Taylor Swift’s Track 5 meaning explained: Fifth song on every album has a hidden message!

Ellissa Bain

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…

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 16: (EDITORIAL ONLY. NOT RELEASED. NO COVER USAGE.)  In this screengrab, Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 16, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. The ACM Awards airs on September 16, 2020 with some live and some prerecorded segments. (Photo by ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM)
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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.

All of Taylor Swift’s track five’s explained

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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