Taylor Swift has never shied away from calling out her exes in song—sometimes by name, even if she’d later play coy about it—because that’s what great songwriters do, they take their life experiences and channel it into their music, even if it hurts them a little to get so personal. Of course, there’s nothing that says they have to take explicit joy in putting their exes on blast, but hey, that’s just the kind of personal investment Taylor puts into her music, and we love her for that.
[He] made me feel like I wasn’t as good or as relevant as these hipster bands he listened to…so I made a song that I knew would absolutely drive him crazy when he heard it on the radio. Not only would it hopefully be played a lot, so that he’d have to hear it, but it’s the opposite of the kind of music that he was trying to make me feel inferior to.”
Considering “Never” was a multi-week chart topper and just about the poppiest thing ever written, check and check on those two action items. But why go through such efforts to torture her one-time hipster beloved?