When Did Taylor Swift Peak?

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Vote up the moment when Taylor Swift was at her best.

Taylor Swift’s charm as the country-pop girl-next-door has cemented her place as one of the most popular musicians of her time. But with the Reputation album, she seems to have shed the persona that made her famous in the first place.

Taylor Swift has always been the beautiful yet dorky country queen who could buy a $17 million house in Rhode Island (in cash) and still somehow appear as relatable to the masses. So, what happened to Taylor Swift? New music like “Look What You Made Me Do” and “ME!” seem like a drastic pivot from that relatable image, and a juvenile attempt to swerve back into her good girl persona, respectively. 

Taylor Swift now seems uncertain of how to get back on steady ground, and shaky hits like “You Need to Calm Down” and its muddled meaning aren’t helping. Was its music video about LGBTQ+ rights, or the alleged end of the Katy Perry Taylor Swift feud? Perhaps the rest of the songs from the Lover album will bring the songstress back to her peak. But with the seemingly endless Taylor Swift Kanye West feud, which brought about all of the memes of her wanting to be “excluded from this narrative,” and perhaps the first Taylor Swift concert to not sell out immediately, it looks like the star is slipping.

But what do you think about Taylor Swift today? Are you still obsessed with Taylor Swift and her cats, the 1989 World Tour, and her new music? Vote about it! If you think the singer’s peak was in 2018, vote up the Reputation Tour. Or vote for Taylor hugging Katy Perry in her latest video if you’re down with Taylor Swift 2019. Or maybe you think Tay-Tay's been off her game for a while, in which case you'd probably pick the Taylor Swift Grammys win in 2009.  

Check here for more Taylor Swift updates, and don’t forget to vote for the moment that made you think, okay, Taylor Swift is over.

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    • Sold 1.287 million copies in the first week
    • Eight wins at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards 
    • Spent 21 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100, the most of any artist 
    • Won Grammys for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video (for "Bad Blood")
    • Top singles: "Shake It Off," "Blank Space," "Bad Blood," "Style"
    213 votes
  • 2
    144 VOTES

    When She Went On Tour For 'Reputation'

    • Broke Taylor's previous record for highest-grossing domestic tour by a woman
    • Grossed $266.1 million (with 2 million tickets sold) domestically
    • Broke the record for highest-grossing tour in the US since The Rolling Stones grossed $245 million for their A Bigger Bang Tour in 2005-2007
    144 votes
  • When the Old Taylor Died
    Video: YouTube
    81 VOTES

    When the Old Taylor Died

    • Known as The Great Reputation Purge of August 2017, Taylor Swift deleted everything from her Instagram and posted a single, silent gif of a what appeared to be a slithering snake
    • Seemingly used the Saint Pablo Tour merch font for her new album announcement
    • Released an entire song dedicated to getting back at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
    • "Look What You Made Me Do" featured the lines "I don't like your little games / Don't like your titled stage," likely referring to the Saint Pablo Tour's tilted stage
    • Infamously featured the lines, "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now / Why? / Oh, 'cause she's dead!"
    81 votes
  • When She Won Her Second Album of the Year Grammy (2015) 
    Video: YouTube
    92 VOTES

    When She Won Her Second Album of the Year Grammy (2015) 

    • Won for 1989
    • First woman to win the Album of the Year Grammy twice
    • Used her acceptance speech to take a swipe at Kanye West for saying he "made her famous"
    • Also won Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video ("Bad Blood")
    92 votes
  • When She Released 'Reputation' (November 2017)
    Photo: Big Machine
    • Bestselling album of 2017
    • Sold 1.22 million copies in its first week
    • Fourth time Taylor Swift sold over 1 million albums in one week (She was the first artist in Nielsen Music history to do so.) 
    • Top singles: "Look What You Made Me Do," "…Ready for it?," "End Game," "Delicate," "New Year’s Day"
    110 votes
  • 6
    143 VOTES

    When She Released 'Red' (October 2012)

    • Sold 1.21 million copies in the first week
    • Won Top 200 Billboard Album and Top Country Album at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards
    • Won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards for "I Knew You Were Trouble" 
    • Made Taylor the all-time winner for Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, with her third trophy
    • Top singles: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (Taylor’s first single to hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100), "Begin Again," "I Knew You Were Trouble," "22"
    143 votes