Midnight cracks the consistency of Swift’s reputation


Maureen Gambogi

One of the many Swifties, Delaney Porter, has Midnights on repeat.

As the clock struck twelve on October 21, Taylor Swift struck her fans with her new album, Midnights. As the time was ticking down to the release date, her fan base was impatiently waiting for this hit album to drop like the ball on New Year’s. 

“Midnights is a collage of intensity, highs and lows, and ebbs and flows. Life can be dark, starry, cloudy, terrifying, electrifying, hot, cold, romantic, or lonely. Just like Midnights,” Swift expressed on Instagram. 

With thirteen new songs, an unexpected release of seven new tracks dropped three hours after the original album was out to the public. Labeling these as her “3am tracks,” this pleasant surprise added to the excitement of the album. 

“There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13. I’m calling them 3am tracks. Lately, I’ve been loving the feeling of sharing more of our creative process with you, like we do with From The Vault Tracks. So it’s 3am and I’m giving them to you now,” Swift explained.

Like many of this pop star’s albums, it is like a roller coaster and this has affected the way many of her fans feel about this new album. Some think it sounds unique and new, while others believe that it sounds very similar to her previous albums. This is a shocking result due to the popularity of the release and the records from her work in the past. Although this does not change their unconditional love for Swift, most Swifties are not happy with the outcome of this album. 

Below is my ranking on Midnights (3am Edition); you can stream it now on any streaming platform. 


1. Bejeweled

With the upbeat tempo and the strong bridge to finish off the song, it stays in my head throughout the day. I really love the harmony of Swift’s voice and the chorus of the song and could listen to it on repeat. It is very deserving of being the best song on the album. 

2. Karma

This song was placed as the runner-up due to the drama behind this song, rumoring about the relationship between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. It shows that Swift put her heart into this melody.

3. Anti-Hero

This song has such a strong message and a good rhythm that puts it in the top three.

4. Bigger Than The Whole Sky

This slow and calming song is music to my ears. It’s a song that I’d want to drive on back roads with it in the background. 

5. Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve

At first, I was unsure of this song but after listening to it over and over again, I found myself going back and listening to it, especially the bridge. 

6. Mastermind

Something about this song really stands out to me and I love it. It has an upbringing tone and I love the sound of it.

7. Question…?

I feel like not a lot of lyrics are phrased as a question and because of the flow of this song, it makes this track very unique. 

8. Maroon

The chorus of this song is what made me really fall in love with this song. It’s a very chill song and is one I will definitely be adding to my playlist. 

9. Snow On The Beach (feat. Lana Del Rey)

Where is Lana Del Rey? That is the question that has been spreading throughout social media. Even though this is a song that still turned out to be great, I was expecting it to be higher up on my list with this feature appearance. 

10. The Great War

It makes a lot of sense to me to place this song at the halfway point because although it’s not my favorite, I would definitely suggest it and you can hear the ease of her voice. 

11. Paris

This song reminds me of a lot of songs that are on Swift’s previous successful albums. It has that solid chorus and intriguing beat that makes this a very playful song.

12. Lavender Haze

A great way to start an album. Although this song is on the lower half of the list, it gave me hope for the rest of the album on the first listen. 

13. You’re On Your Own, Kid

This song really paints a picture in my head. It’s a very cute love song and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling when listening to it. 

14. Labyrinth

Soothing is what comes to mind when this song comes on. Swift’s voice is very calming and I think she really showed her true potential in putting her heart into a song. 

15. Sweet Nothing

I really like the rhythm of this song but it does not stick out to me because it feels like something is missing. 

16. High Infidelity

This song is nothing special. Although I don’t hate it, it feels unoriginal. 

17. Dear Reader

There’s nothing unique about this song. I get bored of this song and honestly think I would press the skip button if it came on. It isn’t terrible, but she definitely has better songs. 

18. Midnight Rain

The deformation of Swift’s voice in this song doesn’t do anything for me. It keeps the same rhythm throughout the song when I feel like she should have switched it up at certain parts. 

19. Glitch

I was disappointed when I heard this song. It felt like there was nothing to it and it got very boring listening from the beginning to the end. 

20. Vigilante Sh*t

It’s very rare when I hate a song but I can easily say that this song is not my cup of tea. It doesn’t feel like it has a rhythm or a chorus and I will not be putting this song on my playlist. 


Although this album has mixed reviews from the public, it is still finding a way to pull through and break records. The day it came out it took number one for the most streamed album in a day on Spotify and Swift took first place for being the most-streamed artist in a day on Spotify. Not only that, it became the top-selling album of the year in just one day. To keep the records rolling, the top songs listened to on Apple Music and Spotify are from Midnights. To top it off, at this rate the album is expected to sell over one million copies in its first week. 

“I think that the experience of making something is just as important as how proud you are of it in the end and I think it really informs how proud I am of something if I had a really joyful experience making something. This is a pretty dark album, but I’d say I had more fun making it than any album I’ve ever made,” Swift concluded on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.