54. "Safe and Sound" With the Civil Wars (2012)
She ventures into rootsy folkie territory on the Hunger Games soundtrack, teaming up with the Civil Wars and producer T Bone Burnett, exploring crevices of her voice she hadn't opened up before. Everyone steps out of their comfort zone, and it works. The Swift-Burnett connection raises the question of how long it'll take her to collaborate with Elvis Costello, a songwriter with whom she shares some fascinating affinities. At the very least, Tay should cover "New Lace Sleeves."
Best line: "Don't you dare look out your window, darling/Everything's on fire."