Taylor Swift About

One of the defining artists of the 2010s, Taylor Alison Swift, born December 13th, 1989, is an American singer-songwriter and actress who has achieved success in both country and pop. Raised on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at age fourteen to pursue a career in country music. Scott Borchetta signed Swift to his then-nonexistent label Big Machine Records after seeing her perform at the Bluebird Cafe in November 2004.

Swift debuted in June 2006 with “Tim McGraw,” an ode to a lover who would be leaving town. The song served as an introduction to her self-titled debut album, which touched upon topics like heartbreak and bullying Swift faced at school. Her honesty and relatability appealed to fans from all walks of life, and went on to become the longest-charting album of the 2000s, spending 227 weeks on the Billboard 200.

Swift’s sophomore effort, Fearless, came in November 2008 and cemented her status as a country superstar, while tracks like “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” also garnered mainstream attention. Not only did the record become her first number one, but it also became the most-awarded country album of all time, winning accolades such as the Grammy award for Album of the Year. Until Billie Eilish’s 2020 win, then-20-year-old Swift was the youngest person to have ever received the honor.

Following the success of Fearless, some had doubts about Swift’s songwriting abilities, and Swift wrote her third album, Speak Now, alone to prove herself. It became the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist in the U.S., selling over 278,000 digital downloads in its first week, and although it lost critic’s-choice awards like the ACM Album of the Year and Grammy for Best Country Album, it saw great success at fan-influenced shows like the Billboard Music Awards.

Before releasing Red in October 2012, Swift began straightening her signature curly hair, signaling a new era in her personal life and career. After going through a whirlwind heartbreak, she channeled her emotions into fan-favorite songs like “All Too Well,” which Rolling Stone named as the best song of the 2010s. Despite being a cult-classic, Red infamously lost the Grammy for Album of the Year, pushing Swift to change her sound and approach to music.

October 2014’s 1989 was Swift’s official entrance to the pop music scene, and it cemented her status as a musical titan, becoming the only album of 2014 to sell over a million copies in its first week and spending five non-consecutive weeks at #1. She also won the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year, using her acceptance speech to applaud hard-working women and becoming the first woman to win Album of the Year twice, and for different genres. Lead single “Shake It Off” became one of her biggest hits, earning Swift her first diamond single by March 2020.

Around the time of her triumphant Grammy win, Swift became entangled in a highly-publicized feud with rapper Kanye West, who claimed that his interrupting her speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards was what “made [her] famous” on his track “Famous.” After standing up for herself and claiming West never told her he would call her a “bitch” on the song, the public turned against Swift and began calling her things like a “snake” and a liar on social media.

Following the backlash, Swift took a hiatus from the spotlight, breaking her typical cycle of releasing an album every two years. During this time, Swift worked on songs like “This Is What You Came For,” which she wrote for then-boyfriend Calvin Harris under a pseudonym, “Better Man,” which she wrote for country group Little Big Town, and “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a collaboration with ZAYN that appeared in the film Fifty Shades Darker.

In August 2017, Swift took a DJ who groped her to court, after he tried to sue her for defamation. She counter-sued for a symbolic $1 and the jury decided in her favor. Swift told TIME that she went through with the trial to stand in solidarity with other survivors of sexual assault, which was especially poignant in the face of the #MeToo Movement that was rising at the time.

Just days after the case concluded, Swift wiped her social media accounts to tease the release of “Look What You Made Me Do” and her sixth studio album, November 2017’s reputation. Despite the previous summer’s conflict, the record had her biggest sales week to date, debuting at #1 and selling 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, more than all the other 199 albums on the Billboard chart combined. It also went on to become the best-selling U.S. album of 2018, despite its 2017 release, and won accolades like the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album.

reputation was Swift’s last album with Big Machine Records before signing with Republic Records. Following her new contract, Scott Borchetta sold Big Machine Records to entertainment mogul Scooter Braun. Swift took to social media to describe her disappointment, but vowed to re-record the albums Braun purchased so she could be the full owner.

Swift’s dedication to artistic ownership became a large focus of the Lover era — she co-produced most tracks on the album, as well as directing or co-directing each music video, including “ME!” and “Lover.” Swift also became politically vocal, starting with an October 2018 Instagram post about the U.S. midterm elections and continuing with acts like her support of the LGBT community on “You Need to Calm Down.”

In November 2019, the American Music Awards named Swift as the Artist of the Decade, and she performed a medley of some of her biggest hits at the ceremony. That night, she also beat Michael Jackson’s record to become the artist with the most AMA wins in history, earning her 29th award. The next month, Billboard named Swift their Woman of the Decade.

In January 2020, Swift released Miss Americana, a documentary directed by Lana Wilson that offered fans an unprecedented glimpse into Swift’s everyday life and decision to speak up about politics, alongside “Only The Young”, a political track she wrote while recording Lover.

In July 2020, Swift released her eighth studio album, folklore, after announcing it the day before, making it her first “surprise” release. While most of her work is autobiographical, she notably focused on telling other people’s stories throughout the record. She went on to release The Long Pond Studio Sessions on the streaming service, Disney+, where she performed folklore live for the first time. She released the follow-up project evermore in December 2020, expanding the stories she told on folklore, making history as both her second surprise release of the year, as well as her entire career.

Taylor Swift Albums

evermore evermore Taylor Swift Released December 11, 2020 4 83
folklore folklore Taylor Swift Released July 24, 2020 6 83
Live from Paris Live from Paris Taylor Swift Released May 17, 2020 5 107
Lover Lover Taylor Swift Released August 23, 2019 7 91
reputation reputation Taylor Swift Released November 10, 2017 7 95
1989 (Deluxe) 1989 (Deluxe) Taylor Swift Released October 28, 2014 8 81
1989 1989 Taylor Swift Released October 27, 2014 5 96
Red Red Taylor Swift Released October 22, 2012 8 89
Speak Now: World Tour Live Speak Now: World Tour Live Taylor Swift Released November 21, 2011 9 108
Speak Now (Deluxe) Speak Now (Deluxe) Taylor Swift Released October 26, 2010 8 112
Speak Now Speak Now Taylor Swift Released October 25, 2010 5 91
Fearless (Platinum Edition) Fearless (Platinum Edition) Taylor Swift Released October 26, 2009 13 102
Stripped: Raw & Real Stripped: Raw & Real Taylor Swift Released February 2009 4 117

Taylor Swift Lyricsby Popularity

1 Paper Rings Taylor Swift 366 2 Cornelia Street Taylor Swift 233 3 Dress Taylor Swift 211 4 ​cardigan (voice memo) Taylor Swift 202 5 Mine Taylor Swift 191 6 ​marjorie Taylor Swift 167 7 ​gold rush Taylor Swift 159 8 Should've Said No Taylor Swift 157 9 Sparks Fly Taylor Swift 139 10 ​illicit affairs Taylor Swift 131 11 1989 [Liner Notes] Taylor Swift 130 12 I Forgot That You Existed Taylor Swift 111 13 Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince Taylor Swift 110 14 Afterglow Taylor Swift 109 15 ​the lakes (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 105 16 22 Taylor Swift 105 17 Love Story Taylor Swift 105 18 Girl at Home Taylor Swift 104 19 Gorgeous Taylor Swift 103 20 Dear John (Live/2011) Taylor Swift 101 21 Why She Disappeared [Poem] Taylor Swift 100 22 Untouchable Taylor Swift 100 23 Speak Now Taylor Swift 98 24 Speak Now Taylor Swift 98 25 ​coney island (Ft. The National) Taylor Swift 97 26 Bad Blood Taylor Swift 97 27 Sad Beautiful Tragic Taylor Swift 96 28 Love Story Taylor Swift 96 29 ​hoax Taylor Swift 95 30 ​willow Taylor Swift 94 31 ​this is me trying (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 94 32 ​august Taylor Swift 94 33 The Man Taylor Swift 94 34 Blank Space (Voice Memo) Taylor Swift 93 35 Superman Taylor Swift 93 36 ​the 1 (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 92 37 ​betty Taylor Swift 92 38 Blank Space Taylor Swift 92 39 Everything Has Changed (Ft. Ed Sheeran) Taylor Swift 92 40 Style Taylor Swift 91 41 The Story of Us Taylor Swift 91 42 Enchanted Taylor Swift 91 43 Hey Stephen Taylor Swift 91 44 ​this is me trying Taylor Swift 90 45 ​cardigan Taylor Swift 90 46 Ours (Live/2011) Taylor Swift 90 47 The Best Day Taylor Swift 90 48 ​epiphany Taylor Swift 89 49 ​my tears ricochet (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 89 50 ​mirrorball (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 89 51 ​seven Taylor Swift 88 52 All Too Well Taylor Swift 88 53 Forever & Always Taylor Swift 88 54 ​peace Taylor Swift 87 55 ​invisible string Taylor Swift 87 56 Never Grow Up Taylor Swift 87 57 Jump Then Fall Taylor Swift 87 58 The Other Side of the Door Taylor Swift 87 59 ​seven (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 86 60 ​peace Taylor Swift 86 61 Speak Now (Live/2011) Taylor Swift 86 62 ...Ready for It? Taylor Swift 85 63 Forever & Always Taylor Swift 85 64 Love Story (Digital Dog Remix) Taylor Swift 85 65 Out of the Woods Taylor Swift 84 66 Love Story Taylor Swift 84 67 ​illicit affairs (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 83 68 Death by a Thousand Cuts (Live from Paris) Taylor Swift 83 69 Haunted (Live/2011) Taylor Swift 83 70 Come In With the Rain Taylor Swift 83 71 Change Taylor Swift 83 72 ​cardigan (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 82 73 Long Live (Live/2011) Taylor Swift 82 74 Tell Me Why Taylor Swift 82 75 ​peace Taylor Swift 81 76 ​august (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 81 77 ​mad woman (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 81 78 I Know Places Taylor Swift 81 79 The Story Of Us (Live/2011) Taylor Swift 81 80 Haunted Taylor Swift 81 81 Untouchable Taylor Swift 81 82 ​epiphany (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 80 83 ​the last great american dynasty Taylor Swift 80 84 I Almost Do Taylor Swift 80 85 Mean Taylor Swift 80 86 Our Song Taylor Swift 80 87 ​the last great american dynasty Taylor Swift 79 88 ​invisible string Taylor Swift 79 89 Last Kiss (Live/2011) Taylor Swift 79 90 Sparks Fly Taylor Swift 79 91 ​hoax (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 78 92 ​exile (Ft. Bon Iver) Taylor Swift 78 93 Dancing with Our Hands Tied Taylor Swift 78 94 If You're Anything Like Me [Poem] Taylor Swift 78 95 You're Not Sorry Taylor Swift 78 96 The Way I Loved You Taylor Swift 78 97 ​august Taylor Swift 77 98 The Archer (Live from Paris) Taylor Swift 77 99 Cornelia Street (Live from Paris) Taylor Swift 77 100 The Archer Taylor Swift 77 101 Blank Space Taylor Swift 77 102 White Horse Taylor Swift 77 103 The Last Time (Ft. Gary Lightbody) Taylor Swift 76 104 The Story of Us Taylor Swift 76 105 Change Taylor Swift 76 106 Fearless Taylor Swift 76 107 White Horse Taylor Swift 76 108 Look What You Made Me Do Taylor Swift 75 109 You Belong with Me Taylor Swift 75 110 Picture to Burn Taylor Swift 75 111 ​betty Taylor Swift 74 112 Lover (Live from Paris) Taylor Swift 74 113 All You Had to Do Was Stay Taylor Swift 74 114 Speak Now [Liner Notes] Taylor Swift 74 115 ​the last great american dynasty (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 73 116 Drops of Jupiter (Live/2011) Taylor Swift 73 117 Change Taylor Swift 73 118 ​the last great american dynasty Taylor Swift 72 119 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift 72 120 ​mirrorball (the long pond studio sessions) Taylor Swift 71