Probably one of the biggest stars in the world right now, Taylor Swift is barely 30 but has already released over half a dozen albums and written dozens of songs that are catchy, heartfelt, and relatable to millions of people. She’s already one of the highest-selling musicians of all-time, selling over 50 million albums and 150 million singles worldwide. The scary part is that Miss. Swift may only just be getting started, as her best may be yet to come.
Small Town Girl
Swift’s success story is one that the average person can relate to. She didn’t come from a celebrity family or have show business in her blood. She was just a girl from southeast Pennsylvania who discovered at a young age that she loved musical theater and performing. Swift also had parents who supported her dream of being a country singer. When she was 14, her father orchestrated a transfer to Nashville so Taylor could pursue music in the home of country music. The rest, as they say, is history.
Of course, as we all know, Swift is far more than a country singer. She soon transcended the genre with pop songs that spoke to a wide audience. Her songs evoke emotions in her fans that only a select few musicians every generation are able to do. Swift also seems to grow and mature with every album, trying new songs and finding new ways to express her point of view in lyrics. Despite her reputation for only writing songs about past relationships, she’s so much more than that.
In the Public Eye
Few celebrities have ever been under the microscope that is the public eye more than Taylor Swift. Between fans following her on social media, publications writing about her influence, and paparazzi wanting to know every detail of her personal life, every move she makes is closely monitored by someone. She has somehow found a way to handle everything with grace and aplomb. More importantly, she always remains cognizant of her fans and remains grateful for their support. That appreciation always comes across when she performs, which is a big reason why Taylor Swift tickets are always in high demand whenever she tours. Perhaps more than anything else, Taylor knows how to put on a show for her fans.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Taylor Swift’s music style?
Taylor Swift started as a country singer and songwriter, but she’s over the country genre and all over the pop map now. She explores whatever influences she enjoys, and that includes hip-hop (“Endgame”), 90s dance and pop (“Look What You Made Me Do”, “Getaway Car”, “Out Of The Woods”), gospel (“Don’t Blame Me”), prog rock (“Style”), EDM (“New Romantics”), quiet storm R&B (“Dress”).
What are Taylor Swift’s greatest hits?
With such an incredible career it's not easy to pick Taylor Swift’s greatest hits. We've listed just 10 of her absolute greatest hits - is your favorite here?
I Don't Wanna Live Forever (2017)
Look What You Made Me Do (2017)
I Knew You Were Trouble (2012)
Shake It Off (2014)
Blank Space (2014)
We Are Never Getting Back Together (2012)
Love Story (2009)
Everything Has Changed (2012)
Bad Blood (2015)
Has Taylor Swift won any music awards?
Taylor Swift's won 10 Grammy Awards, 23 American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, a Brit Award, and an Emmy Award. She's been honored by the Nashville Songwriter's Association, and she's in the Songwriter Hall of Fame. Taylor Swift won one of the Greatest 100 American Songwriters of All Time and the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums.
What has influenced Taylor Swift’s music?
Taylor Swift has been influenced by many artists outside the country genre. As a pre-teen, she enjoyed pop acts such as Hanson and Britney Spears - who she’s still devoted to.
As a teenager, Swift listened to emo bands such as Dashboard Confessional, Fall Out Boy, The All-American Rejects and Jimmy Eat World. She is also a fan of contemporary female songwriters such as Ingrid Michaelson, Michelle Branch, Pink, Alanis Morissette, Ashley Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, and Avril Lavigne. Other music influences include Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, Patsy Cline, and her grandmother, who was a professional opera singer.
Does Taylor Swift write her own songs?
As a songwriter, Taylor Swift has written or co-written every original song she has released. Her albums Speak Now and 1989 include Swift penned tunes’ only. While she typically writes her own material, Swift has a few favorite composers, lyricists, and music producers she collaborates with. Among them are some of today’s most famous and successful songwriters.