Every Taylor Swift Album, Ranked
With 10 studio albums under her belt and more than 15 years’ worth of experience in music, Taylor Swift is one of this generation’s most highly influential artists.
At 14 years old, the future pop icon moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music, releasing her 2006 self-titled debut album just two years later. Her early albums were marketed as country but increasingly trended toward pop, with her fifth studio album 1989 signaling her first fully pop album. Since 1989, Swift has further experimented with her sound, from the hip-hop-infused production of sixth album Reputation, to the indie folk and alternative rock of surprise album Folklore and its companion album Evermore. Her latest album is Midnights, released last Friday.
One of the best-selling musicians of all time, Swift has earned widespread critical acclaim, particularly for her narrative songwriting. She writes or co-writes all of her songs, and is known for her confessional, diary-style lyricism that hinges on highly specific details. Though many of her songs draw from her real-life experiences, Swift blends the personal with the universal by often focusing on relatable topics like love and heartbreak. Recently, she has experimented beyond her usual autobiographical writing style by exploring fictional narratives in Folklore and Evermore.
Swift has won 11 Grammy Awards, including three awards for Album of the Year, tying the record for most wins in the category as a performer. She has many frequent collaborators. In her early works, she often co-wrote with Liz Rose and collaborated with Nathan Chapman on production. Acclaimed Swedish pop producers and writers Max Martin and Shellback have worked on multiple albums, starting with Red. Swift also has a longtime collaboration with Jack Antonoff, which began when they teamed up in 2013 for a song for the film One Chance. Recently, Swift collaborated with Aaron Dessner of The National for Folklore and Evermore.
After releasing her first six studio albums with Big Machine Records, Swift departed the label and signed a new deal with Republic Records. Soon after, she became entangled in a highly publicized dispute with talent manager Scooter Braun over the purchase of her masters after his holding company acquired Big Machine. Following the controversy, Swift shared her intention to re-record new versions of all six of her Big Machine albums to regain ownership of them. To date, she has released two re-recorded albums: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version).
Here, Metacritic ranks Swift’s 12 total studio and re-recorded albums from worst to best by Metascore, which reflects the consensus of top music publications.