Taylor Swift’s pop culture territory expands with every move she makes, whether it’s re-recording her old albums to own them entirely, appearing in movies, making short films, or occasionally writing songs for stories on a whim, as she did most recently with “Carolina” for “Where the Crawdads Sing” (in theaters now).
The eerie ballad is the latest in a long line of songs Swift has drummed onto certain productions in which she has performed in some, and in others the music has been her main contribution.
In honor of “Carolina,” which the singer announced in her signature enigmatic style with clues on an Instagram feed, TheWrap has rounded up all of Swift’s other songs written for or released with film or TV shows. We also created a Spotify playlist to experience this collection of songs.
This slower ballad captures the romance between Miley Cyrus and Travis Brody (Lucas Till). Swift performs it onstage in the film while Till and Cyrus slow dance on a date in Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).
“Today was a fairy tale”
This banger appeared on the soundtrack to “Valentine’s Day” (2010), which starred Swift alongside then-boyfriend Taylor Lautner as high school couple Felicia and Willy.
“Jump Then Fall”
Swift wrote “Jump Then Fall” for her album Fearless, and it was also used on the soundtrack “Valentine’s Day” (2010).
“Safe and Healthy”
For the first Hunger Games film (2012), Swift recorded Safe and Sound with The Civil Wars. The young adult trilogy made Jennifer Lawrence a superstar.
“The Hunger Games” (2012) didn’t just have one song by Taylor Swift, but two! “Eyes Open” is a more hopeful song than “Safe and Sound”.
“Sweeter Than Imagine”
Swift wrote Sweeter Than Fiction for the film One Chance, starring James Corden. One Chance (2013) is based on the true story of Paul Potts, who went from shy, bullied salesman to Britain’s Got Talent winner for his opera singing.
“I don’t want to live forever”
Swift teamed up with former One Direction member Zayn Malik, who was then dating one of her close celebrity friends, Gigi Hadid, to record this song for Fifty Shades Darker (2017), the second film in the trilogy that based on the books by EL James to write . Here is the full music video.
Co-written with Andrew Lloyd Weber, Beautiful Ghosts was made for Cats (2019), which starred Swift as Bombalurina.
Swift sings “Macavity” about the main villain of “Cats” (2019). This is one of her highlights in the film as Bombalurina, who doesn’t have much dialogue.
“Only the Boys”
Just before COVID struck, Swift gifted fans with her documentary, Miss Americana, directed by Lana Wilson. The film captures some of Swift’s darkest moments following the release of her Reputation album, as well as her rise and recovery from mental health issues, body image issues and her overall sense of self. The transition from the phase of gloom and snakes to bright colors and butterflies signals the start of her recordings for the Lover album, and she also throws in the single Only the Young to accompany her stance on politics.
“Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”
Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version) has snuck out into the world through the new show Spirit Untamed. This is the first re-recorded song from Swift’s 1989 album.
“This Love (Taylor’s Version)”
The second re-recorded single from 1989 was released as part of the soundtrack for Jenny Hans’ highly anticipated television adaptation of her The Summer I Turned Pretty series.
Swift wrote “Carolina” after reading “Where the Crawdads Sing” (2022) after reading the book and being moved by it. She was particularly motivated when she heard that Reese Witherspoon was adapting the book into a movie. For super swifties, this is the 13th song she has sung on a soundtrack.