Here’s how Taylor Swift’s prolific run of albums stacks up against the all-time greats:
15. “1989” (1989)
The only other Taylor record that comes close is 1989, which has come to be known as the defining album of her career and the defining album of pop music ever. The record was only out 11 months after “1989” sold 10 million copies, and its impact was staggering: It was the first album to be #1 in 40 countries, while making No. 1 in the U.S. (with “Love Story”) and in Canada.
The album’s success was helped by Taylor’s ability to write and sing catchy pop songs with a level of self-awareness and maturity that could only be obtained in the era of her teenage years. “1989” included the hit singles “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me,” “Delicate,” “You Belong With Me,” “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me (Carry Me Away),” “Style bystyling,” “Heartbreaker,” “Out of Control,” and “Your Eyes.”
14. “Fearless” (2008)
“Fearless” is easily Taylor’s greatest album. It’s her most polished and her most adult, and, with its use of a string quartet, provides one of the most recognizable and popular songs of her career. The album also features the highly produced single “Mean” and “Blank Space,” Taylor’s two biggest singles to date.
Though the success of both tracks was due in part to Taylor’s star power and her ability to write catchy pop songs (the latter of which was later used by Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus), “Blank Space” was still inspired largely by her experience with mental illness. The song was also a response to her fans who called her “a phony.”
13. “Sw�esome” (2016)
For a time, Taylor was known for her sexploitation videos. Though the “Bl