What are Taylor Swift's Track 5s? There are 5 songs on the Eras tour playlist

Once Taylor Swift's Track 5 enters Swifties' ears, the lyrical and vulnerable songs go straight into their hearts. It makes sense, then, that the 12-time Grammy winner would include Track 5 in her career-defining Eras tour set list. During her March 24 show in Las Vegas and her opening act at last weekend's "ERAzona," Swift performed five of 10 Track 5 songs on a 44-song setlist, including 23 songs. They are: "The Archer," "tolerate it," "Exquisite," "So Good (10 Minute Version)" and "My Tears Are Jumping." As per tradition, fans chanted "1, 2, 3, let's go" in Sin City during "Delicate." When she played the extended "ATW" on her red acoustic guitar, Swift was like a 60,000-person choir singing every word in unison with passion.

Swift previously admitted in her 2020 music documentary Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions that "choosing the fifth track was a forced decision" and credited frequent collaborator Jack Antonin Swift explained the significance of "My Tears Bounce," with Jack Antonoff telling her that the fifth track is "one of the best songs [Swift] has ever written." Previously, she said in 2018 's "Delicate" music video paid homage to the "Track 5" legend, with eagle-eyed viewers noticing the words "Track 5" and "#5 Delicate" graffitied on subway pillars and the steel door behind Swift at two o'clock. Different moments in the video.

Veteran Swiftie Hannah C. (a.k.a. lyric analyst @SippingAugust on Twitter) tells Bustle that each of these Track 5 songs conveys how Swift was really feeling during a pivotal moment in her life.

“I think Track 5 became popular during the red era, when Taylor and the fans started noticing that all of her Track 5s were vulnerable songs — and when we noticed, she noticed, too,” the 35-year-old Hannah C. said. The elderly mother of two attended both opening weekend shows in Arizona. "And then that continued through the rest of her era, and it was something we looked forward to with every album release. Because both Taylor and Swift knew that the fifth song was important, it was one she chose purposefully , we listened to this song particularly carefully.”

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Although these songs were rarely the hit singles from her 10 studio albums, Hannah C. noted that track 5 "helps us understand some of the main themes of each album." For example, "All Too Well," often considered Swift's best song by critics and fans alike, perfectly painted a picture of young heartbreak on her 2012 breakup album Red . "Archer" explored love in the context of fear and anxiety in 2019's "Letter to Love" album "Lover ".

Here are 5 tracks from Swift's Eras Tour album (in the order she played them):

"Archer" in "Lovers"

Position in the Eras tour set list: Track Six

Standout Lyrics: "I've been the archer / I've been the prey / Who can leave me, darling / But who can stay? ... / ... you can stay"

From now on "endure"

Position in Eras Tour Set List: Song 14

Standout Lyrics: "I made you my temple, my mural, my sky/Now I beg to add a footnote to your life story/To draw a heart in the byline/Always taking up too much space or time"

“Exquisite” comes from word of mouth

Position in Eras Tour Set List: Song 16

Standout Lyrics: "Sometimes, I wonder, when you sleep/Do you ever dream about me?/Sometimes, when I look into your eyes/I pretend you've always been mine."

"All Too Well" from "Red" (Taylor version)

Position in Eras Tour Setlist: Song 23

Standout lyrics: "I was driving down the mountain thinking, 'Any minute now, he's gonna say this is love'/You never called it love/Until we were dead, gone, buried/Check for a pulse, Come back and swear this is love." Same/Three months in the grave/And then when I reach for you you wonder where it went/But all I feel is shame while you hold my lifeless frame. "

"My Tears Bounce" from Folklore

Position in Eras Tour Setlist: Song 29

Standout Lyrics: "I myself am incapable of walking gracefully / So the battleship will sink beneath the waves / You must kill me, but it kills you just the same / Curse my name, wishing I would stay / You turn and enter your worst fears Where/You keep blaming, wallowing in this pain/Crossing out the good years/You curse my name, wishing I would stay/Look how my tears bounce.”

Track 5 is not in the Eras tour playlist

  • "Cold Like You" by Taylor Swift
  • "White Horse" from Fearless (*performed as a secret song on March 25)
  • "Dear John" from " Speak Now "
  • 1989 's "All You Have to Do Is Stay"
  • "Child, you have to rely on yourself" from "Midnight"

5 tracks arranged in order of release

  1. "Cold As You" by Taylor Swift (2006)
  2. "The White Horse" in "Fearless" (2008)
  3. "Dear John" from Speak Now (2010)
  4. "All Too Well" from "Red" (2012)
  5. "All You Have to Do Is Stay" 1989 (2014)
  6. "Exquisite" in "Reputation " (2017)
  7. The Archer in Lovers (2019)
  8. "My Tears Bounce" from Folklore (2020)
  9. Forever "Patience" (2020)
  10. “You’re on your own, kid” from Midnight (2022)