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Taylor Swift is overrated and here’s why

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Taylor Swift has been making music for 19 years now, and has amassed a large amount of attention. It would not be unfair to say she is the most popular artist in the world today. But is this fame warranted? We don’t think so. Here are some of the reasons why.

Owen Rainey

OWEN

A lot of Taylor Swift songs sound almost the same. There is a difference between her old style and new style but overall, every song feels very similar to the other. When she first started they were all country love songs with the same exact lyrics, but with a slightly different instrumental. That being said, some of her early songs are catchy and I do enjoy them from time to time. But her newer songs are all about how she broke up with her latest boyfriend and they can be dreadful to listen to. In almost every new song she rambles on and on about how it was their fault, and that she misses what they have and it’s mentally draining to sit through. Her latest album is just a re-recorded version of an old album she released years ago. There’s more context to why she did this, but there’s nothing new to enjoy in this album. I know I’m being harsh on her, but Taylor herself is relatively unproblematic. She seems like she’s a genuinely good person but good people don’t always make good music. I really just don’t understand how she has been able to garner so many fans and so much attention. She has her moments of some quality music but they are far and few between. She isn’t awful but she is definitely overrated.

Clay Turley

CLAY

Here’s the thing: Taylor Swift herself isn’t that bad. She makes a decent song every now and then when a new guy breaks up with her, and they can be tolerable. The thing that kills me are all her fans. They remind me of those throbbing spike thingies in Monsters University that release a toxic chemical when touched. One of the worst things about them is that they think their opinion is above everyone else’s. They literally praise Taylor like she’s some god that can do no wrong and say that nobody else is close to being as good as her. But then as soon as a person says they’re not a fan of her and like someone else more, the Swifties will band together to shame them, saying their opinion is insufferable. They are literally a cult with no other goal than to make Taylor Swift queen of the world. Another thing that really gets me is how hype they get when she releases something new. New concert? Fans that couldn’t get tickets because they sell out in 2 seconds listen in the parking lot. When she re-releases an album and changes 5 of the words in a song? Nobody better bother them until they’re done listening and/or crying over the “genius” of it. There’s just no end when it comes to praising her. They literally made a movie about her where all of the cult members could meet up and worship her. I’d rather watch paint drying on a 10-hour loop. So while I have no problem with Taylor Swift herself and her music, I cannot stand the Swiftie community.

Eli Roach

ELI

Personally I disagree with both of them. I think Taylor Swift is entirely intolerable. I can’t name a song that I would enjoy sitting through. It genuinely irks me when she re-releases the exact same music and makes millions and hits the top charts. I have heard from the Swifties that the changes she makes are very minor. So why does she get this amount of recognition for such little change? I know that this is mostly because of her ignorant fanbase, but Clay is covering them, so I won’t go into that mess. Moreover, I think it’s ridiculous that even some of the most prestigious awards are given to someone who makes subpar music. It’s like she has a hold on anyone who listens to her music religiously. The people who give her these awards should be the hardest judges on music in their category. So why do they give her these awards? Furthermore, the amount of money that Swift just made from her concert is absurd. It is reported that she made over $4 billion. And I chalk it up to her fanbase yet again for her success. Some of her obsessed fans were willing to pay over $10,000 for tickets. This is unhealthy. I think for the sake of everyone, we should stop treating Taylor as a god, and start treating her like a mediocre artist.

Ryan Jackson

RYAN

It’s possible to praise one artist without bashing another, a foreign concept to some of Swift’s fanbase. Any time any artist takes home an award over Swift, her fanbase is quick to attack both the artist and those giving the artist the award. In general, her fanbase also tends to treat their fandom of her as a personality trait. At a certain point you have to start asking what she does differently than other artists to have pushed her to this level of fame. Her music is no different from any other pop artist of today, and while I do enjoy some of her older music, the only thing that sets them apart from other songs is that they are mildly catchy. Expressing that you don’t like her automatically sets people against you, and is inherently alienating. I also don’t believe that artists should be larger than life, and the fact that an artist can have a literal impact on the economy of a country is concerning on any level. I think it’s time to stop idolizing her, and to see her as just an artist, whether you like her music or not.

 

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Clay Turley
Clay Turley, Multimedia Staff
Hey, my name is Clay Turley and I’m so excited to be a part of Smoke Signals for my second year. A little bit about me is that I love playing sports with my friends and kicking their butts. I also love reading, playing guitar, going to church, and hanging out with my family. So that’s all the boring stuff about me; now to get into the fun stuff. I think that Inception is the best movie of all time, country music is by far the best, and hot dogs are superior to cheeseburgers. Don’t trust anyone who says something different.
Owen Rainey
Owen Rainey, Multimedia Staff
My name is Owen Rainey, and I am a senior member of the Smoke Signals staff. I play soccer for GRC and am involved in Beta Club and National Honor Society. I love being active and staying in shape, but I don’t necessarily like lifting weights. I’m more of a calisthenics kind of guy. I believe pineapple on pizza should be classified as a federal crime. I’m an only child and, but somehow the dog is my parent’s favorite. My proudest accomplishment is being the “voice” of a child with Cerebral Palsy, Lane Hartzel. My greatest claim to fame is having my shirt in a commercial. There are a lot of different things that make me who I am, and this is just a small part of that. Also, shoutout to Ryan Jackson.
Eli Roach
Eli Roach, Multimedia Staff
My name is Eli Roach and I’m a part of the multimedia staff for Smoke Signals. I love soccer, music, and food. I play for GRC boys soccer, but for now you can find me on the IR. Outside of soccer I enjoy hanging out with my friends, spending time at the Rowland Arts Center downtown, and eating at MOD Pizza in Hamburg. Fun Fact: Joby Mitmesser (Managing Editor) and I have been to MOD so many times that the workers know us by name. Also, regardless of what Liam Parido says, I am the best dressed member of Smoke Signals staff.
Ryan Jackson
Ryan Jackson, Multimedia Staff
I’m Ryan, and I’m a senior member of the Smoke Signals staff. I’ve played tennis at GRC for two seasons, and I’m looking forward to my third and final season this spring. I also helped found a non-profit organization called BedHeads, which delivers beds to kids in the county who don’t have access to one. Kanye is absolutely, unequivocally superior to Taylor Swift in every possible aspect...if you think otherwise you are simply wrong. You may know me as the tall dude with a deep voice and bad knees, but I’m a lot more than that. My ankles hurt too sometimes. Shoutout to Owen Rainey.

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    BondsApr 17, 2024 at 5:09 pm

    I personally think Taylor Swift is pretty overrated and I like other artists much more than her. Her music isn’t very catchy to me and I don’t see that as a bad thing. But now Swifties make their whole personality about liking Taylor swift, and some of them decide that whoever doesn’t like her is a bad person and call them a “hater” which is just plain stupid tbh.

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    isaacApr 17, 2024 at 10:12 am

    tell them eli I agree 100%

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    Owen SmithmierApr 9, 2024 at 10:46 am

    We can all agree that she gets way too much fame than she should. why not another artist?

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    Grace SpringbornApr 4, 2024 at 1:32 pm

    I used to be A Swiffty but Im not enymore and now I love Onerepublic!!! Thank you for making this so I can move on with my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ryleeApr 8, 2024 at 2:22 pm

      thats still kinda rude to the swifties like me

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    DaisyApr 4, 2024 at 5:08 am

    Sorry to say this Swifties and Taylor but she is overrated because not just being rude but she never writes happy songs like enjoyment it’s like also she writes about break ups sad things the only song I like is enchanted bc it’s not sad but yeah that’s my opinion so don’t be rude about it

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    Owen SmithmierApr 3, 2024 at 10:08 am

    Bro is speaking facts

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    VaishnaviApr 2, 2024 at 11:57 am

    Taylor Swift is a great singer – songwriter and a great person. If you are a hater probably don’t know the difference bettween great songs ans songs that are trash so keep on listening to those trash song while we SWIFTIES are going to listen to some real music.

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      ryleeApr 2, 2024 at 12:42 pm

      yes thank you

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      Dan EdmondsApr 2, 2024 at 1:28 pm

      If you’re referring to anybody aside from Michael Jackson you lied.

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    Lucy CarrApr 1, 2024 at 11:03 am

    I have to be honest, she really is overrated. There are countless people that do the same thing as her, yet she still is on top? Doesn’t make any sense at all. And, you’re right, almost all of her songs about loving someone and then breaking up, blaming them for every bad thing she’s endured. Honestly, I do like some of her songs, but why can’t she right a song about something happy that’s not about love or breaking up!!!

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    AudreyMar 28, 2024 at 10:24 am

    I think Taylor Swift is overrated but if someone likes her they shouldn’t give up a part of them to be like everyone else. Don’t give up what’s special to you

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    ZoeyMar 27, 2024 at 11:25 am

    She is sooooooooooooooooòoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo overrated and overplayed

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      KiyanApr 3, 2024 at 2:37 pm

      facts

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    ryleeMar 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    I was a swiftie but im not anymore bc of you guys

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      LillyMar 28, 2024 at 10:23 am

      If you like her you shouldn’t let other people tell you what you like and don’t like. If you are a Swiftie… Be a swiftie

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    AudreyMar 26, 2024 at 11:56 am

    I love my bestie though I LOVE her being a Swiftie and talking about TAY TAY makes her happy so I’m happy too!

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    AudreyMar 26, 2024 at 11:51 am

    yess SO OVERRATED my bestie is a A swiftie that’s all she EVER talks about!

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    SomeoneMar 24, 2024 at 12:24 am

    Sorry yall I just don’t get it… if you are allegedly a “Taylor Swift Hater” than obviously you’ve only heard like 3 of her songs (the most popular ones) so how do you know that “ all she writes about are her exes” all her songs sound the same” or “ her music is trash”?

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      StacyApr 3, 2024 at 5:55 pm

      thats not true i know a LOT of her songs and I dont like her at all

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      PercypotterApr 3, 2024 at 9:04 pm

      I am a SWIFTIE however I don’t really care when people don’t like Taylor Swift because everyone has their own opinions. However, I do get a bit mad when people say she only writes songs about her boyfriends. This is just not true. Even if you’ve only ever heard her popular music I can guarantee that you’ve heard Shake It Off which is about letting go of negativity NOT about breaking up with her boyfriends. Also, other artist also write most of their songs about there girlfriends/boyfriends and I don’t hear any hate on them. So I don’t understand why there is so much hate on Taylor Swift. Also about the rerelease of her albums, let me ask you this. If you were to write an album just for it to be sold to someone and now you don’t make any money off of it, would you be mad? You probably would. So that’s why Taylor Swift is rereleasing her albums, so she can actually get the credit and money she deserves. I do agree as a certified SWIFTIE that some of her songs, like karma, are overrated. But you clearly haven’t listened to since of her masterpieces like Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve or ATW(10MV)(TV)(FTV). I do realize that both of those are about boyfriends but what did that have to do about anything. Now about the prices of concert tickets. I would personally never spend $10000 on concert tickets myself and I know that other people would and if they are rich and can afford it then it’s their choice. However, if they have to scrape by just do that they can buy it, then I don’t think that that is a good choice for them. I would also like to clarify, Taylor Swift isn’t charging $10000 for tickets. In fact, you can buy tickets for just $50USD. Back to the songs about boyfriends topic. You said you haven’t seen any new music from Taylor Swift that is not about boyfriends. While I will give you a list:
      Your on your own kid (Midnights)
      Bejeweled (midnights)
      More(can’t think off the top of my head I’m tired, cut me some slack)
      Most of evermore
      Most of folklore
      Those are her latest three studio albums. You may look at this and be like, “Oh just another Taylor obsessed toxic SWIFTIE who only caters about goddess Taylor Swift,” but that would be incorrect. Although I made a large paragraph right now it is because you wrote a lot of incorrect facts and I feel like people should know the truth.

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        LaceyApr 10, 2024 at 2:15 pm

        bro wrote a whole book on taylor swift lol

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    SallyMar 22, 2024 at 9:05 am

    She is very overrated1

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    AdrockMar 20, 2024 at 11:19 pm

    As someone who is 52 and grew up with vastly superior music than the very low bar for new music now, it was very refreshing to read the younger generations feedback on Swift and her very little to no critical talent. I had given up thinking that the new generation has no benchmark for proper music because it was before they were born, glad I am wrong on that one. Swifties have never really heard real music before so they have no clue to just how bad her tripe is.

    I think Swift is a zero talent with no ability to write an actual hook musically and listening to a middle aged woman complain about her exes is just now cringeful. She plays the same basic 4 chord progression on almost every song and it’s just musically wallpaper. There is background with nothing that makes it stand out. Swift and Swifties need to just call it a day.

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    WilliamMar 19, 2024 at 7:22 am

    Eminem 2pac 50 cent and DMX is way better

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    WilliamMar 19, 2024 at 7:20 am

    She is definitely overrated

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    ThomasMar 16, 2024 at 6:00 pm

    Taylor Swift is too overrated and she makes too much money because cardiologist when they save lives they don’t even make $1000. And Taylor Swift makes hundreds of millions of dollars per concert. It’s too unfair.

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    Beau BuddeMar 4, 2024 at 4:23 pm

    I’m a chiefs fan but I hate Taylor every 5 seconds there she is

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    JonathanFeb 25, 2024 at 1:48 am

    She’s totally overrated and her songs are all cookie cutter. Her voice is average at best and to be honest I’ve heard way better singers in local clubs and even at some kereoke clubs. She’s a spoiled rich kid with marginal talent and she is way over exposed. She ruined the superbowl for me. She will break up with her current boyfriend and of course write songs about it. As she gets older though this live affair with her will be over cause you can’t be writing songs about breaking up with boyfriends at 50.I pray the cheifs aren’t in the superbowl next year so we can stop seeing her during football games.

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      SophiaMar 4, 2024 at 1:00 am

      For real

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    Beal CallieFeb 24, 2024 at 7:42 pm

    I agree she may not be a bad person but Swifties are to judgemental and will risk there life for her if that’s what it takes. Also he’s right it’s not heathy to pay 10 000 for a ticket. Don’t get me wrong I like a little Taylor Swift here or there but I’m not going out of my way to warship her she’s overrated sorry swiftys don’t hate on me I’m just saying my opinions not saying you have to agree with me that’s just my opinions.

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      JacobMar 12, 2024 at 2:42 pm

      I totally agree with you. TS is the most overrated songwriter/singer/ artist of our generation. The mere fact that people were sleeping out in tents to obtain Eras Tour tickets is absolutely insane in my mind. TS needs to be held accountable for all the issues she causes society. Swifties are promoting a very bad culture. Not only do I not worship TS, but I avoid her anyway I can. Her music sucks (it is filled with bad ideas) and she and her fanbase are a bunch of arrogant people who treat her like a god. She’s just a normal person just like everyone else.

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    ReinFeb 6, 2024 at 5:45 am

    I don’t get the hype on Taylor and her music. Probably people especially the young ones are just being emotionally weak and can relate to her silly songs

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    TennysonJan 22, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    “ She seems like she’s a genuinely good person but good people don’t always make good music”

    Phenomenal quote Owen

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