Taylor Swift is a pop superstar, one of the world's best-selling musicians, and one of the greatest singer-songwriters in recent memory. Many of her songs have become viral phenomenons with hundreds of millions of views on social media, but which are the most popular?
Without further ado, here are the 10 highest ranked Taylor Swift songs based on her YouTube view count.
10 22 (537M+)
"22", released in 2012 as part of the album Red, was written by Swift as a celebration of her age. It's a catchy bubblegum pop track filled with upbeat lyrics, but also genuine takes on how she and others in her age group feel about that time in their lives, like "it's miserable and magical."
It went viral and started a trend around people listening to the song on their twenty-second birthdays; it currently has more than 537 million views on YouTube.
9 I Don't Wanna Live Forever (583M+)
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever", recorded by Swift alongside former One Direction member Zayn Malik, was created for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack and released in 2016. The song is a love song that finds Zayn singing about how, without his beau, even if he lived forever he'd be "living in vain."
The music video became even more popular than expected on social media, and currently holds more than 583 million views on YouTube.
8 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (604M+)
Swift's classic ex-bashing anthem, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", was released in 2012 to instant success, becoming the artist's first single to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and establishing Swift's status as a pop icon. The catchy beat, wry lyrics, and triumphant tone won over listeners and critics, and the song became synonymous with breakups.
It currently has more than 604 million views on YouTube.
7 Style (620M+)
A glamorous pop rock track that really can just be summed up by its title, "Style" was influenced by Swift's life, her struggle with beauty standards, and the 80s culture she was surrounded by as a child; it was released in 2014 as part of her album 1989. It became a huge hit, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and was considered by many to be one of the best songs of the 2010s.
The music video for the song currently has more than 620 million views on YouTube.
6 Wildest Dreams (692M+)
The song "Wildest Dreams" was released in 2015. It's a heartfelt power ballad in which Swift begs her ex to "say [he'll] remember [her]", despite the fact that "nothing lasts forever."
Despite some controversy regarding the music video's perceived promotion of white colonialist ideals, it got more than 692 million views on YouTube.
5 You Belong With Me (1B+)
Part of Swift's second album, Fearless, the best-selling track "You Belong With Me" finds the singer trying to convince a male friend that his girlfriend isn't good enough for him and that he belongs with her instead. The music video for the song won the MTV Video Music Award For Best Female Video, which prompted Kanye West to snatch the mic out of Taylor's hands during her acceptance speech and deliver the infamous line "I'mma let you finish, but..." before claiming artist Beyoncé deserved to win the award instead.
Partly because of this incident, the music video has reached more than a billion views on YouTube.
4 Look What You Made Me Do (1.1B+)
"Look What You Made Me Do", an electropop song released in 2017 after Swift's much-publicized one-year hiatus, has a darker, more fiendish aesthetic than much of her other work; it finds the singer trying to build a new identity for herself, with lyrics like "the old Taylor can't come to phone right now ... because she's dead!"
The song understandably received mixed reviews from critics, but nonetheless it was a major success; it now has over 1.1 billion views on YouTube.
3 Bad Blood (1.3B+)
Another one of Swift's more vengeful pop melodies, 2015's "Bad Blood" is about the artist confronting a friend who betrayed her. Like many of Swift's previous songs, it became a brief cultural phenomenon, and reached number one in the United States. The song's music video won several awards, including Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards and Best Music Video at the Grammys.
It currently has more than 1.3 billion views on YouTube.
2 Blank Space (2.5B+)
Given that many of Swift's songs are about romance and relationships, it's no surprise the media has a somewhat twisted view of her love life. Swift aimed to satirize the role celebrity news outlets often give her of being an "overly attached man-eater" with her song "Blank Space".
The song reached number one in the United States the week immediately after "Shake It Off" did. It was widely praised by critics and is one of the best-selling singles ever made. It has more than 2.5 billion views on YouTube.
1 Shake It Off (2.8B+)
Taylor Swift's uptempo pop track "Shake It Off" lightheartedly addresses criticisms of the artist while not taking them too seriously, instead insisting Swift can just "shake it off" because she doesn't have to let what her haters think matter to her.
It's an iconic piece of pop history and one of the most popular songs of the 2010s overall. With more than 2.8 billion views on YouTube, it's the fifteenth-most-viewed video on the entire platform.