Everything is right in the world again. Well not exactly, but Taylor Swift is about to grace us with another re-recording. While it might not cure all of our seasonal depression, it’s a start and it’s finally almost time for us to be listening to “Red” (Taylor’s Version.) Hopefully, you’re screaming just as loudly as I am at the thought of that.
As exciting as getting Taylor’s Version of “Red” is, there is also the fact that the former Red Era was iconic. This one is truly where a lot of fans saw a new side of Taylor. Not only did she do a great job of poking fun at herself, but it felt incredibly carefree while also being incredibly sad. It’s a testament to her songwriting talents because this album is a doozy.
Of course, I’d be remiss to not talk about “All Too Well” which is arguably the standout of the entire album. Even so, Taylor managed to weave together a myriad of stories and make an album that punches you right in your feelings. Taylor does it in the best way but “Red” is just excellent from start to finish.
To honor the release of “Red” (Taylor’s Version,) it would only be right to look back at the music videos from the era and figure out which one is the best. While each of them is unique in its ways, there can only be one winner. Let’s get into which songs had music videos and which one reigns supreme before the “All Too Well” short film comes along to wreck us.
Let’s break down Taylor Swift’s Red Era music videos.
The Red Era featured seven music videos in total. For this though, we’ll be ignoring the music videos from both “Red” and “The Last Time” as they are tour videos. While those can be nice, they aren’t going to be included as we’re talking about the more theatrical music videos within Taylor’s catalog.
With that being said, that easily narrows our list down to five. Our five contenders are “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Begin Again,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “22” and “Everything Has Changed.” This is such a varied mix and honestly, could any of these music videos could come out on top so let’s break down the general look and vibe of each music video before getting into who is crowned the winner.
First up is “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Of all the music videos on the list, this one is the most fun and follows the song almost to a tee. Taylor is living her best life, telling her ex that they aren’t getting back together. This one also features her band which is a rarity these days. As far as videos go, this is one of her most fun and is the perfect embodiment of the song.
Next is “Begin Again” which is the exact opposite of the previous music video as it’s more soft, sweet, and hopeful. This one is set in Paris and is incredibly romantic as it follows Taylor putting herself back out there featuring lots of cute date moments and Taylor spending time, just being happy. This one just has such a melancholy feeling but not in a bad way, you just feel content when watching it and listening to the song.
Then there’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” which is the longest video of the bunch and features Taylor telling the tale of how a relationship went wrong since her partner is a bad guy who she couldn’t stop being attracted to. This video does a great job of featuring the “good” relationship moments while also featuring plenty of angst and the warning signs she ignored. Of all the videos, this one is the most cinematic.
Switching gears, the next-to-the-last video is for “22” which is essentially a highlight reel of Taylor having fun with her friends and being “22.” It’s a pretty simple video but it doesn’t take away from the fun and delightful vibes of the song. The final Red Era music video is “Everything Has Changed” featuring Ed Sheeran and the video is clearly showing off younger versions of Taylor and Ed becoming friends before we find out they’re the parents of the kids. It’s such an adorably sweet video and goes along perfectly with the song.
Which Taylor Swift Red Era music video is the most iconic?
After breaking down every music video and rewatching all of them, this wasn’t an easy decision. one music video always seemed to encapsulate the era more than any other. The winner has to be “22.” Some might disagree, but hear me out. This era is about changes, having fun, and realizing that not everything can be solved by a relationship or love. “22” embodies all of those ideals and is incredibly fun.
Of all the videos, it looked like “22” was the most fun to film and honestly, gave us a more relaxed version of Taylor. Personally, it felt like a glimpse into what hanging out with Taylor Swift and having her as a friend would be like. While the song isn’t exactly top-tier, this music video is just so delightful that I couldn’t pick any other one.
Nevertheless, all of Taylor’s Red Era music videos are incredible. Taylor Swift does such an excellent job of knowing what concepts will work and giving her fans exactly what they want in the best way. Maybe that’s why we’re all clamoring to finally hear the 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” Either way, the reemergence of Taylor Swift’s Red Era is finally almost here and it’s about time.
Which Red Era music video is your favorite? Are you excited for “Red” (Taylor’s Version?) Be sure to scream about it with us in the comments.