The American Country Singer and Song writer is 25 today. Taylor Swift loves the No. 13, and not just because it’s lucky—but of course she was born on Dec. 13 in 1989, the year that inspired the name of her new album. Because the “Shake It Off” singer turns an iconic age Saturday—Taylor Swift is now a quarter-century old even if she’s feeling 22!
T-Swift is sure to go all out. Taylor’s had an incredible year with 1989, coveted awards and performances galore. She is taking over the world, and we’re loving it. Recently named Billboard Woman of The Year, she had really done so much it the past 365 days. This year marked two years since her last album release, and Taylor had big plans for all her Swifties (Just like Bielebers are Justin Bieber’s fans). She released her first single off 1989 titled “Shake It Off,” and even performed the song at the 2014 VMAs! The entire album was released on Oct. 27, and it’s been at the top of the charts ever since. From “Blank Space” to “Out Of The Woods” to “Welcome To New York,” 1989 is filled with hit after hit.
The 1989 Album is her fifth studio album, after Taylor Swift (2004-2008), Fearless (2008-2010), Speak Now (2008-2012), and Red (2012-2014). Swift has received seven Grammy Awards, fifteen American Music Awards, eleven Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, and twelve Billboard Music Awards.
So in the light of Tay’s day, i have carefully selected a list of 25 songs to celebrate this ever sizzling and resplendent superstar! In no particular order,
1. Everything Has Changed
– It featured Ed Sheeran. 20 weeks on Billboard chart and still counting, this song peaked at No 32. Off the RED album, this is a guitar ballad combining folk and pop genres about “wanting to get to know a new lover better”.
“Mean” debuted at number two on the Hot Digital Songs with approximately 163,000 downloads, which led to its appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending October 30, 2010.
In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number three, making Swift the second female artist in the history of the Hot 100 to debut multiple tracks in the top five during a calendar year after Mariah Carey did so in 1995.
4. Shake It Off
“Shake It Off” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending September 6, 2014, becoming Swift’s second number one single in the United States and the 22nd song to debut at number one in the chart’s history. The song received a nomination for Favorite Song at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards, and a nomination for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
The song debuted at number six on the US Billboard 100 and at number one on the Hot Digital Songs chart. It also debuted at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart, behind Swift’s previous single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.
6. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
This was the first song in Swift’s career to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and the first song to hold the top spot for more than one week after a huge leap, since Kelly Clarkson’s two-week run of “My Life Would Suck Without You” after the song rocketed from number 97 to the top spot.
7. Tim McGraw
The track spent numbers of weeks upon both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs in the United States. It peaked at number 40 on the former and number six on the latter. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold more than one million copies since its release.
8. You’re Not Sorry
It peaked at number 11 on Canadian Hot 100. In the United States, “You’re Not Sorry” also peaked at number 11 on theBillboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA.
9. Today Was A Fairytale
In Canada, “Today Was a Fairytale” became Swift’s first number-one song. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Swift promoted “Today Was a Fairytale” at several venues and included it on a revised set list for the continuation of her Fearless Tour in 2010.
10. You Belong With Me
The song won Favorite song at 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards,and received nominations for the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. “You Belong with Me” enjoyed commercial success as well; it became a top ten hit in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. In the United States, the song became Swift’s second best-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 to date and Swift’s third best-selling single.
11. Two is Better Than One
“Two Is Better Than One” is a song written by Martin Johnson. It was recorded by Andover alternative rock group Boys Like Girls. It is included on their second studio album Love Drunk, which was released in 2009. The song is the second official single from the album and features country pop artist Taylor Swift.
12. The Story Of Us
Prior to its single release, the song debuted and peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 70 on theCanadian Hot 100 due to strong digital sales. It re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 98 after its single release.
13. Teardrops on My Guitar
“Teardrops on My Guitar” was commercially successful, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the best-charting single from Taylor Swift on the chart. The single was also certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
14. State Of Grace
“I wrote this song about when you first fall in love with someone — the possibilities, kind of thinking about the different ways that it could go. It’s a really big sound. To me, this sounds like the feeling of falling in love in an epic way. Taylor said during the review of her songs on ABC’s Good Morning America.
15. Speak Now
“Speak Now” had successful commercial outcomes in Canada and the United States, charting at number eight on both the Canadian Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot 100. Its appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 marked Swift’s sixth top ten debut, which made her the artist with the most top ten debuts in the history of the chart. It also managed to garner enough airplay to chart on the Hot Country Songs chart.
16. The Last Time
The song tells the story of a long-standing but crumbling relationship. Lyrically, the song describes the relationship as one with vicious cycles of both heartbreak and forgiveness, for instance: “You find yourself at my door, just like all those times before, you wear your best apology, but I was there to watch you leave” as sang by Swift. Orchestral swells accentuate the chorus and drama to the “instantly hummable refrain”
17. Should Have Said No
It became her second Number One single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of August 23, 2008, and like her four prior singles, it was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, “Should’ve Said No” has been certified as a platinum single by the RIAA. The song was performed by Swift and Jonas Brothers on the Burnin’ Up Tour. It is included in the 3D movie of the tour, as well as in the soundtrack to the film. An alternate version of the song was released on her EP Beautiful Eyes. As of November 2014, “Should’ve Said No” has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States.
Allegedly written in response to Kanye West’s interruption of her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Swift performed the song at the following year’s ceremony as a means of putting the controversy behind them. The song achieved moderate critical and commercial success, debuting at #53 and #27 on the Canadian Hot 100 and Billboard Hot 100, respectively.
19. I Knew You Were Trouble
Due to strong digital sales, the song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, selling more than 416,000 copies within its first week, making it Swift’s 14th entry in the top ten. At the inaugural YouTube Music Awards in 2013, “I Knew You Were Trouble” won the award for YouTube phenomenon.The single has been certified Quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song is one the best-selling singles worldwide, with worldwide sales of more than 6.6 millions of units (according to the IFPI).
The song was inspired by Swift’s freshman year of high school at Hendersonville High School, where she first encountered heartbreak, along with her best friend Abigail Anderson. After writing it, Swift asked Anderson for authorization to record the song (due to personal references in the song). “Fifteen” peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over a million digital downloads in the United States.
21. Blank Space
“Blank Space” reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 following “Shake It Off”. Swift became the first woman in the Hot 100’s 56-year history to succeed herself at the top spot.
22. Both of Us
It debuted on the Australia Top 50 singles chart at number 46. The song sold 143,000 copies in its first week, along with the album release, debuting at 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the week’s top debut. “Both of Us” is an alternative hip hop song, with musical influences of country rap and dubstep, and lyrical influences of conscious hip hop. It’s a B.O.B song featuring Taylor Swift. The lyrics of “Both of Us” talks about racism and bullying. It was Swift who came up with the idea for the collaboration after she visited B.o.B’s label Grand Hustle.
23. Back to December
The song enjoyed commercial success, peaking at number six on the United States Billboard Hot 100, and at number seven in Canada. It also peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. The song received moderate success internationally, peaking at number 24 in New Zealand, and number 26 in Australia.
“Begin Again” generally was commercially successful, it became her second top ten hit on both US and Canadian charts following the hit single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, peaking at number seven and four respectively. The single has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “Begin Again” was nominated for the Grammy Awards for Best Country Song at the 56th Grammy Awards.
“Breathe” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, but lost to Jason Mraz and Caillat’s “Lucky”. “Breathe” peaked at number eighty-seven on theBillboard Hot 100. Its appearance tied Swift with Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) for two records on the Billboard Hot 100.
And these aforementioned songs are to celebrate Taylor and her Swifties. Once again, Happy Birthday Taylor swift!