Nothing gets us moving quite like a Taylor Swift tune!
The master songwriter, singer, and performer is one of the artists with the most Billboard number one hits. In fact, five of her tracks from the same album reached the top of the charts, which is basically unheard of. As all avid Swifties know, she hasn't put out an album since her 2014 release of 1989. And while we understand that winning a Grammy Award for Album of The Year, two very public breakups, and an embarrassing snafu with one well-known reality star (cough, Kim Kardashian) is a lot to deal with… we miss her music.
So, what better way to pass the time while we tirelessly wait for TS6 than listen to some of her oldies? And not just any oldies, but the ones that were played over and over (and over) on the radio — the ones we could never get out of our heads.
Keep scrolling to listen to all seven of Taylor Swift's number one hits!
Stand-out Lyric: "He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said / 'Marry me, Juliet, you'll never have to be alone / I love you and that's all I really know / I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress / It's a love story, baby just say yes.'"
Shakespeare has nothing on Taylor Swift. Okay, maybe he could hold his own, but we prefer the ending in this re-telling of the classic love story. No death, no tears, just happily ever after. Taylor had her first number one song with this hit and thus created hundreds (JK probably thousands) of brides who demanded this be their wedding song.
"Shake It Off"
Stand-out Lyric: "Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate / Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake."
Ah, the mega-hit that made all of Taylor's naysayers suddenly become fans. Sure, it might have been involuntary, and sure they might deny it to this day, but we see you shaking it over there. Don't even try to deny it.
"I Knew You Were Trouble"
Stand-out Lyric: "And the saddest fear comes creeping in / That you never loved me or her, or anyone, or anything, yeah / I knew you were trouble when you walked in."
Every girl and I mean every girl can relate to this song. You know the guy you spot at the other end of the bar who's so clearly making eyes at you? And who so clearly is a f–k boy. But off you go to chat him up because hey, trouble can be fun (sometimes).
Stand-out Lyric: "Band-aids don't fix bullet holes / You say sorry just for show / If you live like that, you live with ghosts / (Mmm) If you love like that, blood runs cold / ’Cause baby, now we've got bad blood / You know it used to be mad love."
Now we could dive into the Katy Perry feud behind the song, but why bother? This track is so much more than that. No other singer could bring together models, actresses, and singers to star in the most epic music video of the year.
Stand-out Lyric: "You got that long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt / And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt / And when we go crashing down, we come back every time / 'Cause we never go out of style / We never go out of style."
Taylor might as well have titled this song, "This one's about Harry Styles," and we love her for it. She's unapologetically honest in her music and drops so many hints about the tune's muse. The relationship might have ended, but at least she got a number one single out of it.
Stand-out Lyric: "So it's gonna be forever / Or it's gonna go down in flames / You can tell me when it's over / If the high was worth the pain / Got a long list of ex-lovers / They'll tell you I'm insane / 'Cause you know I love the players / And you love the game."
There's no denying that Taylor loves having the last word, and that's especially true when it comes to her personal life. What better way to give a big metaphorical middle finger to her haters than to pen a satirical anthem? She literally turned the "Taylor Swift can't keep a guy" narrative on its head and we're all better for it.
Stand-out Lyric: "I said no one has to know what we do / His hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room / And his voice is a familiar sound, nothing lasts forever / But this is getting good now."
This is arguably Taylor's sexiest song to-date. The singer — even though she's now 27 years old — is still painted in a fairly innocent light by the media. And hey, even she banks on it. Her brand is not a scandalous one, but that's just the thing, there's nothing scandalous about a woman embracing her sexuality. And that's just what she did with this whimsical tune. Brava.