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The nondefinitive ranking of Taylor Swift's collabs

Ranking Taylor Swift songs is pretty close to *impossible*. With so many options and so little room at the top, it's hard to compare your fave tracks. Lucky for you, we made the task a little easier...

"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" featuring ZAYN

 ZAYN and Taylor came together for a song that would go on to reach more than one billion (yes, billion) streams. The impact of this pop hit has us waiting anxiously for the re-recording (fingers crossed).

"Nothing New" featuring Phoebe Bridgers


You might recognize Phoebe Bridgers as 1/3 of boygeniusand also her opening stint for Taylor in The Eras Tour. Taylor and Phoebe's voices harmonize flawlessly on this track from Red (Taylor's Version). The song speaks on the passing of time, the bittersweet feelings of growing up and looking back at old memories with a new perspective.

"no body, no crime" featuring HAIM

HAIM and Taylor are frequent collaborators and besties, so it makes sense why this evermore track is high on the list. The song tells a fictional tale of a murder mystery in the style of a very catchy country-pop song. One of the more underrated evermore tracks, it stands on its own as one of Taylor's best collabs. 

"Everything Has Changed" featuring Ed Sheeran


Red-era Taylor Swift collaborating with Ed Sheeran (who had only just released his debut album at the time) was pretty epic. Their voices and artistic styles flow together seamlessly, and this track is all the more proof of that (did we mention the adorable music video?).

"Safe & Sound" featuring The Civil Wars 

"Safe and Sound" with The Civil Wars was featured on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games and has been stuck in our heads ever since. With the recent re-release of the single, many Swifties can look back to one of Taylor's more poignant and emotionally driven collabs.

"exile" featuring Bon Iver

A fan fave from folklore, "exile" elevated Taylor Swift's artistry to a whole new level. We all knew she was excelling at pretty much *everything*, but folklore really showed the world that Taylor is here to stay as one of the top singer-songwriters of our time. 

"Bad Blood" featuring Kendrick Lamar

This collab gave us a star-studded and action-packed music video, which showed Taylor's alter-ego "Catastrophe" battling against her IRL bestie Selena Gomez. Kendrick's verse took the song to a whole new level and captured the empowering and confidence-boosting vibe of the song. 

"Snow on the Beach" featuring Lana Del Rey


The collab fans had been begging for finally came during the Midnights era, when Lana Del Rey appeared with Taylor on "Snow on the Beach." While we're obsessed with the original track, many fans wanted more from Lana and, as always, Taylor took note. She released an updated version of the song featuring "More Lana Del Rey." Whichever version you prefer, the song itself is a masterpiece—and we hope to see more from this daring duo. 

"I Bet You Think About Me" featuring Chris Stapleton

"I Bet You Think About Me" is the song that gave us the iconic wedding-themed music video directed by Blake Lively and starring Miles Teller and his wife, Keleigh Teller. The visuals? Stunning. The ballad featuring country superstar Chris Stapleton? Flawless. Yet another addition to the list of our fave vault tracks.

"Soon You'll Get Better" featuring The Chicks

This song breaks our hearts into a million pieces each time we listen to it. Featuring one of the most popular country girl groups of the 21st century, Taylor sings about the heartbreak of having to comfort someone who you know is going through a hard time. One of the most solemn tracks in her discography, "Soon You'll Get Better" stands out on the Lover album as one of our fave Taylor collabs. 

"End Game" featuring Ed Sheeran and Future

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"End Game" brought a new sound for Taylor and carries a big reputation (iykyk). To have Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future on the same track seems daunting, but they pulled it off and made a hit to remember. Each of their verses adds something fresh to the song.

"The Last Time" featuring Gary Lightbody

A rather underrated collab from the Red era, this tune features Gary Lightbody, the lead singer of the band Snow Patrol. It's no secret that this era of Taylor gave us a lot of collabs, but this one stands out on its own. 

"Anti-Hero" featuring The Bleachers

The original track opened up the Midnights era by showing an earnest side of Taylor, but the remix, featuring The Bleachers, gives a new perspective. The Bleachers is a band led by lead singer Jack Antonoff aka one of Taylor's most notable collaborators. Together, the two have written hit after hit, including Getaway Car (forever a fave), but this duet takes their partnership to a whole new level. 

"Karma" featuring Ice Spice


If there's one thing Taylor knows all too well, it's making waves in the music industry as a young woman—so what better way to support new and emerging artists like Ice Spice than to collab with them? The song itself is catchy and everything we would expect from hitmakers like Taylor and Ice Spice.

"Babe" featuring Sugarland

It's no secret Taylor can rock any genre, but as someone who started in country music, there's nothing like a good country-pop hit written by our girl. "Babe" fits right into the Red era and features country group Sugarland. The original track features Taylor harmonizing with Jennifer Nettles, while the re-recording showcases a solo performance from Taylor.

"Breathe" featuring Colbie Caillat

The classic Fearless (Taylor's Version) hit takes us all the way back to the late 2000s every time we listen to it. It's full of heavy emotions and powerful vocals from both Taylor and Colbie Caillat, who had just come out with her hit song "Bubbly" at the time of the original release of "Breathe." Their voices blend together in an enchanting harmony.

"coney island" featuring The National


This song features The National, an indie-alternative band that includes Aaron Dessner, who has worked on a ton of tracks alongside Taylor. The National and Taylor team up for a softspoken ballad full of heartbroken emotions and impeccable harmonies. 

"You All Over Me" featuring Maren Morris

We're diving headfirst *fearless* into this addition to the list. Maren Morris is one of the most recognizable faces in country music right now, so Taylor collaborating with her on a vault track for Fearless (Taylor's Version) just feels right. It's a classic country-pop anthem for any Swifties still reliving their Fearless era. 

"evermore" featuring Bon Iver

evermore is heavily underappreciated, plain and simple. It's about time we discuss how truly amazing the entire album is, but more specifically, the title track featuring Bon Iver. Similar to "exile" from folklore, Bon Iver teamed up with Taylor to bring another haunting hit for it's sister album.

"That's When" featuring Keith Urban

Another vault track from the Fearless (Taylor's Version) era, this tune features Keith Urban, a country sensation who fits perfectly within this era of Taylor. Yet another one of our go-to country-pop hits, this song is *perfect* for OG Swifties. 

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by Mina Rahmat | 9/6/2023