Hannah’s Guide to “Lover”

(also published on Buzzfeed Community here)

Look, I think we can all agree Lover is Taylor’s most ambitious album. I mean, it’s got 18 AMAZING songs!! But where do each of them actually rank? Don’t worry, I’ve been listening to them all on repeat, so I’ve decided for you. I present to you, the definitive ranking.

18. ME!

Everyone seems to agree on this one. I love Brendan Urie, but this song just didn’t work with him. The “spelling is fun” part was so cringey they had to cut it. Plus I just don’t think it’s at all representative of the album! Why was this your first single Taylor??

17. Daylight

It’s a good closing track; there’s just nothing that special about it. Also, it sort of feels like it could’ve been on Red.

16. Cruel Summer

Don’t @ me. I know people love this one. But the chorus sounds a lot like “Cool” by the Jonas Brothers.

15. Afterglow

I love the lyrics of this one. I love whenever Taylor sings about her mistakes in relationships; I think it’s so human. It’s good, it’s just not great. And on a super long, AMAZING album, that earns it a lower spot.

14. I Think He Knows

This is a good signature Taylor song, but nothing special. It’s got a good bridge, though!

13. Cornelia Street

Something about this song is insanely catchy and sticks in your head, and it fits well into the album. It’s sweet, but not necessarily relatable.

12. You Need to Calm Down

Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE both the video and the message. I also love scream-signing this song while drunk. But musically, it’s not her strongest. It’s more of a guilty pleasure.

11. London Boy

This just feels like classic Taylor and it’s a ton of fun. It’s very relatable for all of us who are obsessed with British accents.

10. The Archer

This was the first single Taylor released that I really loved. I feel like it’s really representative of her new sound (which she does a great job of integrating with her old sound on this album). It’s also just insanely personal and has amazing lyrics. It’s a testament to the album that it’s so low in ranking, because I love this song.

9. The Man

Taylor’s been vocal about this idea before, but putting it in a song is a new stroke of genius. I feel so vindicated when I listen to this. Even though it’s about her being a female celebrity, I think every woman can relate to the judgement we receive.

8. I Forgot That You Existed

This is a such a great intro to the album, because it perfectly bridges Reputation and Lover. This album feels completely new, which I love – but this song still acknowledges where she’s starting from, which is important. It’s also a great anthem for those who have crossed you, which is something I loved about a lot of the songs on Reputation.

7. It’s Nice to Have a Friend

I love when Taylor goes kind of out of her normal sound a bit and this feels like that, but it’s also really cohesive with The Archer and Lover and Soon You’ll Get Better. I like that it doesn’t so much have a chorus. I’m just always intrigued by it.

6. False God

This was one of the first songs I really loved, because it just stuck out to me on the album. It feels like it has a similar theme to her earlier songs but sexier and more grown up, and something about it reminds me of “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” which I loved. Honestly I just love the lyrics and the pacing of it.

5. Death By A Thousand Cuts

Maybe I just personally relate to this song, but I’m obsessed with the lyrics. I also love any song that sounds really jaunty and fun, but is actually sort of dark and sad. It’s also got an amazing intro and bridge.

4. Paper Rings

Everybody loves this song, right? It’s just so FUN. If this doesn’t make you crazy-dance in your pajamas by yourself, you’re not doing it right.

3. Lover

This song is so beautiful and authentic. It’s an anthem to every realistic romantic out there, because the lyrics feel so simple and relatable without being clouded in imagery and metaphor (which can also be great, as seen in the next song on the list). The tone and sound of the song are also very representative of the album, making this work perfectly as the title track.

2. Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince

This is definitely in the top 5 of best Taylor Swift songs of all time. It’s a bit Lana del Rey esque, but still true to Taylor. I love me some high school imagery, as well as the deeper themes this song suggests. This song is just sort of eerie while still being fun and containing classic Taylor elements.

1. Soon You’ll Get Better

This has got to be the best Taylor Swift song of all time. It is so painfully beautiful. It’s fittingly reminiscent of Ronan and The Best Day, but also really fits with her new sound on this album. I also love the Dixie Chicks, so that helps. I know it’s about Taylor’s personal experience with her parents having cancer, but something about it still feels really relatable. Anyone who has dealt with someone they love battling any kind of illness feels this song deep in their heart. I would listen to this on repeat, all day, forever, if I didn’t want to cry every time I listened to it.

Hannah’s Guide to “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

It’s an amazing first (second, if you count her EP) album. But which ones are the best and which ones are not as great? My take below!

13. ilomilo

First of all, it’s really hard to separate the songs on this album. They all flow so well into each other, and ilomilo flows perfectly after bury a friend. But overall, this song by itself is a little forgettable.

12. my strange addiction

Look, I normally love sampling random stuff into songs. And sure, I like The Office. But The Office is not exactly a strange addiction – it’s probably the most common addiction for people Billie’s age. Thus, this song doesn’t quite fit Billie’s very strange appeal.

11. 8

I kind of hated the creepy little girl esque beginning, but now I love it. However, it’s overall a bit forgettable compared to the others.

10. when the party’s over

This kind of feels like an add-on, as it was also on “Don’t Smile at Me”. It’s a great Billie song, but it doesn’t quite feel as if it fits on this album.

9. wish u were gay

This was one of the first tracks she released, and from the “baby I don’t feel so good” intro, I knew I was going to love it. It’s sort of strange and relatable at the same time, discussing a guy blowing you off because he’s just not that into you, and how you’d feel so much better about yourself if it was just because he’s gay. It fits sort of perfectly into Gen Z culture, actually. But it’s not quite as creepy as the others (the crowd booing and cheering is a nice touch, though!).

8. i love you

This one’s beautiful. I love the odd sampling of the flight attendant speech. It’s probably her most Lana-esque song, a soft ballad about a relationship falling apart.

7. listen before i go

This one is another one that’s hard not to think of without the songs around it – it almost feels like part 1 to “i love you”. This song’s pretty blatantly about suicide, but it doesn’t feel inauthentic or romanticized. It’s just sort of simply there, existing, and I think that a lot of teens probably relate to the hopelessness in this song.

6. bad guy

This is the most radio-friendly song, as evidenced by it’s No. 1 status. The lyrics are fun and cheeky while the tone is still dark and creepy. It’s very indicative of what to expect on the album as a whole, so it’s a great opening track!

5. you should see me in a crown

This is another song that was already released separate from the album, but it’s just so good. I love when Billie goes more intense, rather than just a rather muted eerieness. This one’s imagery and lyrics fit with the more badass sort of tone many female rap and pop stars have adopted today, but of course – in classic Billie fashion – creepier.

4. bury a friend

This is another song that’s really indicative of the album as a whole. It’s got the album’s title in the lyrics, so how could it not? It’s wonderfully creepy, just like one of my other favorite songs of hers, bellyache. It embraces Billie’s creepy imagery.

3. all the good girls go to hell

I love this song because it totally embraces the creepiness and dark imagery that Billie surrounds herself with, coupled with the fact that she’s a wide-eyed, pretty 17 year old who also sings anti-drug songs.

2. xanny

And now for the anti-drug song! It would be so easy for Billie’s image to sing about drugs and the weird states they put us in – her imagery is constantly trippy. But instead, she sings about not needing drugs, and the sort of aloneness one feels when surrounded by friends on drugs/drinking, and just the pointlessness of it all. It’s sort of existential, while containing the base heavy tones that sort of make you feel like you’re on drugs after all. This is probably my favorite to listen to on its own.

1.goodbye

This one doesn’t really work on its own – it’s a culmination of the whole album. But that’s what makes it so genius. Billie made an experience, not just an album, and this is the siren call. It goes backwards, using notable lines from each of the songs in an extremely eerie, drawn out tone. It’s a work of creative genius, and makes it feel like there’s a hidden message when you combine all the songs together. It’s the perfect way to end the album!

What did you think of Billie Eilish’s new album?

Hannah’s Guide to Teen Dramas

I consider myself to be a HUGE Teen Drama expert.

I’ve seen pretty much all of them – but which ones are worth it?

I list the top 10 below!

10. The OC

Alright, this one’s a classic. It was a toss-up between this and Dawson’s Creek, but honestly The O.C. is more iconic to me.

I mean, come on. We’ve got classic tropes of bad boy and rich girl, nerd and popular girl, the wonder that is Seth Cohen’s dialogue, an iconic theme song, and one of the biggest memes of our generation. What more could you want?

9. Glee

Don’t hate me on this. I know it’s horrible. But there are 2 kinds of people in the world: people who still have 50 Glee versions of songs on their itunes and liars.

Honestly, the singing’s good. The editing is fun. The first few seasons are cute. It’s the only musical teen show. Let’s just leave it at that, right?

8. Skins UK

Okay, so this is kind of the opposite of the O.C. It’s much more real and gritty, but that’s what I love about it. It confronted so many serious issues in a way that felt authentic. Plus it gave Angsty Teens Effy Stonem gifs to use for generations.

7. Teen Wolf

I love campy shows, and especially shows that know they’re campy. This one’s a totally unrealistic werewolf show with the surprisingly good acting skills of Dylan O’Brien. The special effects are horrible and most of the acting is way over the top, but that just adds to the fun. They actually do a pretty good job exploring littler known mythology, too.

6. Pretty Little Liars

I love teen shows that crossover into other genres, and this is a great example. Discounting the last few seasons, PLL was a great mystery show with a really interesting premise. It also made really good use of the social media and constant texting phase our generation was going through at the time, much like Gossip Girl did. Bonus points for featuring the first lesbian main character on a teen drama (correct me if I’m wrong on this – I don’t think Santana on Glee came out until after Emily).

5. Riverdale

This is another fun mystery show that somehow manages to be both darker and more ridiculous than Pretty Little Liars. Pretty Little Liars was bad but sometimes trying to be good – Riverdale knows exactly what it is. It’s a new show, but it’s honestly already iconic.

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4. 13 Reasons Why

This is another newer show, but like Skins it feels a lot more gritty and real. It explores issues like suicide and rape really authentically. Plus it’s also a mystery, and the music’s amazing. There’s also some stellar acting.

3. Gossip Girl

All the teen drama tropes you love, but make it rich people.

These are the characters you love to hate. The Netflix description literally reads “Rich, unreasonably attractive private school students do horrible, scandalous things to each other. Repeatedly.” and that about sums it up. It’s got awesome fashion and characters whose lives are nothing like yours. But somehow you can’t stop watching. Also makes good use of modern technology!

2. The Vampire Diaries

Another crossover – this one supernatural. It’s not quite as campy as Teen Wolf, and it’s certainly more gory. It also introduced us to one of the more iconic love triangles of all time, where Elena has to choose between vampire brothers Stefan and Damon.

It got a little old after ALL the characters kept dying and coming back to life, but it actually had one of my favorite series finales of all time. It had some epic villains and led to 2 spinoffs, so somebody must’ve liked it. The plotlines are fun, and the acting and special effects are mostly decent enough, but the real reason to watch is the relationships. There’s nothing CW does like creating and sinking ships.

1.One Tree Hill

Sorry, Friday Night Lights fans – this is the only sports teen drama I recognize.

This one holds a special place in my heart because it’s literally where I got my music from. Plus, what other teen show can you remember that lasted NINE seasons?? It gave us Brooke Davis and Sophia Bush, which is reason alone to love it, but it also has literally every teen drama trope ever. Plus the whole setup of Nathan and Lucas actually is really interesting and carries us six of those seasons. And the Peyton Brooke Lucas love triangle is as iconic as Stelena/Delena.

It tried REALLY hard to be deep, but teenage me literally papered my wall with those quotes, so who am I to judge.

Some of its plotlines also rival Riverdale in their ridiculousness.

But mostly, I watched for the characters and relationships.

Hannah’s Guide to Kylie’s Original Lip Kits

Kylie’s released a MILLION lip kits by now.

It seems like decades since she released her first few – Candy K, Dolce K, and True Brown K – which sold out within minutes.

Next came Posie K, Koko K, and Mary Jo K; then 22 and Kourt K; then her glosses.

But now that she’s got an entire brand, how do her original lip kits hold up?

8. True Brown K

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Look, I get that Kylie wanted to start with brownish nudes. But this is legitimately brown. It’s so brown that I’ve used it as eyeliner multiple times. I feel like she should’ve stuck with classics for her original 3, and this one was not exactly a classic.

7. Kourt K

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This was the last of the colors released before her glosses – so I don’t mind that it was a little more out there. However, I’ve really loved some of her other purples since – like Moon or Head Over Heels – and this one is just not the same level. Maybe it’s just that I don’t love darker colors, but this one feels too vampy for me.

6. 22

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Okay, I actually love this one, but really I love them all so this one has to be a bit lower than the ones I love more. It’s a great orange-red, but it doesn’t fit on every skin tone (like the 2 above), so that earns it a lower spot.

5. Dolce K

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Ahh, it pains me to put this one so low on the list, because I use it ALL THE TIME. However, it’s not quite as versatile as the others, and it doesn’t work on every skin tone. It’s pretty brown.

4. Mary Jo K

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I also am obsessed with this one. It’s the perfect candy apple red – the only reason it’s this low is because a lot of other brands have great candy apple reds.

3. Posie K

This is definitely a cult favorite, and I can see why. It’s the perfect rosie pink, and it works on SO MANY different skin tones. It feels unique while still being probably the most similar to Kylie’s go-to shade before the lip kits, Whirl by Mac.

2. Koko K

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This one’s probably my personal favorite. I love how subtle it is while still being a strong pink. It’s still brownish and true to her first few colors, but I find it to be the most wearable.

1.Candy K

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This one’s my favorite out of her original 3. It’s more versatile than Dolce, but it’s still a great brownish nude. I also feel like it looks really different on different skin tones (more pink than it appears above), and fits more skin tones than Koko K. It also feels true to Whirl while still being different. It fits with Kylie’s brand and her first 3 colors really well!

And that’s it! Kylie’s been insanely busy since then, branching out away from lips into face and eye makeup – but my favorites are still her ever-expanding list of lip kits. She’s built an amazingly successful brand, and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Hannah’s Guide to “Reputation”

  1. Don’t Blame Me: I can’t say a single bad thing about this song. It may be my favorite Taylor Swift song ever – I love when she does songs that are a little lower/darker. This song alone makes up for years of silence. I’ve literally played it on repeat for a week straight. 
  2. Getaway Car: This feels like 1989 but updated in the most wonderful way!! It’s true to Taylor while still feeling new. I love the Bonnie and Clyde imagery and the tune is just so fun.
  3. I Did Something Bad: This is just a fun song while still having a darker, sexier tune which I love. This is the only other song I actually bought off the album. I love how unapologetic it is lyrics-wise, but what earns it the #2 spot is the tune. It also has a great opening!
  4. This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: It’s a perfect mix of Red and 1989. It’s just so fun to sing along to!
  5. New Year’s Day: This one should honestly be higher because I love it. But it also makes me want to cry so I can’t always listen to it.
  6. King of My Heart: The title of this one is a little lame. But I love the tune!
  7. Delicate: I love the sort of afraid, cautious nature of this song’s lyrics. It doesn’t feel like anything she’s done before. I like how it refers to the way her reputation has actually affected her love life.
  8. Look What You Made Me Do: This one probably had an unfair advantage from coming out first – I didn’t love it at first, but now I’ve listened to it so much that I love it.
  9. Gorgeous: This is another one that’s just fun on kind of a darker album. Also very relatable, and I love any cat references.
  10. ….Ready for It?: The sing-talking is a little cringe-y…that being said it’s a fun, enjoyable song to listen to and I definitely sing-talk along with her! This one’s a guilty pleasure.
  11. Dress: I like the verses and love the bridge, but I don’t love the chorus. It feels like something I’d hear on the radio from some other popstar; it’s a good song, but it’s not that unique. It reminds me a lot of I Don’t Wanna Live Forever. Good for Taylor for embracing singing about sex now, though!
  12. Dancing with Our Hands Tied: The best part of this song is the title. it has an unexpected tune – that’s not a good or bad thing. I think I wanted it to be a ballad, though. The high hopes I had for this song based on title weren’t really lived up to, but it’s not a bad song. I like the intro, but then when it jumps into lyrics I’m not crazy about it. The bridge is better than the verses for sure.
  13. Call it What you Want: The lyrics start off good, then get cringe-y (“my baby’s ___” lines). The tune is nice, but I feel like it’s kind of anticlimactic; like it builds to something that never happens. It’s also just too cheesy for my taste, but that’s because I’m a cynic.
  14. So it Goes…” This feels like it’s trying to be a song off Halsey’s new album that didn’t quite make it on. There’s too much auto-tune, too. I know that’s the style, but I don’t like it
  15. End Game: I don’t mind pairing with rappers, but this pales in comparison to Bad Blood. It just feels too radio-y and out of character. I was excited for a song with Ed Sheeran but this one is not my favorite.