On Monday, Selena Gomez gushed over Taylor Swift‘s songwriting skills during her interview with Apple Music, where she walked Zane Lowe through the songs she included on her “At Home With Selena Gomez” playlist for the popular streaming service. Among them was the Grammy winner’s hit song “Lover,” which Gomez believes perfectly encapsulates her evolving style of music.
“I mean, again, from the beginning, so there’s nothing really to say other than this is another song that shows her ability to take it back to the old, to also combine it with her challenging to do new things with her music,” she said of her longtime friend. “So I think that’s as pure that—I’ll always, not even biased, just think she is one of the greatest songwriters.”
As for the overall vibe of her “At Home With” playlist, the “Rare” singer shared that she’s been gravitating towards “storytelling” songs from her favorite artists and real-life besties like Julia Michaels and Kacey Musgraves.
But when it comes to her all-time favorite musician, that title goes to Rihanna: “All I’m going to say is from the get go, I’ve been a Rihanna fan. ‘SOS’ to now,” Gomez shared. “So there isn’t any real moment that it isn’t gold, but ‘Love on the Brain,’ and when she performed that live, I think that’s one of the greatest songs of our time.
Reflecting on growing up in the industry, the “Lose You To Love Me” singer compared herself to Billie Eilish, whose song “everything I wanted” has an emotional connection to her.
“Currently, I’m actually building this little studio situation and I’m doing it with the people that have been in my house,” she explained. “So, I’m creating a little station where I’m going to be able to FaceTime with my engineer and some of my producer friends and we’re going to try to make some music, which I’m so excited about.”