“The haters gonna hate, hate, hate. / Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake / Shake it off,” Taylor Swift croons in her new single, “Shake It Off.” Swift dismisses her haters by embracing everything that makes her unlikeable: her awkward dance moves, her squeaky clean persona and her angst-y lyrics about her breakups.
T-Swift joins a long line of artists to directly address their critics in songs. Here are 7 other songs about brushing off the haters.
“In Da Club” — 50 Cent
“And if they hate then let them hate and watch the money pile up”
“Bring Me Down” — Kanye West
“There’d always be somebody that shoot down any dream. / There’ll always be haters, that’s the way it is. / Hater n****s marry hater b*****s and have hater kids. / But they’re gonna have to take my life ‘fore they take my drive / ’cause when I was barely living, that’s what kept me alive”
“We Can’t Stop” — Miley Cyrus
“Remember only God can judge ya / Forget the haters ’cause somebody loves ya”
“Flawless” — Beyoncé
“My Daddy taught me how to love my haters”
“Dirt Off You Shoulder” — Jay Z
“All the rappers be hating, off the track that I’m making. / But all the hustlers they love it just to see one of us make it”
“Piece of Me” — Britney Spears
“I’m Miss bad media karma. / Another day another drama. / Guess I can’t see the harm / In working and being a mama. / And with a kid on my arm. / I’m still an exceptional earner. / And you want a piece of me”
“Haterz Everywhere” — B.o.B.
“Haterz everywhere we go”