Revenge Songs: Hot or Not
Everyone loves music. And everyone knows how artists say time and time again that a certain song or album is based on their own life experiences. Songs based on love, whether it’s falling in or out, are the most common subject. However, an increasing number of artists are focusing their singles on revenge.
They are focusing their lyrics on their hatred towards someone else and, although they never outwardly single out the artist who their song is aimed at, via media speculation and theories, everyone ends up discovering who it’s most likely about.
Most recently, Taylor Swift released her single Look What You Made Me Do, with many people speculating it was either about her ongoing feud with Katy Perry, or Kanye West and Kim Kardashian after West’s Famous lyrical argument.
I think, that no matter who it was about, she should have let it go. The video footage that caused the Kanye/Kim versus Taylor feud, was released in July 2016. It’s been over a year, and yet Swift is acting petty as if she’s still the innocent American sweetheart she longed to be since the beginning. She’s naively playing their game by firing back, and she’d clearly stated in a Twitter and Instagram post (these have now been taken down) that she wanted to be “excluded from this narrative”. But by having written a song about the topic of reputation – whether it really is about Kim and Kanye, Katy Perry or someone else entirely is still a great mystery – she’s pushing herself into the narrative again.
Whether it was just a good PR move from her team, where a nasty situation turned her into a person who writes songs bad mouthing others, or not, I don’t believe artists should include their own personal fights with other artists into their lyrics.
In a sense, it’s a way of bullying and, although very discreet, it’s still somehow obvious. People might try to brush it off, and say that they need to talk about their feelings, and the way to do it is with their lyrics, but is this really something we want to listen to?
In this case, Swift should have just listened to her own lyrics. Shake it off, Taylor Swift. Shake it off.