I jumped on the Taylor تیز رو, سوئفٹ bandwagon in 2009, when I was introduced to her موسیقی for the first time on school bus سے طرف کی a classmate. I was immediately smitten and would continue to be a پرستار all the way to the present. It seems strange to me that it has already been so long since then, and that there are four مزید studio albums since the دن I first heard Taylor’s voice. Because of this, I wanted to rank all six of her studio albums from my least پسندیدہ to my favorite.
The albums I will be ranking are strictly the six studio albums released as of 2018 : Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989,
. I will not be including live albums, holiday albums, compilation albums where a تیز رو, سوئفٹ song is featured, special editions, یا bonus albums. The only exception to this is Taylor Swift, for which I will be ranking the 2008 re-release rather than the 2006 release. This is because the 2008 release is where I was introduced to Taylor Swift.
Nothing in this مضمون is meant as an attack against Ms. Swift. It’s merely an opinion, my opinion, on which of her albums resonated with me مزید than others. #6 -- reputation (2017)
This album was the one I had the biggest تقسیم, الگ کریں on. After every song was tallied, I liked about half the songs and disliked about half.
"reputation" album cover
The ones I liked, I loved, and the ones I disliked, I would probably change the station یا skip to another song if it came on the radio/CD.
Honestly, I expected to strongly dislike this album. I was looking toward the release تاریخ with the sort of trepidation that some would look toward the first دن at a new school. It could surprise آپ سے طرف کی being better than آپ thought it would, but گزشتہ experience would have آپ expect the worst. Fortunately, there were several songs that I could enjoy listening to. “Gorgeous” and “Call It What آپ Want”, while certainly not perfect, where much better than I had expected from all of the hype surrounding the release. “Getaway Car” and “Dress” provided the much needed hidden treasure songs that تیز رو, سوئفٹ uses to her advantage so often.
Unfortunately, for reputation,
at the end of the day, the half of reputation
that I enjoyed didn’t hold up to the rest of the albums on the list. #5 -- Taylor Swift (2008 re-release)
I mentioned previously the reasoning behind using the 2008 re-release, but I would also like to make a note. If I were to take away all four of the bonus tracks, Taylor Swift
would still beat reputation,
and including the four songs doesn’t push them any higher on the list, leaving it permanently stuck in fifth place.
"Taylor Swift" album cover
For that reason, I’ve elected to include the version I, and most people, know.
I was surprised while doing my tally how many of the songs that I enjoy listening to, even mildly. However, of those songs, there are much fewer I would go out of my way to listen to, purposefully turning on in favor of other songs. I really like “Picture to Burn”, “Cold as You”, “Our Song”, “Invisible” and both versions of “Teardrops on My Guitar”, but they are lined with a heavy stitch of ‘I have to be in the right mood’. As much as I like those songs, the rest of the album is overlain with a hefty glaze of ‘meh’. #4 -- Fearless (2008)
Here’s where I start to get really nit-picky.
Of the thirteen songs on the album, there are four that I don’t especially care for.
"Fearless" album cover
However, compared to the گزشتہ entries on this list, that’s a significant improvement. I also like the majority of the songs a lot مزید than the گزشتہ entry. Among the obvious and iconic greats of “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me”, I also found a lot of serenity in “Fearless”, “Hey Stephen”, “White Horse”, and “Breathe”.
This album also feels مزید cohesive than the گزشتہ entries. The songs seem to progress مزید seamlessly from one to the اگلے much مزید fluidly. Until “Change” at the end, there really aren’t any songs that jarringly disrupt the mellow tempo Fearless
set for itself from “Fearless” to “Forever and Always”. It makes it much easier to listen to the whole album at one time, without feeling much مزید temptation to switch the song. #3 -- 1989 (2014)
I didn’t think I liked 1989
as much as I do, but after several long listening sessions, I was able to slap this one firmly into third place. With this album, there are only three songs I don’t enjoy, and it’s such a mild dislike I’m not sure I wouldn’t just keep listening anyway, waiting for the album to start over.
This is one of the مزید visual entries on the list, with the songs creating their فلمیں behind closed eyelids while listening, allowing آپ to create your own beautiful realities.
"1989" album cover
For me, that’s when a song really resonates with me, when I don’t just hear the موسیقی in my soul, but see it in my heart. This was the first one to do that, not just with a scattered few songs here and there, but with almost every song on the list, even the ones I wasn’t fond of.
Now, I understand that many people criticize Swift’s lyrical capabilities, but I’m not one of those people. For me, she works, and since موسیقی is an art and art is subjective, that’s what matters at the دل of it. Part of the reason this album is so visual is through her beautiful lyrics that manage to be so specific and descriptive, while holding onto an air of shadowy vagueness allowing for the listener to imprint their own experiences یا creative fantasies onto it. The other part is through the melody behind the words that work so well at bringing emotions that weren’t expected to mind. While the general tempo of the album is much مزید fast paced than a few of the others on the list, it helps in ways the usual mellow sound couldn’t.
I also found through listening to all of the موسیقی that, while Fearless
seemed to be my go-to emotional album in high school because I could relate مزید directly to it, 1989
is the equivalent for my early twenties. Yes, there are songs that transcend time and I absolutely still listen to Fearless
, but 1989
connects to the (slightly) مزید adult side of myself at the present #2 -- Speak Now (2010)
When I started writing this list, I was absolutely sure, as sure as I’ve ever been of anything, that Speak Now
was going to find itself somewhere firmly in the middle, with the اگلے entry gazing down majestically over its inferiors.
"Speak Now" album cover
However, after listening to all of them over the course of several weeks, I found that the race was much, much closer than I had originally anticipated. Speak Now
is not a perfect album, not سے طرف کی far. It’s much less polished than some entries on this list, and it’s a bit مزید difficult to listen to the entirety of the album without suddenly being snatched from that precious headspace disconnected from the real world, but it works! The songs themselves are arguably less refined than مزید songs that came later in Swift’s career, but it works! The result is the emotions behind the songs still having that raw and open feeling that comes with life’s events. Personally, I’ve never had an mood یا feeling that felt composed یا polished. It feels sore and full of energy, usually the negative kind, waiting for a catalyst to spark.
These songs are the catalysts.
Songs like “Sparks Fly”, “Back to December”, “Enchanted”, and “Last Kiss” take me to a state where I can scarcely even think. I just feel
. There is a song here for every situation. They’re also songs that transcend well. They worked well in high school, and they work well today.
If Speak Now
can do so much, mean so much to me, what could possibly سب, سب سے اوپر it?
Well... #1 -- Red (2012)
Oh yes. We’re here.
To start, Red
is the first and only تیز رو, سوئفٹ album where I genuinely enjoy every single song on the album. There isn’t one song that I would change the station on, یا that I don’t relate to in some small capacity. Before Red
was released, there was a lot of speculation behind what could be coming with تیز رو, سوئفٹ changing her sound, and دیا how incredible Speak Now
was, I was nervous.
"Red" album cover
Thank goodness I didn’t give in to the naysayers because I doubt I will ever follow an artist like this again, یا ever be this pleasantly surprised again. It is a special moment for me.
This album also contains my all-time پسندیدہ تیز رو, سوئفٹ song, which I also believe is her best, as well as a few others ranking in یا near my سب, سب سے اوپر 10. While Speak Now
, contains a greater number of songs that would be listed before any other albums, the songs on Red
speak almost as strongly to my soul and simply put, there isn’t a song that I don’t like
. I don’t think anyone but me realizes exactly how incredible that is.
Just like with Fearless
, the album’s soothing atmosphere makes it easy to listen from the first song to the last without being crashed out of whatever mindscape آپ allowed yourself to numb into when a new song begins. In fact, the موسیقی behind the lyrics almost seem to overtake them, drowning them in sound, forcing آپ to listen closer to follow exactly what is being said, and providing آپ with a great gift once آپ unwrap it. It’s one of those beautiful moments where the emotions I don’t have the proper words to describe, یا don’t feel comfortable describing are translated flawlessly into song.
Without a doubt, in my mindscape, Red
is towering over the rest of her albums. While I have no doubt that as long as she is a publishing artist, تیز رو, سوئفٹ will continue to produce موسیقی that her شائقین can connect with, but as it stands, nothing will be better than her fourth studio album.
What do آپ guys think? Which of her albums is your favorite?