7 of Taylor Swift’s Best Song Bridges, According to Swifties

She's truly a ~musical genius~.
by Maxine Nava Valdez   |  May 5, 2023
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Taylor Swift’s fans always refer to her as the backbone of the music industry. From topping the music charts with every album drop to making fans feel every kind of emotion there is through her songs, there is no doubt that is a musical queen. She’s also known for making jaw-dropping song bridges and it’s almost impossible to choose which one’s the best out of her entire discography. She’s created “no skips” albums and it’s crazy genius.

Ahead we’ve listed the top seven best song bridges according to our Swiftie friends—in no particular order!

1. Cruel Summer

“Cruel Summer” is truly a bop and has been ranked 11th by Billboard as the 11th best bridge of the 21st century and also ranked in Rolling Stone as the 11th best Taylor Swift song. It tells a story about the highs and lows of a relationship set in the summer.


How it goes:

I'm drunk in the back of the car

And I cried like a baby coming home from the bar (oh)

Said, "I'm fine, " but it wasn't true

I don't wanna keep secrets just to keep you

And I snuck in through the garden gate

Every night that summer just to seal my fate (oh)

And I screamed for whatever it's worth

"I love you, " ain't that the worst thing you ever heard?

He looks up grinning like a devil

2. Death by A Thousand Cuts

This song is about trying to move forward from the love you once thought won’t scar you, but now that it’s gone, everything reminds you of it and it’s as if the pain is unbearable. It’s bitterness, anger, and sadness all mixed into one great song.

How it goes:

My heart, my hips, my body, my love

Trying to find a part of me that you didn't touch

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Gave up on me like I was a bad drug

Now I'm searching for signs in a haunted club

Our songs, our films, united we stand

Our country, guess it was a lawless land

Quiet my fears with the touch of your hand

Paper cut stings from our paper thin plans

3. Champagne Problems

“Champagne Problems” is about a woman who rejected her lover’s proposal. Taylor specifically hinted at the theme of this song in her tweet about the release of “evermore”: "the one where longtime college sweethearts had very different plans for the same night, one to end it and one who brought a ring."

How it goes:

Your Midas touch on the Chevy door

November flush and your flannel cure

"This dorm was once a madhouse"

I made a joke, "Well, it's made for me"

How evergreen, our group of friends

Don't think we'll say that word again


And soon they'll have the nerve to deck the hall

That we once walked through

One for the money, two for the show

I never was ready, so I watch you go

Sometimes you just don't know the answer

'Til someone's on their knees and asks you

"She would've made such a lovely bride

What a shame she's fucked in the head," they said

But you'll find the real thing instead

She'll patch up your tapestry that I shred

4. Illicit Affairs

In this song, the main character seems to be in love with someone who is already in a relationship. She knows that she’s “the other woman” but still can’t seem to shake off the thrill of having something forbidden.

How it goes:

And you wanna scream

Don't call me "kid"

Don't call me "baby"

Look at this godforsaken mess that you made me

You showed me colors


You know I can't see with anyone else

Don't call me "kid"

Don't call me "baby"

Look at this idiotic fool that you made me

You taught me a secret language

I can't speak with anyone else

5. Dress

“Dress” is a song about dressing nicely for your significant other with the idea of wanting to be undressed by the end of the night. It’s one of the most sensual songs in her entire discography. It also shows a parallel to how she and Joe Alwyn allegedly met at the 2016 Met Gala where Joe shows up in a buzzcut hairdo and Taylor walks down the runway with bleached hair as stated in the song’s bridge.

How it goes:

Flashback when you met me

Your buzzcut and my hair bleached

Even in my worst times

You could see the best of me

Flashback to my mistakes

My rebounds, my earthquakes


Even in my worst lies

You saw the truth in me

And I woke up just in time

Now I wake up by your side

My one and only, my lifeline

I woke up just in time

Now I wake up by your side

My hands shake, I can't explain this ah, ha, ha, ha

6. August

“August” portrays a typical short-lived summer romance. The woman in this story realizes more and more that it’s never going to go beyond just a fling. The person she had a summertime relationship with wasn’t hers to lose because it was never official. It only lasted a season, and will not withstand the next ones. Cue the tears!

How it goes:

Back when we were still changin' for the better

Wanting was enough

For me, it was enough

To live for the hope of it all

Cancel plans just in case you'd call


And say, "Meet me behind the mall"

So much for summer love and saying "us"

'Cause you weren't mine to lose

You weren't mine to lose, no

7. All Too Well (10 minute version) (Taylor’s Version)

Of course, this song wouldn’t miss the list. What already was a heart-wrenching song was made more unbelievably painful when Taylor released its 10-minute version. Regardless of how long the duration of the song is, you wouldn’t mind with how intense the lyrics are. It portrays the relationship of a girl in her youth who was in love with an older guy who doesn’t seem to cater to her needs and doesn’t share the same love as her. A love that was cut short because one was investing more than the other. It’s crazy how painfully long getting over someone can be when you only spent such little time with them. Then again, it’s not about the time, it’s about how much heart we pour into something we once thought might last. 


Also, ICYDK, Taylor won Best Music Video in the 2023 Grammy for the production of All Too Well starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. NBD!

How it goes:

Well, maybe we got lost in translation

Maybe I asked for too much

But maybe this thing was a masterpiece

'Til you tore it all up

Running scared, I was there

I remember it all too well

And you call me up again just to break me like a promise

So casually cruel in the name of being honest

I'm a crumpled up piece of paper lying here

'Cause I remember it all, all, all

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