Right Where You Left Me” is one of the project’s most complete efforts: the lyrical details leave lasting impressions, Swift’s vocal take is flooded with personal history, and the story of a girl frozen in the moment of heartbreak knows exactly when to roll around and when to simmer in the hurt.

7. ’Tis The Damn Season

“You could call me ‘babe’ for the weekend,” Swift tells an old acquaintance during a trip home for the holidays, knocking around old haunts and wondering what might have been. The storytelling concept of “’Tis The Damn Season” comes as a change-up, but each lyrical detail sparkles, and Dessner’s electric guitar clangs on like a memory Swift can’t escape; the song wouldn’t sound too out of place on Speak Now or Red, but her voice is wiser now, and guides this one home.

6. Marjorie

After the thirteenth song on Folklore, “Epiphany,” referenced the military service of Swift’s grandfather, track 13 on Evermore is named after her grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, who passed away when Swift was 13 years old. As she shares her memories and grasps for more artifacts of their bond, “Marjorie” serves as a personal testament to a transformative presence in Swift’s life — and a glimpse into her own backstory, on an album that explores so many others.

5. Willow

The lead single and opening track on Evermore returns listeners to the world that Swift constructed on Folklore with the help of Dessner: indie-folk orchestration, drum machines placed next to a glockenspiel, lingering similes in the verses (“I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night,” Swift begins) giving way to a breathless, direct chorus (“The more that you say, the less I know / Wherever you stray, I follow”). Like the best songs on Folklore, “Willow” marries the power of Swift’s songwriting with the type of careful production details that fans can explore and eventually wrap themselves in.

4. Closure

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Ever been treated like garbage by someone, then time passes, and that someone reaches back out to you to apologize and absolve themselves from blame? On “Closure,” Swift rejects such false niceties, and does so over a skittering arrangement that recalls mid-period Radiohead’s occasional instrument pile-ups. Such a production would have been unthinkable on a Swift album a few years ago — now, she blends in brass, strings and beats to her pop approach, and serves up one of Evermore’s most daring highlights.

3. Ivy

If you’re the type of listener who can cherish a lyric as folksy as “My house of stone / Your ivy grows, and now I’m covered in you,” this will surely be one of your Evermore favorites. The gorgeous “Ivy” follows a run of higher-concept songs on a track list with a simple tale of stolen romance, and Swift sells the literal affair with one of the album’s jauntiest choruses and lots of ticking instrumentation in the background (keep an ear open for Justin Vernon’s backing vocals).

2. No Body, No Crime feat. Haim

One presses play on a collaboration between Taylor Swift and Haim — fellow album of the year Grammy nominees who have made some of the most vital pop-rock of the past decade — with lofty expectations. “No Body, No Crime” surpasses them: a self-referential, delightfully macabre revenge tale with a quick-witted twang and a, er, killer hook, the team-up recalls a getting-even opus from another best-selling trio — the Chicks’ classic “Goodbye Earl” — and provides some levity on the Evermore track list. Let’s hope this precedes a Swift-Haim Grammys showcase, and then, a joint stadium tour.

1. Long Story Short

More than perhaps any other song on Evermore, “Long Story Short” crystallizes one of Swift’s greatest strengths as a songwriter: creating music that is deceptively simple but is bursting with layers and moving pieces. The indie-rock instrumentation is dense but never overcrowded, and Swift soars above the guitar chugs and string flourishes, framing her personal redemption as the reason she’s been able to better open her heart to another. You can try to unpack “Long Story Short,” or you can yelp along with that kicky post-chorus vocal hook — there’s no wrong move here.

FAQs

What is Taylor Swift's most listened to song? ›

Taylor Swift most streamed tracks (EAS)
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together [Red] – 884,000.
  • Me! [ Lover] – 830,000.
  • You Need to Calm Down [Lover] – 786,000.
  • All Too Well [Red] – 780,000.
  • Delicate [Reputation] – 777,000.
  • Bad Blood [1989] – 719,000.
  • Style [1989] – 582,000.
  • Willow [Evermore] – 554,000.
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What is Taylor Swift's Best Single? ›

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How many number 1 hits Does Taylor Swift have? ›

Taylor Swift Only Has Eight Billboard Number One Hits In Her Career.

Which is better folklore or evermore? ›

Even though "folklore" may seem like a better album based on storytelling as a whole, the songs on “evermore” are more powerful and more emotional. Every time I listen to “evermore” I can see all of the songs in my head because lyrically, this is the most descriptive Swift has ever been in her music.

How many songs are in the evermore Deluxe? ›

Taylor Swift has put the deluxe edition of her second surprise album, 'Evermore', on streaming services. The 17-track deluxe version of the record, which was previously only available in physical format on vinyl and CD, arrived on streaming services at midnight on January 7 (Thursday).

What is the most viewed Taylor Swift song on YouTube? ›

Blank Space” joins “Shake It Off” as the second 1989 video to cross 3 billion views on YouTube; those two clips are the two most-viewed music videos of Swift's career.

What is Taylor Swift's most popular sing? ›

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Who is the most streamed artist on Spotify? ›

This list contains the most-streamed artists on the audio streaming platform Spotify. As of October 2022, Ed Sheeran has the most monthly listeners on Spotify for a male artist, and Dua Lipa has the most monthly listeners on Spotify for a female artist.

What is Taylor Swift's most successful album? ›

Albums CSPC results
#AlbumSales*
Studio Albums
1Taylor Swift6,615,000
2Holiday Collection1,345,000
3Fearless9,965,000
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Has Taylor Swift ever won an Oscar? ›

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Where does Taylor Swift rank all time? ›

With Taylor Swift ranking number eight, just below Michael Jackson on number seven and right above Stevie Wonder on number nine, she has become the first among artists of her age to debut the Billboard's top artists of all time, that too, after only a fifteen-year-long career.

What's the longest a song has been #1? ›

"Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks. It also became the fastest song in history to be certified diamond.

What is the #1 song of all time? ›

Blinding Lights

What are the top 5 longest songs? ›

10 Longest Songs Ever Written
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  • Length: 42:04. Artist: Dream Theater. ...
  • Length: 43:46. Artist: Jethro Tull. ...
  • Length: 47:09. Artist: Meshuggah. ...
  • Length: 59:16. Artist: The Flower Kings. ...
  • Length: 60:06. Artist: Green Carnation. ...
  • Length: 77:54. Artist: Transatlantic.
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Does Taylor own the masters to Evermore? ›

She owns the masters for her three albums released since the Republic Records deal: Lover, Folklore, and Evermore. In April 2021, Swift released her first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor's Version), and the second, Red (Taylor's Version), debuted in November 2021.

How far apart are Folklore and Evermore? ›

Evermore (stylized in all lowercase) is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released as a surprise album on December 11, 2020, via Republic Records, less than five months after Folklore, Swift's eighth studio album.

Is Folklore better than Evermore Reddit? ›

Evermore is my favorite album. I completely agree with the general public's opinion that Folklore is a more cohesive album, but Evermore has better songs. Folklore is more poetic, but Evermore is more emotional and yearning. Both are masterpieces though!!

Is Evermore nominated for Grammys? ›

Taylor Swift earned a Grammy nomination for 'Evermore'

Swifties know her as the artist behind the “All Too Well” (10-Minute Version) — even if she's currently missing a red scarf. Swift is again nominated in the Album of the Year category for the upcoming Grammy Awards. That's thanks to her 2020 release Evermore.

What font is Evermore? ›

IM Fell DW Pica by Igino Marini is a font based on the title logo from the Taylor Swift album 'Evermore'.

Can Evermore win Album of the Year? ›

Swift's "Evermore" follows "Folklore," which landed the album of the year prize at the 2021 Grammys. That win tied her with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra with three victories in the category – obviously also making her the first woman to do so.

How many songs does evermore have? ›

The standard edition of Evermore is one hour long, consisting of 15 tracks, while the deluxe adds two bonus songs.

How many albums does Taylor have? ›

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How many songs are in folklore? ›

Now it's up to you to pass them down. The standard edition of Folklore is about an hour and three minutes long, consisting of 16 tracks, while the deluxe edition adds a bonus song, "The Lakes", as the seventeenth track. Bon Iver is featured on "Exile", the fourth track.

Is Evermore nominated for Grammys? ›

Taylor Swift earned a Grammy nomination for 'Evermore'

Swifties know her as the artist behind the “All Too Well” (10-Minute Version) — even if she's currently missing a red scarf. Swift is again nominated in the Album of the Year category for the upcoming Grammy Awards. That's thanks to her 2020 release Evermore.

Will Taylor Swift release a 10th album? ›

Taylor Swift will be releasing her 10th studio album “Midnights” on Oct. 21.

Has Taylor Swift ever won an Oscar? ›

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What is a Diamond album? ›

Diamond certifications—awarded to those works that have shifted at least 10 million equivalent copies between pure sales and streaming—are reserved for the biggest and most successful albums and songs, while more than one of these rare plaques means an artist is truly a legend.

Who has sold the most albums? ›

Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales. Second is Garth Brooks with over 157 million units sales, followed by Elvis Presley with 139 million units.

Did folklore win any Grammys? ›

Taylor Swift won Album Of The Year for Folklore at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. This marks their 11th career GRAMMY win and third Album Of The Year win. The "mirror ball" singer/songwriter accepted the award wearing a floral print dress, alongside her collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner.

What are the 5 types of folklore? ›

This page will introduce you to the most common folklore genres: fairy tales, legends, myths, tall tales, and fables.

What are 3 different types of folklore? ›

Folklore is divided into three categories: verbal, partly verbal or customary, and non-verbal or material culture.

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