Ranking Taylor Swift’s albums, from “Speak Now” to “Fearless”


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Lauren Erickson, Social Media Editor

With the release of “Red (Taylor’s Version)”, it’s time to take a look back at every single one of the nine albums Swift has released and rank them along with the best songs from those albums. Every single album Swift has released is amazing, groundbreaking and hard to rate on a scale from 1 to 10, but there are always token favorites amongst the nine albums.

9. “Taylor Swift (self-titled album)” Released on October 24, 2006
At just the age of 16, Swift released her first album. This country-pop album caught the attention of many and got them hooked on her music. This debut album had two songs reach number one on the Hot Country Songs board. Swift’s debut album is perfect to listen to while driving with the windows rolled down.

Top songs from “Taylor Swift (self-titled album)”
“Picture To Burn”
“The Outside”
“Our Song”
Honorable Mention: “Should’ve Said No”

8. “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” Released on April 9, 2021
In early 2021, Swift surprised everyone with the announcement that she was re-recording all her old albums that were recorded with Big Machine Records. Swift decided to break off from her old recording label when Scooter Braun purchased the masters of Swift’s albums. Swift no longer profits from her first six albums, so Swift is rerecording them to take back ownership of those albums. I love that Swift is taking back her ownership of her albums and even releasing songs that didn’t make the cut when the album first released. With new songs like “Mr. Perfectly Fine” and “You Belong With Me,” this album had fans scream-singing along to the songs and had us crying over our non-existent exes.

Top songs from “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”
“Mr. Perfectly Fine”
“You All Over Me”
“You Belong With Me”
Honorable Mentions: “Love Story” and “The Best Day”

7. “evermore” Released on December 11, 2020
This sudden release surprised many of the fans and had them shocked at the amazing story telling featured on this album. The sister to “folklore,” “evermore” continued this era of folk music. During quarantine, Swift wrote so many songs that she had to split them up into two albums. Songs like “ivy” and “evermore” (feat. Bon Iver) are perfect to listen to while taking a long walk through the woods.

Top songs from “evermore”
“champagne problems”
“gold rush”
Honorable Mentions: “no body, no crime (feat. HAIM)” and “tolerate it”

6. “Lover” Released on August 23, 2019
“Lover” became the first album that Swift owned herself. This album was a big step in Swift’s career since it was the first album to be recorded with the new label Republic Records. This upbeat album was more than just songs about love and heartbreak. For the first time Swift wrote songs with political themes behind them such as equality and feminism. This was groundbreaking as Swift had never before publicly given her opinion on political matters.

Top songs from “Lover”
Cruel Summer
Cornelia Street
Death By A Thousand Cuts
Honorable Mentions: “It’s Nice To Have A Friend” and “Lover”

5. “1989” Released on October 27, 2014
This was the album where Swift made the shift from country girl to popstar. “1989” is named after her birth year to symbolize a rebirth in her music. “1989” was an enormous hit with Swift’s most successful songs coming from this album. “1989” sold 1.287 million copies on release week. Her music videos from this era accumulated around 9 billion views in total. This album is iconic and deserved all 10 of the Grammy nominations and the 3 wins. I love that Swift took over all pop billboards with this album and got everyone’s attention from it.

Top songs from “1989”
“Out Of The Woods”
“Blank Space”
Honorable Mentions: “Style” and “I Know Places”

4. “Red” Released on October 22, 2012
This soon-to-be “Taylor’s Version” album showed the complexity of emotions, romance and heartbreak. This album ranges from being absolutely in love, to crying over a scarf you left at your ex’s house to yelling at your significant other that no matter what happens, you two will never get back together. “Red” is an amazing way of describing the way you feel before, during and after a breakup. Don’t even get me started on how much I love the “We Are Never Getting Back Together” music video.

Top songs from “Red”
“All Too Well”
“State Of Grace”
“Holy Ground”
Honorable Mentions: “Red” and “Begin Again”

3. “Folklore” Released on July 24, 2020
“Folklore” is beautiful in every sense of the word. This release was a surprise to the world. During the pandemic Swift had her fans convinced that there was “not much going on” when in reality Swift had written over 30 songs for two new albums. “Folklore” presented a shift in Swift’s music from pop to folk. I am in love with this album and the fact that Swift tried out a new style of music. This album makes me feel as if I’m living in a fairy tale. The aesthetic, the storytelling, everything –this album is amazing.

Top songs from “folklore”
“exile (feat. Bon Iver)”
Honorable Mentions: “the last great american dynasty” and “this is me trying”

2. “Reputation” Released on November 10, 2017
After hardly releasing any music for three years, “Reputation” was the perfect comeback album. With all of the scrutiny and drama, Swift no longer cared about who said what; she now focused on showing that she can rise above the critiques. “Reputation” also features the story of how she found love amongst all the chaos. “Reputation” was the album where Swift had her first stadium tours. Instead of performing at typical music venues, Swift was now performing at ginormous stadiums such as Lucas Oil Stadium. Every song on this album is amazing in its own way and it’s difficult to choose which one is your favorite.

Top songs from “Reputation”
“Call It What You Want”
“Getaway Car”
Honorable Mentions: “I Did Something Bad” and “Gorgeous”

1. “Speak Now” Released on October 25, 2010
“Speak Now” is the album where Swift shares all the things she has wanted to say to people, but couldn’t. This album is incredibly underrated and unrecognized. “Speak Now” also features some of the most beautiful lyrics Swift has ever written such as: “Please don’t be in love with someone else,” from “Enchanted” and “And You’ll add my name to your long list of traitors who don’t understand,” from “Dear John.” The messages in this album that Swift wished to say are heartbreaking, ruthless, and beautiful. From start to finish, this album is a masterpiece.

Top songs from “Speak Now”
“Dear John”
“Better Than Revenge”
Honorable Mentions: “Mine” and “Back To December”