You’ve decided to start listening to Taylor Swift, but you don’t know where to start? That’s why we brought you 11 most popular Taylor Swift songs of all time. Crank up the volume and enjoy her country and pop tunes. (Yes, men are allowed to enjoy her songs as well)
For those of you who are less familiar with Taylor Swift, she is 26-year-old country singer – songwriter from the United States. She began her career in 2004 at the age of 14 and received a record deal just a year later. In 2006, she released her debut album “Taylor Swift” that topped the US Top Country Albums charts and peaked at position 5 of US Billboard 200. The album had a moderate success in the UK as well.
Since then, Taylor Swift has become one of the best-selling artists of all time with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and she is the only artist whose three albums sold more than one million copies in the opening release week. Swift also embarked on an acting career, portraying supporting roles in movies “Valentine’s Day” and “The Giver”.
Her music style changed over the years, becoming more pop based. The recurring themes of Taylor Swift’s songs are love, relationships, adolescence and coming of age. She often writes songs about her romantic relationships, including some personal details in the lyrics of the songs. Still her songs didn’t manage to enter in our 11 most romantic songs of all time.
To determine 11 most popular Taylor Swift songs of all time, we headed to the official YouTube channel and took 20 of her song with most views. Every song received one point for every 10 million of views. Then we checked the songs success on the US charts and awarded the song from 20 to 1 point depending on the position. The final piece of the methodology was the songs chart success in other countries. Every first place was worth 10 points extra. After we had summed all up in Popularity Count, your playlist for today was there.
Popularity Count: 33
This song, published on her album “Red”, was well received by the critics but claimed just a moderate success on the charts. The song is about her turning 22 – age very special to her as she stated in several interviews.
Popularity Count: 36
“Mine” was a lead single from her third album named “Speak Now” and released in 2012. The song was released two weeks earlier after it leaked on the internet.
9. Wildest Dreams
Popularity Count: 47
“Wildest Dreams” is a ballad, the fifth single from Swift’s most recent album “1989”. The song was compared to the works of Lana Del Rey.
8. I Knew You Were Trouble
Popularity Count: 48
This song was used as a promotional single for the album “Red” and immediately became a YouTube hit. “I Knew You Were Trouble” even received a “YouTube phenomenon” award in 2013. Swift stated that the song is about a “toxic relationship and eventual break-up”.
Popularity Count: 51
Another single from Taylor Swift’s latest album managed to find its place in 11 most popular Taylor Swift songs of all time. As you can guess, this is another of her songs about an unsuccessful relationship.
6. Love Story
Popularity Count: 63
“Love Story” served as a leading single for her second album “Fearless” and became her biggest chart success to the date, peaking at number 4. The song also topped the charts in Australia and sold 8 million copies worldwide.
5. You Belong With Me
Popularity Count: 82
The inspiration for the song came to Swift when she overheard a phone call between one of her male friends with his girlfriend. The song became the most successful single from “Fearless”.
4. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Popularity Count: 85
The song became Taylor Swift’s first US Billboard number one single and topped the charts in various other countries. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” proved to be a major success, being named the second best song of 2012 by Rolling Stone magazine and even receiving a Grammy for a record of the year.
3. Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar
Popularity Count: 119
Two versions of the songs were released, the first being an album version and other being remix featuring Kendrick Lamar. Remix version proved to be a great success. Song held a 24-Hour Vevo Record with 20.1 million views before being surpassed by “Hello” from Adele.
2. Shake It Off
Popularity Count: 175
“Shake It Off” was the first single from Swift’s most recent and most successful album “1989”. The song is done in a pop manner and presents a move from Taylor’s country roots.
1. Blank Space
Popularity Count: 178
Critically acclaimed “Blank Space” is Taylor Swift’s longest lasting single on number one of Billboard charts with seven consecutive weeks. The lyrics of the song make fun of how Swift’s personal life is portrayed in the media. “Blank Space” is not only at the top of 11 most popular Taylor Swift songs of all time but also her most watched YouTube video and a contender for three Grammy awards.