It’s no secret that Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have been feuding lately. Maybe that’s why many fans assume Perry’s new song “Swish Swish” is a diss on Swift. Perry herself has confirmed that this isn’t the case. But some people (including members of Taylor Swift’s squad) don’t believe her.
However, Taylor Swift is sort of the queen of diss songs. So she can’t reasonably get mad at Katy Perry even if the new song really is about her.
The diss song (or diss track) is nothing new. Here are some of the best (non hip hop) diss songs of all time:
Carly Simon: “You’re So Vain”
A hit song in 1972, Carly Simon’s song about her vain ex-lovers is still the prototype diss track.
One of the verses reads: “Oh, you had me several years ago / When I was still naive / Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair / And that you would never leave / But you gave away the things you loved / And one of them was me / I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee / Clouds in my coffee” (and cue the chorus).
Simon has recently revealed that the song isn’t about just one man, but several. As someone who’s written her share of songs dissing on ex-lovers, it seems only appropriate that Taylor Swift teamed up with Carly Simon to sing this song a few years ago.
Sara Bareilles: “King of Anything”
Apparently, Sara Bareilles wrote this diss track to get back at all the people in her life who tried to tell her what to do. She’s described it as “sort of a ‘f*** you’ song,” and has said that writing the song helped her turn her frustration around and make it into something empowering.
It’s a pattern that works well for Bareilles. The singer did a similar thing with her hit single, “Love Song.”
Jonas Brothers: “Much Better”
If you start searching the internet for break-up songs, you’ll quickly realize that most of them are either written by Taylor Swift or written about her.
Such is the case with the Jonas Brothers’ diss track “Much Better”. The song responds to Swift’s track “Forever and Always”: a diss on her former boyfriend Joe Jonas.
A lot of artists shy away from attacking Swift directly in their lyrics. But Joe Jonas had no such qualms when he penned “Much Better.” One of the verses contains a pretty obvious reference to Swift: “I get a rep for breakin’ hearts / Now I’m done with superstars / And all the tears on her guitar / I’m not bitter / But now I see / Everything I’d ever need / Is the girl in front of me / She’s much better.” Ouch.
Incidentally, Swift responded to Joe Jonas’ song with another classic diss track, “Better than Revenge.”
Taylor Swift: Pretty much every song she ever sang
Taylor Swift certainly seems to have encountered a lot of “Bad Blood” in her life. From “Picture to Burn” to “I Knew You Were Trouble”, she appears to have a fixation with break-ups. And no one writes better diss songs than Taylor Swift. Probably not even Katy Perry.