Taylor Swift and Bob Dylan are very different artists, yet one of the songs on Swift’s Folklore album wouldn’t be the same without Dylan.
Taylor Swift started out in country music before becoming a great pop diva. His album Folklore, however, was a change of pace. It was significantly less flashy than some of their previous releases and incorporated genres like folk and soft rock.
Given the strong folk influence on the album, it’s no wonder Swift was inspired by Bob Dylan, one of the most famous figures of the American folk music revival of the 1960s.
Taylor Swift was inspired by Bob Dylan to create ‘Betty’
During an interview with Vulture, one of Taylor Swift’s co-authors, Aaron Dessner of The National, spoke about Swift’s success ‘Betty’. “This song was written by Taylor and William (Bowery), and then both Jack (Antonoff) and I worked on it. But she wanted a reference.”
Dessner then explained how Dylan’s influence came onto the scene. “Taylor wanted it to have a little Bob Dylan, kind of a Bob Dylan Freewheelin feel,” he recalled. “We pushed it a little bit more towards John Wesley Harding since he has some drums.”
‘Betty’ was a minor hit, peaking at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. While it wasn’t one of Swift’s biggest hits, it performed better on the charts than most modern popular songs.