Will Taylor Swift Perform New Music at the VMAs? If Not, These Classics Will Suffice

It feels like it's been forever since Tay-Tay performed on a televised stage (it was January at the Grammys, but whatever) which is why the news that Taylor Swift will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards is so very exciting. According to reports, the "22" singer is promising her fans an "explosive" solo performance on August 24 when she hits the stage at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Apparently, Swift is keeping her performance heavily under wraps, which is leading many to wonder if the secrecy means that she will be debuting a new single at the VMAs. It certainly would be the perfect time — Swift hasn't released a new song in several months and peeps are itching for a new track.

Whether Swift is singing a new tune at the VMAs or not, it's exciting to hear that she'll be gracing the stage. It's not like she's fallen off our radar — it's just that she hasn't exactly been around as much, musically speaking. In fact, Swift's musical absence has made me a little nostalgic for some of her "greatest hits." While I'd love to hear a new Swift song, I certainly wouldn't complain if she also threw in one of these numbers to her set at the VMAs. Here are the songs I'd love her to belt out on August 24 — if she's not too busy with her new material, of course.

"Sparks Fly"

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This song would get an audience on their feet every time. It's old school Tay Tay, but in the very best way.

"Holy Ground"

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In my opinion, this is one of Swift's most mature songs, and it really shows how she's grown as an artist. It's off of her album Red but has never quite stood out on its own — it would almost be like introducing the audience to brand new music. (But, you know, still do that, too.)

"22"

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Anyone who has been to waaaay too many 22nd birthday parties may be sick of this song already, but you have to admit that it would be the perfect opening number to the show.

"You Belong With Me"

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This was the music video that won the Best Female Video Award... you know, the award that Kanye West thought Beyonce should have won instead. Singing the song at the VMA's would be a nice little throwback to 2009, don't you think?

"Tim McGraw"

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This was the first Taylor Swift song that most people ever heard. It would be cool for her to perform the song on stage, if mostly to show how much she's grown as an artist. Plus, the video is just lovely.