| January 8, 2013

Dating isn't always easy — especially for Taylor Swift.

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Her infamous, short-lived romances are hard to ignore …especially when it's no secret that many of her chart-topping hits were inspired by the men who've broken her heart.

Her recent breakup with One Direction's frontman Harry Styles has yet again made tabloid headlines. Look on the bright side Taylor, it's all material for more hit singles.

Here's a look back at some of Swift's former flames and the songs they (supposedly) inspired.

Joe Jonas

Swift dated Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers trio in 2008. After several months, he left her for his "Lovebug" video co-star, Camilla Belle.

The song: "Forever and Always"

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Lucas Till

The country star ended up dating her "You Belong With Me" video co-star, Lucas Till. According to Till, the relationship didn't last because he "just really liked her as a friend."


Taylor Lautner

Swift met Lautner while filming the movie "Valentine's Day." Her song "Back to December" is rumored to be about their breakup.

John Mayer

Swift dated fellow musician John Mayer briefly in 2010. Eleven years her senior, it came as no surprise when he called it quits only after a month. Her song, "Dear John" is thought to be about Mayer, although Swift says that's "presumptuous."

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Cory Monteith

Swift moved on to "Glee" actor Cory Monteith. The two tried to keep their relationship under wraps, but they couldn't fool us!

Jake Gyllenhaal

Alas, yet another older celebrity breaks Swift's heart. This time, leave it to Jake Gyllenhaal. It's rumored that many of the songs featured on her new album "Red" are inspired by the split, especially "All Too Well."

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Zac Efron

Swift reportedly had a quick fling in 2011 with Zac Efron.

Conor Kennedy

Their summer romance fizzled out after Taylor hit the road to promote her new album.

Harry Styles

Swift's latest heartbreak comes shortly after the new year. She and the One Direction frontman began dating last November.