Taylor Swift’s Best Music Videos
During the past ten years, the music video has made a major comeback in global popular culture. While the music video may never equal its 1980s heyday, it’s come pretty close. The video vanguards produced by the 2010s include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, and the biggest superstar of the decade – Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift’s videos have given us everything from pastel dreamscapes to Shakespearean love stories. Let’s look at her best videos.
When Taylor Swift adapted William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into her song, “Love Story,” she made some major changes to the tale. While “Love Story” might not be a perfect embodiment of Shakespeare’s play, it is a perfect embodiment of Taylor’s image during the Fearless era. The video for the song portrays the singer as a girl next door who was swept up into a romance for the ages. This was fitting, because in 2009 the world saw Taylor Swift as an average American girl who was lucky enough to live out her dreams. To add to the video’s appeal, Taylor is shown wearing a beautiful, golden ball gown that rivals the Disney Princesses’ best looks. If Walt Disney Pictures ever decides to release a live-action remake of Tangled, they should see if Taylor is free to play Rapunzel.
The difference between the video for “Love Story” and the video for “Bad Blood” is immense, and it shows how much Taylor had evolved over the intervening seven years. The “Bad Blood” version of Taylor is a little less girly and a little more aggressive, a little less average and a little more Hollywood. The “Bad Blood” video had action scenes, explosions, and all the special effects of a Michael Bay movie condensed into a few short minutes. It also solidified the idea of having a great squad in popular culture, meaning that this video was a lot more influential than most.
“Blank Space” remains one of Taylor Swift’s most cleverly written singles. It manages to be both dark and humorous, personal and satirical. A song this good needs a video to match it, and Swift and her regular director, Joseph Kahn, were up to the challenge. The video shows us the two sides of Taylor portrayed in the contemporary press; it depicts the singer both as an impossible dream girl who lives in a beautiful mansion and rides ponies and as girlfriend from hell who goes crazy for no good reason and cuts up her boyfriend’s shirts. The scene where Swift gets her lover to eat an apple has some obvious biblical symbolism which the singer would return to in her subsequent videos.
‘Look What You Made Me Do’
If you thought that the video for “Blank Space” showcased the bad side of Taylor, you had another thing coming. The video for “Blank Space” depicted Taylor as a terrible girlfriend, but the video for “Look What You Made Me Do” showed her as the supreme queen of vengeance, sitting on an ornate throne and plotting the downfalls of her enemies. The clip has CGI snakes, a car crash, a scene with Taylor as a dictator recruiting more girls for her squad, and a bathtub full of diamonds. What more could anybody possibly ask for?