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We Need to Calm Down: a Taylor Swift Podcast

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Welcome to the We Need to Calm Down Podcast. A show where two Swifties can finally let loose all their thoughts, feelings, and theories about Ms. Swift and the songs she creates. Join Devon and Joe every other Typical Tuesday for Song Breakdowns, Taylor News, Conspiracies, and just general Taylor Sw… read more

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Songs That Should Have Been Singles

June 8th, 2021


Taylor Swift has released over 150 tracks, and over 55 singles, but were there any singles she should have released but didn't (duh), we take a deep …

no body no crime (feat. HAIM) (Song Breakdown)

May 25th, 2021


She did it.

We did it.

That's right this week we did it, we broke down the boppiest, countriest, and most danceable murder song this side of 2020. We dive into the story of the song, our impressions of it, and breakdown …

tolerate it (Song Breakdown)

May 11th, 2021


It has been a hot minute since we've dived deep into a track. With Taylor news slowing down we decided to jump right back into our Evermore song breakdowns, hitting the 9th Track 5!

This week we break down the story …

Ranking The Songs on Fearless (Taylor's Version)

April 27th, 2021


This week we jump headfirst into Fearless (Taylor's Version) and rank every song on the album (and the From the Vault songs). We peel back what made …

Fearless (Taylor's Version) Reaction!

April 13th, 2021


Sorry 2021, it's 2008 now. Taylor Swift released the first of her re-recorded albums, Fearless (Taylor's Version), along with six new songs From the …

Episode 50: We Rank Our Top Ten Swift Songs!

March 30th, 2021


We've done 50 episodes talking about nothing but Taylor Swift. We are beyond thankful for the kind words and support from everyone. To celebrate this …

'tis the damn season (Song Breakdown)

March 16th, 2021


It's time to break down track 4 on evermore, Joe's favorite song on the record (possibly ever). We go through the background of the song and our first impressions. We break down the lyrics and (between crying fits) …

folklore vs evermore: which is better? + Our Final evermore Rankings

March 2nd, 2021


We have been ruminating on this episode for a long time. We've polled the audience (our friends and instagram followers) and stayed up all night …

Fearless & Love Story (Taylor's Version) Reaction

February 16th, 2021


Last week Taylor dropped two new announcements on us: a release date for her version of Fearless and the new Love Story (Taylor's Version) single. From new artwork, easter eggs, and 6 additional never-before-released …

New 'evermore' Chapter | Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn (Theory)

February 2nd, 2021


We're back this typical Tuesday to break down the newest chapter: 'forever is the sweetest con' Taylor dropped. Normally, we might just mention the new chapter and move on... but we ran across an interesting theory that …

evermore Chapter Theories & Revisiting Taylor Swift's Bridges

January 26th, 2021


Taking a short break from song breakdowns this week to discuss the latest chapter in the folklore era, the "dropped your hand while dancing" chapter …

gold rush (Song Breakdown)

January 19th, 2021


It's finally here, Devon's favorite song. On this Typical Tuesday we are breaking down the third track of evermore: gold rush. Devon's number one …

champagne problems (Song Breakdown)

January 12th, 2021


/SHamˈpānˈpräbləm/ - A problem or dilemma that, when compared to issues of poverty, national disasters and war, are not all that big of a deal, but nonetheless provide individuals with issues that must be dealt with.

The Story of Dorothea (Conspiracy)

January 5th, 2021


We have a new conspiracy theory to break down this week. Joe has a hard time believing we wouldn't get another multi-song story to break down, so he …

willow (Song Breakdown)

December 29th, 2020


A new album means we start from the beginning with our song breakdowns! Willow is first up, join Devon and Joe as we go through the context around the song, break down some literary references, lyrics that stood out, …

Evermore Bonus Tracks & Apple's Songwriter of the Year

December 22nd, 2020


We wanted to do a holiday episode this week but Devon and Joe still aren't quite over the 'evermore' experience and we just want to talk more about …

first impressions of Taylor Swift's evermore

December 15th, 2020


Buckle up, it's a long one.

We can't believe she did it again, but the Queen of pop dropped a second album in the worst year™. Taylor Swift's sister album 'evermore' was released just last Friday at midnight and now …

evermore album announcement reaction!

December 11th, 2020


Taylor Swift can not let a girl BREATHE. In just under 5 months since the release of folklore, Taylor is releasing ANOTHER album. that's right TS9 is …

Breaking Down Taylor Swift’s Bridges (The Anatomy of a Song Series)

December 9th, 2020


All these bridges and we still can't get over it.

This week Devon and Joe start a new series on the show: The Anatomy of a Song. In each episode in this series we'll be breaking down different aspects of a song, …

invisible string (Song Breakdown)

December 3rd, 2020


We're back for another Thursday breakdown! We're getting close to the end, this week we are breaking down track 11: invisible string. This track was the obvious standout and Joe and Devon's de facto best track on the …

folklore: the long pond studio sessions reaction

December 1st, 2020


Taylor will not stop dropping bombshells. Which is honestly great for this show. This week, we were given another giant announcement with less than 24 hours to process. We were all invited to the secret sessions, the …

Taylor Swift's 2020 Rolling Stone Interviews

November 24th, 2020


Taylor has been really busy in November of 2020. In just the span of two weeks, Rolling Stone released "Musicians on Musicians" in which Taylor sat …

illicit affairs (Song Breakdown)

November 19th, 2020


FINALLY screamed Joe. This week, Joe and Devon break down one of Joe’s favorite songs from folklore: illicit affairs. We dive into the context around …

Taylor Can Re-Record Her First Five Albums

November 17th, 2020


Did you feel something change after Halloween? A pulse blew through the world. Once the world hit November 1st, 2020, Taylor Alison Swift became able …

this is me trying (Song Breakdown)

November 10th, 2020


After a week off, we're back with a song breakdown. This week we break down track 9: this is me trying. Devon defends the songs honor and tries to bring Joe around on the track he rated 3rd to last. Will she succeed?

august (Song Breakdown)

October 29th, 2020


We just can't stay off of folkore for long, this week we break down the 8th track off the record: august. We dive into the lyrics, context and …

The Archer is NOT a Track 5 (Opinion)

October 27th, 2020


Joe is here and he's ready to rant. With facts & figures. On this week's episode Joe sits Devon down for a presentation on why Lover's 'The Archer' is a Track 5 imposter. Joe breaks down what it means to be a Track …

seven (Song Breakdown)

October 21st, 2020


We're back on our Song Breakdowns. This week we do track 7: seven (she nailed it). We discuss the context around this song, our opinions on the song (controversial), the lyrics that stood out to us, and once again Devon …

A Deep Dive into the folklore Love Triangle (Part 2)

October 15th, 2020


It's all connected? Always was.

In the second part of the Love Triangle breakdown, we dive deep into all of the theories surrounding the story of James, Betty, and the no name mistress. Including the largest theory... …

A Deep Dive into the folklore Love Triangle (Part 1)

October 13th, 2020


That's right! You read that right, we have our first two part episode! There was so much to unpack in the Betty/James/UnnamedMistress love triangle …

folklore Song Rankings Revisited

October 6th, 2020


It has been 6 weeks since the last time we ranked the songs on folklore. After stepping back, listening to other albums, and finally circling back. …

mirrorball (Song Breakdown)

October 1st, 2020


We're back with more folklore! That's right, this week we're back on our song breakdown grind going through track 6: mirrorball. We break down the …

Ranking Taylor Swift's Bonus Tracks

September 29th, 2020


What? A whole episode not about folklore? The treachery of it all. This week we decide to take a short break from talking about folklore to do an …

my tears ricochet (Between the Lines)

September 22nd, 2020


Of course track 5 gets two episodes! This week, Devon and Joe go “between the lines” to analyze all the lyrics from ‘my tears ricochet’. Devon unpacks the unsurprising “hidden” meaning of the song, relating to the Big …

my tears ricochet (Song Breakdown)

September 17th, 2020


On this Thursday song breakdown, Devon and Joe have finally made it to our latest "Track 5" of the new era. Our first Jack Antonoff song! There was so much about this song we split this one in half. This episode we …

folklore inter-album references

September 15th, 2020


In lieu of a marketing campaign, Taylor decided to drop folklore and let the album speak for itself in terms of easter eggs. Well… easter eggs were …

the saltbox house chapter

September 8th, 2020


Devon and Joe are back to go over the last(?) chapter of the folklore era. The saltbox house chapter came completely out of left field and we break …

exile (Song Breakdown)

September 3rd, 2020


Devon and Joe are back for another Thursday night breakdown. This week we dive into the only collaboration on folklore, exile (feat. bon iver). We …

sleepless nights chapter

September 1st, 2020


Taylor continues to put out more content than our release schedule can even keep up with! Last week we were given the second chapter to the folklore …

folklore escapism chapter explanation

August 25th, 2020


Taylor Swift, queen of the post-release marketing strategy, announced that folklore can be divided into chapters. Devon and Joe dive into the first, …

the last great american dynasty (Song Breakdown)

August 20th, 2020


On this Thursday episode, Taylor gives the WNTCD podcast a history lesson about a beautiful house and its legendary previous owner. Joe dives deep …

cardigan (Between the Lines)

August 18th, 2020


Devon and Joe have launched a new type of episode: Between the Lines. Some of the songs on folklore are way too lyrically dense to just pick a couple …

cardigan (Song Breakdown)

August 11th, 2020


We’ve employed a new strategy for this album. We have removed the lyrical dive from this breakdown and will be releasing a new episode “Between the Lines” where we go extremely in depth on certain songs line-by-line. So …

the 1 (Song Breakdown)

August 6th, 2020


On a typical Thursday night, we’re breaking down our first track from folklore! Yes we’re moving to a different posting schedule where we will be …

Our Favorite folklore Lyrics

August 4th, 2020


folklore has been out for over a week now, we took a week off to fully digest the album, feel the lyrics, and bath in the melodies. Usually we take a …

folklore First Impressions

July 25th, 2020


Now that we've had a full day to marinate and resonate and ruminate and contemplat- we've been listening to folklore non-stop for 24 hours. We've …

folklore Announcement Reaction

July 24th, 2020


Taylor Swift sent our world into disarray this morning by announcing a brand new album dropping tonight (7/24) at midnight. Devon and Joe took as …

Someone Great (Review)

July 21st, 2020


Thanks to the most meta event in the history of pop culture, Taylor Swift's music has inspired a movie, a movie that later went on to inspire a …

Our Favorite Unpopular Songs

July 14th, 2020


Every Taylor Swift song is the best song ever made. But thanks to the power of data, numbers, and spreadsheets, Devon and Joe were able to …

Gaylor Swift (Conspiracy)

July 7th, 2020


Taylor has officially come out saying she is straight, that doesn’t stop us from reading into the conspiracy theory of Gaylor Swift. Devon compiled TWO slideshows and presents her findings and theories from the internet …

Lover (Song Breakdown)

June 30th, 2020


This week we return for a song breakdown! We go super in depth on Taylor's third single (and track) from Lover, breakdown the context around the song, our favorite lyrics, and the technical prowess that went into this …

Songs We Cried To

June 23rd, 2020


In this week's episode of WNTCD, Devon and Joe take a trip through Taylor's discography and pull out all of the songs that made us cry. We recall …

Cruel Summer (Song Breakdown)

June 16th, 2020


In this episode, Devon and Joe continue their song breakdown series with Cruel Summer (Lover's best song). We're here to break down the context around the song, pick out our favorite lyrics (breaking down that …

I Forgot That You Existed (Song Breakdown)

June 9th, 2020


In this week's episode of WNTCD, Devon and Joe begin their deep dives into Taylor's discography. Starting with track #1 from Lover, I Forgot That You Existed. We try to peel back the layers of the song, exploring the …

Paris Wasn't Ready, Neither Were We (Review)

May 19th, 2020


Taylor graced the stage in Paris back in September of 2019, and now she's gracing our TVs and lowly Hulu Subscriptions. Joe and Devon break down the …

We Need to Calm Down Trailer

May 17th, 2020


We Need to Calm Down is a show where two fans can finally let their dedication to America's sweetheart, Taylor Swift, shine.

On just a typical Tuesday night Devon & Joe get together to talk all things Taylor.

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