Everyone Taylor Swift Name-Drops on “The Tortured Poets Department”, from Charlie Puth to Stevie Nicks

Swift mentions quite a few 'tortured poets' in her new album, including Charlie Puth, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Dylan Thomas and more

<p>Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Taylor Hill/Getty; Steve Granitz/FilmMagic</p> Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift and Charlie Puth

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Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift and Charlie Puth

Taylor Swift is writing songs and dropping names in her latest album The Tortured Poets Department.

Reflecting on a period in her life that was “both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure,” Swift sings about past heartbreaks, her time in the spotlight and more on the new album.

While there are quite a few notable songs about her former flames Joe Alwyn and Matty Healy — as well as her current boyfriend Travis Kelce — other lyrics include less subtle references to people in her life, as well as some follow "tortured poets."

Throughout the album, Swift name-drops some big celebrities, including Stevie Nicks, Jack Antonoff and, of course, 1920s actress Clara Bow, the namesake behind her closing track.

Read ahead to see who else Swift name-drops in the album.

Stevie Nicks

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Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic Stevie Nicks

Swift briefly mentions Stevie Nicks by name in the track “Clara Bow” as she sings, “You look like Stevie Nicks in '75 / The hair and lips / The crowd goes wild at her fingertips / Half moonshinе, a full eclipse.”

Additionally, Nicks plays another big role in the album: She wrote Swift a special poem that’s featured as the written prologue. "For T and me..." Nicks titled the piece, which includes an annotation that it was written in Austin, Texas.

During a previous interview with TODAY.com published in October 2023, Nicks opened up about how she believes her own songwriting inspired Swift. “I never don’t tell the truth. And I think that’s something that if Taylor Swift, who is my friend, if Taylor got anything from me, that’s what she got,” Nicks told the outlet. “I don’t ever lie in my songs — if you broke up with me, I don’t put I broke up with you. I tell the truth, always.”

Charlie Puth

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Amy Sussman/Getty Images for SiriusXM Charlie Puth

In the title track “The Tortured Poets Department,” Swift gives singer and songwriter Charlie Puth some major kudos. As she sings about previous conversations with a past love, she notes that they both agreed that “Charlie Puth should be a bigger artist.”

Over the years Puth has been open about his own admiration for Swift, often covering her songs during his shows. "This is why she's such a genius, man," he said while performing her early hit "Teardrops on My Guitar" in 2021. "These are the chord changes. It's wonderful. I think it's wonderful."

Lucy Dacus

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Lucy Dacus

Swift continues with the name-dropping in The Tortured Poets Department as she seemingly sings about Lucy Dacus from Boygenius, who previously served as one of the opening acts for Swift’s Eras Tour. In the song, rumored to be about Matty Healy, she sings, “Sometimes I wonder if you’re gonna screw this up with me / But you told Lucy you’d kill yourself if I ever leave.”

Healy and Dacus have a complicated relationship. During the Eras Tour in May 2023, Healy performed alongside Dacus’ Boygenius bandmate Phoebe Bridgers. Months later, Healy made an ill-fated joke about Dacus’ band name, before adding, “I don’t really hear from [Dacus] that often.” Dacus quickly responded by saying, “you don’t hear from me at all,” which eventually resulted in Healy shutting down his X account.

Jack Antonoff

<p>Dave Benett/ Getty</p> Jack Antonoff

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Jack Antonoff

In the same lyric about Dacus, Swift also references her longtime pal and collaborator, Jack Antonoff as she sings, “But you told Lucy you’d kill yourself if I ever leave / And I had said that to Jack about you, so I felt seen."

Dylan Thomas

<p>Hulton Archive/Getty</p> Dylan Thomas

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Dylan Thomas

Swift mentions even more “tortured poets” in her title track as she sings about herself and a past lover comparing themselves to great artists. At one point, she sings, "I laughed in your face and said, 'You're not Dylan Thomas,’ " referencing the Welsh poet best known for the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion."

Patti Smith

<p>Pierre Suu/Getty</p> Patti Smith

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Patti Smith

In that same line, Swift then compares herself to Patti Smith as she sings, “I'm not Patti Smith. This ain't the Chelsea Hotel. We're modern idiots.” Smith is a notable figure in rock music, and an influential member of the punk rock movement in the 1970s. Additionally, she is well-known for mixing rock and poetry in her songs.

Smith appears to be a fan of Swift as well as she previously defended the singer when discussing her celebrity status. "She's a pop star who's under tremendous scrutiny all the time, and one can't imagine what that's like," Smith told The New York Times in 2019. "It's unbelievable to not be able to go anywhere, do anything, have messy hair. And I'm sure that she's trying to do something good. She's not trying to do something bad. And if it influences some of her avid fans to open up their thoughts, what does it matter?"

Clara Bow

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Clara Bow

Swift’s track “Clara Bow" is named after the late actress who rose to stardom during the silent film era of the 1920s. Through the track, Swift seemingly talks about grappling with intense scrutiny in the spotlight, much like Bow did, with lyrics like, “You look like Clara Bow / In this light, remarkable / All your life, did you know / You'd be picked like a rose?”

Speaking with PEOPLE exclusively, Bow’s great-granddaughters, Nicole Sisneros and Brittany Grace Bell (who are the granddaughters of Bow’s son Rex Bell Jr.) said they had “chills” when they first heard the track. “It poetically draws parallels between Clara Bow and Taylor,” they noted, adding that they hope the song “inspires the younger generation to learn about Clara’s story and feel inspired by her perseverance.”

Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian

Though she doesn’t reference Kim Kardashian by name on the album, she certainly makes pointed references to the reality star in the tracks “Cassandra" and "thanK you aIMee." Notably the latter song, which portrays "Aimee" as a school bully figure, includes capitalized letters that spell out KIM.

“All that time you were throwin’ punches, I was buildin’ somethin’ / And I can’t forgive the way you made me feel / Screamed ‘F—k you, Aimee’ to the night sky, as the blood was gushin'/“But I can’t forget the way you made me heal,” Swift sings, seemingly referencing all the drama that went down between Swift, Kardahian and Kanye West in 2016 and inspired her album Reputation.

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