this is the best country song ever

- “WHY IS FRIESLAND SUCH A WEIRD COUNTRY”
- “FRIESLAND IS STILL SUCH A WEIRD COUNTRY”
- ”ALSO I AM STILL CONFUSED WTF A FRIESLAND IS. IS OT SOME SORT IF MICRONATION”
- “WTF IS A FRIESLAND”

Friesland: “I am not a weird country, rude! I am Friesland, I am a country that unfortunately has been degraded to be a Dutch province! I have my own language, Frysk, I have my own culture and traditions. I have my own cuisines, I have my own horse and cow breeds, I have the biggest dairy produce of the entire Netherlands, I am the best in ice skating of the world, I have my own micronation under my care! NEVER TELL ME I AM DUTCH! But worse, never call me Hollands!

^ [The most aggressive Frisian song against Hollanders ever] ^

@hah-lol-no-bye

Don’t get me wrong, I want new lore just as much as the next person. But for me, seeing lore we already know brought to life is wonderful in itself.

Like, I had no real concept of just how tragic and inspiring Mei’s background story is. Watching her mourn the loss of her friends, then be filled with hope under the Aurora and set off across the Antarctic to help save the world, it gave her character so much more depth, and I love that.

Honestly.

Give me Angela Ziegler losing her parents in the face of war and deciding there is still good in humanity by training to become a doctor.

Give me a young Hanzo Shimada being told by the clan elders that he must kill his own brother, and the heartbreak as he stands over Genji’s lifeless body.

Give me Genji Shimada’s thirst for revenge as he wipes out the entire clan that rejected him, all while he is struggling to accept his new body.

Give me Zenyatta taking Genji under his wing and teaching him to love himself again.

Give me Gabriel Reyes leading humanity to victory, fighting side by side with his best friend in the Omnic Crisis, only for him to be cast aside when Jack is given the role of Strike Commander.

Give me seventeen year old Jesse McCree giving up all hope in a small jail cell on Route 66 when a stranger walks in and gives him another chance.

Give me Hana Song being thrown into stardom, then put on the frontline to fight for her country - all when she is nineteen.

Give me a young Satya Vaswani being plucked from the slums to become one of the best Architechs Vishkar has ever seen.

Give me Lúcio Correia dos Santos, international star, using his fame to rally together his fans and fight for the freedom of this world.

Give me Fareeha Amari learning of her mother’s death and the grief that fills her as she beats herself up for drifting apart from the woman who raised her.

Give me Aleksandra Zaryanova choosing to give up all prospects of becoming a world champion to fight for her country and protect her family.

Give me a brainwashed Amélie Lacroix killing the love of her life in his sleep.

Give me the usually bright and bubbly Lena Oxton on the brink of losing all hope as she flits in and out of existence.

There is so much potential within this wonderful cast of characters, and I for one can’t wait to see who we learn about next.

100 questions to invade my personal life
  • 1. What's your middle name, and do you like it?
  • 2. are you artistic?
  • 3. Have you had your first kiss?
  • 4. What is your life goal?
  • 5. Do you have any expieriences with a famous person?
  • 6. Do you play any sports?
  • 7. What's your worst fear?
  • 8. Who's your biggest inspiration?
  • 9. Do you have any cool talents?
  • 10. are you a morning person?
  • 11. How do you feel about pet names?
  • 12. Do you like to read?
  • 13. Name a list of shows that have changed your life.
  • 14. Do you care about your follower count?
  • 15. What's the best dream you've had?
  • 16. Have you ever kissed someone of your same gender?
  • 17. Do you have any pets?
  • 18. Are you religious?
  • 19. Are you a people person?
  • 20. Are you considered popular?
  • 21. What is one of your bad habits?
  • 22. What's something that makes you feel vulnerable
  • 23. What would you name your children?
  • 24. Who's your celebrity crush?
  • 25. What's your best subject?
  • 26. Dogs or cats?
  • 27. most used social media besides tumblr?
  • 28. best friends name
  • 29. who does your main family consist of
  • 30. Chocolate or sugar
  • 31. have you ever been on a date?
  • 32. Do you like rollercosters?
  • 33. Can you swim?
  • 34. What would you do in the event of an apocolypse?
  • 35. Have you struggled with any kind of mental disorder
  • 36. Are your parents together?
  • 37. What's your favourite colour?
  • 38. What country are you from/do you live in?
  • 39. Favourite singer?
  • 40. Do you see yourself being famous some day?
  • 41. Do you like dresses?
  • 42. Favourite song right now?
  • 43. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?
  • 44. How old were you when you first got your period?
  • 45. Have you ever shot a gun?
  • 46. Have you ever done yoga?
  • 47. Are you a horror girl?
  • 48. Are you good at giving advice?
  • 49. Tell us a story about your childhood.
  • 50. How are you doing today?
  • 51. Were you a cute kid?
  • 52. Can you dance?
  • 53. Is there anything you do that you can't remember ever not doing?
  • 54. Have you ever dyed your hair?
  • 55. What colour are your eyes?
  • 56. What's your favourite animal?
  • 57. Have you ever made a huge fool of yourself?
  • 58. Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
  • 59. Do you have good friends?
  • 60. Are you close with anyone of the lgbtq+ group?
  • 61. What's your favourite class?
  • 62. List all the tv shows you are watching.
  • 63. Are you organized?
  • 64. What was the last movie you saw? Opinion?
  • 67. Which tv character do you relate to most?
  • 68. What are some things that stand between you and complete happiness?
  • 69. If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing?
  • 70. What would you change about your life if you knew you would never die?
  • 71. What would you do differently if you knew that no one was judging you?
  • 72. If you could start over, what would you do differently?
  • 73. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  • 74. When was the last time you travelled somewhere new?
  • 75. When you think of your home, what immediately comes to mind?
  • 76. What have you done to pursue your dreams lately? How about today?
  • 77. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
  • 78. If you dropped everything to pursue your dreams, what would you be risking?
  • 79.When did you not speak up, when you know you really should have?
  • 80. Describe the next five years of your life, and your plans, in a single sentence
  • 81. What would happen if you never wasted another minute of your life, what would that look like?
  • 82. If you could live forever, how would you spend eternity?
  • 83. How would you spend a billion dollars?
  • 84. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
  • 85. What motivates you to succeed?
  • 86. What dream that you’ve had has resonated with you the most?
  • 87. Would you rather live in the city or the woods? Why?
  • 88. Do you believe in life after death
  • 89. What teacher inspired you the most? How did they?
  • 90. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
  • 91. If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would they be and why?
  • 92. What would you have to see to cry tears of joy?
  • 93. What is the hardest lesson you had to learn in life?
  • 94. What do you think happens after we die?
  • 95. What would you do if you would be invisible?
  • 96. What's something you can't do no matter how hard you try?
  • 97. Would you want to choose the sex and appearance of your offspring?
  • 98. How did your first crush develop?
  • 99. Is there a feeling you are trying to ignore? What is it?
  • 100. Do you live or do you just exist?
a review of rainbow now that all my thoughts are together
  • bastards: great opening song. a++ gravelly/sorta raw vocals. i feel like this is gonna be an especially good anthem for high schoolers tbh like it's just such a nice "it's gonna be alright" message.
  • let 'em talk: 2010 kesha meets 2017 kesha. play this at the club tbh. but like....a classy club, u feel me?
  • woman: i'm a boy and this makes me wanna scream that i'm a motherfucking woman out the car window at random passerby
  • hymn: if kesha wants to start a church where they play this song i will be at every goddamn sunday mass.
  • praying: what can i say about this that hasn't already been said? i am just sO PROUD OF KESHA ROSE SEBERT
  • learn to let go: this is the ultimate upbeat anthem of recovery. the kind of thing that you dance to in your bedroom to feel better on a shitty day.
  • finding you: um???? did someone say 'sequel to past lives'??? this is just so cute y'all put it on your mixtapes and all that gay shit.
  • rainbow: no wonder this is the mf title track. the way her voice is so genuine and kind of shaky and powerful all at once. the piano. the way it swells and grows stronger just like she's gotten stronger. this is where i died the first time tbh
  • hunt you down: the "boy i'll murder you if you piss me off" anthem all the lady country singers wish they wrote
  • boogie feet: once again, a throwback to old kesha. eagles of death metal are the reason we put eagles on the list of protected animals obvi
  • boots: soundtrack for the female james bond movie we all know we want
  • old flames: DO I NEED TO SAY ANYTHING BESIDES DOLLY PARTON
  • godzilla: this shit is the cutest thing i've ever fuckin heard what the goddamn fuck
  • spaceship: i could fall asleep to her voice in this song but in the best way. what a nice, soft way to end an album. a++. 10/10
Elsewhere University- Feathers

Like a whole bunch of other people, I saw @charminglyantiquated ’s Elsewhere University Comic and got SUPER INSPIRED. And since she’s so generously encouraging other people to play in her sandbox, I present ‘Feathers’.  EDIT : PART 2 HERE

You go to Elsewhere University. You’ve been going to Elsewhere University for (years and years and years and years) for three years now. You know how things are. You’re not an RA, but… Mm, you could have been.

Might still be. Aren’t yet.

This is your junior year (you think). You know how things are. You carry salt in one pocket, iron in another, trinkets to bargain away in your book bag, offerings in your purse, pearls around your neck.

Keep reading

why the speak now world tour is literally the best concert tour to ever exist:

  • i don’t think you should wait, i think you should speak now
  • the extra long intro of sparks fly that just builds up the tension and excitment for when taylor appears
  • the gold sparkly dress
  • the way sparks fly slows down and you can hear the piano play
  • the red electric guitar
  • when taylor takes a pause during mine to make her infamous hand hearts
  • the way taylor shouts “GO!” before the story us starts playing
  • the agency and every single way they are involved in this tour
  • CAN I PLEASE SEE YOU JUMP
  • the extended “now now noooooooooowwwww” in the story of us
  • that dancer performing and cheering on the crowd before taylor jumps out
  • the way taylor and the dancers just pop out of the stage during performances
  • taylors cute side braid
  • the banjo/fiddle intro before our song
  • the porch with the front steps
  • those random fake animals
  • the pure country jams with our song and mean
  • the cute little white dress she wears when performing our song and mean
  • the violin intro before back to december
  • back to december being played on piano!!!!
  • the white piano
  • the mashup of back to december/apologise/you’re not sorry aka the best mashup to ever exist ever
  • he said it’s too late to apologise it’s too laaaaaattttee THIS IS ME SWALLOWING MY PRIDE STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU it’s too late to apologise SAYING IM SORRY FOR THAT NIIIIIIGHT it’s to laaaattteee he said you’re not sorry nooo no nooooooo
  • the beautiful blue gown that taylor wears
  • the fact that she’s wearing the better than revenge dress underneath
  • HEY IT’S ME, LEAVE A MESSAGE, MAKE IT HOT
  • that red sparkly dress
  • how after taylor sings “let’s hear the applause” caitlin and liz sing “show me how much better you are”
  • the guitar solos playing after better than revenge
  • the fact that taylor performed speak now right after better than revenge, like what a master of story telling
  • the wedding march playing before speak now is performed
  • the fact that there was an actual wedding on stage
  • but you are not the kind of boy who should be marrying the wrong girl *CLAP CLAP*
  • taylor fricken swift literally ruining a wedding
  • that beautiful purple dress
  • taylor giving the gloves she wore to some lucky fan in the audience
  • taylor walking through the crowd while an extended version on speak now is playing
  • finally finishing speak now when she arrives at the b stage
  • the b stage being a fricken tree
  • the many amazing covers taylor performed eg nashville, drops of jupiter, bette davis eyes, sweet escape etc.
  • the cute little ukulele she plays
  • the upbeat ukulele version of fearless featuring hey soul sister and im yours
  • the acoustic version of ours
  • the koi fish guitar
  • taylor playing last kiss on the koi fish guitar with the harp being played on the main stage
  • taylor playing the beginning of you belong with me and then making her way through the crowds to get back to the main stage
  • the way she orchestrates the crowd to sing the chorus of you belong with me
  • taylor sitting on the stairs singing dear john
  • I’M SHINING LIKE FIREWORKS OVER YOUR SAD EMPTY TOWN *CUE FIREWORKS SHINING OVER TAYLOR AND THIS AMAZING TOUR*
  • the beautiful piano/violin intro with the ballet dancers before enchanted starts
  • the fairytale style dress taylor wears while performing enchanted
  • the whole fairytale theme for enchanted
  • the extended ‘please don’t be in love with someone else etc’
  • when the extended intro to haunted starts playing and taylor acts scared and runs off the stage to change outfits
  • the haunted bells
  • the tattered black/red dress
  • the haunted into + the bells = perfection
  • taylor disappearing under the bells and then returning from underneath the bells like a minute later wearing the black and silver dress and with the sparkly guitar
  • this song is so completely 100% for you
  • the way the crowd screams when she sings “the crowds in stands went wild”
  • the way liz sings “this is absurd”
  • we have absolutely loved spending time in your town and you’ve been so amazing to us. I mean, you guys know every single word and you’ve danced this entire night and it means the world to me and every single person you see on stage. thank you.
  • taylor sitting on the couch with the agency performing fifteen
  • the pretty pink princess dress taylor wears
  • how on the screen there are photos of the agency from when they were fifteen and them at the present
  • how the last photo shown during fifteen is taylor at fifteen
  • how in some shows taylor performed safe and sound
  • that show when taylor performed eyes open before it was officially released
  • taylor of course performing love story
  • flying around the stadium/arena in the balcony
  • all the special guests she brought out during the tour
  • the arm lyrics
  • when she wore the 13 on her hand
  • the way the stage was inspired by central park
  • the fact that this tour so completely portrays the magic that taylor manages to capture in the album that she wrote and produced all by herself when she was 19 years old

modern love (71.8k)

summary: it’s august 9th, 1985. “shout” by tears for fears is the top song on the billboard charts, back to the future has been the #1 film in the country for five weeks straight, and harry has just moved to what he believes to be the shittiest town in the midwest.

louis has been wasting away in east chicago for over five years, harry is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to him, and both of them are hiding a dangerous secret from their best friend: they’re, like, totally sprung on each other.

contains explicit sexual content?: no

notes: this fic has been my project for the last year, and i’m absolutely ecstatic to be able to post it and to say that it’s finally done! i hope u enjoy it as much as i enjoyed writing it!!

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100 Personal Questions

Feel free to message me as many questions as you want!

  • 1. List 5 things you want to do before the year ends.
  • 2. What color are your pants?
  • 3. Favorite motivational quote.
  • 4. When was the last time you drank coffee?
  • 5. What was the last thing you ate?
  • 6. Favorite animal.
  • 7. Favorite song.
  • 8. Last movie you watched?
  • 9. Any turn ons?
  • 10. Any turn offs?
  • 11. List 4 big words off of the top of your head.
  • 12. What are some meaningful movies?
  • 13. 2 most important people in your life right now?
  • 14. What are 3 things you want to do before the month ends?
  • 15. When was the last time you read a good book?
  • 16. How long do you study for usually, if you study?
  • 17. Do you have any nicknames?
  • 18. Favorite kind of perfume? (fruity, alluring, etc.)
  • 19. Do you have any international friends / friends who live out of state?
  • 20. What is something unique that you do every single day?
  • 21. If there was a movie based on your life, what would it be called?
  • 22. When was the last time you bought a gift for someone?
  • 23. Are you a shopaholic?
  • 24. What are some songs that always make you feel better?
  • 25. List 3 activities that you can only enjoy by yourself.
  • 26. If you could live in any biome (and survive) which biome would you live in?
  • 27. How do you like being roused in the morning?
  • 28. How was your day? What did you do?
  • 29. What did your last text message say?
  • 30. Do you respond to texts quickly?
  • 31. Who was the last person you called?
  • 32. List 5 things that are on your wish list.
  • 33. If you were famous, what do you think you would be famous for?
  • 34. Winter or summer?
  • 35. What is a quality that all people should have?
  • 36. If you could have a large collection of one item, what would that item be?
  • 37. What have you been thinking about lately?
  • 38. What is the secret to a happy life?
  • 39. What are some phrases you say often?
  • 40. Favorite food?
  • 41. List 3 wishes.
  • 42. What are some of your greatest fears?
  • 43. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
  • 44. Most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen (in real life)?
  • 45. Spicy food:Like or dislike?
  • 46. Scary movies:Like or dislike?
  • 47. Do you like to travel?
  • 48. Any regrets?
  • 49. Do you like rain?
  • 50. What do you spend most of your money on?
  • 51. Would you rather visit the past or the future?
  • 52. Favorite clothing store?
  • 53. What is the best advice you can give to those who are feeling down?
  • 54. How often do you think about your future? Does it scare you?
  • 55. What angers you the most?
  • 56. When was the last time you got majorly angry?
  • 57. When was the last time you got really sad?
  • 58. Are you good at lying?
  • 59. What foreign language would you like to learn?
  • 60. How many languages can you speak and what are they?
  • 61. How often do you go to parties? If you don’t, what do you do instead?
  • 62. What books do you plan to read this year?
  • 63. Do you have breakfast every morning?
  • 64. Tell us a secret.
  • 65. How many concerts have you been to?
  • 66. Last hug?
  • 67. Who knows you better than anyone else?
  • 68. Baths or showers?
  • 69. Do you think you’re ambitious?
  • 70. What song is stuck in your head?
  • 71. Countries you’ve visited?
  • 72. What do you most value in your friends?
  • 73. What helps you to sleep better?
  • 74. What is the most money you have ever held in your hand?
  • 75. What makes you nervous?
  • 76. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
  • 77. Is it easier to forgive or forget?
  • 78. First mobile phone?
  • 79. Strangest dream?
  • 80. Best dream?
  • 81. Who is the smartest person you know?
  • 82. Who is the prettiest person on tumblr?
  • 83. Do you miss anyone right now?
  • 84. Who do you love? Why?
  • 85. Do you like sharing?
  • 86. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
  • 87. Is there a reason behind everything that happens?
  • 88. Favorite genre of music?
  • 89. If you had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
  • 90. Describe your life in 5 words.
  • 91. Describe the world in 4 words.
  • 92. Craziest thing you’ve ever done?
  • 93. First three songs in your favorite playlist?
  • 94. Are you more creative or logical?
  • 95. Would you rather lie or hurt someone with the truth?
  • 96. What are you most proud of?
  • 97. What personality trait do you admire in other people?
  • 98. When you imagine yourself as really, really relaxed and happy, what are you doing?
  • 99. How do you usually start a conversation?
  • 100. What is the best news you could hear right now?
Ask me these 〜( ̄▽ ̄〜)
  • 1. List 5 things you want to do before the year ends.
  • 2. What color are your pants?
  • 3. Favorite motivational quote.
  • 4. When was the last time you drank coffee?
  • 5. What was the last thing you ate?
  • 6. Favorite animal.
  • 7. Favorite song.
  • 8. Last movie you watched?
  • 9. Any turn ons?
  • 10. Any turn offs?
  • 11. List 4 big words off of the top of your head.
  • 12. What are some meaningful movies?
  • 13. 2 most important people in your life right now?
  • 14. What are 3 things you want to do before the month ends?
  • 15. When was the last time you read a good book?
  • 16. How long do you study for usually, if you study?
  • 17. Do you have any nicknames?
  • 18. Favorite kind of perfume? (fruity, alluring, etc.)
  • 19. Do you have any international friends / friends who live out of state?
  • 20. What is something unique that you do every single day?
  • 21. If there was a movie based on your life, what would it be called?
  • 22. When was the last time you bought a gift for someone?
  • 23. Are you a shopaholic?
  • 24. What are some songs that always make you feel better?
  • 25. List 3 activities that you can only enjoy by yourself.
  • 26. If you could live in any biome (and survive) which biome would you live in?
  • 27. How do you like being roused in the morning?
  • 28. How was your day? What did you do?
  • 29. What did your last text message say?
  • 30. Do you respond to texts quickly?
  • 31. Who was the last person you called?
  • 32. List 5 things that are on your wish list.
  • 33. If you were famous, what do you think you would be famous for?
  • 34. Winter or summer?
  • 35. What is a quality that all people should have?
  • 36. If you could have a large collection of one item, what would that item be?
  • 37. What have you been thinking about lately?
  • 38. What is the secret to a happy life?
  • 39. What are some phrases you say often?
  • 40. Favorite food?
  • 41. List 3 wishes.
  • 42. What are some of your greatest fears?
  • 43. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
  • 44. Most beautiful thing you've ever seen (in real life)?
  • 45. Spicy food: Like or dislike?
  • 46. Scary movies: Like or dislike?
  • 47. Do you like to travel?
  • 48. Any regrets?
  • 49. Do you like rain?
  • 50. What do you spend most of your money on?
  • 51. Would you rather visit the past or the future?
  • 52. Favorite clothing store?
  • 53. What is the best advice you can give to those who are feeling down?
  • 54. How often do you think about your future? Does it scare you?
  • 55. What angers you the most?
  • 56. When was the last time you got majorly angry?
  • 57. When was the last time you got really sad?
  • 58. Are you good at lying?
  • 59. What foreign language would you like to learn?
  • 60. How many languages can you speak and what are they?
  • 61. How often do you go to parties? If you don't, what do you do instead?
  • 62. What books do you plan to read this year?
  • 63. Do you have breakfast every morning?
  • 64. Tell us a secret.
  • 65. How many concerts have you been to?
  • 66. Last hug?
  • 67. Who knows you better than anyone else?
  • 68. Baths or showers?
  • 69. Do you think you're ambitious?
  • 70. What song is stuck in your head?
  • 71. Countries you've visited?
  • 72. What do you most value in your friends?
  • 73. What helps you to sleep better?
  • 74. What is the most money you have ever held in your hand?
  • 75. What makes you nervous?
  • 76. What is the best advice you've ever been given?
  • 77. Is it easier to forgive or forget?
  • 78. First mobile phone?
  • 79. Strangest dream?
  • 80. Best dream?
  • 81. Who is the smartest person you know?
  • 82. Who is the prettiest person on tumblr?
  • 83. Do you miss anyone right now?
  • 84. Who do you love? Why?
  • 85. Do you like sharing?
  • 86. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
  • 87. Is there a reason behind everything that happens?
  • 88. Favorite genre of music?
  • 89. If you had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
  • 90. Describe your life in 5 words.
  • 91. Describe the world in 4 words.
  • 92. Craziest thing you've ever done?
  • 93. First three songs in your favorite playlist?
  • 94. Are you more creative or logical?
  • 95. Would you rather lie or hurt someone with the truth?
  • 96. What are you most proud of?
  • 97. What personality trait do you admire in other people?
  • 98. When you imagine yourself as really, really relaxed and happy, what are you doing?
  • 99. How do you usually start a conversation?
  • 100. What is the best news you could hear right now?
100 Questions!

Thought these might be fun? Ask me some and I’ll try(I can’t promise) to get something up for you later!
these questions aren’t my own

1. What’s your middle name, and do you like it?
2. are you artistic?
3. Have you had your first kiss?
4. What is your life goal?
5. Do you have any expieriences with a famous person?
6. Do you play any sports?
7. What’s your worst fear?
8. Who’s your biggest inspiration?
9. Do you have any cool talents?
10. are you a morning person?
11. How do you feel about pet names?
12. Do you like to read?
13. Name a list of shows that have changed your life.
14. Do you care about your follower count?
15. What’s the best dream you’ve had?
16. Have you ever kissed someone of your same gender?
17. Do you have any pets?
18. Are you religious?
19. Are you a people person?
20. Are you considered popular?
21. What is one of your bad habits?
22. What’s something that makes you feel vulnerable
23. What would you name your children?
24. Who’s your celebrity crush?
25. What’s your best subject?
26. Dogs or cats?
27. most used social media besides tumblr?
28. best friends name
29. who does your main family consist of
30. Chocolate or sugar
31. have you ever been on a date?
32. Do you like rollercosters?
33. Can you swim?
34. What would you do in the event of an apocolypse?
35. Have you struggled with any kind of mental disorder
36. Are your parents together?
37. What’s your favourite colour?
38. What country are you from/do you live in?
39. Favourite singer?
40. Do you see yourself being famous some day?
41. Do you like dresses?
42. Favourite song right now?
43. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?
44. How old were you when you first got your period?
45. Have you ever shot a gun?
46. Have you ever done yoga?
47. Are you a horror girl?
48. Are you good at giving advice?
49. Tell us a story about your childhood.
50. How are you doing today?
51. Were you a cute kid?
52. Can you dance?
53. Is there anything you do that you can’t remember ever not doing?
54. Have you ever dyed your hair?
55. What colour are your eyes?
56. What’s your favourite animal?
57. Have you ever made a huge fool of yourself?
58. Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
59. Do you have good friends?
60. Are you close with anyone of the lgbtq+ group?
61. What’s your favourite class?
62. List all the tv shows you are watching.
63. Are you organized?
64. What was the last movie you saw? Opinion?
67. Which tv character do you relate to most?
68. What are some things that stand between you and complete happiness?
69. If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing?
70. What would you change about your life if you knew you would never die?
71. What would you do differently if you knew that no one was judging you?
72. If you could start over, what would you do differently?
73. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
74. When was the last time you travelled somewhere new?
75. When you think of your home, what immediately comes to mind?
76. What have you done to pursue your dreams lately? How about today?
77. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
78. If you dropped everything to pursue your dreams, what would you be risking?
79.When did you not speak up, when you know you really should have?
80. Describe the next five years of your life, and your plans, in a single sentence
81. What would happen if you never wasted another minute of your life, what would that look like?
82. If you could live forever, how would you spend eternity?
83. How would you spend a billion dollars?
84. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
85. What motivates you to succeed?
86. What dream that you’ve had has resonated with you the most?
87. Would you rather live in the city or the woods? Why?
88. Do you believe in life after death
89. What teacher inspired you the most? How did they?
90. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
91. If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would they be and why?
92. What would you have to see to cry tears of joy?
93. What is the hardest lesson you had to learn in life?
94. What do you think happens after we die?
95. What would you do if you would be invisible?
96. What’s something you can’t do no matter how hard you try?
97. Would you want to choose the sex and appearance of your offspring?
98. How did your first crush develop?
99. Is there a feeling you are trying to ignore? What is it?
100. Do you live or do you just exist?

His vocal performances are invariably the best parts of these songs. Styles has described his stint in One Direction as “a democracy,” and every song featured a fight for breathing room between four or five hungry young singers. Here, he has space he can use. “Sign of the Times” jumps out of your speakers when he shifts into his thin falsetto, and it climaxes with a series of desperate howls. He makes a convincing alt-country troubadour on “Two Ghosts” and “Ever Since New York” by throwing on a little twang and a healthy helping of world-weariness. The down-home boogie of “Carolina” tests the limits of his nascent swagger. And I’ve never heard someone record their own backing vocals with the enthusiasm and panache Styles brings to Harry Styles. Every hoot, yelp, and chant are delivered with an impish grin, one that makes it hard not to crack a smile of your own.
—  Pitchfork review
History Asks:

1. Historical role model?
2. Favorite underrated historical figure?
3. Funniest historical kerfuffle?
4. Favorite conspiracy theory revolving around history?
5. Favorite political scandal to examine?
6. Opinion on the presidential assassinations and their impact on America?
7. Which time period would you like to live in?
6. Favorite historical fiction book?
8. Favorite tv show based on historical events, but not really faithful to real life?
9. Favorite musical based on history?
10. Favorite movie based on history?
11. Favorite biography?
12. If you could prevent one tragedy, which would you choose?
13. Fun fact?
14. Favorite female monarch?
15. Favorite war leader?
16. Favorite controversial leader?
17. Favorite feminist pioneer?
18. Which president, in your opinion, was the best speaker?
19. If you could travel back in time and kill anyone, who would it be?
20. Opinion on each of the founding fathers?
21. Which leader do you think would make the best spouse?
22. Most pointless war in your opinion?
23. John Wilkes Booth: crazy or crazy with a cause?
24. Why do you think Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK(and did he act alone)?
25. Opinion on assassins of leaders in general?
26. Do you think we’re going to repeat history because we haven’t learned from it?
27. Have you ever been teased for being a history nerd?
28. Which historical figure do you think has been the most fictionalization and elevated to a godlike status nowadays?
29. Rant about your favorite topic.
30. Favorite kids/teens history books.
31. How was your interest in history started?
32. Do you know a history professor?
33. How did you favorite history teacher structure his class?
34. Can you see yourself pursuing a career in history, or have you done so already?
35. Are you especially interested in the morbid bits of history?
36. Do you focus on the history of a single country?
37. Have you ever been known as the history person?
38. Least favorite president?
39. Favorite president?
40. Favorite history song?
41. Best history project you’ve ever done.
42. What do you think of countries erasing the worse aspects of their past(like America and Japanese Internment and pretty much everything to do with Native Americans)?
43. Opinion on the Watergate Scandal?
44. Why do you love history?
45. Candidate that you think should’ve been president(or leader of the country of your choice)?
46. What do you think of the Mongols?
47. Favorite queen/king of England?
48. Fuck, marry, kill: Elizabeth the First, Bonnie Parker, and Teddy Roosevelt?
49. Were they really the good old days?
50. Favorite army story from a relative or friend?
51. WWI: Necessary?
52. Capitalism, communism, or socialism?
53. Favorite old political film?
54. Favorite peacekeeper?
55. Is monarchy outdated?
56. Opinion on Richard III?
57. What was the real cause of the Civil War of your country(if it had one)?
58. Favorite Chinese Dynasty?
59. Genocide that should be known about but isn’t?
60. Are you interested in cults and sects?
61. Favorite ancient civilization?
62. Favorite leader of said ancient civilization?
63. Opinion on marriage as a political move?
64. Best history joke you’ve ever heard?
65. Opinion on the history taught in schools today?

Taylor Swift Awards

2007:

  • BMI Country Awards
    • Tim McGraw - Award-Winning Songs
  • CMT Music Awards
    • Tim McGraw - Breakthrough Video of the Year
  • Country Music Association Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Horizon Award
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Award
    • Taylor Swift - Songwriter/Artist of the Year

2008:

  • Academy of Country Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - New Female Vocalist of the Year
  • American Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift Favorite Country Female Artist
  • BMI Country Awards
    • Our Song - Award-Winning Songs
    • Teardrops on My Guitar - Song of the Year
  • CMT Music Awards
    • Our Song - Female Video of the Year
    • Our Song - Video of the Year
  • SESAC Nashville Music Awards
    • Teardrops on My GuitarRecurrent Country Performance Activity Awards
    • Picture to Burn - Country Performance Activity Awards
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Breakout Artist
  • Young Hollywood Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Superstar of Tomorrow

2009:

  • Academy of Country Music Awards
    • Fearless - Album of the Year
    • Taylor Swift - Crystal Milestone Award
  • American Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Artist of the Year
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
    • Fearless - Favorite Country Album
  • Billboard Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Artist of the Year (Female)
  • BMI Country Awards
    • Love Story - Song of the Year
    • Love Story Publisher of the Year
    • Picture to Burn - Publisher of the Year
    • Should’ve Said No - Publisher of the Year
    • Love Story - Award-Winning Songs
    • Picture to Burn - Award-Winning Songs
    • Should’ve Said No - Award-Winning Songs
  • BMI Pop Awards
    • Taylor Swift - BMI President’s Award
    • Teardrops on My Guitar - Award-Winning Songs
  • Canadian Country Music Association
    • Fearless - Top Selling Album
  • Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Popular New Artist
  • CMT Music Awards
    • Love Story - Video of the Year
    • Love Story - Female Video of the Year
  • Country Music Association Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Entertainer of the Year
    • Taylor Swift - Female Vocalist of the Year
    • Taylor Swift International Artist Achievement Award
    • Fearless - Album of the Year
    • Love Story Music Video of the Year
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • You Belong with Me - Best Female Video
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Award
    • Taylor Swift Songwriter/Artist of the Year
  • SESAC Nashville Music Awards
    • You Belong with Me - Country Performance Activity Awards
    • White Horse - Country Performance Activity Awards
  • Teen Choice Award
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Female Artist
    • Fearless - Choice Female Album

2010:

  • American Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Female Artist
  • American Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Female Singer
    • You Belong with Me - Favorite Song
  • Billboard Touring Awards
    • Fearless Tour - Top Package
  • BMI Country Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Songwriter of the Year
    • Fifteen - Publisher of the Year
    • White Horse - Publisher of the Year
    • You Belong with Me - Publisher of the Year
    • You Belong with Me - Song of the Year
    • Fifteen - Award-Winning Songs
    • White Horse - Award-Winning Songs
    • You Belong with Me - Award-Winning Songs
  • BMI Pop Songs
    • Love Story - Song of the Year
    • Love Story - Award-Winning Songs
    • You Belong with Me - Award-Winning Songs
  • Canadian Country Music Association
    • Fearless - Top Selling Album
  • Grammy Awards
    • Fearless - Album of the Year
    • Fearless - Best Country Album
    • White Horse - Best Female Country Vocal Performance
    • White Horse - Best Country Song
  • Guinness World Records
    • Speak Now - Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist
    • Taylor SwiftMost Simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist
  • Music Business Association
    • Taylor Swift - Artist of the Year
  • Myx Music Awards
    • Love Story - Favourite International Video
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Award
    • Taylor Swift - Songwriter/Artist of the Year
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Female Artist
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame
    • Taylor Swift Hal David Starlight Award
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Breakout Female
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Female Country Artist
    • Fifteen - Choice Country Song
    • Fearless - Choice Country Album

2011:

  • Academy of Country Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Jim Reeves International Award
    • Taylor Swift Entertainer of the Year
  • American Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Artist of the Year
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Female Artist
    • Speak Now - Favorite Country Album
  • Billboard Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Top Billboard 200 Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Country Artist
    • Speak Now - Top Country Album
  • Billboard Touring Awards
    • Speak Now World Tour - Concert Marketing and Promotion Award
  • Billboard Women in Music
    • Taylor Swift - Woman of the Year
  • BMI Country Awards
    • Back to December - Publisher of the Year
    • Fearless - Publisher of the Year
    • Mine - Publisher of the Year
    • Back to December - Award-Winning Songs
    • Fearless - Award-Winning Songs
    • Mine - Award-Winning Songs
  • BMI Pop Awards
    • Two Is Better Than One (with Boys Like Girls) - Award-Winning Songs
    • Two Is Better Than One (with Boys Like Girls) - Publisher of the Year  
    • You Belong with Me - Award-Winning Songs
    • You Belong with Me - Publisher of the Year
  • Canadian Country Music Association
    • Speak Now - Top Selling Album
  • CMT Music Awards
    • Mine - Video of the Year
  • Country Music Association Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Entertainer of the Year
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Award
    • Taylor Swift - Songwriter/Artist of the Year
  • Nashville Symphony Ball
    • Taylor Swift - Harmony Award
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Artist
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • Taylor SwiftRed Carpet Hot Icon – Female
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Female Country Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Ultimate Choice
    • Mean - Choice Country Song
    • Back to December - Choice Breakup Song

2012:

  • Academy of Country Music Awards
    • Taylor SwiftEntertainer of the Year
  • American Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Female Artist
  • BMI Country Awards
    • Mean - Publisher of the Year
    • Sparks Fly - Publisher of the Year
    • Mean - Top 50 Songs
    • Sparks Fly - Top 50 Songs
  • BMI Pop Awards
    • Mine - Award-Winning Songs
  • Bravo Otto
    • Taylor Swift - Super Singer Female (bronze)
  • Canadian Country Music Association
    • Taylor Swift - Generation Award
  • Grammy Awards
    • Mean - Best Country Solo Performance
    • Mean - Best Country Song
  • Guinness World Records
    • Taylor Swift - First Solo Female with Two Million-Selling Weeks on the U.S. Albums Chart
    • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Fastest Selling Single in Digital History
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Best Look
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Award
    • Taylor Swift Songwriter/Artist of the Year
  • American Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - The Big Help Award
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Artist
  • Los Premios 40 Principales
    • Taylor Swift - Best International Artist
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Female Country Artist
    • The Lorax - Choice Voice
    • Eyes Open - Choice Single by a Female Artist
    • Sparks Fly - Choice Country Song

2013:

  • American Country Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Worldwide Artist
    • Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw & Keith Urban) - Collaborative Single of the Year
    • Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw & Keith Urban) - Collaborative Video of the Year
    • Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw & Keith Urban) - Song of the Year (Songwriters Award)
  • American Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Artist of the Year
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Female Artist
    • Red - Favorite Country Album
  • Billboard Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Top Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Billboard 200 Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Country Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Digital Songs Artist
    • Red - Top Billboard 200 Album
    • Red - Top Country Album
    • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Top Country Song
  • Billboard Touring Awards
    • The Red Tour - Top Package
  • BMI Country Awards
    • Begin Again - Publisher of the Year
    • Begin Again - Country Awards Top 50 Songs
    • Ours - Country Awards Top 50 Songs
  • BMI Pop Awards
    • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Award-Winning Songs
  • Canadian Country Music Association
    • Red - Top Selling Album
  • Country Music Association Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Pinnacle Award
    • Taylor Swift - International Artist Achievement Award
    • Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw & Keith Urban) - Musical Event of the Year
    • Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw & Keith Urban) - Music Video of the Year
  • FiFi Awards
    • Wonderstruck Enchanted - Fragrance Celebrity of the Year
  • Grammy Awards
    • Safe & Sound (with The Civil Wars)Best Song Written for Visual Media
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • I Knew You Were Trouble - Best Female Video
  • MTV Millennial Awards
    • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Hit Chicle del Año
  • Much Music Video Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Your Fave International Artist/Group
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Award
    • Taylor Swift - Songwriter/Artist of the Year
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Artist
  • Radio Disney Music Awards
    • I Knew You Were Trouble - Song of the Year
    • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Best Breakup Song
  • SiriusXM Indies Awards
    • Taylor Swift - International Artist of the Year
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Female Country Artist
    • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Choice Country Song
  • Telehit Awards
    • Red - Álbum Pop Femenino
  • YouTube Music Awards
    • I Knew You Were Trouble - YouTube Phenomenon

2014:

  • Academy of Country Music Awards
    • Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw & Keith Urban) - Video of the Year
  • American Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Dick Clark Award for Excellence
  • Billboard Women in Music
    • Taylor Swift - Woman of the Year
  • BMI Country Awards
    • Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw & Keith Urban) - Publisher of the Year
    • Red - Publisher of the Year
    • Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw & Keith Urban) - Country Awards Top 50 Songs
    • Red - Country Awards Top 50 Songs
  • BMI London Awards
    • Everything Has Changed (with Ed Sheeran) - Award Winning Songs
  • BMI Pop Awards
    • I Knew You Were Trouble - Award-Winning Songs
    • I Knew You Were Trouble - Publisher of the Year
  • Country Music Awards of Australia
    • Red Top Selling International Album of the Year
  • Glamour Awards
    • Taylor Swift - International Solo Artist
  • Guinness World Records
    • Taylor Swift Most Million-Selling Weeks on the U.S. Albums Chart with Three Consecutive Albums
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Country Artist
  • Radio Disney Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Fiercest Fans
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Female Country Artist

2015:

  • Academy of Country Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - 50th Anniversary Milestone Award
  • American Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
    • 1989 - Favorite Pop/Rock Album
    • Black Space - Song of the Year
  • BBC Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - International Artist of the Year
  • Billboard Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Top Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Billboard 200 Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Hot 100 Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Top Digital Songs Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted)
    • 1989 - Top Billboard 200 Album
    • Shake It Off - Top Streaming Song (Video)
  • BMI Pop Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Songwriters of the Year
    • 22 - Award-Winning Songs
    • 22 - Publisher of the Year
    • Everything Has Changed - Award-Winning Songs
    • Everything Has Changed - Publisher of the Year
    • Shake It Off - Award-Winning Songs
    • Shake It Off - Publisher of the Year
  • Brit Awards
    • Taylor Swift - International Female Solo Artist
  • Elle Style Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Woman of the Year
  • Emmy Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Original Interactive Program
  • FiFi Awards
    • Incredible Things - Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Popular
  • IFPI Global Recording Artist Award
    • Taylor Swift - Global Recording Artist of 2014
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Artist of the Year
    • Shake It Off - Song of the Year
    • Blank Space - Best Lyrics
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards
    • 1989Albums of the Year (Western)
    • 1989 - Best 3 Albums (Western)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Best US Act
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • Blank Space - Best Female Video
    • Blank Space - Best Pop Video
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Video of the Year
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Best Collaboration
  • mtvU Woodie Awards
    • Riptide (by Vance Joy) - Best Cover Woodie
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Award
    • Taylor Swift - Songwriter/Artist of the Year
    • Shake It Off - “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written”
  • NRJ Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - International Female Artist of the Year
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Video of the Year
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • Shake It Off - Favorite Song
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Pop Artist
  • Radio Disney Music Awards
    • Shake It Off - Best Song to Dance To
  • Shorty Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Best Singer
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Summer Music Star: Female
    • Taylor Swift - Choice Twit
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Choice Break-Up Song
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Choice Music Collaboration
  • Telehit Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Best Female Artist
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Video of the Year
  • YouTube Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - 50 Artists to Watch

2016:

  • Billboard Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Top Touring Artist
  • BMI Pop Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift Award
    • Taylor Swift - Songwriter of the Year
    • Bad Blood - Award-Winning Songs
    • Bad Blood - Publisher of the Year
    • Style - Award-Winning Songs
    • Style - Publisher of the Year
    • Wildest Dreams - Award-Winning Songs
    • Wildest Dreams - Publisher of the Year
  • Clio Awards
    • Taylor vs. The Treadmill - Bronze Award for Best Commercials
    • Taylor vs. The Treadmill - Silver Award for Best Commercials (between thirty [30] seconds and sixty [60] seconds)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 1989 - Album of the Year
    • 1989Best Pop Vocal Album
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Best Music Video
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Female Artist of the Year
    • The 1989 World Tour - Best Tour
    • Taylor Swift - Most Meme-able Moment
    • 1989 - Album of the Year
  • Myx Music Awards
    • Bad Blood - Favourite International Video
  • NME Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Best International Solo Artist
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Female Artist
    • Taylor Swift - Favorite Pop Artist
  • Radio Disney Music Awards
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Song of the Year
    • Bad Blood (with Kendrick Lamar) - Best Breakup Song
    • Taylor Swift - Most Talked About Artist

2017:

  • BMI Pop Awards
    • This Is What You Came For - Award-Winning Songs
  • MTV Millennial Awards
    • I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Collaboration of the Year
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (with Zayn Malik) - Best Collaboration
Taylor Swift's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

8/1/2017 by Jason Lipshutz

From her beginnings as a country artist to her reign as a global pop star, Taylor Swift has become one of the defining artists of this century – and that’s in large part thanks to her masterful song craft. Each era of the singer-songwriter’s career has included intricate, instantly memorable musical moments that it’s difficult to narrow down the best of the best to just 15. Yet these songs represent Taylor at the top of her game, whether it be through an extended heartbreak anthem or hilarious declaration of independence.

Here are Billboard’s picks for the 15 best Taylor Swift songs, from her self-titled debut through 1989.

15. Taylor Swift, “New Romantics”

A bonus track off 1989 that out-popped the bubblegum pizzazz of most of the standard track list, “New Romantics” finds Swift gliding alongside gooey ‘80s synths before pogoing on the chorus with a slew of declarative statements. “Heartbreak is the national anthem – we sing it proudly,” she states, making “New Romantics” a spiritual cousin to the “miserable and magical” time she had on “22.”

14. Taylor Swift, “Fearless”

A song like the Fearless title track demonstrated why, even as a teenager, Swift’s songwriting was miles ahead of her country contemporaries. The lyrics include several Swiftian hallmarks – dancing with a romantic partner in the parking lot becomes dancing with a romantic partner “in a storm in my best dress”! – but that opening line, “There’s something ‘bout the way/ The street looks when it’s just rained/ There’s a glow off the pavement,” effortlessly creates a sense of whimsy and romance that not many artists can pull off.

13. Taylor Swift, “Mine”

The lead single from Speak Now, Swift’s follow-up to the Grammy-winning Fearless, is more muted than its predecessor’s “You Belong With Me”and “Love Story,” and understandably so: It’s a song about not just finding love but maintaining it when the meet-cute has drifted into the past. When that final chorus hits and reaffirms the caring at the heart of this Taylor Swift song, though, it’s one of her most moving moments to date.

12. Taylor Swift, “Tim McGraw”

Taylor Swift sure has come a long way from the first track on her first album, huh? Although “Tim McGraw” sounds nothing like her pop stylings, the charming debut features the same type of vocal resonance and clever wordplay that have become calling cards for Swift. Plus, the fact that she pulled off the line “When you think Tim McGraw/ I hope you think of me,” and then proceeded to become even bigger than Tim McGraw, is something to marvel at.

11. Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars, “Safe and Sound”

The bad news is that one of the very best Taylor Swift songs, the dark, devastated “Safe and Sound,” is not featured on any Taylor Swift album. The good news is that we live in a playlist-friendly culture, and that this collaboration with The Civil Wars for the first Hunger Games soundtrack can be included in any mournful collection of your choosing. A song about protection amidst terror, “Safe and Sound” features Swift’s voice at its most shattered, her best efforts pummeled by the marching drums outside her door.

10. Taylor Swift, “Our Song”

What if Swift had resisted the allure of pop music and committed to a lifetime of fiddle-filled country jams? We’ll never know the answer, but “Our Song” is a gloriously twangy testament to what Taylor once was, before her lyrical ability to find music in everyday life was translated to a different genre. Here, the bubbly words give way to the lush arrangement, which encapsulates the exuberance of first experiencing the world with a romantic partner.

9. Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Years after its release, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” remains bitingly funny, an eye-roll of a pop song about a boy who just doesn’t get it through his thick skull that it’s time to move on. Swift deftly balanced sarcasm with the sincerity of the hook and nails one of her first pronounced attempts at mainstream pop (which became her first single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

8. Taylor Swift, “Teardrops on My Guitar”

Poor Drew: The object of Taylor’s affection in “Teardrops on My Guitar” has a soon-to-be superstar longing for him and he’s totally unaware. The standout from Swift’s debut LP boasts the type of nuanced songwriting that would eventually make Swift a sensation, and while the “I secretly like him but he likes her and he’ll never know how much I like him” dynamic is repeated throughout her catalog, “Teardrops” captures that resignation within a handful of striking images, most notably the title phrase.

7. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

There aren’t too many pop songs that turn on a dime in the middle of the second verse, but just as her unhinged character in the “Blank Space” video unravels midway through, so does Swift at the song’s center, diving into self-deprecation and mocking her well-documented romantic history outside of music. “Blank Space” works as far more than satire, though: snappy and uncluttered, it’s a fantastic sing-along dotted with quotable moments (“I can make the bad guys good for a weekend,” “Boys only want love if it’s torture”).

6. Taylor Swift, “Love Story”

It takes guts to name a song something as bold and straightforward as “Love Story,” but Swift’s breakthrough single makes good on the “story” part of the equation by unfolding a modern-day parable that somehow never slips over the edge into full-on cheese. Perhaps it’s the earnestness of Swift’s performance as a heroine searching for an escape route with her Prince Charming and finally realizing that reality can make room for their tale. Out of the millions of love stories in the history of pop music, “Love Story” stands out.

5. Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Simply put, a pitch-perfect rebuke of bullying. The Speak Now single posits that living well is indeed the best revenge, as Swift bashes her early detractor by predicting that her future is bright, while their future only contains minor victories (and a huge helping of meanness). Swift sings “Mean” in first person, but it’s not really for her – this is a song for people who feel belittled and beaten down by others, who look to someone like Swift for uplift and assurance. “Mean” is designed to shout along with cathartically, and it succeeds.

4. Taylor Swift, “State of Grace”

A bulldozer of an opening to Red, “State of Grace” is Swift’s most sonically towering track ever recorded; it’s a good thing that its author headlines arenas, because no small room could contain this song’s might. Instead of relying on lyrical detail, Swift stacks guitar lines upon propulsive drums and lets the whole thing rip; instead of opting for a wordy chorus, the hook here echoes with conciseness: “I never saw you coming/ And I’ll never be the same.” At nearly five minutes in length, “State of Grace” stays exhilarating start-to-finish and will be one of Swift’s most enduring non-singles ever.

3. Taylor Swift, “Dear John”

One of the (many) reasons any man should think twice about screwing over Taylor Swift: She is capable of penning a visceral, eviscerating takedown as potent as any hip-hop diss track. “Dear John,” a mangling of ex-beau John Mayer, is nearly seven minutes of simmering anger – but it never feels exploitative or unyielding, instead exploring the feeling of being taken advantage of and punctuating each chorus with a sorrowful “I should’ve known.” Swift uses “Dear John” to turn the gut-punch of being led astray into a clenched fist and declaration of survival. “I took your matches before fire could catch me,” Swift spits at her beloved-turned-enemy. And we, the listeners, simply get to sit back and watch the fireworks.

2. Taylor Swift, “Style”

“Style” is all about the details: the hints of the guitar lick in the verses, the echoing vocals of “out! of! style!” on the chorus, the tension in Swift’s voice when she debates telling her guy that it’s time to leave, the way “James Dean/daydream” and “red lip/classic” are perfect rhymes positioned on top of each other, the release of the “take me hooooome” on the bridge. On an album filled with very good-to-terrific pop songs, “Style” is the most finely manicured, the most well-produced, the most fully realized – and still, the most affecting. Decades from now, musical anthropologists will study how pop could be this perfect.

1. Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”

Throughout the twists and turns of her career, Swift has changed sounds, collaborators, personas and approaches, but has not – and perhaps will never – eclipse the magnificence of “You Belong With Me.” Credit the song’s simplicity, echoing the thematic concept of “Teardrops on My Guitar” but amplifying the high school heartache and polishing the hook so that it never floats back down after leaving the ground. There are so many things to love within “You Belong With Me,” from the high heels/sneakers dichotomy to that double handclap during the bridge, but more than anything, it’s quintessential Taylor, the ultra-relatable protagonist who can sum up complex feelings in a vocal run or quick turn-of-phrase. “You Belong With Me” has been her defining song for years, and that’s because it’s her best.

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“…Questioning what your country is or who you are as a nation, that is difficult because you are American; so it’s difficult to be objective. What I’m saying is, we’re from England, so we’re quite objective; and over the past four to five years we’ve been coming to America. We’ve been touring here, and we’ve kind of made a life for ourselves; so it’s kind of like our second home. We love it here. It’s difficult today to be objective about what America is and what it stands for, and who you are; and I really empathize with that. Let me tell you that I know America, we know America, and the America we know is a young America. It’s a young America, it’s a liberal America, it’s a compassionate America, it’s a socially responsible America. It’s an America that doesn’t react to fear with anger, and doesn’t react to anger with fear. It’s also a black America, it’s a Muslim America, and it’s a gay America. We feel it as well. We feel it as much as you. And the thing is, whereas I know what seemingly is half the country is at the moment sided with unfortunately bigotry and racism - all of those things we don’t stand for, but what I’m saying is… is that the other half of the country - aka you guys - is probably the best country that we’ve ever met. And they’re all gonna’ fucking die then we will outlive them. This song is about loving people. *plays Loving Someone*” Matty’s speech // Eaglebank Arena // 11-9-16

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Why we need Italy to win Eurovision

(I’m sleep deprived from last night’s semi-final so I’m sorry if I don’t make a lot of sense just bear with me)

I think I can speak for us all when I say that last year was just a SHIT year in general, both in Europe and around the world. The uncertainty across not only the EU but the entire European continent with Brexit (and the idiot across the pond) has Europe feeling like it is balancing on a knife’s edge and Jamala winning really represented that. I personally think that Jamala is an absolutely incredible singer (one of the best that the contest has ever seen imo), but her song, although personal, was considered political by a lot of countries, and this year’s contest has been overshadowed by that to the extent that Russia hasn’t been able to/decided not to participate.

Italy’s song is ridiculous, to say the least. A dancing gorilla and the catchiest chorus that I have ever heard. But Italy’s song is also biting satire which addresses a serious issue (cultural appropriation by the west), Italy’s song is a wild party and such a happy song to listen to and to watch.

The tone of Jamala’s song described 2016, dark, desperate and emotional. I think that Italy’s song deserves to define 2017, ridiculous satire that calls out a serious issue in a way that just lifts everybody’s spirits in the best possible way.

After 2016, we just need a little bit of fun, and Italy’s song perfectly represents the attitude I think we all want to have this year, partying and having as much fun as possible while calling out EVERYBODY on their shit. Italy’s song is honestly the most fun song I have heard in AGES and it gets everybody dancing (seriously, try showing it in a room full of people, everybody is jumping up and down by the second chorus) honestly I think it’s exactly what Europe needs at this point.

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Albania 🇦🇱 favourite power ballad of all time?

Armenia 🇦🇲 best country to have never won in your opinion? (or who should have won more often?)

Australia 🇦🇺 country you’d like to see join eurovision next?

Austria 🇦🇹 favourite ‘misheard lyrics’ of all time?

Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 least favourite winner of 21st century?

Belarus 🇧🇾 favourite music genre for eurovision?

Belgium 🇧🇪 act you think is the most original of the 21st century?

Bulgaria 🇧🇬 favourite ever lyrics of a eurovision song?

Croatia 🇭🇷 least favourite act in 2017?

Cyprus 🇨🇾 favourite act in semi-final 1?

Czech Republic 🇨🇿 least favourite ballad of 2017?

Denmark 🇩🇰 favourite female winner of 21st century?

Estonia 🇪🇪 act you wish would come back to eurovision again?

Finland 🇫🇮 which was the first eurovision you remember?

France 🇫🇷 favourite Big 5 act in 2017?

Georgia 🇬🇪 act you didn’t expect to like but did?

Germany 🇩🇪 favourite presenters of 21st century contests?

Greece 🇬🇷 favourite female solo act in 2017?

Hungary 🇭🇺 favourite non-English act of all time?

Iceland 🇮🇸 who do you think will win this year?

Ireland 🇮🇪 favourite historic (pre-2000) winner?

Israel 🇮🇱 best dancers accompanying an act?

Italy 🇮🇹 runner up you think most deserved to win?

Latvia 🇱🇻 act you loved which no one else did?

Lithuania 🇱🇹 favourite eurovision memory?

Macedonia 🇲🇰 favourite ever entry by your country?

Malta 🇲🇹 the 2017 song which best sums up your life right now?

Moldova 🇲🇩 favourite kooky act of all time?

Montenegro 🇲🇪 favourite act in semi-final 2?

Netherlands 🇳🇱 favourite group act of all time?

Norway 🇳🇴 favourite all time winner?

Poland 🇵🇱 your eurovision grand final night routine?

Portugal 🇵🇹 favourite male solo act in 2017?

Romania 🇷🇴 favourite duet of all time?

Russia 🇷🇺 favourite staging of all time?

San Marino 🇸🇲 favourite ever act not to make it to the final?

Serbia 🇷🇸 favourite interval act of all time?

Slovenia 🇸🇮 favourite bubble-gum pop act of 21st century?

Spain 🇪🇸 act you think was most underrated in 2016?

Sweden 🇸🇪 favourite male winner of 21st century?

Switzerland 🇨🇭 favourite European country?

UK 🇬🇧 least favourite Big 5 act in 2017?

Ukraine 🇺🇦 favourite hosts of 21st century?

Beyoncé Knowles: 20 times Grammy Award winner, the second most honored female artist by the Grammys and the most nominated woman in Grammy Award history with 52 nominations. She has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. RIAA recognized her as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s decade. As of December 2015, Beyoncé has sold 16 million albums and over 47 million digital songs in the United States as a solo artist. Critics hail her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular music. Forbes magazine listed her as the most powerful female musician of 2015.

Taylor Swift: 10 time Grammy Award winner, at 20 she became the youngest person ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys with Fearless, a country album and at 26 she became the only female solo act in history to receive that award twice with 1989, a pop album. She has sold 27.67 million albums (March 2015) in the United States, making her the seventh-largest-selling female artist. She has written every single song of every album she has ever released. She’s the only artist in history to have three consecutive albums sold more than 1 million copies in its first week. Swift owns the most awarded country album in music history (Fearless) and the most awarded pop album in music history (1989). This year, BMI will present Taylor Swift with an award bearing her name in recognition of her incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers throughout the world. (This is only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history that the company has presented an award in someone’s name. The first was to Michael Jackson in 1990).

Adele: Academy Award Winner for best original song in a motion picture with Skyfall (2013) and 10 time Grammy Award Winner. She and Beyoncé hold the record of most Grammys won by a female artist in one night with six each. With 21 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 in the US, Adele broke the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, beating the record formerly held by Whitney Houston’s soundtrack The Bodyguard.21 spent its 23rd week at number one in March 2012, making it the longest-running album at number one since 1985 and it became the fourth best-selling album of the past 10 years in the United States. 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen history, and only the second to surpass 2 million sold in a single frame. Adele is easily the best voice in music industry nowadays.

Beyoncé, Taylor, Adele, Gaga, Rihanna… You know one thing they all have in common? They make art maintaining true to themselves, they are unique in what they do, and that’s the key to their success. All these women can be successful at the same time in the same universe, crazy huh? Stop pitting women against each other.