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When is a song not a song? Ask Taylor Swift. "I don't like to feel like I'm in a club when I'm in my car and I turn on the radio," she told Billboard. "Anything that ceases to be a song and just sounds like house music kind of stresses me out." So whatever you do, don't play that in Swift's car. Music she does love right now is "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line ("It's the catchiest thing I've heard in years") and ballads and hits that have substance and real instruments, like ones from Ed Sheeran, the Lumineers and Fun. But it sounds like what Swift has loved most of all about the past year is the loyalty of her fans. "When I put out an album, it's like me releasing my version of events, the way I felt at my highest and lowest points," she said. "Sharing that with the world is a vulnerable position to put yourself in, and having it be so celebrated by my fans was almost an indescribable feeling of joy and relief and 'Oh, good, they understand me.'"