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Taylor Swift took the world by storm again this spring when she released her eleventh studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, on April 19. The original 16 songs on the album provided plenty of fodder for Swifties to discuss, but Swift surprise-dropped a *double* album, with 15 additional songs. And still, even out of all 31 brand-new songs, fans quickly began to note the lack of dance-able tracks on this album — a notable difference from Swift’s large collection of bop-filled albums.

The complaint isn’t unfounded. In 2022, Swift curated three separate playlists of her discography for her fans, separated by “fountain pen” songs, “quill pen” songs, and “glitter pen” songs. In her intro clip for the playlists, she said about the glitter pen songs, “These are songs with lyrics that make you want to dance, sing, and toss glitter around the room.” She cataloged many of her upbeat songs in this playlist, including “You Belong With Me,” “22,” and “I Forgot That You Existed” — aka, songs that fans could easily dance to at a wedding, party, or just in their own car. There was a noticeable lack of these glittery songs in The Tortured Poets Department.

But don’t you worry your pretty little minds: This isn’t stopping fans from dancing to some of the fountain and quill pen tracks on the album! Here are five songs from TTPD you really can dance to.

1. “Down Bad”

Track 4 of TTPD has a catchy chorus and a steady beat you can keep time with while you’re dancing. In fact, TikTokers have already created a new dance trend to go along with the chorus.

2. “Florida!!!”

This collaboration with Florence and the Machine has a drum beat you really can’t help but dance to. The bridge, in which the two singers take turns singing lines, is also perfect for coming up with a synchronized dance with your friends to.

3. “I Can Do It With A Broken Heart”


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♬ I Can Do It With a Broken Heart – Taylor Swift

The lyrics to this song are heartbreaking, but the rhythm is undeniably catchy. Many TikTokers have been showcasing their dances to this song, because the combination of fast-paced music with sad lyrics is something Swift has proven time and again to work all too well.

4. “imgonnagetyouback”

This song, from The Anthology portion of The Tortured Poets Department, starts off slow but gets faster during the chorus. There’s also a consistent synthesizer sound in the background to help you keep time as you dance your heart out to the revenge-driven lyrics.

5. “thanK you AIMee”

This song is one of the most upbeat on the album, even if the lyrics start off emotional. Turn the volume up and dance with the guitar to the fast chorus — that is, if you can move on from the drama fans believe this song is about!

Jordyn Stapleton has been a National Lifestyle Writer for Her Campus since February 2023. She covers a variety of topics in her articles, but is most passionate about writing about mental health and social justice issues. Jordyn graduated from CU Boulder in December 2022 with Bachelor’s degrees in music and psychology with a minor in gender studies and a certificate in public health. Jordyn was involved in Her Campus during college, serving as an Editorial Assistant and later Editor-in-Chief for the CU Boulder chapter. She has also worked as a freelance stringer for the Associated Press. Jordyn is currently taking a gap year and working at a local business in Boulder, with hopes of attending graduate school in fall 2024. Jordyn enjoys reading, bullet journalling, and listening to (preferably Taylor Swift) music in her free time. If she isn’t brainstorming her next article, you can usually find her exploring coffee shops or hiking trails around Boulder with her friends.