Taylor Swift’s ‘You Need to Calm Down’ Video: All the Easter Eggs and References You May Have Missed
During the "ME!" singer's Instagram Live last week, where she announced her album Lover and next single, she said there would be a lot to unpack in the song's video—and she's wasn't lying. The 3-minute video features a bunch of Easter eggs that give fans major clues about what the expect from the rest of her upcoming album.
"The video is very worth the wait," the 29-year-old pop star teased on Friday (June 14). "There's a lot going on in the video so I wanted that to be a separate discovery."
And by "a lot going on," she means there's a ton to uncover. From her and Katy Perry's epic reunion to all the potential hidden song titles, here's everything fans caught in Swift's video so far.
For starters, Hayley Kiyoko shoots an arrow into the number 5 on a target
A hint that the singer could be featured on the fifth track of Lover.
"Love letters only" written on the mailbox
Fans think "Love Letters Only" could be another song on Swift's upcoming album.
The Cruel Summer tattoo on Ellen DeGeneres' arm
Another possible song title hint.
The "Mom, I Am a Rich Man" painting
The fact that Swift included a clear shot of this iconic Cher quote in her music video has to mean something and might definitely be the title of one of her next songs.
Cher said this line during a 1996 interview, which also went viral a couple of years ago because of the relevancy. "I think men are the coolest, but you don't really need them to live," the singer explained. "My mom said to me, 'You know, sweetheart, one day you should settle down and marry a rich man. I said, 'Mom, I am a rich man.'"
RuPaul hosts the drag show
This is clearly a reference to the iconic show, RuPaul's Drag Race.
She's using her own, typo-free merch in the video
Ryan Reynolds was painting the Stonewall Inn
If you look closely, there's even a bottle of his Aviation gin in the bucket next to him.
One of Swift's wigs is the color of the bisexual flag
Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon makes snow cones, which is obvi a reference to his career on the ice.
The picket signs are spelled wrong
This could definitely be the "Hey kids, spelling is fun!" reference she used in "ME!"
Katy Perry's epic appearance at the end
The ladies made it clearer than ever that their infamous feud is over, so does the "Roar" singer's cameo mean a collaboration is happening on Swift's new album? Maybe.
Meanwhile, another fan has a wild theory that all the people she referenced in the video, including Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Adele, Cardi B, Beyonce, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, will be upcoming collabs on the album...
Watch Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" video below and let us know if we missed any other Easter eggs!