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Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ and 7 Other Songs About Haters

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“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”


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