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Tunes with Tate: Ranking remixes of Taylor Swift’s songs and why they’re superior

Over the course of her career, Taylor Swift has released a ton of top tier music. She has been nominated for and won hundreds of awards. In between the releases of her classic hits such as “You Belong With Me” and “Blank Space,” remixes of her songs have been gifted to the world and I am here to tell you that they are amazing. Here is a ranking of some of the said remixes and why they are simply the best:

13. “Love Story - Digital Dog Remix” by Digital Dog

Similar to the ELVIRA Remix of “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” I can absolutely see myself having a great time dancing to this song. For everyday listening though, the added EDM instrumentals might be too much. 

12. “You Need To Calm Down - Clean Bandit Remix” by Clean Bandit

“You Need To Calm Down” is an iconic song, especially considering how many people signed a petition in favor of passing the Equality Act because of the music video. The only reason Clean Bandit’s remix falls a little short for me is because of the distortion to Swift’s voice, but otherwise, I have no complaints.

11. “...Ready For It? - BloodPop Remix” by BloodPop

There is a special place in my heart for reputation because of how different it is from all of Swift’s other albums. “...Ready For It?” is a great song but this remix alters the original’s angst a little bit.

10. “Everything Has Changed - Remix” featuring Ed Sheeran

“Everything Has Changed” is one of my favorite feel-good songs from Red, and the remix feels like a stripped, live version of the song. I am obsessed.

9. “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” by ELVIRA

If I was in a club and “Love Story” started playing, I can say with full confidence that I would be over the moon about it. However, for those who may not be big Taylor Swift fans, ELVIRA’s remix of the tune would be perfect to hop around to. 

8. “You’re Not Sorry - CSI Remix” by Taylor Swift

In 2009, Taylor Swift guest starred on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and lent her musical talents to the show. The “CSI Remix” changes the angry tone of “You’re Not Sorry” to a sad, heavy one, making it perfect for a murder mystery. 

7. “Delicate - Seeb Remix” by Seeb

Seeb’s remix of “Delicate” takes a more chill song and pumps it up by accelerating the tempo. This remix would make anyone want to get up and dance, just like Swift does in her “Delicate” music video.  

6. “Wildest Dreams - R3hab Remix” by R3HAB

Before Swift could surprise her fans with “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” on Sept. 17, R3HAB remixed the original version. It is perfectly dreamy and I will be grooving to it at my desk as I wait for R3HAB to remix Taylor’s Version. 

5. “willow - 90’s trend remix” by Taylor Swift

While the song has some added EDM instrumentals, this remix sounds like it should be on the soundtrack of a 90’s rom-com; I picture Molly Ringwald driving into the sunset and end credits flashing across a big screen as I listen to it.

4. “willow - moonlit witch version” by Taylor Swift

As the title may suggest, this remix paints a different image than the original. It is one of dancing around a bonfire on a fall night and it is truly magical. 

3. “willow - dancing witch version” by ELVIRA

Edgy and ominous, this version of “willow” adds some spice to the original single. I am in love with every song from Swift’s willow (the witch collection).  

2. “Lover - First Dance Remix” by Taylor Swift

When I first heard “Lover”, I predicted that there would be mass amounts of Taylor Swift fans using it for their first dance or to walk down the aisle at their wedding. This already romantic song is even more so in this remix and it is perfect.

1. “willow - lonely witch version” by Taylor Swift

The vibes of this remix are absolutely immaculate. I have been waiting to listen to this song and the rest of evermore during the fall season since it was released last December. The few days of actual fall temperatures in Athens did not disappoint. 

What I find most notable about remixes of Taylor Swift’s songs is that I don’t skip them nearly as much as I do with remixes of songs from my other favorite artists. Over the past few years especially, her remixes have been a step up from already being great. I am beyond excited to hear alternate versions from new projects but for now, I will be listening to my new ‘Taylor Swift Remixes’ playlist (you can listen, too, by scanning the Spotify code at the top). 

Tate Raub is a sophomore studying strategic communication at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk more about it? Let Tate know by tweeting her @tatertot1310.

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