If You Like Taylor Swift’s Midnights, Listen to These Albums
From pop superstars to indie pop gems, this list of recommendations covers all the bases for Taylor Swift fans.
by Taylor Swift
During her acceptance speech for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift shocked her fans by announcing she was releasing a brand new album, Midnights. Midnights is the most collected album on Discogs this year and had the largest sales week for a vinyl album. In line with her midnight theme, Swift created 4 unique vinyl and CD album covers that form a clock when placed together. Additionally, Swift surprised her fans with Midnights (3am Version) which included seven bonus tracks, three of which feature the National’s Aaron Dessner as a collaborator. Midnights became Spotify’s most-streamed album in a single day and Taylor Swift is now the most-streamed artist in a single day in Spotify history. Swift also made history as the first artist to claim the entire Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Midnights is “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams” and is Swift’s triumphant return to pop with her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff. If you’re in need of more well-crafted pop, the list below provides popular names and a few artists you may not know yet.
Frequently found in Discogs users’ collections who also collect Taylor Swift albums, Lorde’s second studio album, Melodrama, incorporates piano-based melodies, pulsing synthesizers, and electronic beats. Like Swift with Midnights, Lorde’s main collaborator on this album is also Jack Antonoff. Fans of Midnights will appreciate Lorde’s lyrical exploration of heartbreak, solitude, and finding your sense of self.
by Charli XCX
Crash is Charli XCX’s fifth studio album and her most commercially successful album to date. This album has dance-pop sounds and includes ’80s pop music elements. Charli shared that Janet Jackson is one of the musical influences for the album. Taylor Swift also referenced Janet Jackson in Midnights’ “Snow on the Beach”: “But your eyes are flying saucers / From another planet / Now I’m all for you like Janet / Can this be a real thing, can it?”. If Midnights fans want more existential angst or wonderfully dramatic songs about love and heartbreak, they can find them on Crash.
by Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album, NFR!, features psych-pop lullabies, piano ballads, and lyrics about love and tarnished dreams. Similar to Swift’s Midnights, Del Rey produced this album with Jack Antonoff. Swifties who were disappointed that Del Rey’s feature in Swift’s “Snow in the Beach” was limited to background vocals can get their fill of Del Rey’s talented voice with this album.
Muna is an indie pop trio that released two studio albums with RCA Records before signing with Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory record label to release their third studio album, MUNA. Not only will they be opening several shows during Taylor Swift’s 2023 Eras Tour, in 2020, Swift showed her support for the band by including their track “Number One Fan” on her International Women’s Day playlist. Swifties who add MUNA to their Wantlist are sure to love this album full of songs with heel-stomping beats and memorable lyrics about being in love and discovering who you are and what you want in life.
by Maya Hawke
While best known for her role as Robin Buckley in the Netflix series Stranger Things, Maya Hawke recently released her second studio album, Moss. Recorded at Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond Studio, where Taylor Swift recorded Folklore and Evermore, Hawke shared how the sound of Moss was inspired by Folklore. For Swifties whose favorite track was “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” from the Midnights (3am Edition), Moss offers similar cottagecore vibes with character-driven poetry and gentle acoustics.
by Janelle Monáe
Dirty Computer is Janelle Monáe’s third studio album and features elements of electropop, pop-rock, and synth-pop as well as hip hop, R&B, and neo soul. The album was accompanied by a 46-minute narrative film project of the same name. Zoe Kravitz is one of the writers for Taylor Swift’s Midnights track “Lavender Haze” and a portrait of Kravitz was included in Swift’s “Bejeweled” music video. In “Screwed” from Monáe’s Dirty Computer, Kravitz is a guest vocalist on the track and has a cameo in the “Screwed” music video. Fans of Midnights will enjoy this album’s bright synthesizers and lyrics you can analyze for deeper meaning.
From iconic post-punk and new wave to modern jazz and post-rock, these recommendations are perfect for any fan of The Smile.
This powerhouse collaboration between two big names should be paired with more modern classics and hidden hip-hop gems.
About These Recommendations
The Discogs community is always searching for new music, especially songs that are similar to your favorite artists and albums – which is why Discogs is recommending albums to fans of 2022’s most purchased, most coveted, and most talked-about records.
These recommendations were selected through a unique combination of Discogs data, music charts, streaming numbers, algorithm proposals, and human curation to provide listeners like you with something new to explore.
Popular picks were determined by Discogs Wantlist and Collection additions, as well as commonly connected styles and artists in the Database. Eccentric picks were based on sonic similarity, artistic influences, and other music discovery tools. Select albums also include a personal recommendation from another related artist.