Taylor Swift Setlist Controversy

    The Eras Tour is only a couple shows deep, but it has caused a lot of controversy amongst the fans. The highly anticipated show was programmed to play songs varying from her first album that came out in 2006, “Taylor Swift,” to her newest album “Midnights” (2022). (Photo courtesy of public domain)

    Taylor Swift launched the “Eras Tour” with a three-hour, 44-song set. This being the first tour since the Reputation Stadium Tour in 2018. 

    The tour started off rocky when Ticketmaster subsequently canceled Swift’s concert ticket sales due to “extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand,” according to CNN.

    Ticketmaster apologized to the beloved popstar and her fans for their unpleasant experience which resulted in many lawsuits and a three-hour Senate judiciary committee hearing. 

    More than 3.5 million people applied for presale codes and 2 million tickets were sold in one day. 

    “It really pisses me off that a lot of [people] feel like they went through several bear attacks to get [tickets],” Swift wrote on social media. 

    A lot of people are complaining about the fact that Debut has no permanent song on the setlist and that Speak Now only has one. 

    Swift designed the show to be divided by eras and expressed each of them through staging, costumes, lighting, and more. 

    “I feel like Lover, Folklore, Evermore, and Midnights got the bigger portions of the set because they have not been performed live on tour yet while the others have all had their own individual tours,” said Kaylee Miller, senior. 

    No one was ever going to be completely happy with the setlist because Swift can’t include every fan favorite into one concert. 

    “I think she is playing her favorite, most popular songs which is kind of disappointing since some of my favorite songs are not as well known but I know I will still have an amazing time,” said Ansley Booth, sophomore, who is attending Swift’s concert.

    Thetab.com rated all 44 of the songs in order of most to least favorite. “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” was the best ranked song on the setlist.

    Vigilante Sh*t” was the worst ranked song on the setlist. Many fans referred to it as “terrible” even though it is brand new and featured on her newest album, Midnights. 

    The intelligent superstar chose the perfect song, “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince,” as a tour opener because of her fitting lyrics “it’s been a long time coming.” This symbolizes how long it has been since Swifties have seen her on tour. 

    The tour opens up in the “Lover” era which brings fans to a full circle moment considering the Lover Fest had to be canceled due to COVID-19. 

    Other than the difficulty of acquiring tickets and a few disappointed with the setlist, the tour’s opening performances have been overwhelmingly positive. Swift’s endurance, creativity, and dedication puts on a mindblowing show.


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