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Taylor Swift isn't on Spotify anymore, but here's a playlist of replacement jams

Some of Taylor Swift's new album could easily be mistaken for tracks off of a Lana Del Rey album
Some of Taylor Swift's new album could easily be mistaken for tracks off of a Lana Del Rey album
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Taylor Swift pulled all of her songs from streaming services this week, telling Yahoo! she did it because "the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."

Swift is probably wrong about streaming's future in the industry, but that doesn't make it any less difficult to survive in a Swiftless streaming wasteland without her.

Here's a playlist with one song that sounds like every song on Taylor Swift's new album, 1989, just in case you felt the need for a crude facsimile of America's number one album. This playlist also might give you an idea of just how comfortably former country artist Swift now fits into the world of pop, as there are a lot of big stars and hit songs on here.

"Hang with Me" by Robyn

1989 kicks off with the excessively poppy, dreamy "Welcome to New York." Robyn's "Hang with Me" has the same thumping bass and rising bridge.

"400 Lux" by Lorde

Swift's bestie and Grammy Award winner Lorde is a good holdover for Swift's angsty "Blank Space." Plus, "400 Lux" has a great groove to get you ready for the rest of this playlist and your Taylor-less life.

"Lose Yourself to Dance" by Daft Punk (featuring Pharrell Williams)

Daft Punk doesn't seem like an easy match for Swift's pop sensibilities, but "Lose Yourself to Dance" has the same grooving guitar that works so well on her "Style." Plus, Pharrell Williams's voice is crooning and perfect on this track.

"Rollercoaster" by Bleachers

If you love an emotional build that you could run a marathon to it, as featured "Out of the Woods," "Rollercoaster" is a great replacement song to get you through this trying time.

"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen

"Call Me Maybe" is catchy bubblegum pop that uses the absolute height of Jepsen's vocal range to give the song depth. Swift does the same thing on "All You Had to Do Was Stay."

"Happy" by Pharrell Williams

No song is quiet as carefree and happy as Pharrell Williams's "Happy." It feels like the song that "Shake it Off" is trying to be under its thin veil of anger

"Falling" by Haim

Despite the intros to both of these songs sounding incredibly similar, the lyrical quality of Swift's "Wish You Would" is just as demanding, snarky, and great as Haim's "Falling."

"E.T." by Katy Perry (feat. Kanye West)

Not only is Swift's "Bad Blood" rumored to be about Katy Perry, but it also sounds an awful lot like Perry's "E.T." Listen to "You're/so/hypnotizing," and tell us it doesn't sound like "did you/have to/do this." You can't deny it! (Returns to marking up entire kitchen wall with yarn to expose hidden connections between Perry and Swift.)

"Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey

The second half of 1989 gets emotional, and no one does sad girl like Lana Del Rey. Swift's soft, delicate voice on "Wildest Dreams" is a distinct echo of Del Rey's in "Young and Beautiful."

"Break Free" by Ariana Grande (feat. Zedd)

Ariana Grande has a higher drums to vocal ratio in "Break Free" than Swift has in "How You Get the Girl," but the spirit of these two songs is the same: girl leaves boy, feels great, moves on.

"Wildest Moments" by Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware's new album is exactly what a good pop album should be: emotional, beautiful, and catchy as hell. "Wildest Moments" is this playlists' slow jam, meant to accompany your absent "This Love." But Ware's song is so strong you'll likely add it to your rotation anyway.

"Born to Die" by Lana Del Rey

With its whimsical backing music and angry lyrics, "I Know Places" is replaced by another Lana Del Rey gem. "Baby/ I know places we won't be found," has the same angry, sleepy vocals on offer on "Born to Die."

"I Blame Myself" by Sky Ferreira

"I Blame Myself" starts out much more upbeat than Swift's "Clean," but by the time the chorus hits, the similarities are remarkable — the same twinkling instrumentals and ah-ing in the background.

"Lights" by Ellie Goulding

You can probably make it without replacements for two of 1989's bonus songs, "Wonderland" and "You R In Love," but you'll need one for the third bonus track, "New Romantics." It's a great song, and it deserves to be the album's closer — just like "Lights" is a perfect closer for this replacement playlist.

Listen to this week's playlist here:

Playlist created by Scott Kellum and the Vox music slack room