Did you know that track 5 on every Taylor Swift album has a secret meaning? Let’s explore it.

Back in July, Taylor Swift released her brand new album Folklore, and fans are completely obsessed with it. This is her eighth studio album and it was all written and recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To go with the album, Taylor just aired her new concert documentary Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions on Disney+, and it was also streamed on YouTube.

The documentary has made everyone fall in love with Folklore all over again, and everyone’s talking about it on Twitter.

If you’ve seen some Taylor fans chatting about the album on social media, you may have noticed a lot of mentions of ‘track 5’.

Here’s exactly what it means…

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What does track 5 mean?

On every Taylor Swift album, track five has a very specific meaning.

The fifth track is always the most emotional, tear-jerking and vulnerable song on the album.

It always follows a sad, heart-wrenching story about Taylor’s past, usually about one of her relationships or her emotions and anxieties in life.

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All of Taylor Swift’s track five’s explained

  • Taylor Swift – “Cold as you”

From Taylor Swift’s debut album, the first track five was a certain tear-jerker all about a girl who likes a guy that doesn’t treat her right.

  • Fearless – “White Horse”

This track from her second album is all about a man who cheated on her, and it has a fairytale theme. Even the music video for this one is seriously emotional!

  • Speak Now – “Dear John”

Track five from Taylor’s third studio album was a love letter calling out a guy called John, referring to her relationship with John Mayer.

  • Red – “All Too Well”

In this song, Taylor brought up all of her true emotions in life and put them together to make a beautiful and heart-wrenching ballad.

  • 1989 – “All You Had To Do Was Stay”

This is the only exception to the track five rule. 1989 didn’t have an emotional track five, and fans thought that she was ending the secret tradition. However, that wasn’t true, she just had a break from the emotional ballads on this upbeat album.

  • Reputation – “Delicate”

When Taylor returned with her sixth album, the iconic track five song also returned. Delicate is about Taylor liking a guy as more than a friend but being afraid to admit it.

  • Lover – “The Archer”

In this track five, Taylor sang about her own insecurities and anxieties, and it was definitely an emotional one.

  • Folklore – “My Tears Ricochet”

Finally, we have track five from Taylor’s latest album Folklore. Fans are already dubbing this as the best track five, a hugely sad song about a lost romance.