Here is the perfect career-spanning sequence of her many beauties when the Taylor Swift tours stadiums in 2023.
How will Taylor Swift manage?
Her “Eras” tour, which begins in March 2023 in U.S. stadiums, was announced Tuesday (Nov. 1). But imagining this tour’s lineup is like attempting to comprehend the immensity of our galaxy—so there’s much of everything.
There are synth-pop bangers, acoustic slow burns, twangy throwbacks, fan-worshiped deep cuts, and six No. 1 albums with 86 new or previously unheard songs since her 2018 Reputation Tour.
How does one create a playlist that honours her extensive discography and her newest hit, Midnights? Here!
Our fantasy playlist covers all 10 of her studio albums, considers prior tour trends, and keeps the spectacle reasonable. For her first tour in over five years, she could perform all these singles and medleys in around two-and-a-half hours.
What else could a Swiftie want? Dreaming until then!
After months, the stadium lights go off. The audience screams in relief, rocking the concrete. From country-pop adolescent years to smouldering Midnights, a Swift montage plays on the enormous video screens. She winks at the camera, the screen goes black, it’s silent, and then she says, “It’s me.” Hi.” Crowds explode again. “Anti-Hero” doesn’t start. Instead, screens split, bright purple vapour pours through, and bass kicks in…
Swift begins her long performance with the album’s upbeat opener, like she did on her 1989 and Reputation tours. Maximalist pop rage ensues: Twelve choreographed dancers with Swift at the middle, swaying her hips in a purple and black sequined one-piece. 55,000 lavender-flashing LED wristbands shake the stadium to the thunderous beat. Immediately, fans cry. Finally. Present.
Blood-hunting early. Again, the audience erupts. Swift’s dancers go down the stadium’s solitary runway to an empty B-stage (more on that later). Swift is serious on the runway. Crimson lights illuminate the runway. The mob howls as she sings, “Lately I’ve been dressed for revenge.”
She returns to the main stage with tacky graphics and her three cats for the “Karma is a cat” line. Swift pats a cat-masked backing dancer.
Swift tears through the song with a jewel-studded cane or hat, and on the lyric “I can still make the whole place shine,” the LED wristbands flicker with gem-reflective light. Technology!
“It’s Me,” the Midnights hit, closes the first act. Hi. I’m the issue.” After the concert, treatment bookings surge.
Act II: “Fearless”/”Taylor Swift”
As Swift changes clothes, a visual interlude plays, first ethereal, then twangy, evoking “Fifteen,” “White Horse,” and “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Fans gradually understand. She’s returning with them.
“Hey Stephen”/”The Way I Loved You”/”Fearless”/”Mr. Perfectly Fine”
The mini-set begins with a full-band Fearless mashup. Swift’s guitarist, bassist, drummer, and violinist return (the dancers take a break backstage). Swift wears knee-length dress. Last year’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) vault track “Mr. Perfectly Fine” closes the album.
“Tim McGraw”/“Picture to Burn”/“Our Song”/“Should’ve Said No”
This large, brilliant mash-up spotlights Swiftie lifers, who still wear cowboy boots to her gigs and lamented the lack of self-titled material on her previous two tours. Swift praises her earliest admirers. Pop fans don’t know these tunes and hurry to the restroom. Long line. Another hard seltzer.
“You Belong With Me”/”Love Story”
She performs her Reputation tour mash-up of her two Fearless monster smashes. It’s better now. Swift bounces alone on the centre ramp while the band jams behind her. As 15-year admirers contemplate death, she returns to the stage and lowers.
Another dark screen and hum interlude. The crowd is confused until Swift’s back appeared on television. Turning, she touches her cheek. Her ring snakes. “Are you ready?” she asks the camera. Swift rises from the smoke as the screen goes black and fire blasts on the main stage.
“You Made Me Do”
The Reputation lead song hits strongly without the inflatable snake. Swift’s war goddess-like black and gold dancers return. Bass vibrates 110,000 arms.
“I Did Something Bad”/“Don’t Blame Me”
More flames and dance ignite the exhilarating medley. Swift gets a break from her knee-high heeled heels when the dancers carry her around.
“King of My Heart”/”Delicate” (piano versions)
Swift plays “King of My Heart” alone on the black baby grand piano at centre stage, slowing down the concert. She sings a verse and chorus before switching to “Delicate.” Swift’s singing seems more vulnerable without the synth. Swift sits on the piano platform as it rises 20 feet and then drops back into the stage.
The crowd knows the game: Swift exits the stage, a new record period begins. Next? Purple stage lights reveal the solution. “Dear John” and “Haunted” start the intermission, with heavy strings cutting off.
“Sparks Fly”/”Mine”/”Long Live”
Swift returns with the band in a purple mini-dress, guitar in hand, for this epic medley, which culminates in the victorious chorus of “Long Live,” with the crowd singing along. “Hey, did you hear that?” a pilot asks his co-pilot over the stadium.
“Mean” (rock)/”Better than Revenge”
Teeth drop. “Mean” is pop-punk with electric guitar and leads into “Better than Revenge,” a Paramore-like song. Everyone yells about their ex.
Swift plays the complete, original version on the centre ramp, chugging on her six-string, but the ramp lifts into a mechanical arm that takes Swift around the stadium, singing her heart out for cheap ticket supporters. “Enchanted” is over six minutes long, so the contraption may swing around.
Fans wondered when the B-stage at the other end of the stadium will be used all night. Swift strolls over monochrome pine trees and pastures in a long interlude. “The 1,” “Invisible String,” “Champagne Problems,” and “No Body, No Crime” are sampled.
The stage platform raises, revealing a pleasant, lamp-lit auxiliary stage with a three-piece band: Drummer, pianist, and Swift on guitar with a nice jacket. Is it colder here? They play the three Folklore songs about Betty, Inez, and James, and fans who spent quarantine trying to figure out the convoluted plot shout with delight.
“Exile” (with Justin Vernon) (with Justin Vernon)
It appears like just the pianist and Swift at the old-fashioned microphone for this beast of a duet, but then Justin Vernon of Bon Iver trots up the side stairs to the little stage to reward Swift for performing “Exile” at his London gig last month. Every tour night? This is OUR ideal setlist, and it occurs tonight!
After Vernon leaves, Swift recreates her 2021 Grammy Awards performance by combining “Willowcampfire “‘s vibe with stadium boom. The vibrations beyond perfection.
While the crowd has been lulled into a state of serene folk-pop bliss, the intensity begins to grow again, especially as people realise which albums have yet to be touched—and all the blockbusters they contain. “Out of the Woods” begins with “Welcome to New York” percussion claps and bright synth from the PA. Party’s back.
Swift arrives to the main stage in a silver leotard and crimson lipstick, and the crowd goes crazy when “Blank Space” starts. 55,000 supporters yelling “Nice to see you, where you been” triggers nearby seismographs and some fans’ cell phones, indicating an earthquake. Valued.
Swift and her dancers strut the runway. It doesn’t top her 2015 MetLife Stadium performance with Heidi Klum and the Women’s U.S. Soccer Team, but it’s still incredible.
Vibes. Aesthetic. BOGO bliss.
Swift, the dancers, the crowd, the concession staff, and the dutiful parents who knew this song from their niece’s wedding are dancing. Giggles.
Swift exits again, darkening the stadium. No one wants to leave, but many start to worry which period will finish the show—the most dramatic or the most underrated. They witness it climb from the pit to the stadium. LED wristbands are entirely pink.
Remember summer 2020, when everyone wanted a “Cruel Summer” music video and Folklore changed Swift’s career? The long-awaited bop of all bop is finally played live—Swift appears in pink and magenta, hair twisted into a ponytail—and pure pop stans exult in the huge bridge: “He looks up grinning like a devil!”
Swift does her 2019 MTV Video Music Awards choreography with barely clad dancers to the strong thud. Rainbow camp flags wave in the stands. Swift receives one from a pit fan and wears it. Cheers.
“Death by 1,000 Cuts” (acoustic)
Guitar, mike, centre ramp solo. The tongue-twisting (yet fantastic) bridge distinguishes true fans from posers in Lover’s best songwriting moment.
“Lover” (acoustic) (acoustic)
It’s a lovely, sweeping moment. She dedicates the song to everyone in the building who has loved someone or something. Couples hug, forgetting their traffic quarrel.
Late. Fans are too emotional to tweet. Everyone calculates the last era. Oh god—everything turns crimson. “22,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and the title tune play throughout the interval. They want more pain.
Pop-rock pleasure returns with the live band and drums. Swift’s last costume? She screams the album opening in red.
“We Will Never Reunite”
Swift rips away the rock-heavy version of her first No. 1 Hot 100 song with an electric guitar, as she did in prior tours. As spectators applaud and chant the final chorus with red wristbands, cannons spray broken-heart-shaped confetti on the floor and lower bowl. The daddies point to the stairs, “must beat the traffic!” but Swift stays on stage. Everyone knows what’s left.
Unchanged (with Phoebe Bridgers)
Phoebe Bridgers opens with a bridge to melancholy! Swift and Bridgers play this slow-burning vault track together to celebrate the massive autumn 2021 re-release of Red.
“Too Well” (10 Minute Version)
Swift hugs Bridgers and returns to the middle ramp to get her final guitar. She thanks everyone for coming, waiting, and staying with her. She strummingly asks them to sing again. Few mobile phone lights arrive, then more, and the stadium becomes a night sky. As the song develops to “maybe we got lost in translation,” fans can no longer sing silently. Anarchy. Crying. Stadium floor rips. Everyone is emotionally damaged but pleased at what they saw tonight. It’s been a tour through Swift’s illustrious career, leaving them to ask, “What’s next?”
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