With a huge fan base and an impressive hit catalogue under her belt, Taylor Swift is one of the biggest artists on the planet. We take an in-depth look at Taylor's top 10 biggest hits of all time, exploring the essence of her iconic sound and what makes her music so captivating.
Last Updated: 14/11/23 at 15:00
Taylor Swift is one of the most loved pop stars of the 21st century. Her music has been at the forefront of pop for more than a decade, and she has won numerous awards for her work.
Swift has sold 200 million albums, making her a top-selling artist and the most streamed woman on Spotify.
The country singer-turned-pop superstar also has an impressive catalogue of blockbuster hits under her belt that have kept her at the very top of the charts.
We take a look at 10 of the biggest hit songs from Taylor Swift’s most successful albums that have become iconic hits in pop music history, following the announcement of her much-anticipated 2024 UK tour.Book Taylor Swift VIP tickets
At number 10 on our list, we have ‘Delicate’. The mellow synth-pop ballad was released in 2018 as the fifth single from Swift's sixth studio album, ‘Reputation’. The song showcases a different side of Swift, with a more stripped-back and vulnerable sound than some of her previous hits.
The song's lyrics focus on the early stages of a new relationship, with Swift expressing her fears and doubts about whether the other person will still want her if they see her true self.
The chorus features the lines "Is it cool that I said all that? Is it too soon to do this yet?" which captures the uncertainty that comes with falling in love.
The song's music video is also noteworthy, featuring Swift dancing around a hotel and disappearing into thin air at the end. The video has been praised for its visual storytelling and has become one of Swift's most popular music videos to date.
The song was a commercial success, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming one of Swift's most popular songs.
‘Delicate’ is a beautiful and heartfelt song that showcases Swift's growth as both a songwriter and performer. Its relatable lyrics and vulnerable sound have made it a fan favourite and a standout track on ‘Reputation’.
‘Style’ was released in 2015 as the third single from ‘1989’. The song is a mid-tempo ballad that is about a relationship that is no longer working.
The song's lyrics focus on a past relationship that was passionate but ultimately ended badly. Swift sings about the physical attraction she felt for the other person, but also the uncertainty and confusion that came with their relationship.
The track is known for its catchy chorus and its infectious beat and features the use of heavy synthesisers and vocal reverberations to give it a more pop-rock sound.
‘Style’ is considered by many to be the best song on Swift's 1989’ album and became an instant hit upon its release, reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming certified 3x platinum.
8. Bad Blood
Our number 8 pick is Swift's hard-hitting revenge anthem ‘Bad Blood’, released in 2015 as the fourth single from ‘1989’.
Rumoured to be aimed at Katy Perry, the song is a vengeful swipe at an unnamed artist that Swift was feuding with back in 2015. The record features Kendrick Lamar, who adds an extra hip-hop element to the song.
‘Bad Blood’ was a worldwide success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming one of Swift's most well-known bangers.
The music video, featuring Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, and more as a weapon-wielding ‘Squad’, has over 1.4 billion views on YouTube, making it one of Swift's most-watched videos.
7. All Too Well
‘All Too Well’ is a low-tempo power ballad by Taylor Swift that was released on her fourth studio album, ‘Red’, in 2012. The song is known for its emotional lyrics and Swift's powerful vocals. It is often regarded as one of her best songs and has received critical acclaim from music critics and fans alike.
‘All too Well’ topped charts worldwide and became the longest song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100
The song tells the story of a relationship that broke down, with Swift recounting memories of the happy times they shared and the heartbreak that followed. The lyrics are incredibly vivid and descriptive, with Swift painting a picture of the relationship through her words.
The bridge of the song is particularly powerful, with Swift singing about the moment she realised the relationship was over. The lyrics are raw and emotional, with the singer's voice cracking as she sings, "And I might be okay but I'm not fine at all."
The song's popularity has even led to calls for it to be released as a single, although Swift has yet to do so.
‘All Too Well’ is powerful and emotional, and its raw lyrics and powerful vocals have touched the hearts of millions of fans around the world.
6. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
At number 6 we’ve got ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, the lead single from Swift’s 2012 smash hit album ‘Red’. This song is an anthem for anyone who has gone through a messy break-up and wants to move on.
The song features a catchy melody and upbeat radio-friendly sound that is sure to get you dancing along.
It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has received numerous awards, such as a Billboard Music Award, Guinness World Record, BMI Award, and Teens Choice Award.
‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ is a well-polished pop production about the back and forth of a relationship breakup. The song's upbeat tempo and theme really resonated with fans, making the song a timeless cult classic.
5. Love Story
At the midway point of our list, we have ‘Love Story’. Released in 2008 as the lead single from her second studio album ‘Fearless’, the song has become one of Taylor Swift's most iconic ballads.
The song is a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet's story, where the girl falls in love with a boy from a different background. The track’s success was massive, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming one of Swift's most popular early songs.
The country-pop hit is driven by a number of different percussion instruments such as a fiddle and mandolin, and also features a slight twang on Swift's powerful vocals.
What makes ‘Love Story’ so enduring is its relatable theme of forbidden love, which resonates with many people. The song's catchy melody and Swift's heartfelt vocals make it an unforgettable addition to her discography.
The track remains a testament to the pop star's storytelling prowess and ability to blend a number of genres, cementing her status as a top artist and songwriter.
4. Blank Space
‘Blank Space’ comes in at number 4 on our list. The track was released as the second single from Tay Tay’s hit album ‘1989’.The song is a sarcastic response to the media's portrayal of Swift's love life.
The lyrics poke fun at Swift's reputation as a serial dater, with references to her past relationships and the media's sensationalised coverage of them.
Despite its tongue-in-cheek nature, ‘Blank Space’ was a big success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming seriously popular worldwide.
The song's music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, depicts Swift as a wealthy and eccentric woman who becomes increasingly unstable as her relationships with her suitors fall apart.
The video's over-the-top style and Swift's comedic performance add to the humorous nature of the song.
‘Blank Space’ is a testament to Swift's ability to turn negative media attention into a catchy and successful pop hit. The song showcases Swift's wit and humour while also challenging the public's perception of her as a celebrity.
The iconic snapback at the media industry is a definite must-have on any list of Taylor Swift's best songs.
3. Shake It Off
In 3rd place is the global phenomenon that is ‘Shake It Off’. Released in 2014 as the lead single from her fifth studio album, ‘1989’, the feel-good classic marked a defining moment in Taylor Swift's career.
The song's upbeat pop style and catchy melody encourage listeners to let go of their worries and dance. ‘Shake It Off’ was Swift's statement track in her departure from country music and transformation into a pop superstar.
Its infectious beat made it an instant hit worldwide, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and achieving certified diamond status in the US.
The song's universal appeal and popularity have made it a staple of the pop genre, adored by Swifties and casual listeners alike. The song’s fun and uplifting message of self-acceptance and positivity has made it an anthem for those seeking to overcome negativity in their lives.
Overall, ‘Shake It Off’ is a well-deserved third-place holder on our list, cementing its place as a beloved classic and one of Taylor Swift's most iconic songs.
2. I Knew You Were Trouble
‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ is our second-placed track, just missing out on the top spot. The hit song by Taylor Swift was released in 2012 as the second single from her fourth studio album, ‘Red’.
The song marked a radical change from Swift's country-pop sound and incorporated a more electronic and dubstep-inspired sound. The lyrics of the song centre on the theme of falling for the wrong person and the emotional turmoil that follows.
Despite the change in style, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ was massively successful, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming a song that is synonymous with Taylor Swift.
‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ stands out as a defining track in Taylor Swift's career, showcasing her remarkable ability to experiment with different sounds and styles while maintaining her lyrical prowess and commercial appeal.
The track still remains a fan favourite and one of Taylor’s best live performances. Its enduring popularity and timeless appeal mean the track rightfully earns a second-place ranking on our list.
1. You Belong with Me
Taking the top spot on our list is ‘You Belong With Me’ Tay Tay’s country music classic that has withstood the test of time.
Released in 2008 as the third single from her second studio album ‘Fearless’, the song is quintessential Taylor Swift and tells the timeless story of unrequited love. In the song, Swift sings about being in love with her best friend, who is dating someone else.
The lyrics are relatable and poignant, capturing the heartache and longing that many people have experienced at some point in their lives.
The song's upbeat melody, catchy chorus, and relatable lyrics struck a chord with audiences and propelled it to the top of the charts, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The music video, which features Swift playing both the girl-next-door and her glamorous cheerleader rival, has gained over 1.3 billion views on YouTube.
‘You Belong with Me’ is a masterful country love song, and it remains a fan favourite to this day. It showcases her long-standing talent for writing catchy and relatable songs that resonate with listeners of all ages and takes the deserved top spot on our list of Taylor Swift’s best songs.
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