Fans Say This Is Still Taylor Swift’s Best Album So Far
For almost 15 years, Taylor Swift has dominated the music industry. She has released several platinum-selling albums and countless hit singles, becoming one of the most influential musicians of our time.
Her next album, Lover, is set to come out in August, so now is perhaps a good time to look back at some of Swift’s past music. The six albums that she has released so far are all iconic in their own way, but which one would fans say is her best? Let’s take an in-depth look at Swift’s least to most popular albums, according to fans on Ranker.
Swift’s last album, Reputation, which was released in 2017, seems to be the least favorite among fans.
Although it went number 1 and spawned a few popular singles — such as “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready For It?” — Reputation spent the shortest amount of time on the Billboard chart compared to Swift’s past albums.
Some listeners simply feel like, after many years of living life as a celebrity, Swift has become less relatable to her ordinary fans. This shows in Reputation as some of the songs are just about her feuds with other people instead of touching on more real moments in life that fans got to see in her past albums.
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Swift’s first album — a self-titled one — has also not been very popular with fans, but for a different reason than Reputation. While Taylor Swift is full of relatable songs for teenage girls, it is mainly a country album, which is why it is perhaps not a favorite for many of the singer’s current fans who like pop music.
Nevertheless, the debut album put Swift on the map and made her a huge star in country music. Ultimately, she was able to take that country fame and became a pop icon as well.
1989 was known as the album that cemented Swift into pop music synth-pop songs such as “Blank Space”, “Style”, and “New Romantics.”
The album also represented the star’s transition into adulthood and, at the time of its release, were full of songs that were relatable to her young fans who had life changes of their own.
However, those who loved Swift’s old country sound might not have liked 1989 too much as it was a huge change from the young, teenage Swift that many people were familiar with at the time.
Swift’s second album, Fearless, still holds the record for the most amount of copies sold and is the only diamond-certified release of hers to this day.
Although Fearless was a country record, it was able to capture a lot of pop fans as well with songs such as “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me.” Many listeners also became enthralled with Swift’s songwriting skills and enjoyed hearing about her life through her lyrics in more emotional songs such as “Fifteen” and “The Best Day.”
2. ‘Speak Now’
Swift’s third album, Speak Now, was the second worst-selling release, but it still holds a special place in fans’ heart.
This was the era where Swift began releasing songs about famous exes, eventually giving her the reputation of an ex-bashing songstress. Her single “Back to December” was about actor Taylor Lautner while the songs “Dear John” and “The Story of Us” were both about fellow musician John Mayer.
As for the music itself, a lot of fans love the fact that Speak Now was somewhere between a country album and a pop one.
“It’s when she really started experimenting with her sound,” a fan on Reddit shared. “Her style and image was slowly starting to change from the down-home country girl to a more sophisticated lady, with a bit of fairy tale mixed in.”
It seems like Red, which was released in 2012, is considered a favorite Swift album for many fans. The album includes songs that are still very iconic, such as “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble”, and “22.”
This was also the era where Swift began showing off a different image. She ditched her curly blond hair and began sporting various straight styles. Swift also wore bold red lipstick often, showing the world that she was making a successful transition into becoming a full-fledged pop star that we know her as today.