Taylor Swift has become known for her heartbreak and love stories-turned-pop song. Her songs swarm the media, even though it seems men and women have had enough of the same thing repeatedly played in their ears. If this is really the case, then why do her songs keep topping the charts while her love life is constantly updated in tabloids for eager readers? The answer is simple. People want happiness.
Who doesn’t want a happy ending? There are countless makeups and breakups among normal people every day. Sadly, we can’t all be famous or that would leave no one famous. If we could all sing, we’d all perhaps be rich. (However, to really succeed out in the world, it matters that you know the right people and have stellar connections.) In reality, even the bitter, scorned exes out there have hopes for love in their life. Swift sings the words that we all cringe to but understand, and the melody and beats in her ballads get stuck in our heads. It’s sickening sometimes. But every time a new song gets released onto the radio from her latest album (most recently “Red”), it soars again.
What you may not realize, even if you refuse to admit how addicting pop culture is: you are lucky that your love life, or entire life for that matter, is not made public. Yes, you have the outlet of Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and blogs at your disposal. What you are lucky to be lacking is the paparazzi. It can’t be a great feeling knowing you have made a mistake, followed an impulse, said something you regret, made up with a boyfriend, broke up with a girlfriend, all in front of the world. Over. And. Over. Again.
Yes, we may be sick of hearing the songs, but give the girl a break. The radio plays them repeatedly because fans (whoever you are!) request them. The tabloids keep posting her love life updates because people keep buying the magazines. It’s a cycle that everyone is responsible for. Swift may be trying to block out the world around her, or she may turn around and use her latest breakup with One Direction’s Harry Styles for new(ish) material, but that’s unfortunately a decision she will make with everyone watching and judging. Remember the next time you think your social life is overwhelming, embarrassing, out of control, etc. It could get worse. Everyone could know.