10. SWIFT’S self-titled first album is at the very bottom of the list.
First released in 2006, Swift’s debut studio album is so country-heavy that younger listeners might not even recognize the singer’s voice given that she has since dabbled in a variety of other musical styles.
The ethos of this album, which is “explicitly country-oriented,” as Billboard music writer Jonathan Bradley noted in 2017 , is best encapsulated by standout songs like “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “Picture to Burn,” and “Cold As You.”
Swift’s “capacity for fury” was first revealed on this album, according to him, and he was right: ‘Picture To Burn’ is sassy and self-assuredly brimming with rage: Watch as I light a match to all of my time spent since, in my eyes, you’re just another image to burn.
Swift’s creative, catchy “revenge singles,” whether they are songs about an ex or another person who harmed her, have only gotten better from this point forward.
‘Teardrops on My Guitar’ , which is arguably the most well-known song on this album, is a prime example of a common Swift trope: a relatable song about a boy with witty lyrics. This winning mix justifies repeated listens, and even now, more than ten years later, hearing this song still powerfully makes many of us think of a crush we had when we were younger.
In “Cold As You,” Swift displays her skill at crafting the important Swift signature, beautiful lyrics about heartbreak : You build walls and paint them all a shade of gray, and I stood there adoring you and wished them all away. As a result, you go with a beautiful little tale about a dreamer who had the temerity to like you.
Although there are several standout individual tracks on the album, “Taylor Swift” lacks cohesion, and as her discography has grown, it’s difficult to rank this highly when fans are aware of all of her strengths.
Additionally, the songs on her later albums are more fascinating and innovative both lyrically and stylistically.