A born entertainer, Taylor Swift knows nothing if not how to play to a crowd. In Toronto over the weekend, Taylor took pause to pay tribute to some of the local greats with a live medley of classic songs by Canadian artists that have given her inspiration over the years, before launching into her own future-standard “You Belong With Me.” So quick, before you read any further, jot down the three Canadian artists you think Taylor might have covered. We’ll give you a hint—one makes sense as one of Taylor’s singer/songwriter spiritual predecessors, one is a contemporary favorite, and the last was introduced by Taylor as her “favorite ’90s song ever.”
Take a moment. Got your three guesses? All right.
Taylor’s first cover was of the woman who arguably held the title of most famous active Canadian singer/songwriter for the decade or so before Swift’s graduation to the Top 40, Miss Alanis Morissette. Though she was only five when Jagged Little Pill came out, it appears Taylor was not too young to be affected by the Morissette Mania that the entire country endured in the middle half of the ’90s. Taylor began her medley by strumming through the chorus of the underrated “You Learn,” as the Toronto crowd—among whom Alanis may be as popular as ever, for all we know—sang along rapturously.
Not nearly as rapturously as with the second song, however, which Taylor prefaced by shouting out “my boy who’s from here.” The “boy” was not a figure of speech, as her second song was from Canadian minor Justin Bieber, his signature hit, “Baby.” Needless to say, the crowd knew every word to the song, and on the chorus (which Taylor for some reason felt the need to introduce as “Chorus”—like they don’t know), you can barely even hear her sing at all. (Gossip rags and teen message boards will no doubt feel the need to start wondering if Taylor’s “boy” comment meant anything, but….no.)
The last cover, of course, was by far the biggest wild-card selection. If you came up with the Barenaked Ladies, Crash Test Dummies or LEN for this one, all good guesses, but in fact, Taylor’s “favorite ’90s song ever” (redundant?) is none other than one-hit wonder Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High.” It’s not our favorite ’90s song here at Popdust by any stretch, and we’re a little bemused by the fact that young Taylor’s favorite ’90s song barely came in under the wire for the last millennium, but it’s still a perfectly nice song, and we’re glad to see it getting its first real love since it was included in the awful romantic comedy Loser a decade ago. And the Toronto crowd still knows the words! They sure know how to take care of their own, those Canadians.
So give yourself a pat on the back if you got all three—cheater—and check out the video of Taylor’s delightful Canuck medley below.
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