My Accurate Ranking of Taylor Swift’s First Six Albums (Using Some VERY Basic Math)

If you know me, you know I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. She used to be my favorite country singer and eventually became my favorite singer in general. I admit that I lost interest in her for a while after she switched over to pop, but eventually came back to her when she released ‘reputation’. Her upbeat songs helped me get through college and finally get my driver’s license, so I instantly became a proud Swiftie.

My first Taylor Swift concert was one of the Reputation Stadium Tour shows and I completely fell in love with her. I started a fan tumblr for her and got involved with the Swiftie community right after this show. As I am writing this, Taylor has only released 6 albums but is teasing a 7th. In honor of her 7th album (which will hopefully be out when I post this sometime in the distant future), I decided to ACCURATELY rank my favorite Taylor Swift albums.

My Initial List

I created this list on my own, without counting how many of the songs I like on the album. This is based only on my personal preference.

  1. reputation

This is the only album that I can listen to all the way through without skipping a song. I like all the songs on this album and love most of them. This is the album that made me an official Swiftie, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. My favorite song on this album is “Don’t Blame Me.”

  • Speak Now

Most of my favorite non-reputation Taylor Swift songs are on this album (such as “Haunted” and “Better than Revenge”). I really like that a 19-year-old Taylor wrote this entire album on her own because people were saying she couldn’t write songs. I used to be proud of myself for graduating college at 19, but Taylor definitely makes me look bad with this album! My favorite songs (I couldn’t choose just one…sorry) from this album are “Mean”, “Better than Revenge”, “Haunted”, and “Long Live”.

  • Red

When this album was released, I was kind of mad at Taylor for deciding to drift away from country towards pop. Still, I jammed to her top hits on this album like “22” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Backing Together.” However, I started appreciating it more over the years. It is a very well-written album which clearly shows her emotions during a difficult time for her. My favorite song from this album is “All Too Well”.

  • Fearless

This is another album which holds a special place in my part. When I was starting to develop crushes in middle school, I expressed myself by singing the songs from this album. My favorite song from this album is the iconic “Love Story”.

  • 1989

This album used to be my least favorite. I won’t deny that I liked the hits from this album, but it just wasn’t my…style (see what I did there?). However, like her other albums, I came to appreciate it more. I like all of the songs on this album and sing them often around the house, but I still wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorites. My favorite song from this album is either “Shake it Off” or “Clean”.

  • Taylor Swift

I feel bad for rating her debut album so low, but it’s simply not my favorite. I think it was a very good album, but she has certainly improved over the years. My favorite song from this album is “Should’ve Said No”.

My “Best-Written” List

  1. Red

Without a doubt, this is Taylor’s best-written album. I swear you can feel her pain through her songs. The most stinging song is “All Too Well”, especially if you can personally relate to it. You can feel her fear in “Treacherous”, her regret in “I Knew You Were Trouble”, her pain in “I Almost Do”, and her annoyance in “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. I especially like how she finishes with “Begin Again”, signaling her letting go of her painful past and moving on to better things.

  • 1989

I like the different moods that Taylor is able to portray in this album. She starts with a happy, hopeful song (“Welcome to New York”), then moves on to hilariously mock the media’s portrayal of her (“Blank Space”). I really like how she combines an upbeat melody with heartbreaking lyrics in “All You Had to Do Was Stay” and “I Wish You Would”. In addition, she is able to perfectly convey her anxiety over a relationship in “Out of the Woods” and her anger in “Bad Blood”.

  • Speak Now

This album has some absolute ZINGERS. She chastises a snotty young lady in “Better than Revenge” and a vile young man in “Dear John”. She sends out a heartfelt apology in “Back to December” and fights her haters in “Mean”. Her ending song, “Long Live”, shows a beautiful connection between her and all the people who have helped her to get where she is now (including her fans).

  • Reputation

I may be biased on this one, but I love the writing on this album. She gets back at the people who have hurt her with “Look What You Made Me Do”, “I Did Something Bad”, and “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” and the songs are absolute bops. I also love how she expresses her love for her current (and arguably best) boyfriend, Joe Alwyn,  with a majority of the tracks on the album. This album was released shortly after I found the man who I believe to be the Joe to my Taylor (or, alternatively, the Burton to my Taylor) and I think she conveys that “true love” feeling really well in these songs.

  • Fearless

Again, Taylor’s storytelling in this album is amazing. I really like how she alludes to “Romeo & Juliet” in “Love Story” and fairytales in “White Horse”. I think she was still developing her songwriting at this time, but I do think the songs were well-written.

  • Taylor Swift

I rated this one lowest because I didn’t feel like Taylor’s storytelling was as good in this album as it is in others. Her songs were well-written and catchy, but they certainly weren’t as good as they were on other albums. If this was her only album, I would have thought it was great in comparison to other artist’s albums, but because she has continued to improve, I have to rate this one lower than the others.

My Accurate List (based on simple math)

To prevent emotional biases, I went through each album and counted the songs. I then counted how many songs I actually liked from each album and calculated what percentage of songs I liked from each album. Finally, I ranked the albums based on my calculations.

  1. 100% of songs (15/15) – reputation

I’m not at all surprised by this. I loved all the songs on reputation and have been playing them almost every day since they came out two years ago. I guessed this one correctly!

  • 92% of songs (12/13) – 1989

I’m a bit surprised by this one. I do like the songs on 1989, I just wasn’t into the “pop” feel of the album. I was not even close to guessing this one correctly.

(For those of you wondering, the only song I didn’t really like on this album was “This Love”. It’s a pretty good song, but it’s just not my…. style.)

  • 88% of songs (14/16) – Red

I’m not surprised that this one is so high up. I like most of the songs on this album, mostly because of the emotion she conveys through her lyrics. I wasn’t a fan of “The Last Time” or “Starlight” because I didn’t feel like their lyrics were emotional enough, at least not enough to compare to the other songs on this album. I guessed this one correctly!

  • 86% of songs (12/14) – Speak Now

I was surprised at how low my subconscious rated this album. There were only two songs on this album that I just couldn’t quite fall in love with. These two songs are “Innocent” and “Last Kiss”. They’re both good songs, I just don’t think I could say that I love them as much as the other songs on this album. Unfortunately, I did not guess this one correctly.

  • 54% of songs (7/13) – Fearless

Considering that my high rating for this album on my initial list was mostly based on my emotional connection to it, I’m not surprised that this album was rated so low. I only like 7 of the 13 songs on this album, which are “Fearless”, “Fifteen”, “Love Story”, “Hey Stephen”, “White Horse”, “You Belong with Me”, and “The Way I Loved You”. Again, I’m not saying that her songs aren’t good on this album, they’re just not my favorites. Unfortunately, I did not guess this one correctly.

  • 47% (7/15) – Taylor Swift

I’m certainly not surprised that this one was my least favorite album. I liked some of the songs on this album (“Tim McGraw”, “Picture to Burn”, “Teardrops on My Guitar”, “Should’ve Said No”, “Our Song”, “I’m Only Me When I’m With You”, and “A Perfectly Good Heart”), but certainly not all of them. Taylor was a very smart girl and a good songwriter, but she hadn’t really developed her style yet, which is why I don’t really like the songs on this album.

I wanted to finish this post off by saying that this is just my opinion. I think Taylor is a phenomenal songwriter and I like all of her songs and albums. I only decided to do this because I saw so many other Swifties ranking their favorite albums.

(I also wanted to say that writing this post brought back a very odd 8th grade memory where my teacher yelled at me for putting punctuation outside of quotation marks when I was talking about a book. I looked it up while writing this post to double-check, but I was right all along! You put the punctuation outside of the quotation marks if the punctuation applies to the whole sentence, not just what’s in the quotation marks. You put the punctuation mark inside the quotation marks if the punctuation only occurs to the quotation itself. Ha, take that, eighth grade English teacher!)

UPDATE: As of June 13, we know that Taylor will be releasing her 7th album, “Lover”, on August 23rd and a music video for her newest single “You Need to Calm Down” on June 17th. I will be reviewing and ranking this album once it is released.

Anyways, I hope y’all enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!

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