Taylor Swift’s 10 Best Music Videos (Ranked by YouTube Views)
Fans are eagerly awaiting and theorizing when Taylor Swift will release her next re-recorded album after Red was released in November 2021. While some lean heavily towards Swift’s clues leading to 1989 being next, others suspect Speak Now. Either way, the Swifties won’t be disappointed as they’re just thrilled to hear their old favorite songs again for the first time.
As one of the most successful musicians, Swift has an extensive catalog filled with hits. Some of his most iconic songs have become legends yet again thanks to the popularity of their music videos.
ten Love story – 642 million views
As the first single from Without fear, “Love Story” set the tone for the album’s hopeful romance. This song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her highest charting hit at the time (via Billboard).
With lyrics that reference Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, Swift links her words to the visuals of the video with her long flowing dress as she sings from a balcony. As the song begins in a high school in the present day, Swift is taken back in time when she dances with her “Romeo” at a prom and sneaks out to see him.
9 I don’t want to live forever – 674 million views
Collaborating with Zayn Malik, the two perform “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” for the film Fifty shades darker. The song is not only one of Swift’s best original songs for a movie, but it was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
In the video, Zayn and Swift walk down the halls to their own hotel rooms. In their bedrooms, the two trash their place until they are seen together singing a chorus, with the final image of Taylor singing alone for the camera.
8 We will never get back together – 701 million views
The first single from Swift’s album, Red, “We’ll Never Get Back Together” was catchy long before it was featured in Perfect location 2. The song earned numerous nominations, as well as a CMT nomination for Best Music Video.
Filmed in one continuous shot, the video is bright and colorful, fitting the song as it leans into the pop genre. This video manages to make the situation of trying to be convinced to get back together with an ex something fun and lighthearted, capturing the attention of viewers and listeners alike.
seven Style – 718 million views
‘Style’ is one of the main reasons Swifties are the most excited 1989 re-recorded songs, the album winning the Grammy for Album of the Year. While having a clear narrative in the lyrics, detailing a relationship that may not be the most cohesive, but still real and timeless.
In the video, the song’s narrative is visually less clear, instead capturing the feelings of the story more through abstract imagery. Director Kyle Newman captured this new side of “style” with Swift’s silhouettes framing natural landscapes and weather with some scenes featuring the one with the “James Dean daydream look”.
6 Wildest dreams – 826 million views
Originally published on 1989, “Wildest Dreams” has since been one of the few from the album to be re-recorded and released. The “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” gained more streams on its release day than the original on any day (via Variety).
The video for “Wildest Dreams” is set in Africa on the set of a period film in 1950, as it tells the story of two co-stars falling in love (inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton). Swift donated all proceeds from “Wildest Dreams” to the African Parks Foundation of America (via Africaparks.org).
5 You belong to me – 1.3 billion views
Although Swift has reissued Without fear, “You Belong With Me” remains a song that fans consider better than Taylor’s version. This may be partly because the original video is one of Swift’s most recognizable and popular from her previous albums. Swift plays both the girl next door, in love with her neighbor, and the antagonist of the video, the brunette cheerleader. The song and video capture the feeling of being a teenager with a huge crush who can’t help but compare himself to others around them.
4 Look what you made me do – 1.3 billion views
After her one-year hiatus, Swift fired her Reputation era with “Look What You Made Me Do”. The video has reached 43.2 million views in the 24 hours since its release, breaking the record for the most views in one day (via Variety). The song’s lyrics refer to situations that tarnished his reputation, and the video picks up where the lyrics left off, playing into the satire. Swift shows life media portraying her with some of Swift’s best video Easter eggs, such as when she’s lying in a bathtub full of diamonds and a single dollar bill and also references her oldies videos.
3 Bad Blood – 1.5 billion views
As the big hit from one of Swift’s sauciest albums1989, “Bad Blood” features Swift’s close friends Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld, Gigi Hadid, and Zendaya, among others, helping the video break the record for most views in a day with 20.1 million (via EO).
Celebrity appearances helped cement this song as one of her most iconic as it depicts Swift and Gomez fighting together for a briefcase until Gomez double-crosses her, so Swift trains to get revenge on her. . The video ends just as the real fight begins between the two of them.
2 Empty space – 3B views
Another shot of 1989 it would be hard to find someone who hasn’t heard it, “Blank Space” was one of the biggest singles of 2015 as it garnered multiple Grammy nominations. At the MTV Video Music Awards, Swift won Best Pop Video and Best Female Video for “Blank Space.”
Swift satirizes the media’s portrayal of her as someone who cannot stay in a steady relationship. In the video, Swift thinks her boyfriend is cheating and behaving erratically, getting mean according to how the media portrays the end of each relationship as if it was her fault.
1 Shake it – 3.1 billion views
From his first official pop album, “Shake It Off”, spent 50 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and earned three Grammy nominations. As first single, this song perfectly introduced the tone of the album to the masses as it was more upbeat and catchy.
In a more comedic video for Swift, she explores what it was like for her to discover her identity. Swift portrays someone out of place around cheerleaders and dancers like ballerinas and breakdancers, but that doesn’t phase her as she embraces the fun of it all.
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