I Ranked Every Song From Folklore


Hey guys! Blame my good friend Kyle for this one, because I was tempted to do this, but he encouraged me to. Blame him, and also go check him out on Twitch! He’s a good lad!

Of course, a few months ago, Taylor Swift dropped her latest album ‘folklore’ as a surprise, and here I am today ranking each song from least best to best, because there are no terrible songs.

17. mirrorball

Honestly, this is the one that resonates with me the least out of all of the album, but it’s not like it’s a bad song either. Each song is amazing, and I can listen to all of the tracks. It’s just that when I’m listening to the album, mirrorball is the one that kinda gets glossed over.

16. peace

This is a really nice song, but like mirrorball, it’s one that I end up glossing over. Of course, that’s all I really have to say about this song.

15. the 1

It’s strange to see an album opener so low on this list, but here it is. That said, it’s mainly because I get so excited to listen to the follow-up track cardigan that I just get impatient. It’s still a great, relaxing track to set off the album, though.

14. epiphany

This placed above the 1 purely because of its haunting tone. It was definitely enough to give it that edge that separates it from some of the others in the album.

13. mad woman

Ooh here’s a good song! Obviously not a big of an impact as some of the others on this list, but yeah, don’t fuck with a mad woman!

12. illicit affairs

This ended up connecting really well with a story that I’ve been working on for a while, and whoever said this album had no inclination of affairs or cheating obviously glossed over this song.

11. the lakes

The bonus track for this album, the lakes is a reference to the Lake District in the UK. I’ve sadly yet to visit here, but it’s references to the Windermere peaks just make the reference obvious if it wasn’t before. So now I gotta plan a visit for when COVID has blown over…

10. betty

betty seems to be the one that everyone earmarks as their favourite, and I can see why. It’s a stark reminder of Taylor’s country roots, and tells a great story of trying to win this Betty back after a heartbreak.

9. my tears ricochet

This is another song that everyone earmarks as a favourite, but again, there are eight other songs that I prefer. However, this is just so dark and beautiful overall, with the slow build-up at the beginning.

8. the last great american dynasty

I love that this is basically a brief story of Rebekah Harkness, who lived in the infamous ‘Holiday House’ before Taylor herself bought it more recently. It’d be interesting to learn the history of the people that lived in your home before you, but I think the former tenants of my home were a bit too strange for something like that.

7. this is me trying

This was originally a bit higher on the list (until hoax got its say), but oh I just love this song so much. I think it’s the tone of the song that I love more than anything.

6. hoax

I had a hard time placing this one initially, but on every listen I love it all the more, so it ended up climbing all the way up here in the end. I always feel that later tracks get glossed over too much (as is exemplified in this list), but this started having more of an impact on me.

5. august

Now we’re in the top 5, and I just love the atmosphere of this song and, like illicit affairs, it ties in well as a soundtrack for the same story that I’ve been working on. I do have to give credit to this mashup with Blank Space, which just works so well.

4. exile

It was at this track when I noticed the overall tone of the album, but oh I love this song so much. It features vocals from Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, and it’s just so beautiful with the lyrics and the given verses like it’s a conversation between two people.

3. invisible string

This song has a more upbeat rhythm to it and it’s such a nice, pleasant song to listen to in this album. I can imagine enjoying a nice walk on a sunny day while listening to this song, I can guarantee that.

2. seven

This song reminds me of my high school best friend who I haven’t spoken to in seven, nearly eight years. The song takes me back to the carefree days when I was expecting to at least hold conversations with her in the present day. But she practically fell of the face of the earth, with no way of contacting her. I mean, it’s been seven years, she probably hates me now but whatever.

1. cardigan

This song had me hooked from the first listen, and it had my attention. It’s just so good, and it was definitely the right choice to launch this as the first single. It’s the one song on the album I’m happy to have on repeat. Oh, and I always end up singing along to this. Badly, but still…

What do you guys think? Would you rank the album differently, if at all? I want to know how wrong my opinions are (lol)!

3 comments on “I Ranked Every Song From Folklore”

  1. Honestly i take full blame for making you do this and im so glad i did. I was reading through each of your rankings and honestly i think you have them spot on and wouldnt change a thing! ( thanks for credit for making you do this and the mention of my twitch! ❤ )

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    1. Honestly, there were a few songs that I kept moving around after revisiting the album, but I’m really happy with the placement, for now! I know I don’t get a lot of readers or followers but I thought I might as well give a shout out!


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