Taylor Swift Reveals ‘Lover’ Almost Had a Completely Different Name

Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover, has officially been out a month and Swifties are heralding it as the best album of her career. Within a week of releasing the highly-anticipated album, the famous musician had already demolished records across the globe. The reception has been so positive, that Swift herself called Lover’s release, one of the best weeks of her life. Critics are also raving about Lover, calling it her most “indie” album and praising her for her songwriting abilities.

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With a name like Lover, it’s clear why so many songs on the album have a very romantic vibe. That’s something that was done with absolute intention. Shortly before the album released, Swift hopped on her Instagram live to share more about the tone of the album and what fans could expect sound-wise.

Taylor Swift’s new album, Lover

“This album, in tone, it’s very romantic and not just simply thematically, like it’s all love songs or something. I think the idea of something being romantic, it doesn’t have to be a happy song. I think you can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through a conflict or dealing with things in your life. I think it just kind of looks at those things with a very romantic gaze.” the “You Belong With Me” singer explained.

Swift almost named the album after one of her other songs

Listening to the album as a full body of work, it’s a clear compilation of so many of the things and experiences that Swift loves. Which is why Lover is such a fitting name for the album. But, Swift just as easily could’ve gone with a completely different name. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the 29-year-old songstress confessed that she almost named the album after the last track on her album, “Daylight.” “It [“Daylight”] almost was [the name of the album]. I thought it might be a little bit too sentimental,” the GRAMMY Award winner shared.

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In fact, for the longest time, Swift referred to Lover as the Daylight album in her head. Ultimately though, she felt that naming the album Daylight was a little too cliche. Calling the album Lover allowed for a more nuanced approach to the themes she was exploring. The name Lover offered more of a place for some of her songs with more complex themes, like politics, to have a place on the album.


“Right, yeah, way too on-the-nose. That’s what I thought, because I was kind of in my head referring to the album as Daylight for a while. But Lover, to me, was a more interesting title, more of an accurate theme in my head, and more elastic as a concept. That’s why “You Need to Calm Down” can make sense within the theme of the album — one of the things it addresses is how certain people are not allowed to live their lives without discrimination just based on who they love,” Swift recapped about the album’s second single.

What’s in a name

What’s in a name? A lot according to Taylor Swift. While we’re certain her millions of fans would have loved the album just as much if Swift had called it Daylight, Lover does seem like a better choice given the sheer volume of songs on the album with varying themes.