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Taylor Swift’s Debut Album Turns 10!

Remember these lyrics? “She wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts,” or “It’s a love story, baby, just say yes!” These iconic songs will forever go down in history as some of the best lyrical masterpieces ever to have been penned, but remember this one? “Drew looks at me – I fake a smile so he won’t see…” That classic line is from Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album, Taylor Swift! Believe it or not, that album was released 10 years ago! It seems like just yesterday, but since then, everything has changed. 

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Taylor Swift was only 16 years old when she released her debut album, and we remember it all too well. Back in the day, the blond-haired, blue-eyed singer was still a true country star. The album was released on October 24 – clearly the best day – and was introduced to the world with the single “Tim McGraw.” Swift would change the game with her fairy tale and heartbreak lyrics, as nobody at the time could pen a confessional story in a song quite like the young songwriter could. The “22” singer immediately became a teen sensation, resonating with leagues of young girls in a way that nobody else at the time was able to do. Everyone wanted to be like the country-turned-pop singer… she defined a generation of country music and even made it “cool” again! She got two huge hits from her debut album – “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops On My Guitar” – and was even nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys.

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It wouldn’t be long, only 2 years, before Taylor Swift would release her 2nd album, Fearless. This album would come with even more hits, including “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me.” Her next two albums, Speak Now and Red, would help her climb even farther into stardom and higher up the charts, catapulting her into major success. Then, in 2014, Taylor Swift decided to begin again and released 1989, her first album to be completely labelled a “pop” album. The album was met with lots of praise, making Taylor Swift a successful pop princess!

Of course, none of this could have happened without her self-titled debut. What did Swift herself have to say about the anniversary? “10 years ago today, my first album came out. I couldn’t be more grateful today, thinking back on how much fun we’ve had and how you’ve encouraged me to change and grow. It’s been such an adventure, guys. Thank you for all of it.” We couldn’t be more happy to witness her incredible journey!

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