Every Time Taylor Swift Name Checks Herself in a Song

Taylor Swift has always been open about her songwriting process, and she isn't one to name-check herself in a few lines.

Swift playfully mentioned herself for the first time in 2009. In a duet with T-Pain at the CMT Awards, the pair joined up for a country-inspired rap titled "Thug Story," a pastiche on her popular song "Love Story." In addition to the brief song, the two shot a music video in which Swift dressed up like a rapper in an oversized t-shirt and baseball cap.

"T Swift and T Pain rappin' on the same track," Swift said at the time. "It's a thug story tell me can you get with that."

Three years later, Swift mentioned herself in one of her official songs. On the song "22," the Grammy winner quietly disguised herself with her full name.

"Who is Taylor Swift anyway? "Ew," a background voice mimicking a bored adolescent said on the music.

When Swift began her Reputation period, she did not hesitate to check herself on many songs.

"On the bright side, I've been really fortunate to be able to produce music for a career while looking out into audiences of loving, energetic individuals. On the other side of the coin, my faults have been used against me, my heartbreaks have been utilized for entertainment, and my music has been trivialized as 'oversharing,'" Swift stated in November 2017 when asked what prompted her to compose the album. "Let me say it again, louder for the people in the back. We believe we know someone, but in reality, we only know the version of them that they choose to show us. There will be no additional explanations. There will be a rightful reputation.

Keep scrolling to discover all the times Swift directly mentioned herself in her music:

'Thug Story.'

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Swift unleashed her inner rap character in her collaboration with T-Pain, even giving herself a hip-hop-inspired moniker.

"You can call me T Sweezy now I'm a rap star / Hey it's a thug story now tell them who you are," the two rappers chanted. "Singer turned gangster / You don't want to fight me / Straight to the top / In my extra tiny white shirt T Swift and T Pain on the same tune / It's a gangster narrative to tell, can you go with that?"


Swift sarcastically dissed herself on the Red track, questioning who she was. During her Eras Tour, Swift wore a T-shirt that said, "Who is Taylor Swift, anyway? "Ew" she said as she performed the song.

'See What You Made Me Do'

In the song Reputation, Swift famously stated that the old version of herself had died.

"I'm sorry / But the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now," she blurted out. "Why? Oh, because she died."

'Ready for It?'

Swift's song alludes to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's love. However, in the statement, Swift just referred to the actress as Taylor, implying a double reference to herself.

"But if I'm a thief, then he can join the heist, and / We'll move to an island / And he can be my jailer, Burton to this Taylor," she says in the song. "Every love I've known in comparison is a failure / I forget their names now, / I'm so very tame now / Never be the same now, now."