A Complete Timeline Of Taylor Swift's Musical Career
Taylor Swift is one of those people who makes you look at your lazy weekend of Netflix and chilling and go, what am I doing!?
At just 28 years old, Taylor has won countless awards, broken the Internet (and world records) on multiple occasions, gained a loyal fanbase in the millions, and continues to top the charts with her infectious pop tracks. Seriously...trying to get a Taylor Swift song out of your head is near impossible.
But how did she get here? Here's a rundown of Taylor's meteoric rise to fame, from small-town country singer to the world's biggest pop star. We're already inspired AF.
At 14 years old, Taylor Swift relocated from her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania to Nashville, where she was determined to break into the world of country music. A year later, she caught the attention of DreamWorks Records exec Scott Borchetta who signed her to his indie record label, Big Machine Records.
Taylor’s debut album Taylor Swift was released and described by the New York Times as “a small masterpiece of pop-minded country.” Her lead single ‘Tim Macgraw’ peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 album charts...but this was JUST the beginning of Taylor’s rise to international stardom.
Taylor released her second studio album Fearless and her iconic track ‘Love Story’ peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in Australia. ‘Love Story’ was followed by banger after banger, including ‘White Horse,’ and ‘You Belong With Me.’ How could we possibly forget this iconic video!?
Between 2009 and 2010, Taylor cleaned UP at the awards shows. Not only did she perform at and host an episode of Saturday Night Live, she took home four Grammys, a VMA for ‘You Belong with Me’, five American Music Awards and Billboard named her 2009’s Artist of The Year. Not bad for a 20 year old!
Taylor released her third studio album Speak Now. The album’s lead single ‘Mine’ debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and became the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist. With 278,000 downloads in one week, Taylor landed herself a spot in the 2010 Guinness World Records!
At this point, Taylor must’ve been renting storage space for all her awards because this year she picked up another Grammy, a Billboard Award and a couple of American Music Awards to add to her growing collection.
Taylor landed herself on the cover of Vogue and dropped the revenge track of all revenge tracks, 'We Are Never Getting Back Together' from her fourth studio album Red. This track, along with favourites like ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and ‘22’, became the anthem of every teen’s life and skyrocketed Tay into pop stardom.
Taylor performed to Swifties all over the world on The Red Tour and became the first solo female artist in 20 years to headline a national stadium tour through Australia. Her performance to a 40,900 fans in Sydney made her the first female artist in history to sell out Allianz Stadium since it was opened in 1988.
At 25 years old, Taylor relocated to New York City and released her fifth studio album1989, an iconic pop record which marked her departure from country music. 1989 produced chart-toppers like ‘Shake It Off’, ‘Blank Space’, ‘Style’ and of course, ‘Bad Blood’ featuring a star-studded music video.
Taylor took home another three Grammys for 1989, bringing her total wins to a whopping eight awards. She also also collaborated with Calvin Harris on ‘This Is What You Came For’ feat. Rihanna (initially credited under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg) and Zayn Malik on the FIfty Shades Darker hit ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.’
Tay Tay pretty much broke the Internet in 2017 when she released ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ as the lead single from her sixth album Reputation. The song’s video got a mindblowing 43.2 MILLION views on YouTube on its first day, breaking the site’s record for the most-viewed video in 24 hours.
Since then, Taylor has gone on to release equally-as-catchy tracks including ‘Gorgeous’ and ‘Delicate’ and has officially kicked off the Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour, coming downunder in October this year!