Taylor Swift Albums Ranked

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Her narrative songwriting, which often centers around her personal life, has received widespread critical plaudits and media coverage. Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 to pursue a career in country music. Her 2006 eponymous debut studio album was the longest-charting album of the 2000s on the Billboard 200. Its third single, “Our Song”, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Swift’s second studio album, Fearless (2008), expands on country-pop styles and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Buoyed by the success of crossover singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me”, Fearless was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. Speak Now (2010), her third studio album, blends country-pop with a rock sensibility and spawned the top-10 singles “Mine” and “Back to December”. Here are all of Taylor Swift albums ranked.

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8. Taylor Swift (2006)

“Ms. Swift is a miraculous lyricist. Her lyrics are so plain, even conversational. Nothing highbrow or fancy. Yet she brings you right there to where she is. Age and gender are not a barrier, she lets you feel how she does. And charmingly, her lyrics clearly sound like they were written by someone the age she was when she wrote them. Her songs and voice are catchy and pretty, but they won’t blow your mind. Still, she is in heavy rotation in the shop.”

7. Folklore (2020)

“This is so far, the best album I have heard in a long time. It is a breakthrough album for me similar to Kacey Musgrave’s “Golden Hour” from last year. I would say this is clearly the best Taylor Swift album for my tastes by far. The songs and arrangements are beautiful and offer a much broader range of subjects than she has written about before. It reminds me of some of my favorite albums from other artists such as the Pet Shop Boys album “Behaviour”. There’s a melancholia which permeates the proceedings but it fits the current mood we are in.”

6. Reputation (2017)

“The albums progressively get less country, more pop, and more edgy. The latest features guest appearances with favorites like Ed Sheeran (on the same track with Future, Future shouldn’t have been on it IMO). Some of the songs might seem like they’re trying too hard (“Look What You Made Me Do”), but you can’t deny how unbelievably catchy they are.”

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5. Lover (2019)

“Just as she explored the concept of the aftermath of love in her 2012 album RED, with lyrics tackling nostalgia, memories and the cruel passage of time after heartbreak, in LOVER she explores the complexities of BEING IN love and difficulties in holding onto a relationship… with songs capturing the euphoric sparks of a crush (“I Think He Knows”), to Taylor taking ownership for her faults and pleading for her lover to not go after a fight (“Afterglow”).”

4. Fearless (2008)

“This is an amazing album. Every song gets better with time. You can listen to this album over and over and it never get’s old. Taylor’s song writing ability is second to none. And I believe she is going to continue to get better with age and experience. she is only getting started. And the five additional songs she wrote for the platinum edition are definitely not second rate.”

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3. Speak Now (2010)

“These songs have an appeal like no other. “Last Kiss” I’m almost certain is about the end of her relationship with Joe Jonas put in such precious yet bittersweet words that you just want to replay it, “Haunted” is slightly dark in sound and very serious in tone and had to grow on me but really did and “Back To December” is so cutesy and easy to sing along to that you can’t ignore it.”

2. Red (2012)

“This is a very diverse cd, genre wise. The opening song (State of Grace) is my favorite, and I agree with other reviews that is has a bit of 1980’s U2 flavor (in a good way). Others are slower country ballads, and several are teen girl pop type songs that most of our daughters will absolutely love (and I tap my toe to). All sound great,and least 7 or 8 songs will be big hits. I think this is the best album musically she has created to date. I however have very diverse musical tastes”

1. 1989 (2014)

“1989 is Taylor Swift’s first documented pop album. She always flirted with the concept of pop songs but she never went full-out with it. When you listen to 1989, you notice that it is a pop album, but it is far from bubblegum-pop meaningless songs that make no sense at all. As the album title suggests, she was inspired by the music and ideas that were flowing in the decade she was born in, and you can notice that in some songs. Every song on the album is perfectly crafted, they all have her signature heart-on-her-sleeve-open-diary songwriting but you can notice that she has grown as a person by reading the lyrics”