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UPDATED: Like a Rainbow with All of the Colors: Ranking Every Single "Red" Taylor Swift Lyric

One of Taylor Swift's favorite colors? Red. I went through every Taylor Swift song and feature and found all of her "red" lyrics!

Trigger warning: opinion may differ from your own, and that's okay!

After combing through Taylor Swift's entire discography, I found all of her lyrics that mentioned the color red (I think... don't tell me if I forgot one because I will spiral) and ranked them from my most to least favorite by song!

Updated March 13, 2024, after the releases of 1989 (Taylor's Version).

Disclaimer: I don't dislike any of these lyrics, but some just rise above the rest for me.

#16: "Fifteen" (Fearless)

You sit in class to a redhead named Abigail.

Taylor's best friend is Abigail. My full name is Abigail. Taylor's Abigail has red hair. My hair is currently red.

...Am I Taylor Swift's best friend?!

No. But a girl can dream!

#15: "Only The Young"

Their hands are stained with red.

#14: "End Game" (Reputation)

Here's the truth from my red lips.

#13: "Style" (1989)

I got that red lip, classic thing that you like.

#12: "Wildest Dreams" (1989)

Red lips and rosy cheeks, say you'll see me again even if it's just in your wildest dreams.

#11: "Look What You Made Me Do" (Reputation)

I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined.

#10: "All Too Well" (Red)

You almost ran the red 'cause you were looking over at me.
Photo album on the counter, your cheeks were turning red.

#9: "The Moment I Knew" (Red)

It was like slow motion, standing there in my party dress in red lipstick with no one to impress.

#8: "I Did Something Bad" (Reputation)

I can feel the flames on my skin, crimson red paint on my lips.

#7: "Picture To Burn" (Taylor Swift)

You're a redneck heartbreak who's really bad at lying.

#6: "Red" (Red)

Loving him was red.
Burning, it was red.
Comes back to me burning red.

#16: "Now That We Don't Talk" (1989)

You part the crowd like the Red Sea.

#5: "Is It Over Now?" (1989)

When you lost control, red blood, white snow, blue dress on a boat, your new girl is my clone.

#4: "Nothing New" (Red)

My cheeks are growing tired from turning red and faking smiles.

#3: "Daylight" (Lover)

I once believed love would be burning red but it's golden.

#2: "gold rush" (evermore)

I don't like anticipating my face in a red flush.

#1: "the lakes" (folklore)

A red rose grew up out of ice-frozen ground with no one around to Tweet it.

All lyrics quoted in this article are from songs by Taylor Swift and her various co-songwriters and co-producers across her discography.

All photos featured inside this article were taken by me. See my full TS Eras photo series on Instagram: @theabbyhazlett. Cover photo is by Rook Barber.

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