Song of the Day #4,270: ‘Death By a Thousand Cuts’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of Taylor Swift’s albums…

#1 – Lover – 2019

The more time I’ve spent with Taylor Swift’s 2019 Lover, the clearer it is to me that this is her very best album. That it is also her newest bodes very well for future releases.

Lover was teased as a blend of pre- and post-pop Taylor, and on a surface level it fulfills that promise. Most of it is less overtly poppy than 1989 or Reputation, but the production does have an edge and sheen that wasn’t present in her earlier work.

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Song of the Day #4,269: ‘I Know Places’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of Taylor Swift’s albums…

#2 – 1989 – 2014

If Taylor Swift heavily flirted with pop music on 2012’s Red, she climbed into bed with it on 2014’s 1989. And the result was her most electrifying album to date.

This album felt like a strange detour at the time, but in retrospect I think it was a giant leap toward a sound Swift had in her all along. Though 1989 trails Fearless in overall sales, it’s the album on which she truly emerged as a global superstar.

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Song of the Day #4,268: ‘Dancing With Our Hands Tied’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of Taylor Swift’s albums…

#3 – Reputation – 2017

Yesterday I wrote that my biggest surprise in this assessment of Taylor Swift’s discography was the relatively low placement of Speak Now. Well, I was equally surprised by how high I wound up ranking 2017’s Reputation.

This is an album I brashly dismissed as Swift’s worst when I first heard it. And here I am placing it in the top three. So, what changed?

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Song of the Day #4,267: ‘Dear John’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of Taylor Swift’s albums…

#4 – Speak Now – 2010

One of the biggest surprises for me when reassessing Taylor Swift’s catalog was how far 2010’s Speak Now slid in my estimation.

Don’t get me wrong… it’s a great album. But before my deep dive into each of her releases, I would have named it as her best. In fact, I did just that when I recently placed it on my list of the best albums of the decade.

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Song of the Day #4,266: ‘All Too Well’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of Taylor Swift’s albums…

#5 – Red – 2012

Red was a transitional album for Taylor Swift, marking her first steps into more muscular pop territory (and her first collaborations with Swedish hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback). It was also her longest album to that point, at 16 tracks.

You can feel the strain on both of those fronts, as Red feels way too long and way too unsure of itself.

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