Ranking Taylor Swift’s Discography

Which album is your favorite?

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Following the release of Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album, Midnights, we decided to rank each album. As self-proclaimed Taylor experts, although our opinions differ, they have their reasons. We will also be ranking our top three favorite songs from each album, since an overall fav is too difficult to pick. If you love Taylor Swift as much as we do, leave your ranking in the comments below and vote for your favorite album!

Some of the worst lyricism I have ever heard in my entire life, corny.”

— Sadie Bowlin, Taylor Hater

Ella’s Ranking:

1. 1989

Top 3: “How You Get The Girl”, “This Love”, “Wildest Dreams”

2. Folklore

Top 3: “august”, “mirrorball”, “cardigan”

3. Lover

Top 3: “Cornelia Street”, “Afterglow”, “Daylight”

4. Red (Taylor’s Version)

Top 3: “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)”, “I Bet You Think About Me”, “The Last Time”

5. Reputation

Top 3: “Getaway Car”, “New Year’s Day”, “King Of My Heart”

6. Evermore

Top 3: “’tis the d*mn season”, “gold rush”, “marjorie”

7. Speak Now

Top 3: “Enchanted”, “Dear John”, “Back to December”

8. Midnights

Top 3: “Paris”, “Mastermind”, “You’re on Your Own, Kid”

9. Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Top 3: “Love Story”, “You Belong With Me”, “The Way I Loved You”

10. Debut

Top 3: “Should’ve Said No”, “Our Song”, “Teardrops On My Guitar”

 

Ella’s Consensus:

1989: Although I’m sure this is a somewhat unpopular opinion, 1989 is my favorite album. Whether it be partly due to nostalgic reasons or the life-changing experience of that tour, I feel this album is the epitome of pop and uplifts my mood anytime I play it. Other than “Bad Blood”, this song is a no-skip-album for me. 

Folklore: In 2020, the surprise factor of Folklore definitely made that whole…year better. I think that because this album’s (a little too relatable) lyrics are genuinely embedded into my brain and I categorize myself as somewhat of a mirrorball, it ranks as #2. I’m halfway convinced that she wrote “This is Me Trying” about this very school. But depressing or not, this is definitely her best songwriting, no doubt.

Lover: Lover ranks in my top 3 because each song is so fun. From “Death By a Thousand Cuts” to “Afterglow”, I still can’t decide if this album makes me want to cry, dance around, or possibly crash my car. Not to mention, I love the album cover, as I am partial to the  pink tye-dye look. Love it. 

 

Red: Red is a classic. I have vivid memories of dancing to “We are Never Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” in 2012 and this has never changed. Not to mention, “All Too Well (10 Minutes Version)” was the best thing to come out of 2021. 

 

Rep: The first time I listened to “Look What You Made Me Do”, I don’t know who I deemed my favorite artist, but it certainly wasn’t Taylor Swift. To this day, I regret not going to the Rep Tour and “Getaway Car”, “Gorgeous”, and “King of My Heart” frequent my daily listens. It almost feels like Reputation signifies both Taylor and I’s character developments, so that definitely holds a factor in this ranking. 

Evermore: Following the surprise drop of Folklore, a few months later, we were gifted with Evermore. I think that these albums work well as “sister albums.” However, I have to limit my listening to Evermore specifically because it gets too depressing at times, not to mention both albums came out during the horrors of sophomore year. Soul-shattering or not, it will be on repeat by the end of this month, and if you hear me blasting “Champagne Problems” in the parking lot, don’t say anything. 

 

Speak Now: This is definitely my most controversial take, but allow me to explain. Although some songs on this album are some of my favorites, I just never find myself listening to Speak Now consecutively anymore. I also don’t find it very relatable at this stage in my life, so check back later. 

 

Midnights: Since Midnights came out 2 weeks ago, it hasn’t yet solidified it in the top 5 or anything like that, however it is a very fun album. Upon my first listen I was almost brought to tears – and not in a good way. However, after lots of reflection and listening to “Mastermind” 20 times in a row,this album is a good mix of all of her previous albums. 

 

Fearless: One of my core Taylor Swift memories of being a child was watching the Fearless album’s music videos on Youtube, with an ancient Macbook to match. Even in elementary school, I would scream “You Belong With Me” at the top of my lungs, and some things never change. This album has little skips, but I never listen to it as a whole anymore, so it ranks closer to the bottom. 

 

Debut: I actually listened to “Should’ve Said No” last night, so Debut ranking last is a bit unexplainable, but I will try my best to. This album introduced me to the world of Taylor and weaved its way into my daily life even as a kindergartener. Compared to her recent work, and her entire discography as a whole, it’s lyrically weaker, ranking it last. It’s still very fun even if I don’t really relate to the themes. 

 

Livia’s Ranking:

1. Speak Now

Top 3: “Better Than Revenge”, “Dear John”, “Never Grow Up”

2. Red (Taylor’s Version)

Top 3: “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)”, “I Bet You Think About Me”, “The Moment I Knew”

3. Lover

Top 3: “Cruel Summer”, “Lover”, “Cornelia Street”

4. Reputation

Top 3: “Don’t Blame Me”, “Gorgeous”, “Getaway Car”

5. Midnights

Top 3: “You’re On Your Own, Kid”, “Bigger Than The Whole Sky”, “High Infidelity”

6. 1989

Top 3: “Wildest Dreams”, “Style”, “New Romantics”

7. Folklore

Top 3: “august”, “betty”, “illicit affairs”

8. Evermore

Top 3: “champagne problems”, “’tis the d*mn season”, “evermore”

9. Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Top 3: “Love Story”, “White Horse”, “Fifteen”

10. Debut

Top 3: “Teardrops On My Guitar”, “Our Song”, “Tim McGraw”

 

Livia’s Consensus:

Speak Now

Speak Now has always been and always will be my favorite album. The discography would simply not be the same without Speak Now. It is hard to narrow down a top three for this album, but “Better Than Revenge” will always get everyone in the mood for some Taylor Swift. Past or present, I’m always ready to go back to December. 

Red

Red holds a special place in my heart as it was the first big concert that I ever went to. The recent revamp of Red to Red (Taylor’s Version) ignited my love for this album once again. Although there are personally a few skips on this album, blasting “22” will always bring me back to the pure bliss of 2012. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a good “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)” drive. 

Lover

I recently discovered my love for Lover. The album always puts me in a good mood and has some classic hits. I’m not really too sure how it got up to my top 3, but I think being friends with Ella Chapman has definitely had a great influence on this decision. 

Reputation

If you would have asked me when this album was released, I would have denied knowing who Taylor Swift was. I simply did not like this album in 2017, but, now, I would take the Reputation Taylor any day. I’m always …Ready For It. 

1989 

1989 is just a classic. I could not count the amount of times I heard Shake It Off on the radio in 2014, but the album as a whole makes up for it. I can always count on this album to bring up the mood or bring me back to my Wildest Dreams of 5th grade. Classic Taylor.  

Midnights

Although, like most, I was a bit skeptical at first, Midnights is slowly working its way up my list. The new Taylor mixed with the old Taylor just seems to do it. Very much reminds me of 1989 mixed with Reputation, but in a good way. Also, this album led to Taylor’s next tour, so I’m happy. 

Folklore/Evermore

Don’t get me wrong, both of these albums are very good and contain some very good songs, but, overall, just too slow and sometimes a little depressing. 

Fearless

Fearless will always be special, but it is not an album that I can have on repeat 24/7. I think that my main reason for this opinion is the fact that it has been downloaded to my ICloud since 2010, causing “The Best Day” to immediately start playing when I get in my car. I can only take so much. Regardless, there are definitely some of her best songs on this album. 

 

Debut

As much as I hate to do this, Debut just has to rank last overall. “Teardrops On My Guitar”, “Our Song”, “Tim McGraw”, and “Picture to Burn” will always be what I think of when I think of Taylor Swift (and Tim McGraw 😉), but there are just too many songs that I have to skip. Forever love this Taylor, though.