17 Times Taylor Swift Contributed Songs to Movie and TV Soundtracks

She has lent her voice to “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” “Valentine’s Day,” “The Hunger Games” and more

Taylor Swift’s pop culture presence expands with every move she makes, whether it’s re-recording her old albums to have complete ownership over them, appearing in films, directing shorts or occasionally writing songs for stories on a whim, like she did with “Carolina” for “Where the Crawdads Sing.”

The eerie ballad was the latest in a long line of songs that Swift has drummed up to accompany specific shows or films, some of which she has appeared in and others where the music was her main contribution. Almost all of Swift’s discography gets a spotlight in “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” which captures songs from all ten of Swift’s albums and career eras.

In honor of “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” which landed in theaters Thursday, TheWrap has rounded up all of Swift’s songs written, released with or included in the soundtracks of movies or television shows. We’ve also made a Spotify playlist to experience this set of songs.



This slower ballad captures the romance between Miley Cyrus and Travis Brody (Lucas Till). Swift performs it onstage in the film as Till and Cyrus slow dance on a date in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” (2009).

“Today Was a Fairytale”

This banger appeared on the soundtrack for “Valentine’s Day” (2010) in which Swift starred alongside then boyfriend Taylor Lautner as a high school couple Felicia and Willy.

“Jump Then Fall”

Swift wrote “Jump Then Fall” for her “Fearless” album, and it was also used on the “Valentine’s Day” (2010) soundtrack.

“Safe and Sound”


For the first “Hunger Games” film (2012), Swift recorded “Safe and Sound” with The Civil Wars. The young adult trilogy thrust Jennifer Lawrence into superstardom.

“Eyes Open”

“The Hunger Games” (2012) didn’t just get one Taylor Swift song but two! “Eyes Open” is a more hopeful song than “Safe and Sound.”

“Sweeter Than Fiction”

Swift wrote “Sweeter Than Fiction” for the “One Chance” movie starring James Corden. “One Chance” (2013) is based on the true story of Paul Potts, who went from shy, bullied shop assistant to winner of Britain’s Got Talent for his opera singing.

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

Swift paired up with former One Direction member Zayn Malik, who was then dating one of her close celebrity friends Gigi Hadid, to write this song for “Fifty Shades Darker” (2017), the second film in the trilogy based on E.L. James’ books. Here’s the full music video.

“Beautiful Ghosts”

Co-written with Andrew Lloyd Weber, “Beautiful Ghosts” came about for “Cats” (2019), in which Swift appeared as Bombalurina.


Swift sings “Macavity” about the main villain of “Cats” (2019). This is one of her highlights in the film as Bombalurina, who doesn’t have much dialogue.

“Only the Young”

Right before COVID struck, Swift gifted fans her “Miss Americana” documentary, directed by Lana Wilson. The film captures some of Swift’s darkest moments after the release of her “Reputation” album as well as her rise and recovery from mental health issues, problems with body image and overall her sense of self. The transition from the phase of gloom and snakes to bright colors and butterflies signals the start of her recording the “Lover” album, and she also throws in the single “Only the Young” to go along with her stance on politics. 

“Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”

“Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” snuck out into the world through the new show “Spirit Untamed.” This is the first re-recorded song from Swift’s “1989” album.

“This Love (Taylor’s Version)”

The second re-recorded single from “1989” was released as part of the soundtrack for Jenny Han’s highly anticipated television adaption of her “The Summer I Turned Pretty” series.


Swift wrote “Carolina” after reading “Where the Crawdads Sing” (2022) after reading the book and being moved by it. She became extra motivated when she heard Reese Witherspoon was adapting the book into a film. For super-Swifties, this is the 13th song she has sung on a soundtrack.


The hit summer ballad off of Swift’s “folklore” album teased Season 2 of “The Summer I Turned Pretty.” The song, which tells the story of the girl left behind in Swift’s “teenage love triangle” (with the two connecting songs of “betty” and “cardigan”), fits the teenage young adult series very well, as Jenny Han’s show (and books) also trances a love triangle between Belly Conklin (Lola Tung) and two brothers — Conrad (Chris Briney) and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) Fisher.

“Back to December (Taylor’s Version)”

The ballad from “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” was used in the full trailer for “The Summer I Turned Pretty” Season 2, blended with “August.” Season 2 of the hit Prime Video show contained nine additional Taylor Swift songs, with another from “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” and one from “Reputation” (Taylor’s Version), which has not released yet.

“Look What You Made Me Do”

Prime Video’s twisty thriller show debuted “Look What You Made Me Do (Taylor’s Version)” in its teaser trailer. Swift has yet to announce when her re-recorded version of “reputation” will be released.

“Out of the Woods (Taylor’s Version)”

The third trailer for Illuminations project under Universal Pictures, “Migration” starring voice actors Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks. Danny DeVito, Keegan-Michael Key, Carol Kane and Awkwafina.