One of the most beloved traditions Taylor Swift has on tour is the surprise song. This tradition got its roots during the Speak Now Tour when she began to sing a cover song acoustic of an artist from the city or state where she was. Somehow even though I saw 3 full shows and a festival performance of this tour I never got a cover song). I did however get one of the first true surprise songs, Never Grow Up at the Speak Now Tour stop in Raleigh, NC. Taylor chose to sing this song as one of her childhood friends was at the show. It’s still one of my favorite Taylor Swift concert memories. By the Red Tour, the surprise song had a permanent spot on the setlist, and it has ever since. What is a Taylor Swift surprise song? It’s a song that is not on the permanent setlist that she sings acoustic. And the best part? We get not one surprise song but two every night on the Era’s Tour.
About The Surprise Songs
Typically these songs aren’t repeated, and at this point in the tour, nothing has been. She has such a vast discography at this point, it wouldn’t make sense to repeat. Though if she wants to repeat Tim McGraw which she sang at the show the night before I went to the Era’s Tour at another show I’m going to, I wouldn’t complain. Just sob hysterically. But I’ve been very lucky with the surprise songs I have gotten throughout the years, including one she played specifically for me. So I’ll never complain about anything. I’m honestly not sure at this point if I’d rather have an old song that I assume I’ll never hear live again. Or if I want a song I’ve never heard live. At this point, I uncharacteristically am leaning towards the latter. You’re On You’re Own Kid is my top wish right now.
**Update the day I wrote this she played You’re On You’re Own, Kid. But she did say Midnights songs could get played more than once so I’m still holding out hope. To date no song has been repeated, it will speak volumes when/if she does.
***Please note that videos are getting taken down due to copyright notices, I am doing my best to keep the videos working but there could be issues**
****We learned during the Chicago shows, that movie soundtrack songs can be included so I’ve added a random category at the end of the albums****
So if you are trying to keep track, or find out which song could be played at your show keep reading. Below you’ll find a list and videos night by night of each surprise song on The Era’s Tour. At the end, you’ll find a breakdown by album that has permanent setlist songs and surprise songs noted. May the odds be in your favor for your favorite song!