Listen to the Ultimate Taylor Swift Playlist

PEOPLE picks her best songs for your next epic listening party

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You say you’re not a fan of Taylor Swift?

Well, the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, but it turns out that even people who weren’t on the Swift bandwagon have suddenly come around to loving her since the release of her new album, 1989.

Though she’s embracing a new pop sound, her previous albums provide plenty of time-tested tunes that can get anyone dancing and dreaming. So, for the newbie Swifties, we’ve compiled what we think is the ultimate Taylor Swift playlist.

Download and get yourself acquainted.

"Teardrops on my Guitar"
Before skyrocketing to chart-topper status, and before she struck up some headline-grabbing romances, her muses were, well, commoners – and she was enough of a newcomer to get away with name-dropping. (See: “Drew” in “Teardrops”). The hit, a classic in Swift’s catalog of unrequited love ballads, finds the then-17-year-old country princess sequestered to the friend zone, alone with her acoustic guitar and heartache.

"Love Story"
Unless you were already into Swift when she was a teenaged country crooner, this 2008 jam off her second album Fearless was likely your first radio encounter with her. The mid-tempo song is not quite ballad and not quite upbeat pop, but somewhere in between – and with a catchy chorus you can’t help singing along to. If you liked it, you weren’t alone – it has sold more than 8 million copies and is one of the best-selling singles worldwide. As in, like, ever.

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Let’s believe the rumors and pretend this song was written about One Direction‘s Harry Styles, whom Swift briefly dated in 2011. The peppy, 2012 breakup anthem has got a Lisa Loeb 90s-vibe going on, and the catchiest chorus ever, ever, ever.

"I Knew You Were Trouble"
This 2012 gem is totally about John Mayer, right? Or is it Styles again? Either way, she knew he was trouble when he walked in, and yet she couldn’t resist him? Who hasn’t gone through that scenario? Preach, sister.

This 2013 song starts out sounding like one of those Pink, going-out-on-the-town jams. And while it starts off good, it doesn’t actually get great until the chorus, when Swift busts out about being young, fun, free and, yes, 22. After dancing along, you’ll definitely wish you were 22 again. Sniff.

"The Story of Us"
On this pop-rock-skewing Speak Now standout, Swift chronicles another high-profile relationship’s collapse. “The Story of Us” – inspired by an awkward award show run-in with, rumor has it, Mayer – demonstrates the songwriter’s vivid storytelling skills, chronicling each chapter up to the perfect closing lyrics: “The end.”

"Safe & Sound"
They say “once you pop you just can’t stop,” so perhaps Tay-Tay chose to collaborate with The Civil Wars on this rustic track as a farewell to her softer country roots. The hauntingly beautiful lullaby – which was featured on the soundtrack The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond – serves as the perfect calm before the storm that erupted months later, when Swift fully embraced her inner pop princess.

"All Too Well"
As Swift matures, so do her breakup ballads. The bridge on this particular track gives us all the feels, and we want nothing more than to wrap our arms around T. Swift, weep with her and maybe beat up the boy who broke her heart (rumor has it this one’s also about Gyllenhaal). “Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise / So casually cruel in the name of being honest / I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here / ‘Cause I remember it all, all, all too well.” Oh, we remember it too, Taylor.

"You Belong With Me"
The anthem of outcasts everywhere also marks one of Swift’s first true pop songs. In the video, Blonde Swift sings about her soulmate, while Brunette Swift plays her nemesis. “She wears short skirts; I wear t-shirts / She’s cheer captain / And I’m on the bleachers.” Luckily for all of us who have ever pined for someone, Studly McStudderson makes the right decision.

"All You Had to Do Was Stay"
Swift has long had a hit-making formula, and “Stay” is a prime example: undeniably relatable lyrics (“You were all I wanted / But not like this”) and an über-catchy chorus. What separates this from much of her previous work, though, is that it skews more reflective. And with sentiments like “People like you always want back the love they pushed aside / And people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye,” she’s ready to own her new Miss Independent persona.

"Out of the Woods"
This new ballad from 1989 marks the first time Swift has incorporated so much drum-machine and synth into her music – and it really works. Co-written by fun.’s Jack Antonoff, it’s super ’80s in the best way possible. It’s almost electro-pop – even jaded hipsters will secretly play this on repeat.

"Blank Space"
More synthesizer! Is this Taylor Swift or A-Ha? But this is really the ultimate pop song, with a chorus that you will sing along to with a bunch of friends in your car – it may even be the best one off the new album. We’ve found our new favorite karaoke jam. Thanks, Tay.

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