Every Taylor Swift album, ranked from worst to best

“1989 (Taylor’s Version)” was released on October 27, 2023.

Final grade: 10/10

Initially, “1989” managed to edge out “Lover” as Swift’s best pop album by sheer force of concision. The standard tracklist is just 13 songs, allowing for a cleaner listening experience overall (pun intended).

Even taking into account the three deluxe songs (one fine, one good, one God-tier), the original album still clocks in two tracks shorter than “Lover,” boosting the final grade.

Upon its release in 2014, “1989” was a meteor strike: conceptually and sonically focused, creating a distinct and profound crater that set the scene for Swift’s risky reinvention. We all remember the shift in atmosphere when she became a full-blown pop star; to put it in Twitter-stan jargon, everybody moved.

Nearly a decade later, Swift unveiled “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” with five additional tracks. Luckily, the integrity of the album remained intact. The extra length didn’t hurt the score because every new song is excellent, slotting nicely into a saga of youth and reckless euphoria and romance at any cost.

Only Swift could cut heaters like “Say Don’t Go” and “Now That We Don’t Talk” from her tracklist — and sit on them for years — without an ounce of distress because her album was already stuffed with career highlights.

At 24 years old, she wrote lyrics like “You kissed me in a way that’s gonna screw me up forever” and “You dream of my mouth before it called you a lying traitor” and then she left them behind like it was just another day. For her, I guess, it was. “Being this young is art,” she croons in “Slut!” — and when it comes to Swift, she’s absolutely right.

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The word “iconic” is thrown around a lot these days. But “1989,” in all its iterations, truly deserves it.

God-tier songs: “Blank Space,” “Style,” “Clean,” “New Romantics”

Worth listening to: “Out of the Woods,” “All You Had to Do Was Stay,” “I Wish You Would,” “Wildest Dreams,” “This Love,” “I Know Places,” “Wonderland,” “Slut!,” “Say Don’t Go,” “Now That We Don’t Talk,” “Suburban Legends,” “Is It Over Now?”

Background music: “Welcome to New York,” “You Are In Love”

Skip: “Shake It Off,” “Bad Blood,” “How You Get the Girl”

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