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There’s a saying that goes: “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” Depending on how you interpret that, you could argue that it’s quite flattering when a musician pays homage to another’s lyrics and musical stylings, and that no piece of art is truly original anyway. Then again… copyright law does exist for a reason, and there is a fine line between homage and outright thievery.
Whether or not these were intentional on Taylor’s part or not are left up to debate. It is inarguable, however, that Swift is a huge fan of modern pop music, and very very likely if not FOR SURE is familiar with all of the songs listed below. Devoted Swifties, please don’t fret: this post is not meant to hate on Taylor or her music; it’s just a round-up for entertainment purposes only, partially inspired by the iconic and seemingly lost ONTD Original from way back in the day on how a young Taylor Swift copied much of the early musical stylings and ideas of Avril Lavigne (“You Belong With Me” is her “Sk8r Boi,” for instance.)
If you find it, please link it here. I’ve been looking.
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