All the Unexpected Songs We'd Love to See at Taylor Swift's Eras Tour
Our ultimate ‘Eras Tour’ wishlist.
While Ticketmaster breaking under the pressure of a hot concert isn’t exactly unprecedented territory, there’s no question that Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour is a major deal. Starting today, Swifties will flock to stadiums across the United States to see her perform hits from across all 16 years of her recording career so far.
Many of us would gladly sit through her busting out renditions of every single song in her repertoire, but the harsh reality is that the journey through each Taylor era is likely going to be brief. With 10 studio albums and over 200 songs to her name, fans have been eagerly debating what might show up on her setlist and preparing for disappointment when underrated faves inevitably don’t make the cut.
Swift will undoubtedly shake things up from one city to another. But, in the meantime, we’ve cobbled together a list of some songs from each era that we hope she surprises fans with — those who can actually score tickets to a show, that is.
Scroll through to see which Taylor Swift songs we’d love to see her perform during The Eras Tour.
“Mary’s Song (Oh My My My)”
“Mary’s Song (Oh My My My)” from her self-titled debut is reportedly about an older couple who lived next door to her family when she was a kid, but it also reads as a sapphic love story from childhood to old age, thanks to Swift’s familiar loose approach to pronouns and perspectives. Is that reason enough to land it on our wishlist? Absolutely.
Swift’s early music in particular is known for its visceral approach to young love and heartbreak, and despite not being released as a single, “Breathe” captured that essence perfectly — even though the singer has said it was about a friend. Either way, we’re ready to wave our lighters in the air and pretend like it’s the end of a sad movie.
“Mean” is the prelude to Swift’s entire reputation era, in a way. It was written in response to a critic who kept giving her music bad reviews, and while that was an understandably controversial move at the time, hearing her sing it now, to sold-out stadiums filled with fans, as one of the most successful artists of all time, would be downright delicious.
Speak Now is when Taylor really started banging out hits, and although “Haunted” wasn’t ever an official single, it’s easily one of the strongest songs on the album. And with as much as she’s grown vocally over the years, this one could be a real showstopper on The Eras Tour.
There are a whole slew of songs from Red onward filled with a wistfulness for a moment in her relationship(s) where everything was perfect as long as the world stood still, or things stayed secret, or, as she sings in “Holy Ground,” she was “never looking down.” There’s no question she’s been revisiting these emotions and memories in her most recent three albums, and watching her dig into them again on tour is going to be fascinating.
“All Too Well (10 Minute Version)”
“All Too Well” used to be an underdog song, an exceedingly rare live performance in the years that followed the official Red tour, but it’s difficult to imagine a world where Swift doesn’t play the full 10-minute version at every single show this time around. Still, it makes the list because the minute possibility of that not happening is too tragic to bear.
“The Very First Night”
Busting into another vault song only shared upon the Taylor’s Version re-release of Red, Swift needs to play “The Very First Night” live if only so that we can hear her rhyme “whisper,” “picture,” and “you” night after night as if there’s any plausible justification for it.
The Entirety of ‘1989’
Sure, it may not be wholly reasonable to request that Taylor just play all the way through 1989 in the middle of The Eras Tour, but is there a single Swiftie among us (who became invested prior to folklore, anyway) who wouldn’t want it to happen?
Barring that, her preference between “I Wish You Would,” “I Know Places,” and “New Romantics” would be a gift to us all. Oh, and one other song…
Sorry, not sorry. “Wonderland” is a bop that even Swifties don’t appreciate enough. She performed a slowed-down version of it during The 1989 World Tour, proving it’s versatile enough to fit anywhere in the setlist — and if the Alice in Wonderland theme was once important enough to Taylor to not only write a song about it but do a whole Grammy's performance revolving around it, it definitely belongs in a retrospective.
“Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
There she goes, loving in secret once again. Swift’s reputation album is split between revenge bangers and songs about being deeply in love — and whether you believe in the conspiracy theories about who some of the latter songs are about or not, “Dancing With Our Hands Tied” is so easily interpreted for a queer audience that it’s a must on this tour wishlist.
Swift has now released four albums that never got their own proper tour, starting with the pandemic-induced cancelation of LoverFest in 2020. “Cruel Summer” was unquestionably a fan favorite from the album, and we were robbed of spending hot summer nights dancing to it in clubs and in crowds full of fellow fans. It seems likely Taylor will make this one right during The Eras Tour.
Look, are there better songs on Lover than “The Man?” Absolutely. But considering this is a stadium tour, it would be interesting to see what kind of performance Taylor would put on with the man — particularly when she gets to the part about bragging about “raking in dollars and getting bitches and models.”
As great as folklore is, unfortunately, it largely doesn’t lend itself to a stadium show. The argument could be made for bringing in “the last great american dynasty,” but we all know perfectly well that sapphic Swifties want to see what Taylor does with “betty” in a live performance. Sure, it’s from the perspective of a guy — whatever you say, Taylor. Sing it to us anyway. If nothing else, we’ll get to hear her sing “tell me to go fuck myself” live on stage.
Like folklore, evermore isn’t particularly well-suited to this type of tour, but “champagne problems” is such a standout smash from the album that it would be a shame not to hear Swift perform it live.
“no body, no crime”
“no body, no crime” is probably the most stadium-appropriate song between the two unexpected pandemic albums, and who amongst us isn’t fully ready to croon along with Taylor about murdering her friend’s sketchy, cheating husband? Sign me up.
It’s a shame Swift won’t be able to celebrate the release of her 10th studio album with a dedicated tour. Still, if there’s any chance at all it means we’ll get to gloss over Swift reclaiming lavender for the heterosexuals live night after night, it may be a fair trade-off.
One thing we don’t want to miss out on from Midnights is the latest entry in Taylor’s shifting perspective songbook. Did you ever have someone kiss you in a crowded room?
“You’re On Your Own, Kid”
“You’re On Your Own, Kid” seems bound to be a crowd-pleaser at any size concert, and we will all show up prepared to sing “from sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes” until our lungs collapse.
Okay, hear me out. The “bonus” tracks on Midnights are some of Swift’s best songs on the album, and while “Paris” isn’t as heart-wrenching as her John Mayer takedown (“Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve”) or as much of a fave as “The Great War” might already be, there is something so fantastically chaotic about it that it’s another one that would be fascinating to see live. What even are those opening lyrics?? Unhinged. To die for.
Barring a performance of “Paris,” Taylor could opt for a little “High Infidelity” and follow it up by simply telling us where she was on April 29.