Evolution of Taylor SwiftDrawn by Hope Baker

Evolution of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a 27 year old country-turned-pop singer.  She is a Grammy winning artist including winning Album of the Year for her 1989 album.  On N

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Taylor Swift is a 27 year old country-turned-pop singer.  She is a Grammy winning artist including winning Album of the Year for her 1989 album.  On November 10, Swift released her sixth album Reputation, which sold 700,000 copies on its first day.  In honor of the album release, let’s take a look on her growth as an artist and a person with her unique outfits, tours, and music.

Taylor Swift

Her first album was named after her and released on October 24, 2006.  All the songs were pure country with hit singles such as “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops on my Guitar”, which started the infamous break up and love songs on her albums. Swift also wrote and/or co wrote all of the songs on the track. She was only sixteen years old at the time, after being discovered at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee. She soon got signed for Big Machine Records, where other country artists such as Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, and of course Tim McGraw, recorded.  In 2007, she won the Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year.


Her second album was released two years later on November 11.  Like her first album, she wrote and produced her songs.  Some of the most significant were “You Belong With Me”, “White Horse”, and “Love Story”.  She also expressed every teen girl’s feelings on her first year of high school and being in a relationship for the first time with “Fifteen”.  She won a total of seven awards for this album including two Grammys for Best Country Album and Album of the Year in 2010.  She also won an MTV music award for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me”, where rapper Kanye West interrupted her speech to state that Beyonce should have won with her video “Single Ladies”. This event started an on and off feud between Swift and West, which was reflected on her most recent album.

Speak Now

Released on October 25 of 2010, all of the songs on the album, Speak Now, were written by Taylor Swift herself.  The album included six singles including “Back To December”, where Taylor was singing an apology to one of her ex-boyfriends, possibly actor Taylor Lautner. Two of the songs “Last Kiss” and “Dear John” are about 6 minutes long.  The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Album and won a Billboard Music Award for Top Country Album.  One of the most popular songs “Mean” was pure country and was about the people who have always judged her for who she is. The album prompted the release of the Speak Now World Tour- Live. The tour was also released on DVD with performances of other songs such as “Nashville” and “Sweet Escape”.


Her fourth album was released on October 22 of 2012. This was her transition from country to pop. The track included seven singles such as, “We Are Never Getting Back Together”, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, and of course “Red”.  The album was deeply focused on the highs and lows of love as well as finding romance after a relationship.  One of her singles “Everything Has Changed” is a duet with Ed Sheeran, fellow singer-songwriter who is famous for songs such as “Lego House” and “Castle on the Hill”. The most emotional (and longest) song on the album is “All Too Well”, describing a loving relationship between her and (possibly) actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The song was originally 10 to 15 minutes long and Swift described it as “the hardest to write on the album”.  Red was nominated for two Grammys. One for Best Country Album and Album of the Year.  She won two Billboard Awards and an American Music Award.


Released on October 27 of 2014, this album was named after Swift’s birth year. Swift released 7 singles such as “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, and “Bad Blood”.  The original track had 13 songs  (her famous lucky number) but the Target Deluxe included 3 other songs and 3 voice memos making the full album a total of about an hour and eight minutes. The album strayed away from the country genre and focused more on pop or electropop.  According to Taylor, “The inspiration behind this record, I was listening to a lot of late pop… I really loved the chances they were taking, how bold it was. It was apparently a time of limitless potential, the idea you could do what you want, to be what you want.”  1989 won two Grammy awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year.


Swift’s most recent album was released a bit later than her previous albums on November 10 of 2017. The promotion for the album was very mysterious, with Swift deleting the content on all of her social media accounts and posting a piece of a short video that showed a snake. Due to the drama between her and Kanye West along with Kim Kardashian started the “Taylor is a snake” trend on the internet over Kanye calling her a vulgar word in one of his songs Famous.  She then released her first single on the album, Look What You Made Me Do, on August 24. The music video was then posted three days later. The video contained subliminal messages about how she has been viewed in the media.  She has already released three more singles, …Ready For It? and Gorgeous. The second song on the album, Endgame, is a collaboration with rapper Future and for the second time Ed Sheeran.  Almost all of the songs are in the Electropop genre except for the last track New Year’s Day, which is a ballad. Swift has already been on shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.

Swift started in the music industry when she was only 16 years old.  Over 11 years she has won 10 Grammys, 19 American Music Awards, and 19 Billboard Music Awards. She has become a popular household name and remained humble throughout her career.  Some are angered that she switched from country to pop, but she is growing. As she blossoms, so does her music. Swift continues to do what she wants with her music and with herself despite the hate in the media and personally, I’m excited to see where else she goes.