Here’s how Taylor Swift’s prolific run of albums stacks up against the all-time greats
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Taylor Swift has a new album dropping on June 3rd. Her much anticipated album, Red, is the biggest thing to hit the streaming service in recent memory, even for the relatively young girl who made it big in the music industry by giving everyone she knew something to listen to and the world to listen to it with.
Of course, we all know that Red is a good album, but how good? Here, we’re going to look at the albums that have the best chance of leading to Taylor Swift taking over the world. (Hint: it’s not her last record.)
1. Taylor Swift (2010-present)
It’s been more than 35 years since Taylor Swift recorded her first album in an all-girl band called the Red Tourists (with other members of the Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera). The album, Red, is her second consecutive number one album; it’s the longest streak of top album sales for a female artist in the Billboard 200, moving over 1 million copies in its first year and selling more than 2 million total copies to this day. Red also won the top album award at the 2010 Grammy Awards, which, let’s be honest, is a pretty ridiculous achievement given that it was entirely deserved.
In a recent interview on the Today show, Taylor shared, “Being in that band for four years made me the happiest person I know. It made me a better person.” Red features 13 songs that are widely considered among the best pop songs of all time. No. 1 single “Shake It Off” has more than 35 million YouTube views (it’s in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time of this writing).