Taylor Swift’s love affair with music started when she was 13,1 which she transformed into an unstoppable and impressive career that very few artists achieved at such a young age. Her rise to fame was gradual because it was a result of her persistence and hard work over the years. To this day, Swift has nurtured her career, and everything that comes with it, with the same seriousness and determination that she had at the start.
Since her 2006 debut as a country singer and songwriter, Swift has garnered immense respect for her contributions to country music and has also established herself as a successful cross-genre music artist2 who has conquered pop music, indie folk, rock, etc.3 Here’s a brief look at the awards, achievements, and other accolades that she has received on her way to becoming a modern music icon.
Taylor Swift’s Awards and Achievements
Since her first nomination in 2008, Swift has won 11 Grammys and has been nominated for the award 42 times.4 She is also the first and only woman solo artist who has won the award three times for Album Of The Year. She won the awards for her albums Fearless in 2009, 1989 in 2015, and Folklore in 2020.
She was named Woman of the Decade by Billboard in 2019 and was included in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010, 2015, and 2019.5As a capstone to all of these achievements, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts by New York University in 2022.
Taylor Swift’s Songs and Albums
Swift’s biggest achievement in country music is creating a fan base that went beyond the genre. The themes and stories behind her songs resonated with music lovers across genres, cultures, and countries. Swift has released 11 albums so far, and as of 2019, she has recorded 206 songs, of which eight tracks have made it to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.6 She also hasn’t let her reputation as a songwriter rest over the years; all the songs that have been released so far have either been penned solo by her or co-written with other songwriters.7
List of Taylor Swift’s Songs – Billboard Hot 100 Chart Toppers
“Shake It Off” was released in 2014 on Swift’s pop album 1989. It reached the number one position on the Hot 100 chart. It held the top position for four weeks and remained in the top 10 for almost six months. It is one of Swift’s most successful hits that earned her a diamond certification, the People’s Choice Award, and three Grammy nominations.
“Blank Space” replaced Swift’s own song “Shake it off” at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first woman to achieve this feat. It remained on the top position for seven weeks and was nominated for three Grammy awards. This song was her second single from the album 1989.
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” from Swift’s fourth studio album Red is a pop rock tune that entered the charts at a low position and climbed 72 positions within a week’s time to make it to the top and spent nine weeks at the number one position.
“Bad Blood,” the fourth single from the album 1989, topped the charts and won a Grammy for the Best Music Video, which featured appearances by stars like Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, Zendaya, Ellen Pompeo, Jessica Alba, and others.
“Look What You Made Me Do” was released on Swift’s sixth album Reputation. Despite criticism,8 the song became her fifth Billboard Hot 100 number one in September 2017 and maintained the position for three weeks.
“Cardigan” is the lead single from Swift’s eighth studio album Folklore. The song debuted at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album made it to the number one spot on the Billboard 200, making Swift the first artist to hold both spots at the same time. The song received two Grammy nominations, and Folklore won the Album of the Year award.
“Willow” was released on Swift’s ninth Grammy nominated studio album Evermore. This was Swift’s third song to enter the charts at the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number one position.
“All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” is an original 10-minute length unreleased track that appeared on Swift’s re-recorded album Red (Taylor’s Version) released in 2021. While the previous version made it to the 80th position, this version became the longest song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the number one position.
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- Taylor Swift | Biography, Albums, Songs, & Facts | Britannica. (n.d.). Retrieved June 29, 2022, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Taylor-Swift
2. Pop, Country, Rock: Taylor Swift’s Cross-Genre Success Is Clear Looking At The Charts. (n.d.). Retrieved June 29, 2022, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2021/07/19/pop-country-rock-taylor-swifts-cross-genre-success-is-clear-looking-at-the-charts/?sh=58c935661c7c
3. Top Taylor Swift Songs: Her 40 Biggest Top 100 Hits – Billboard. (n.d.). Retrieved June 29, 2022, from https://www.billboard.com/lists/top-taylor-swift-songs-top-100-hits/
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8. Taylor Swift’s Songs: All Ranked by Rob Sheffield – Rolling Stone. (n.d.). Retrieved June 29, 2022, from https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/taylor-swift-songs-ranked-rob-sheffield-201800/