A List of Top 10 Taylor Swift Songs

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Country music hadn't seen a phenomenon like Taylor Swift since Shania Twain broke through in a big way back in 1995. Swift’s emergence as the new queen of country music was astonishingly fast, and it can be attributed largely to her songwriting, which has touched millions of fans. Here are my picks for the top 10 Taylor Swift songs so far in her short career.

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Tim McGraw

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Swift was just 16 when “Tim McGraw," the debut single from her debut album, was released to radio. It instantly put her on the map. Her voice is tender and emotive as she reminisces about an old love she remembers fondly. Music has the power to evoke memories, and it’s an old Tim McGraw song that triggers her happy memories: “But when you think Tim McGraw, I hope you think my favorite song, the one we danced to all night long, the moon like a spotlight on the lake.”

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The Best Day

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The thing that separates a good songwriter from great songwriter is her ability to weave a colorful tapestry of sights, sounds and emotions. Swift has that ability in spades, and it shines on “The Best Day.” The song is essentially a love letter to her parents: “I’m five years old, it’s getting cold, I’ve got my big coat on. I hear your laugh and look up smiling at you. I run and run, past the pumpkin patch and the tractor rides. Look now, the sky is gold. I hug your legs and fall asleep on the way home.”

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"Fifteen" is quite possibly the best track on Fearless. It showed that Swift had not only matured as a songwriter but also as a person. It's a wonderfully crafted song that cautions younger girls not to give their hearts away too easily. “’Cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them. When you’re fifteen and your first kiss makes your head spin ‘round. But in your life you’ll do greater things than dating the boy on the football team. But I didn’t know it at fifteen.”

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White Horse

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What makes “White Horse” such an effective ballad is that it perfectly captures that heartbreaking moment in a relationship when you realize that the fairytale is over: “Stupid girl, I should have known, I should have known that I’m not a princess. This ain’t a fairytale, I’m not the one you’ll sweep off her feet.” Accompanied mainly by an acoustic guitar and a soft piano, Swift sounds broken while mourning the loss of something that seemed so perfect in the beginning.

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Picture to Burn

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On “Picture to Burn,” the fourth single from Taylor Swift, Swift takes no prisoners in her quest to make a former flame feel her wrath for doing her wrong. “There’s no time for tears, I’m just sitting here planning my revenge. There’s nothing stopping me from goin’ out with all of your best friends.” Banjos and drums propel the verses of this up-tempo song while distorted guitars and big vocals hammer home each chorus. This is girl-power to the nth degree.

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Our Song

The third single from Swift’s debut album, “Our Song” is a snappy mid-tempo number about a previous boyfriend she still considers a good friend. The highlight of the song is her uncanny ability, especially at such a young age, to write a compelling narrative. “I was riding shotgun with my hair undone in the front seat of his car. He’s got a one-hand feel on the steering wheel, the other on my heart.” Like country’s best songwriters, Swift is a storyteller. Tom T. Hall would be proud.

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Love Story

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"Love Story" is the first single from her award-winning sophomore album, Fearless. It's the song that really catapulted Swift from fresh-faced star to crossover superstar. Playing off the whole Romeo and Juliet theme, Swift departs from her usual “I wish this boy knew how I really felt about him” theme and ventures straight into girl-actually-gets-boy territory instead. The public loved it. “Love Story” became Swift’s first international hit, as well as the most downloaded country song in music history.

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Swift mines heartache gold again with the very delicate and thoughtful “Invisible,” a song she co-wrote with Robert Ellis Orrall who also co-produced her self-titled debut album. This beautiful piano-driven song was never released as a single, but it certainly would have climbed high on the charts if it had been. When she sings “And all I think about is how to make you think of me and everything that we could be,” she perfectly captures the awkward teenage angst we all endure – or have endured – at one time or another.

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You Belong With Me

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There’s no question that Swift is partial to songs about boys who don’t know she’s nuts about them. “You Belong with Me” is a catchy mid-tempo song that shows off her prodigious ability to not only pen songs that resonate with the heart but that are also fun to sing along with. It’s the first song since Faith Hill’s 2000 single “Breath,” to find itself in Top 5 on both the country and pop charts simultaneously.

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Teardrops on My Guitar

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Swift’s breathless voice is nothing less than captivating on “Teardrops on My Guitar,” her first song to break into the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Singing about Drew, a boy she is crazy about who is clueless about her true feelings, it’s hard not to be pulled into her pain when she practically cries, “He’s the reason for the teardrops on my guitar, the only thing that keeps me wishing on a wishing star.”

Don't Stop Here

Swift has continued to knock out hit after hit, even after publicly declaring her intention to segue into pop music in 2014. Give a listen to "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "Begin Again," "I Knew You Were Trouble," "Red," "Shake It Off," "Blank Space," "Style," "Bad Blood" featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Wildest Dreams" and "I Don't Wanna Live Forever."
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