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The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s:



Taylor Swift, ‘Red’

You knew she was trouble when she walked in. At the tender age of 22, Taylor Swift was already America’s favorite country singer. But with Red, she grew up with a bona fide pop classic, proving she could do it all. As she told Rolling Stone in 2014, “Different phases of your life have different levels of deep, traumatizing heartbreak.” She hit all the levels on Red, showing off her mastery of Nashville twang, disco flash, guitar-hero swagger, even a dubstep drop. Taylor set out to top Prince (“Red”), U2 (“State of Grace”), Britney (the Max Martin-produced “22”) — yet every moment sounds unmistakably like her. “All Too Well” remains her most majestic rock ballad: like the young Bruce Springsteen, if somebody dared him to sing about a scarf instead of a car.


Taylor Swift, ‘1989’

When Taylor Swift turned in her fifth album to country-centric former label Big Machine, label head Scott Borchetta asked for just a few tracks that referenced her old sound. “Love you, mean it, but this is how it’s going to be,” Swift told Rolling Stone of her response. On the cusp of turning 25, Swift took the biggest risk of her career. After experimenting with more “blatant pop music” on the still country-tinged Red, she abandoned her teardrop-stained guitar for a dance floor rebirth. On 1989, the singer looked to the decade she was born at the end of as well as stars like Robyn to make a synth-pop fantasia. Lyrically, Swift is at her most experimental and self-referential, like on the cheeky “Blank Space,” vitriolic “Bad Blood” and the atmospheric romance of “Wildest Dreams.” Since then, Swift has rarely looked back. 1989 launched Swift’s future and inspired stars like Lorde and Carly Rae Jepsen to sonically follow suit.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

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