Taylor Swift has released five new playlists that explore the stages of heartbreak

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Taylor Swift is all too familiar with how to get past heartbreak. The “Blank Space” singer is now using five carefully selected playlists on Apple Music to document the distinct phases of heartbreak.

The groups, which stand for “Denial,” “Anger,” “Bargaining,” “Depression,” and “Acceptance,” are meant to honor her back catalog while also serving as a preview of her eleventh studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, which will be out on April 19. Each playlist, released on Friday, is named for a track featured on the new album.

“Denial” is up first, with a playlist titled “I Love You, It’s Ruining My Life.” On it, fans will find a selection of tunes including “Lavender Haze,” “Style (Taylor’s Version),” “Treacherous (Taylor’s Version),” and more. 

“This is a list of songs about getting so caught up in the idea of something that you have a hard time seeing the red flags, possibly resulting in moments of denial and maybe a little bit of delusion. Results may vary,” the “Cruel Summer” songstress said in a statement.

“Anger” is up next, including “Vigilant S**t,” “Bad Blood (Taylor’s Version),” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor’s Version).” This playlist is titled, “You Don’t Get to Tell Me About Sad Songs.”

“These songs all have one thing in common, I wrote them while feeling anger,” TayTay explains. “Over the years, I’ve learned that anger can manifest itself in a lot of different ways, but the healthiest way that it manifests itself in my life is when I can write a song about it, and then oftentimes, that helps me get past it.”

Taylor Swift

For “Bargaining,” Swift selected “Soon You’ll Get Better, “Say Don’t Go (Taylor’s Version)(From the Vault)” and “This Is Me Trying,” among others. It’s titled, “Am I Allowed to Cry?”

Swift shared, “This playlist takes you through the songs that I’ve written when I was in the bargaining stage, times when you’re trying to make deals with yourself or someone that you care about, you’re trying to make things better, you’re oftentimes feeling really desperate, because oftentimes we have a gut intuition that tells us things are not going to go the way that we hope, which makes us more desperate, which makes us bargain more.”

In “Depression,” the 34-year-old actress made a suggestion that she has relied largely on her work to get her through trying moments. “Champagne Problems,” “We Were Happy (Taylor’s Version),” and “Forever Winter (Taylor’s Version)” are a few of the heartbreaking selections available here.” It’s what she refers to as “Old Habits Die Screaming.”

“We’re going to be exploring the feelings of depression that often lace their way through my songs. In times like these, I’ll write a song because I feel lonely or hopeless. And writing a song feels like the only way to process that intensity of an emotion,” the lover songstress revealed. “And while these things are really, really hard to go through, I often feel like when I’m either listening to songs or writing songs that deal with this intensity of loss and hopelessness, usually that’s in the phase where I’m close to getting past that feeling.”

The fifth and last stage of heartbreak comes in the form of “Acceptance,” titled here as “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart.”

“Here we finally find acceptance and can start moving forward from loss or heartbreak,” TayTay concluded. “These songs represent making room for more good in your life, making that choice because a lot of time when we lose things, we gain things too.”

She’s selected the upbeat songs “You’re On Your Own, Kid,” “Closure,” “Now That We Don’t Talk (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” and “Long Story Short” for this playlist.

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Esme Mazzeo joined usnewsdaily in 2023 as a writer-editor on the weekend team. She previously served as an entertainment reporter at Business Insider specializing in TV and covering shows like Grey's Anatomy, Sister Wives and Virgin River.Esme has over a decade of experience covering entertainment, lifestyle and cultural news.
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