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1989 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. 1989 eventually became the best-selling album of 2014 in the U.S. market and has sold over 5.7 million copies as of February 2016, while selling 8.6 million worldwide. 1989 won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Style 17
Blank Space 7
New Romantics 6
Clean 5
Shake It Off 5
All You Had to do was Stay 4
You Are In Love 4
I Wish You Would 3
Bad Blood 3
Out of the Woods 3
I Know Places 2
Wildest Dreams 2
This Love 1
How You Get the Girl 1
Wonderland 0
Welcome to NY 0


johnny crunch, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:19 (three years ago) link

"style" or "i know places"

cher guevara (lex pretend), Friday, 25 March 2016 14:26 (three years ago) link

gotta go w/ "style" but "all you had to do was stay" grew on me

dc, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:31 (three years ago) link

xp yeah I know places has prob most gained ground ime but style is still best agree

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:32 (three years ago) link

style
shake
new romantics
I know places
woods
wildest

blank space
wish you would
bad blood
welcome to ny

wonderland
you are in love
stay
this love
how you get
clean

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:33 (three years ago) link

"style" is def the best but i'm gonna throw "wish you would" my vote

J0rdan S., Friday, 25 March 2016 14:36 (three years ago) link

Style

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Friday, 25 March 2016 14:36 (three years ago) link

Never gotten tired of "Blank Space" and her bets melding of lyrics + pop beats to date.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 March 2016 14:39 (three years ago) link

if i was maxing a mix of her best tracks i think "style" "wish you would" & "out of the woods" are prob the only three of these i'd consider

"all you had to do was stay" & "how you get the girl" are good album tracks but feel sort of minor & adrift considering her entire discog

"shake it off" is def a monster pop single, i heard it at a wedding recently and it sounded great in a context like that but it still feels too craven for me to rank it w/ my favorite of her singles

"blank space" has an incredible hook but also sort of left me cold... i think i had a personal problem getting over the aesthetic direction of this album that i took out on the singles

the ballads on this album never did much for me but i should go back & listen again. i do like "wildest dreams"

J0rdan S., Friday, 25 March 2016 14:41 (three years ago) link

definitely i wish you would, followed by style, out of the woods, and clean

ufo, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:55 (three years ago) link

gotta be Bad Blood

flappy bird, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:15 (three years ago) link

'Style' or 'new romantics', but 'style' is still one of her best songs, imo

Nourry, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:46 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tw8jOyzomU

how's life, Friday, 25 March 2016 18:01 (three years ago) link

^^^^^

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 25 March 2016 18:07 (three years ago) link

the "he's so tall and handsome as hell" one, but I only know the singles. Maybe I should get this whole album. I like Taylor Swift. Even "Shake It Off" grew on me eventually.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 25 March 2016 18:26 (three years ago) link

YOU ARE IN LOVE

j. winters (josh), Friday, 25 March 2016 18:38 (three years ago) link

Style
Blank Space
Out of the Woods
This Love
How You Get the Girl
Shake It Off
Wildest Dreams
I Know Places
New Romantics
I Wish You Would
All You Had to do was Stay
Clean

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 25 March 2016 19:16 (three years ago) link

actually put Clean on top of New Romantics

"This Love" is gonna miss out but I love it a lot, the Nathan Chapman song but with gorgeous synths bubbling on the chorus. some days I think it's the best here.

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 25 March 2016 19:19 (three years ago) link

Biggest problem with "This Love" is the lyrical reference to "wildest dreams" coming so soon after a song called "Wildest Dreams". I expect that's meant to be a narrative device but it doesn't feel like it when listening.

Tim F, Friday, 25 March 2016 20:54 (three years ago) link

Style by a mile.

piscesx, Friday, 25 March 2016 20:57 (three years ago) link

"wildest dreams" and "style" were my initial favorites, but the radio edit version of "wildest dreams" might've somehow cheapened it for me (as ridiculous as that sounds).

liked this performance of it, though:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGDkg3QiJmk

dc, Friday, 25 March 2016 21:01 (three years ago) link

idk, sounds almost like it could be a waxahatchee song there. uh...i mean that as a compliment. (could see how ppl would feel the exact opposite.)

dc, Friday, 25 March 2016 21:07 (three years ago) link

Lately I've been wondering which direction she'll go in next (it's conceivable she'll release another album this year, though I wouldn't be surprised if she took a bit more time between releases this time). She can hardly push more pop, so it seems her options are either to make 1990 or to start pushing on more tangential directions.

I'm not sure that there's a clear rulebook - the recent-history precedents for pop stars "maturing" while still in the limelight that i can recall off-hand were all premised on pop's (then) relationship with r&b. The standard manoeuvre seems to be just to ignore the issue while the going's good.

Tim F, Friday, 25 March 2016 21:55 (three years ago) link

i can only imagine an alt-country authenticity grab or another version of 1989 and for some reason i feel the latter is more likely

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 25 March 2016 22:03 (three years ago) link

who knows though. would love for her to surprise me with the power pop record red hinted at for instance

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 25 March 2016 22:05 (three years ago) link

anyway this is either "new romantics" or "you are in love" or, surprisingly, "i wish you would"

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 25 March 2016 22:05 (three years ago) link

Yeah I can imagine her drifting back towards (a more crit friendly version of) country but it feels too soon? Like she needs a New Jersey before that would start to seem like the best option.

would love for her to surprise me with the power pop record red hinted at for instance

Can we get Bhaskar and Antonoff to be the creative directors for the next project?

Tim F, Friday, 25 March 2016 22:22 (three years ago) link

I really enjoy this record. Hard choice between Welcome to New York, Style, Bad Blood, Out of the Woods, Wildest Dreams, and I Know Places.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:59 (three years ago) link

Yeah who could possibly say which of those six songs is better

Tim F, Saturday, 26 March 2016 02:12 (three years ago) link

'out of the woods' is. duh

carly rae jetson (thomp), Saturday, 26 March 2016 05:00 (three years ago) link

i would be surprised if she didn't do one more hyper-pop album. "shake it off"+ "blank space" + "bad blood" were just too successful i think for her not to take one more whack at the piñata. i hope i'm wrong tho, this one lost a lot of the emotional intimacy of her previous records which i would pin on this album almost feeling like an experiment in how popular she could push her music to be.

J0rdan S., Saturday, 26 March 2016 06:41 (three years ago) link

Agree with that.

Tim F, Saturday, 26 March 2016 07:58 (three years ago) link

glad that the consensus is coming round to this being her worst album

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 26 March 2016 10:46 (three years ago) link

also have no idea where she goes immediately from here - in terms of her persona as well as sound. agree that it's too soon for the Return To Country (more's the pity)

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 26 March 2016 10:49 (three years ago) link

hmm consensus? it's at least her 2nd best album, after Speak Now! or is this non-ILM consensus?

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:14 (three years ago) link

i mean the couple of posts above mine!

non-ILM pop fans probably think this is her best, unfortch

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:25 (three years ago) link

y"all think Speak Now is the best? i think Red.

agreed there'll likely be another hearty whack at the pop piñata.

dc, Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:10 (three years ago) link

not her best ('Fearless' always), but probably 2nd or 3rd best (I'm still divided between '1989' and 'Red' for the 2nd place). But it's better than 'Speak Now' and 'Taylor Swift' , for sure.

But I would prefer if she didn't continue this pop path.

Nourry, Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:17 (three years ago) link

imo Red's her worst album, too many compromises between different sounds, the big singles are her most superficial ("Bad Blood" doesn't really exist, it's just 4 minutes of silence on the better pressed cds). she has no perfect albums ("Better Than Revenge") but Red's the most bloated, by unnecessary duets; and I dare anyone on this thread to try to hum "I Almost Do" from memory.

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:18 (three years ago) link

can def hum that! :)

dc, Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:19 (three years ago) link

I think Red's still her worst but y'all know that already. 1989 is better realized but almost as uneven; I can't remember the last time I head the album tracks.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:20 (three years ago) link

I don't know what are the 1989 singles after "Bad Blood" but I listen to "This Love", "Clean", and "How You Get the Girl" all the time.

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:23 (three years ago) link

I hope in 2016 she changes her name to Taylor Shithead and just releases an ep of punk covers.

how's life, Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:29 (three years ago) link

it's the singles that handicap 1989, not the album tracks

she's had filler and missteps before but none of the bad songs on previous albums are as awful as the worst on 1989

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:31 (three years ago) link

I guess you're forgetting songs like 'the last time' and 'everything has changed'. The duets with Ed Sheeran and the guy from snow patrol are clearly the worst thing she has made.

Nourry, Saturday, 26 March 2016 13:34 (three years ago) link

Yeah who could possibly say which of those six songs is better

I think you're being sarcastic but it is!

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 26 March 2016 14:11 (three years ago) link

there are several songs on 1989 worse than "everything has changed" (which prob wouldn't be nearly as reviled as it is here if ed sheeran didn't contribute)

dyl, Saturday, 26 March 2016 15:48 (three years ago) link

"New Romantics" is the greatest song she will ever write.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 26 March 2016 16:00 (three years ago) link

feelin like this poll is one of those ones where erryone is like "it's style so I'm voting for my pet favorite"

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 26 March 2016 18:15 (three years ago) link

Yeah I almost voted Clean on that count, but decided to be honest and went with Style. (But somebody else please vote for Clean.)

A nationally known air show announcer/personality (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 26 March 2016 18:25 (three years ago) link

In re her future, I think another big pop album with a few piano ballads, and then a piano ballad album with a few misleading pop singles, then a full-album collaboration with Kendrick, then the country comeback (which will be either post-divorce or post-maternity, maybe both).

A nationally known air show announcer/personality (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 26 March 2016 18:29 (three years ago) link

new romantics.

campreverb, Saturday, 26 March 2016 19:06 (three years ago) link

I guess you're forgetting songs like 'the last time' and 'everything has changed'.

"everything has changed" is a good song! "the last time" would be a all right if someone had written a bridge

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 26 March 2016 19:22 (three years ago) link

I was agreeing with Jordan's comment about emotional intimacy, rather than any implicit suggestion that 1989 is her worst album (it might be! but I go back and forth on the relative greatness of her albums quite a lot). I think she gains as well as loses things in the exchange. There's a kind of monumentality to "Style" and "Wish You Would" and some of the other tracks that benefits from the diamond-like hardness. Funnily enough the path these songs follow was laid down not by the previous Max Martin collabs but "Treacherous", which I would say in some ways is her most polished song before 1989 (give or take "Tim McGraw" obv). But "Treacherous" wouldn't make sense as a Martin co-write because it still covers too much vocal/emotional range, whereas all the Martin tunes operate within a fairly narrow field of declamatory vocal intensity - like you could imagine a Martin co-write capturing the bridge of "Treacherous" (which is the best part!) but not the verses, he'd think they were too tentative. On all of 1989 I'd say only "Clean" bucks that trend; even the Antanoff tracks start at 8 and then push forward relentlessly to 10.

There's also other lines of possibility that are open for her to pick up on: the irrepressible rush of "State of Grace" and "Holy Ground", for instance. But again, I think the closest she can come to capturing the feel of that material while working with Max Martin is something like "New Romantics", which captures that sense of gallop but never feels at risk of stumbling (which is one of the more endearing qualities of the earlier tunes).

If I had to guess I'd say the next album will sound more soundscapey - more 1975 lolwave basically - at least outside the singles. When I saw her in December the middle section where she performed on a high platform with a keyboard, and it was both the best part of the show and the part that she seemed most into - especially the new version of "Love Story" which was a lot like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glx_kpo3wAI

Tim F, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:48 (three years ago) link

the synth version of love story is better than nearly all of 1989

ufo, Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:25 (three years ago) link

surely calvin harris will have a hand in some of the new stuff

art baengels (monotony), Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:28 (three years ago) link

uuughhyyhhghhhhhhh

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:39 (three years ago) link

"Calvin Harris will have a hand in this": most chilling phrase since "Ed Sheeran duet"

dc, Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:43 (three years ago) link

Let's just hope that whatever she does next, it isn't a Bubblegum Bass album.

MarkoP, Sunday, 27 March 2016 05:00 (three years ago) link

"Calvin Harris will have a hand in this": most chilling phrase since "Ed Sheeran duet"

― dc, Saturday, March 26, 2016 11:43 PM (

"ft. The Weeknd"

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 27 March 2016 11:32 (three years ago) link

i mean...yeah, but the last time calvin made music with his gf we got "i will never let you down" sooooooo

art baengels (monotony), Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:01 (three years ago) link

clinging to those tabloid reports a few weeks ago about harris refusing to work with her

cher guevara (lex pretend), Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:13 (three years ago) link

do i want to know what "1975 lolwave" is :/

cher guevara (lex pretend), Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:15 (three years ago) link

imo 'style' could perfectly be a 1975 song, so...

Nourry, Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:35 (three years ago) link

i do not like that synthy vers of lvoe story

johnny crunch, Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:09 (three years ago) link

I find things to enjoy in every album of hers, even in S/T, but to me Speak Now > Fearless >> Red >> 1989 > S/T.

I voted for "You are in love", which is, to me, clearly the one single track in 1989 that builds upon the songwriting she's been developing since Fearless (the intimacy, the attention to detail, the level of care shown for her characters, the surprising shifts in POVs, etc).

I'd rather see her going in a different direction for her next album; maybe going back to the Speak Now country-pop or improving the Red-era arena rock. I liked 1989; I find intriguing that she's learned to work more with sound and less with words (as Ann Powers said, I think), and the fact that she managed to pull this experiment off so well, considering it pushed her far, far away from where her real strenghts are, is an achievement on itself. But still, nothing in it was as dazzling as "Fifteen", "Never grow up" or "All too well"; that, to me, is where the meat of her songwriting is. Nobody else can write songs quite like those.

cpl593H, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:40 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:01 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 1 April 2016 00:01 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Alfred, do you like “Reputation”?

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 9 April 2018 01:48 (one year ago) link

In toto? No.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 April 2018 01:57 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Style still rips

I love "I Wish You Would". It has always reminded me of "Dancing in the dark" with all that late-night pent-up angst.

cpl593H, Monday, 4 November 2019 12:51 (one week ago) link


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