The Gleek Connection: Taylor Swift’s RED

Two years ago I did a post on the blog reviewing Taylor Swift’s album Speak Now in which I detailed songs I thought would be absolutely perfect to use on Glee, and which character or couple the song would work best for. Now, Taylor Swift has released a brand new album, RED, and I’m doing the same thing this year to celebrate! Read on for my top RED tracks I’d love to see on Glee — and to see who I think would be absolutely perfect to sing them on the show.

1) Red – Rachel Berry

After Glee’s fourth episode of the season which ended in the demise of our favorite Glee couples, including Finchel, this song would certainly be fitting for Rachel to sing. The song, which details Taylor’s intense love of a boy she just can’t get over would be perfect for Rachel given her very intense history with Finn.

Most Relevant Lyrics: Losing him was blue like I’d never known/Missing him was dark grey, all alone/Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met/But loving him was red.

2) I Knew You Were Trouble – Marley Rose and Unique 

The dubstep-infused track on Taylor’s album about being left by a boy she knew was trouble to begin with, and in turn blaming herself for falling in the first place, was practically written for Marley Rose to sing about Jake Puckerman. Not only did Unique warn her of his womanizing ways (complete with a full school-wide montage!) but even she knew Jake was trouble to begin with. Should Jake call it quits on Marley for Kitty or his latest conquest, this would be the absolute perfect song for Marley to sing. For good measure, I’d throw Unique into this as well as an “I told you so” of sorts.

Most Relevant Lyrics: I knew you were trouble when you walked in, so shame on me/Flew me to places I’d never been, ’til you put me down

3) The Last Time – Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson

Taylor’s duet with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol details a couple arguing back and forth. The male, coming back to reunite with his lost love, and the girl unsure that it’s safe to ever trust him again. Given Blaine’s indiscretions revealed in ‘The Break-Up’ and his subsequent attempts to win back Kurt, this song would be the absolute perfect duet for the two to sing to one another. Emotional, conflicted, and haunting — just like the current state of Klaine.

Most Relevant Lyrics: You find yourself at my door, just like all those times before/You wear your best apology, but I was there to watch you leave/And all the times I let you in, just for you to go again/Disappear when you come back, everything is better

4) All Too Well – Finn Hudson

A haunting song charting a relationship from its beautiful beginning to the very bitter end (and everything in between) the tune would be very fitting for Finn to sing about his tumultuous love for Rachel, especially after their break-up.

Most Relevant Lyrics: Time won’t fly, it’s like I’m paralyzed by it/I’d like to be my old self again, but I’m still trying to find it/After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own/Now you mail back my things, and I walk home alone

5) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Brody Weston and Rachel Berry

Given Rachel and Brody’s penchant for duets at CallBacks, I could definitely see the two teaming up to sing this ditty together, which chronicles an ex’s attempt to win Taylor back. The song would serve as a catalyst to help Rachel realize it’s time to move on with Brody, while helping Rachel come to terms with the break-up and really begin to move on.

Most Relevant Lyrics: You go talk to your friends/Talk to my friends/Talk to me/But we are never ever ever getting back together

You can listen to the rest of Taylor’s fourth album by picking up the Red Limited Edition ZinePak (which contains guitar picks, a poster, 96-page magazine, and more) by visiting this link  or by going to your local Wal*Mart retailer.


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