As any Swiftie worth their six different special edition Lover CDs knows, 13 is Taylor Swift's lucky number. She's a contrarian that way! This makes today rather special: it's 13 years since the release of the musician's first studio album, Taylor Swift. You better believe people are out here celebrating.
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As they well should. Taylor Swift was a revelation. The album cover art was a wonderfully hideous Dixie Chicks-meets-Britney Spears mashup (cursive font, butterflies, those blonde country curls), but the music was on point. Swift's debut spawned three catchy, twangy, confessional hits about high school summer romances: "Tim McGraw," "Teardrops on My Guitar," and "Our Song." She was just 17 years old at the time.
In honor of 13 years of Taylor Swift debut album I’m bringing this ICONIC video back #13YearsOfTaylorSwift https://t.co/s7DDXHqffC— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Cecilia 🏹 (@𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Cecilia 🏹) 1571925047.0
Things have changed dramatically since then. Swift's lost her southern accent, released Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, Reputation, and Lover, and broken with Big Machine, the Nashville-based music label that put her on the map. Oh, and something or other went down with Kanye West. I forget the details.
Swifties have been there all the way: through Swift's series of handsome and famous boyfriends, the rise and fall of her girl squad, #Kaylor lesbian konspiracy theories, and that time Pitchfork declined to review 1989 except in Ryan Adams format.
Phew. She has given us so much! Here's to 13 more years. Stans react to the anniversary, below.
HAPPY #13YearsOfTaylorSwift here's fetus tay to brighten up your day https://t.co/hDU7ENgYdJ— aysha (@aysha) 1571911743.0
Any other OG fans still have their original CD they bought back in 2006?? #13YearsOfTaylorSwift https://t.co/uCHKdfmSvY— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Kinley 💕 (@𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Kinley 💕) 1571911843.0
I’ve had the time of my life growing up with you by my side @taylorswift13 !! Thank you for always being there for… https://t.co/UCyAl6p7dC— ♡ Emily !NYC RELEASE WEEK! (@♡ Emily !NYC RELEASE WEEK!) 1571937297.0
13 YEARS OF TAYLOR SWIFT ❤️ #13YearsOfTaylorSwift https://t.co/LS3X37BqNN— Matilda (@Matilda) 1571914495.0
13 years ago today, a debut, self-titled album was released and somehow that was EVERYTHING! We can’t put the last… https://t.co/gOTCCnOlE9— Taylor Nation (@Taylor Nation) 1571923444.0
13 years of @taylorswift13's stories being brought to life and becoming the soundtracks to our own chapters. Music… https://t.co/0zddkX8ATR— Carly Heading (@Carly Heading) 1571916916.0
when you think taylor swift, i hope you think of me 💗 happy #13YearsofTaylorSwift!! still wonderstruck by how each… https://t.co/qeapkuPBHn— love, judiel (@love, judiel) 1571923366.0
i can't believe that the girl in the first photo worked so hard and had her dreams so clear that the fourth photo i… https://t.co/nzvkXCbNlu— loveronica, taylena defense force (@loveronica, taylena defense force) 1571926107.0
happy 13 years taylor 💙 the fact that you have remained the same kind and down to earth person since you started is… https://t.co/mhBRUn1TB7— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, jasMinE 💙 (@𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, jasMinE 💙) 1571914454.0
It's nice to have a friend @taylornation13 @taylorswift13 #13YearsOfTaylorSwift https://t.co/rKsNVkB6Gc— paulina (@paulina) 1571926060.0
guess who’s crying harder now #13YearsOfTaylorSwift https://t.co/mXyZE4nKzt— c r i s t y (@c r i s t y) 1571909969.0
HAPPY #13YearsOfTaylorSwift🤠🤘 https://t.co/v50ht1MNHW— 𝙗𝙤𝙜𝙞👻 (@𝙗𝙤𝙜𝙞👻) 1571911440.0
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