Taylor Swift fans probably didn’t get much sleep last night.
After the pop princess’ seventh studio album, “Lover,” dropped at midnight, surely many Swifties were up all night bopping around and breaking down the lyrics.
A sprawling set that’s a bit overlong at 18 songs — with the singles “You Need To Calm Down” and “ME!” strangely sequenced toward the end — it’s a lot to digest.
So, here’s a “Lover” cheat sheet, with six tracks that we’ve had on repeat:
1. “I Forgot That You Existed”
An insta-classic Taylor breakup song, this ridiculously catchy track kicks off the album with some finger-snapping shade: “I forgot that you existed/It isn’t love, it isn’t hate, it’s just indifference.” Ouch. (Of course Twitter is blowing up with fan theories that this track is actually about Kanye West.)
The dreamy title tune is a straight-up mood, with its sultry sway and country accents that take Swift back to her roots. It’s like a slow dance you never want to end. Extra points for the video, which premiered Thursday and sweetly captures an interracial romance.
3. “The Man”
Swift gender-flips the script on this synth-infused bop, examining how being the boss that she is might be different if she were in the boys’ club: “They’d say I hustled, put in the work/They wouldn’t shake their heads and question how much of this I deserve . . . ’Cause if I was a man, then I’d be the man.”
4. “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince”
This haunting beauty showcases Swift’s lyrical skills, as she vividly paints a portrait of a high school love: “It’s you and me, that’s my whole world.”
5. “Paper Rings”
On this instantly infectious guitar-pop ditty, Swift vows that she doesn’t need bling for you to prove your love: “I like shiny things, but I’d marry you with paper rings, uh-huh.”
6. “Death by a Thousand Cuts”
Another breakup song, this one goes for tender instead of tough, with Swift letting you feel every bit of her pain. Over a lilting guitar, she sings, “I get drunk, but it’s not enough/’Cause the morning comes and you’re not my baby.”
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