13 Reasons Reputation Is A Masterpiece

13 Reasons Reputation Is A Masterpiece

A track-by-track rundown of Taylor Swift's latest work of art.
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Reputation is not Taylor Swift's greatest album of all time.

It lacks the sequel to All Too Well that Swifties anticipated (we're still waiting on that 10 minute version). There is a grand total of one slow song, and the album is dominated by catchy, mainstream-pop songs, with much simpler and sexier lyrics than we are used to in Swift's music canon.

That does not, however, undercut how much fun this album is. It allows you to celebrate love- both making it and falling into it- without the devastation of heartbreak to follow. As Taylor puts it in "King Of My Heart," the album's most techno song, "is this the end of all the endings?" in reference to her finding The One in her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn.

Finally, Taylor is happy, and it definitely comes across on Reputation.

1. Ready For It?

"Ready For It" was the single we definitely were not ready for. Following up "Look What You Made Me Do," this song cemented that the dark and scary Taylor wasn't just a song-specific phase. And I was definitely NOT expecting that nude bodysuit in the music video. Taylor established herself as undeniably sexy on Reputation, and I'm not complaining.

Best lyric: "Every love I've known in comparison is a failure."

Farewell, ex-boyfriends!

2. End Game - featuring Ed Sheeran and Future.

Was the Future feature necessary? No. But when I heard Ed and Taylor were teaming up on a track for Reputation, I expected a sequel to "Everything Has Changed," circa 2012, AKA a beautiful duet. I was severely disappointed, and at first listen, not very impressed with the rap-inspired anthem. But the more I listen to it, the more I like it. And I can't stop listening to it.

Best lyric: "Reputation precedes me, they told you I'm crazy, I swear I don't love the drama, it loves me!"

3. I Did Something Bad.

The banger of the album, no debate.

Best lyric: "I never trust a playboy, but they love me. So I fly 'em all around the world and I let them think they saved me."

Ha! Trick's on you, boys. Taylor is actually the one in control here.

4. Don't Blame Me.

This is by far my favorite song on the album. It's catchy and stays sexy even with the gospel-inspired chorus.

Best lyric: "If you walk away, I'll beg you on my knees to stay" *BASS DROP*

I scream every time. So sexy without overdoing it.

5. Delicate.

This one is a little bit too Auto-Tuned for my taste, especially since I know what a beautiful voice Taylor has, and it gets lost in this over-processed track.

Best lyric: "Is it cool that I said all that? Is it chill that you're in my head? 'Cause I know that it's delicate."

Although I'm not impressed with any part of this song in particular, I would have to choose this as the best part because the Taylor we know and love shows herself in this one specific way: finding the exact words to describe how every girl has felt as some point. These lyrics describe when you find someone you really like, but you're not sure how far you can go with it, and you feel so unsure but really excited at the same time, because this potential relationship is still in its delicate phase.

6. Look What You Made Me Do.


This song was the first we'd heard from Taylor since 2014, so of course all us Swifties jumped on it. Its spooky Halloween vibes, combined with the fierce Taylor we weren't expecting to pop up out of nowhere, made this song legendary. And themusic video is absolutely iconic.

Best lyric: "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh! 'Cause she's dead."

I'm just as shook as I was the first time I heard it.

7. So It Goes.

This was the sexy banger I was not expecting to find on Reputation. "Scratches down your back" did make me uncomfortable though, coming from Taylor, I'm not going to lie.

Best lyric: "You know I'm not a bad girl but I do bad things with you."

GET IT GIRL.

8. Gorgeous.

Remember when Taylor dropped "Gorgeous" as a single and we all thought the old Taylor was back? HAH.

This song is the bright peppy tune Reputation needed to lighten up its darkness. "Gorgeous" is the innocent one in the friend group.

Best lyric: "Guess I'll just stumble on home to my cats."

9. Getaway Car.

"Getaway Car" is almost as catchy as "Blank Space" and the most 1989-infused track on the album. It is refreshing to hear the old Taylor is still in there somewhere!

Best lyric: "I wanted to leave him, I needed a reason."

Shots fired.

10. King Of My Heart.

My second least favorite song on the album. I'm still gonna listen to it though.

Best lyric: "Is this the end of all the endings?"

11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied.

This song is the sexy version of "Starlight" from Red.

Best lyric: "I loved you in spite of deep fears that the world would divide us."

12. Dress.

I had high hopes for this song after reading about parents' reactions at Reputation secret sessions. But upon hearing it, it is my least favorite song on the album. And it's not because it's about sex. It's the way Taylor talks instead of sings in the verses, and the annoyingly high falsetto for the rest of the extremely repetitive song. Sorry, Taylor - not a fan of this one.

Best lyric: "If I get burned, at least we were electrified."

13. This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.

This song was the Kanye and Kim Kardashian West diss we were all expecting - need I even bring up the whole snake thing? - but none of us were ready for.

Best lyric: "*laughter* I can't even say it with a straight face!"

Also, the Gatsby reference makes my life.

14. Call It What You Want.

My favorite single Taylor released off this album. It's lowkey a jam.

Best lyric: "Nobody's heard from me for months, I'm doing better than I ever was."

All we want is Taylor to be happy!

15. New Year's Day.

The only slow song on the album is a beautiful conclusion to all we've missed from Taylor's life in the past few years, outlined in Reputation.

Best lyric: "Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere."

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

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Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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