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The Taylor Swift Tracks You Need To Hear Before ‘Midnight’

Reisha Shetty
Junior Digital Writer

Taylor Swift is an absolute legend in the music industry. Starting off singing country music at just 16, Swift created music that would not only steal your heart but also make you ache for a love you probably never had. Ever since her first album in 2006, the ‘Shake It Off’ singer has come a long way.

Now that we are preparing for her new album, Midnights, it’s only fair that we go back in time and start from the absolute beginning to understand and appreciate this masterpiece of an artist.

Taylor Swift (2006)

Taylor Swift’s first-ever album, Taylor Swift, shows us her true love for country music and her journey to moving to Tennessee while trying to achieve her dreams. The album peaked at no.5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Listen To: Our Song, Tear Drops on My Guitar, Tim McGraw

Fearless (2008)

For her sophomore album, not only did Swift co-write all of her 13 songs but also made her debut as a record producer! After the release of the album Fearless, the singer went on her first ever headlining tour. At 20, Swift become the youngest artist to have a best selling album as Fearless sold around 3.2 million copies in 2009. This earned the singer four Grammys, including Album of the Year.

Listen To: Love Story, You Belong With Me, White Horse

Speak Now (2010)

All the tracks on Taylor Swift’s third album, Speak Now were written by her, and thank god for that because we got some of the best tracks of the generation. Before the album was named Speak Now, the initial title was supposed to be ‘Enchanted’, but the label felt that it sounded more like a fairytail when the album in fact was more about love and heartbreak. The album ended up debuting at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Listen To: Enchanted, Mine, Back To December

Red (2012)

Swift’s fourth album Red had some major collaborations with mega artists such as Ed Sheeran, who is a very close friend of the singer. Red was one of the biggest albums of the year with some of the biggest hits like, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ and ‘All Too Well’.

Listen To: All Too Well, I Knew You Were Trouble, We Are Never Getting Back Together

1989 (2014)

Swift made a genre transition with her fifth album, 1989, which was named after her birth year. Going from country to pop, the singer brought in a twist to her regular music, which ended up working out for her since the album won three Grammys, including Album of the Year.

Listen To: Wildest Dreams, Shake It Off, How You Get The Girl

Reputation (2017)

The album that changed it all, Swift’s 2017 album, Reputation, was completely opposite to her regular red aesthetic. An album all about avenging, it was heavily based on all the drama she was surrounded with. Instead of giving up, she took all of the negative energy and blessed us with some brilliant songs and a remarkable tour that soon became the highest-grossing tour of all time in the Unites States Of America.

Listen To: Look What You Made Me Do, Gorgeous, Getaway Car

Lover (2019)

A lot lighter, fresher, and full of love, Taylor Swift’s 2019 album, Lover, resonated with how she was feeling in life that period of time—happy and in love.

Listen To: Lover, Paper Rings, ME!

Folklore (2020)

Another transition from her regular upbeat pop to alternative ballads, when Taylor Swift dropped the news that she will be releasing a new album, fans were excited as usual but no one could see this coming. The album made a breakthrough in 2020 with its soft romantic ballads, making fans around the world fall in love with Folklore.

Listen To: Betty, Cardigan, Invisible String

Evermore (2020)

Taylor Swift dropped the ‘sister album’ of Folklore, Evermore, giving fans around the world one more reason to be happy and celebrate during a time when the entire globe was suffering. Unlike Folklore, Evermore was a lot darker and edgier, and showed us a whole new side of Swift.

Listen To: Willow, Dorothea, No body, No Crime