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Bilal Ilyas Jhandir, a devoted Taylor Swift fan, recently shattered the record for recognizing the most Taylor Swift songs from their lyrics in just one minute. This accomplishment solidifies his position as the ultimate Swiftie worldwide.
The 20-year-old Pakistani surpassed the previous record of 27 songs, held by British radio host Dan Simpson since 2019, by correctly identifying a remarkable total of 34 songs. In this challenge, the first line of each of Swift’s top 50 best-selling songs was recited without any accompanying music, requiring Bilal to name each song from the given list, which was arranged randomly.
Expressing his deep admiration for Taylor Swift, Bilal stated, “I have been listening to Taylor Swift since my childhood. I am a die-hard fan of hers. I have listened to every song of hers. I can identify almost any song of hers from the lyrics.” Breaking this record was, for him, the ultimate way to showcase his extraordinary love for the artist who holds multiple Guinness World Records titles.
Here’s Bilal Ilyas Jhandir and his super knowledge of Taylor Swift lyrics which allowed him to set his record for most Swift songs identified by their lyrics in one minute 💫 pic.twitter.com/YtEdAtDoG7
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) January 29, 2024
Despite already claiming to know every word of every song by the singer and regularly listening to her music, Bilal dedicated 13 weeks to meticulous preparation for the record attempt. He considered it an “easy task” due to his thorough planning, although acknowledging that having a man speak the lyrics instead of Swift singing them added an additional layer of challenge.
Having been a Taylor Swift fan since the age of 13, Bilal names the album “Folklore” as his absolute favorite masterpiece. This achievement marks Bilal’s third Guinness World Record, with previous records set in 2021 for recognizing the most animals from sounds in a minute and surpassing the previous year’s record for identifying the most Justin Bieber songs from lyrics in a minute by seven songs.