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Even though Punxsutawney Phil proclaimed an early spring, State College continues to have snow in the forecast. With winter still in effect, many might be feeling a blues, and hoping spring comes soon.

Music is known for helping us through some of the biggest times, so it is perfect to help us through the time before outdoor activities and spring weather. Here are 13 Taylor Swift songs that I think will get you through the rest of winter.


Let’s be honest, we’re all tired of winter. As we yearn for warmer weather, we set our sights on all of the fun times we are going to have in the summer. When the summer comes, we will have survived, but the seasonal depression is still hitting hard right now.


Personally, I feel like winter is the time for longing for love. No one has extra time to think during the summer. This song is perfect for a night on the couch curled up with a blanket while longing for someone we met long ago.

“Snow on the beach”

It’s pretty hard not to imagine this song during the winter. When I listen to this song, I get transported to the shores during the later winter months, walking on the boardwalk and peacefully watching the snowfall.

“New year’s day”

While we have been in 2024 for quite some time now, this song continues to be the soundtrack to the winter months. This song reminds us to hang on to what we love, an anthem to ring true for anyone’s year.

“Gold rush”

The opening of this song alone represents winter. The ups and downs of rhythms throughout the song represent the ups and downs of weather and emotions in the wintertime. For me, this song always gets me through the winter by keeping me motivated and happy.

“Last Kiss”

Although the song takes place in July, it gives me some of the same vibes as “Back to December.” Listening to the song transports me to a cold night in January, where you do not want to leave the warmth of the fire and the person you love.

“You are in love”

The idea of this song is centered around falling in love in the wintertime. While “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” feels like a summertime album, this song is the embodiment of cold weather with love keeping you warm.


One of my favorite songs from Swift’s discography, “ivy” uses many adjectives that leave me to infer that this song was meant to take place in the winter. I am immediately transported to her “house of stone, where ivy grows” and snow falls outside the windows.

“It’s nice to have a friend”

The lyrics throughout this song make it seem like you’re just a kid playing on the playground during recess on the first day of the year when it is not below freezing. While all of you are cold and want to go back inside, you are making some of the best childhood memories.

“forever winter”

Although this is known as one of Swift’s saddest songs in her discography, the music is undeniably wintery. The bells, the trumpets, the theme and especially the title scream winter vibes.

“back to december”

Listening to this song in the cold air gives me chills. I can immediately picture standing on the porch and shivering while waiting to deliver bad news to someone. While I’ve never gone through this experience, it’s easy to picture being upset and confused about what we love during winter.

“‘Tis the Damn Season”

“‘Tis the Damn Season” is one of the quintessential holiday songs in Swift’s discography, aside from her holiday album. While most of us in college need the reminder about not contacting our high school exes when we go home for breaks, this song can take this concept and turn it into a beautifully written song perfect to get the winter vibe.

“State of Grace (acoustic version)”

While the original version of the song gives off fall vibes, the acoustic version is a perfect song for the end of winter. It’s calm for a nice night in, but also has the lyricism that gives off hope for the future.

Whether Swift is your artist of choice or not, her music encapsulates different seasons and vibes perfectly. Whenever you are looking for a song to describe a mood or the weather outside, her songs and lyrics can set the mood.

I know, at least, that these tracks will be the soundtrack to the next few weeks in the cool State College air.

Kennedy Jones is a first year student at Penn State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Sports Studies. When she's not busy writing, you can find her curled in bed watching TikTok's, rewatching The Office (yet again), or cheering on the Yankees.