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Everyone can’t stop talking about Taylor Swift’s album Midnights, including me. The album has set many personal records for Taylor Swift such as being the first artist to hold the top 10 spots in the Billboard Hot 100, the largest streaming week for an album for a female artist, and Spotify’s most-streamed album in a single day. Taylor is no stranger to setting records, winning awards, and changing the face of music. She recently just received her 40th American Music Award (2nd place being Michael Jackson with 26) for her album Red (Taylor’s Version). Taylor has released 229 songs over the course of her career. Does Midnights deserve all the attention it is getting? I have ranked the top 100 Taylor Swift songs according to my preference in order to try and answer this question.

Rank Song Album
1 Love Story Fearless
2 Mine Speak Now
3 Mean Speak Now
4 Bigger Than the Whole Sky Midnights
5 August folklore
6 Picture To Burn Taylor Swift
7 Fifteen Fearless
8 Out of the Woods 1989
9 I Think He Knows Lover
10 Bad Blood 1989
11 If This Was A Movie Speak Now
12 Starlight Red
13 You Need to Calm Down Lover
14 New Year’s Day reputation
15 Teardrops on My Guitar Taylor Swift
16 No Body, No Crime (featuring Haim) evermore
17 Gorgeous reputation
18 Blank Space 1989
19 Dress reputation
20 Cruel Summer Lover
21 The Best Day Fearless
22 White Horse Fearless
23 Sparks Fly Speak Now
24 Champagne Problems evermore
25 Welcome to New York 1989
26 Lover Lover
27 Fearless Fearless
28 Cardigan folklore
29 I Heart ?
30 Better than Revenge Speak Now
31 Never Grow Up Speak Now
32 The 1 folklore
33 …Ready For It? reputation
34 You Belong With Me Fearless
35 We Were Happy Fearless (TV)
36 ME! (featuring Brendon Urie) Lover
37 Wildest Dreams 1989
38 Karma Midnights
39 Daylight Lover
40 Getaway Car reputation
41 I Knew You Were Trouble Red
42 Dear John Speak Now
43 22 Red
44 The Joker and the Queen         (Non-album single)
45 Message In A Bottle Red (TV)
46 Vigilante Shit Midnights
47 Epiphany folklore
48 Right Where You Left Me evermore
49 How You Get the Girl 1989
50 The Way I Loved You Fearless
51 Today Was a Fairytale               (Non-album single)
52 Back to December Speak Now
53 The Man Lover
54 Only the Young                          (Non-album single)
55 Breathe Fearless
56 Begin Again Red
57 Tim McGraw Taylor Swift
58 Our Song Taylor Swift
59 Treacherous Red
60 Delicate reputation
61 Mr. Perfectly Fine Fearless (TV)
62 Speak Now Speak Now
63 Stay Stay Stay Red
64 Anti-Hero Midnights
65 Dear Reader Midnights
66 Ours Speak Now
67 Dancing With Our Hands Tied reputation
68 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Red
69 Style 1989
70 I Bet You Think About Me (ft. Chris Stapleton) Red (TV)
71 Soon You’ll Get Better (featuring The Chicks) Lover
72 Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran) Red
73 The Story of Us Speak Now
74 Don’t Blame Me reputation
75 This Love 1989
76 Call It What You Want reputation
77 Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve Midnights
78 Illicit Affairs folklore
79 Dorothea evermore
80 It’s Nice to Have a Friend Lover
81 Should’ve Said No Taylor Swift
82 I Did Something Bad reputation
83 Bye Bye Baby Fearless (TV)
84 Jump Then Fall Fearless
85 Haunted Speak Now
86 Marjorie evermore
87 I Forgot That You Existed Lover
88 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever       (Non-album single)
89 Babe (Non-album single)
90 Lavender Haze Midnights
91 Hoax folklore
92 You’re Not Sorry Fearless
93 State of Grace Red
94 All You Had to Do Was Stay 1989
95 Forever & Always Fearless
96 Renegade (Non-album single)
97 Paper Rings Lover
98 Bejeweled Midnights
99 Red Red
100 Afterglow Lover

Conclusion: My rank down consists of Taylor Swift with 5 in the top 100, Fearless with 14, Speak Now with 12, Red with 12, 1989 with 9, reputation with 10, Lover with 12,  folklore with 6, evermore with 5, and her non-album singles with 7. Midnights is a smashing album with 8 hits in the top 100 of her total released songs. However, it does not deserve the disproportionate praise and attention in comparison to her other albums. There are more songs in certain albums over others which can explain some of the higher album count numbers, again, this is my personal preference, but from my perspective, there seems to be a disconnect. All in all, Midnights is just as good as any other of Taylor Swift’s albums, and she is only now getting the type of hype and recognition she deserves. I am so happy that Taylor is crushing the charts and that Midnights is blasting its way into everyone’s hearts. Congratulations Taylor!

Hannah Hurtado

Williams '25

I am a prospective triple major at Williams College with various passions for mental health, community activism, and equal rights protection. I hope that my work reflects this and helps educate and uplift the women around me.