Taylor Swift first came to attention in 2006 as a teen country star. However, by the time of her second album Fearless it became obvious she could be just as appealing to pop music fans. This is a list of her 10 best songs for all music fans.
Taylor Swift wrote "You Belong With Me" after overhearing a male friend argue over the phone with his girlfriend. It is one of the most overtly pop-oriented of her singles. "You Belong With Me" was nominated for Grammy Awards for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The accompanying music video won the MTV Video Music Awards accolade as Female Video of the Year which led to a notorious altercation with Kanye West. "You Belong With Me" hit #2 pop and #1 country.
"Love Story" was the lead single from Taylor Swift's second album Fearless. She says she wrote the song when she was dating a guy who wasn't the popular choice. "Love Story" uses references to Romeo and Juliet as the words unfold. It was Taylor Swift's first top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and her third #1 country hit.
Taylor Swift headed straight for mainstream pop territory on the first single from her album Red. It was co-written and co-produced by Swedish pop masterminds Max Martin and Shellback. The song sold 623,000 copies in its first week giving it the second best digital single sales week of all time.
Taylor Swift's second hit single details the pain in loving a boy named Drew who is with another girl. "Teardrops On My Guitar" was a major pop breakthrough for Taylor Swift landing at #13. A remixed pop version was played frequently on pop radio. "Teardrops On My Guitar" also went all the way to #2 on the country chart.
"Back To December" is Taylor Swift's first apology in song. Many fans think that it is about her relationship with actor Taylor Lautner. It was released as a promotional single for the Speak Now album and landed in the pop top 10 based solely on its first week of digital sales.
Taylor Swift wrote "Our Song" for a talent show in her freshman year in high school. It talks about a young couple who don't have their own song, but instead uses events in their relationship to take the place of a song. "Our Song" was a #1 country hit for Taylor Swift and rose to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Eyes Open" is one of two songs Taylor Swift wrote and recorded for the soundtrack to the film The Hunger Games. It takes a rock ballad approach and is one of the least country sounding songs she has yet recorded. As a result "Eyes Open" only reached #50 on the country chart but rose to #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 at adult pop radio.