What are Taylor Swift‘s very best songs? Scroll down through our countdown of her top 21 greatest hits. Does your favorite make the cut? Do you agree with our pick for number-one?
Swift has been a music star for about half of her life. She was only 16 when her self-titled debut was released in 2006. That country breakthrough was certified seven-times platinum by the RIAA for its massive sales, and it earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. But it was her next album that exploded her career.
“Fearless” was released in 2008, and it earned her eight Grammy nominations. She ended up winning four of those, including Album of the Year. She was 20-years-old when she took that prize, which made her the youngest artist ever to win that award, sliding in under Alanis Morissette, who was 21 when she claimed that honor for “Jagged Little Pill” in 1996.
Swift was always a crossover success, straddling the line between pop and country throughout her career, but she made an official break from country music with her 2014 album “1989,” which was a successful play for pop supremacy, winning her another Grammy for Album of the Year. That was an unprecedented achievement too: she was the first woman ever to win that category twice as a lead artist.
So her hits span genres and subjects — ballads about finding love, confessionals about losing love, telling her haters in the media and industry to shove off, or shaking it off if they don’t. She’s got a long list of ex-lovers — and a current “Lover” — but which of her songs do you love the most?