Song of the Day #3,275: ‘Begin Again’ – Taylor Swift vs. Tom Petty

Two of the more compelling Round One Montauk Madness matchups pitted pop (and pop culture) sensations Beyoncé and Taylor Swift against Tom Petty and David Byrne, respectively.

Petty won his battle in one of the closest Round One contests, picking up 56% of the vote. Swift had an easier time dispatching Byrne, netting 88%. Now they face off against each other.

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Song of the Day #1,673: ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ – Taylor Swift

taylor_swift_redOK, this is a little more interesting.

Coming in at #6 on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll of the best singles of 2012 is Taylor Swift with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’ Of course I’ve actually heard this song, unlike the first four I’ve posted.

Compared to what’s come so far, Swift’s ditty is a masterpiece. But that’s not saying much.

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Song of the Day #1,621: ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ – Taylor Swift

taylor_swift_redTop Songs of 2012 – #13

Red, Taylor Swift’s chart-topping follow-up to Speak Now, is generally disappointing for reasons I can’t put my finger on.

I think it boils down to Swift’s worldview having a shelf life. She certainly has a gift for melody and she can turn a phrase, but I hear far too much of her in every song she writes, and frankly I’m a little tired of spending that much time with her.

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Song of the Day #1,591: ‘Red’ – Taylor Swift

Since the release of Taylor Swift’s new album, Red, I’ve read several versions of the same joke: referencing the country-pop superstar’s penchant for writing scathing break-up songs about the many men who’ve wronged her, people have begun to suggest “Taylor, maybe it’s you…”

That idea ran through my mind more than once listening to Red, another collection that’s exhaustively focused on the failings of the men in Swift’s life. I have to say, it’s quite a feat to make me feel sympathy for John Mayer.

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