For those of you who are unaware (how is that possible????), today is the 25th birthday of my favorite person that I don’t actually know in real life — Ms. Taylor Swift. In honor of Taylor’s birth and the fact that she’s the greatest person in the world, and one of the world’s greatest friends, I’ve decided to present you, dear readers, with a list! Taylor’s Top Ten Besties, as ranked by me! Obviously this is is no way reflective of the order in which Taylor likes these people; this is really how much I like each person (of course I like them all because anyone who is smart enough to be BFF with TS is good enough for me) and how obsessed I am with his/her friendship with Taylor.
Let’s start with the honorable mentions—these people were super close, but they just missed the cutoff for whatever reason.
The Sisters Haim: Dude. I LOVE HAIM. They’re rad and their record, Days Are Gone, was one of my favorites of 2013. As far as I can tell, they only recently became besties of Taylor, which is the only reason they don’t make the list. By next year, who knows — Baby Haim might be the tops!
Cara Delvigne: I like Cara. She’s clearly kind of cray, but I like her. I also like the idea that she, Kendall Jenner, and Taylor might be John Tucker Must Die-ing Harry Styles (see this).
Lily Aldridge: Hey, I really like you Lily Aldridge. Sorry you’re not on the list. You should be.
Sarah Ramos, Mae Whitman, Miles Heizer: For those of you who watch Parenthood, these people are Haddie, Amber, and Drew. Sarah, Mae, and Miles are freaking OBSESSED with Taylor. Follow them on Instagram or Twitter and you’ll see what I mean. I relate to all three of them so much. (Also, I would like them to be my friends as well please.)
Tavi: Yo, Tavi, I can’t pick you because you are the person toward whom I feel the most acute sense of jealousy. For real, Tavi is 18, she runs a magazine, she’s on Broadway, and she’s friends with every cool gal in the universe, including Taylor Swift. I can’t overcome my jealousy, I simply can’t.
Amar’e Stoudemire: The fact that Taylor moved to New York and decided she’s a Knicks fan is one of the top 5 best things that’s happened to me personally in 2014. Then she took that picture with STAT and Carmelo and I died. But I can’t put Amar’e on the list. The Knicks are too terrible. Sorry, STAT.
Jessica Szohr: Jessica Szohr played Vanessa on Gossip Girl. Vanessa was the freaking WORST. Therefore, even though she’s in the “22” video, she can’t make the list. Sorry ’bout it, Vanessa.
Ok, with apologizes to the Haims, Cara, Lily, Sarah, Mae, Miles, Tavi, Amar’e, and Vanessa/Jessica, let’s get to the list!
You know Abigail — back when she was fifteen she lost everything she had to a boy who changed his mind and she and Taylor both cried. Honestly, I love that Taylor and Abigail became friends when they were in high school and that they’re still friends today. It’s especially cool of Abigail not to be upset that Taylor blew up her spot about that guy. Plus, she seems mad cool on Instagram. Kudos, Abigail.
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: I don’t know, I guess probably, like, every single time they put up a picture together on Instagram?
(9) Selena Gomez
Oh Selena. One of Taylor’s oldest friends. There was almost certainly a bit of drama between Taylor, Selena, and one of Taylor’s newest friends (see #2 on this list) when that friend said some not super nice stuff about Selena. Likewise, there was clearly some tension between Taylor and Selena regarding, who else, that little twerp, Justin Bieber. (See one of my favorite ever Sassy Swift moments here.) But that’s my favorite thing about the T&S friendship, really. It’s long lasting. They’ve stuck with one another through some ups and downs and some drama. And besides, look at this adorable Instagram Selena put up for Taylor’s birthday yesterday. Awww.
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: I have to go with the first time I ever heard of One Direction — the 2012 Kids Choice Awards when Taylor and Selena were seated in the front row and just absolutely went nuts over 1D and “What Makes You Beautiful.” Thanks to this person on YouTube for putting it all together so nicely.
(8) Ingrid Michaelson
I’ll be honest — I’m giving this to Ingrid because I feel like I discovered her back in the day. As I said to Friend of Christine, Regina, the other day, “We, like, invented her.” (Thanks, Regina George.) Seriously though, FoC Regina and I really are OG Ingrid fans and so we were shocked and pleased to learn that (a) Ingrid’s kind of a big deal now and (b) she’s totally friends with Taylor! Shout out to you, Ingrid!
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: I mean, it has to be that time Taylor and another FoTS (see #4) danced on stage at Ingrid’s Central Park Summer Stage show, right? (See this video.) Also, FoC Reg and I went to Ingrid’s Holiday Hop this year (we were at the first one 8 years ago!), partially because we thought Taylor might show. She didn’t, but Ingrid did sing Taylor’s “Clean” a day later at the Billboard Women in Music event. #cool #sojealousicoulddie
(7) Hailee Steinfeld
I love Hailee, and not just because of her Taylor association. Also because she’s going to be in Pitch Perfect 2! Hurrah! Anyway, Hailee is adorable on her own and even more adorable with Taylor/when she’s in the Barden Bellas.
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: This is weird, but I have to say probably that time she, Taylor, and Vanessa from Gossip Girl were photographed in Rhode Island and Hailee was wearing one of the cutest summer outfits I think I’ve ever seen. (See this.) I have never been so jealous of a photo. (That’s a lie: I was more jealous when I saw Taylor’s 4th of July party this year with all my favorites in attendance.)
(6) Jack Antonoff
The first man on the list! Jack is the lead singer of Bleachers, he’s in the band Fun, and he’s dating someone else on this list. He’s also a good friend and collaborator of Taylor, obviously. Jack and Taylor have worked together on some of my favorite TS jams, notably “Sweeter Than Fiction” and “Out of the Woods.” I love Taylor and Jack’s friendship because they’re not just friends, ya know? They really respect and admire each other as musicians and artists. Cheers to even more collaborations between them!
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: Probably the aforementioned collaborations. And listening to Jack talk about Taylor and how much he loves working with her. He did this great Grantland podcast with Andy Greenwald (you can find it here somewhere in the archives) where he talked about how normal and cool Taylor is. And Taylor put a voice memo on 1989 where she talks about how Jack played a track for her one time when they were hanging out and she liked it so much that she asked him to have it to make what eventually became “I Wish You Would.” Love these two so much.
(5) Ed Sheeran
I have such a soft spot for the Taylor/Ed friendship. They collaborated on Taylor’s last record, Red, and then Ed opened for her on the Red World Tour. They’ve been besties ever since. The kids refer to them as Sweeran, and Buzzfeed even did a list of reasons why their friendship is the bomb digs.
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: Probably either the time Taylor gave Ed a jar of jam (with a note that said something like, “Imma let you finish, but this is the best jam of all time!”) or the time Taylor gave Ed a cross stitch she made with a picture of them saying “Started From the Bottom Now We Here.” So cute.
(4) Karlie Kloss
Probably the most ubiquitous of Taylor’s besties at the moment. Kaylor, as they’re called, are everywhere together. Sister of Christine, Jenny, recently found out everything there is to know about the Taylor/Karlie friendship. Apparently, they bonded at last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and they’ve never looked back. They’re both tall, they’re beautiful, they kind of look alike, and they like to do things together, like go on road trips and bake, and adorably document what they’re up to on Instagram. Also, as SoC, Jenny, also pointed out — Taylor + Karlie = the dancing cat twin girls emoji. Shout out to Kaylor. (And shout out to Buzzfeed for yet another useful list!)
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: Hands down, the two of them walking out to “Style” during this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It was one of my favorite moments of 2014. I’ve watched it 50 times already. Obsessed. (Also, that time they sat court side at the Knicks game and drank beer. So cute and relatable.)
(3) Emma Stone
Emma Stone is on my short list of “People I’d Most Want to Hang Out With” and obviously Taylor’s at the top of that list, so put them together, and there you have it. Emma and Taylor also go way back, meeting back in, like, 2008 at a party. Emma wrote Taylor an e-mail saying she loved her music, Taylor wrote back, and the rest is history. In another display of my love of longterm friendships, I love how these two have stayed tight over the years.
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: I’ll give it to another recent one — Taylor went to see Emma in Cabaret on Broadway last week (ONLY THREE DAYS AFTER I WENT TO SEE EMMA IN CABARET, BUT WHATEVER, I’M NOT BITTER) and she posted the sweetest Instagram photos of the two of them together and she wrote about how much Emma inspires her and I died over the whole thing. (Also, this MTV interview with Emma from back in the day is pretty dang adorable.)
These two also have a great friendship story. When Lorde first became famous, she said some weird stuff about Taylor (and Selena Gomez, as mentioned above) in an interview. She quickly clarified that she was not insulting Taylor (as I recall, no such public clarification re: Selena). Eventually, Taylor sent Lorde, or Ella as Tay calls her, a bouquet of flowers and a note congratulating her on her success. Lorde was of course into it, and the two met for the first time at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. They’ve been BFFs ever since. My favorite thing about these two is, again, they’re incredibly supportive of each other’s music. Taylor has been very vocal on the Internets about how much she loves “Yellow Flicker Beat,” Lorde’s song on the Mockingjay soundtrack, and she even went crazy dancing/singing to it at the AMAs. Likewise, Lorde has been very vociferous in her praise for Taylor and 1989. I love these two together. Lorde is a little more edgy than Taylor, and Taylor seems a bit sweeter than Lorde, so they’re a really good balance. Plus, one time they took a cooking class together and it was adorable. (See this.)
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: I think I have to go with another recent moment. When Diplo, that turd, took to the internets to body shame Taylor, who was the first person to have her back? Naturally, my homegirl, Ella. Check this out if you don’t recall. As always, #TeamTaylor.
(1) Lena Dunham
If you’ve ever met me (or, ya know, read this blog before), you can’t be surprised that my #1 homegirl, LD, is #1 on this list. Lena is one of my favorite people in the universe (among those people whom I don’t actually know, of course), and the fact that she and Taylor are friends is a constant source of joy in my life. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but it’s not, honestly. Let’s just skip to the part where I pick my favorite moment, because honestly, there are so many.
Favorite Friendship Moment with TS: Where to begin? The first time they were in public together at the Grammys? Lena wore that adorable yellow dress and she and Taylor had the world’s cutest interaction captured by a camera. One of those photos was my Facebook cover photo for months. The time at the Golden Globes when Taylor talked about how she was nominated for a song she wrote with her “best friend Jack” (see above) who dates her other “best friend Lena,” and I screamed aloud at the television? (This was right before Jennifer Lawrence photo bombed Taylor and I died even more.) Lena’s obsession with Taylor’s music, like the time someone on Twitter asked her what her favorite Taylor song was and she said something like, “Oh, you mean besides all of them?” Their adorable friendship story? (Taylor tweeted about GIRLS and followed Lena. Lena immediately sent her a Direct Message saying, essentially, I think you’re great and that we should be best friends.) All of these moments have given me more happiness than I can explain. But I think, for me, the best thing about the Lena/Taylor friendship is the public way they’ve supported one another and, in particular, how Taylor has so often cited Lena as a reason that she has finally come out as a feminist. As a feminist myself, it makes me feel so good to see famous women support one another and be vocal, public feminists. There is no more public feminist than Lena Dunham, and Taylor has openly admitted that being friends with Lena has opened her eyes to many things and made her want to be more outspoken about her feminism. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed that and how much it’s meant to me. (Please read this article for full details.) Swift/Dunham 2016.
In short, Taylor’s the best and she has the best friends and I love every second of everything with all of these people. Happy 25th, Taylor. I hope you have the best year of your life. You deserve it. (And next year, #1 on this list = me!)
‘Til next time.