As Taylor Swift sings, “People love an ingénue,” and it’s been true in for centuries.
Applicable to 1870 and 2023 alike, the lyric is taken from one of the pop monarch’s previously unreleased “From the Vault” collections, one that appears in Apple TV+ series The Buccaneers, — and it’s one of the very best needle drops of a year defined by Taylor Swift needle drops on TV.
From Richie’s triumphant car rendition of “Love Story” in The Bear to Heartstopper‘s perfect use of “Seven”, Swift songs continue to punctuate pop culture this year beyond her record-breaking tour. As Mashable’s Elena Cavender writes, “If The Bear and Heartstopper prove anything it’s that Swift’s gifts as a storyteller can add emotional weight to a singular moment. When well-placed, it not only draws her fans into a show, but elevates the whole story.”