Taylor Swift Album Poll

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in celebration of Taylor re-recording her first 6 albums

Poll Results

OptionVotes
1989 18
Red 14
Fearless 10
Speak Now 10
evermore 10
folklore 9
Taylor Swift 1
Lover 1
reputation 0


winters (josh), Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:04 (two months ago) link

Had to go with Speak Now

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:06 (two months ago) link

i think '89 w/ fearless a close second

johnny crunch, Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:11 (two months ago) link

can I choose 4

Indexed, Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:19 (two months ago) link

I will regret any choice

Indexed, Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:20 (two months ago) link

1989 (deluxe edition with the 3 bonus tracks)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:22 (two months ago) link

evermore
red
folklore
reputation
speak now
fearless/lover (tie)
1989
s/t

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:22 (two months ago) link

everyone voting for 1989... why

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:22 (two months ago) link

1989 (deluxe edition with the 3 bonus tracks)

― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, February 11, 2021 11:22 AM (one minute ago) bookmarkflaglink

"You Are in Love" <3

Indexed, Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:24 (two months ago) link

Evermore
Folklore
Speak Now
1989
Reputation
Red
Lover
Fearless
s/t

but the s/t is still 8/10 & I could exchange the order of everything after Folklore except the s/t

All cars are bad (Euler), Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:25 (two months ago) link

it's still red for me... her most exciting album, the one where it feels like anything might be possible

the one i would stump for as underrated is reputation ... the singles were so bad and it's where her public persona started to curdle a bit but the songwriting is really strong throughout, even if the production choices felt dated even at the time. i think it's the album where i most enjoy her engagement w/ her own celebrity. w/ distance i've come to feel like it's her best post-red and/or pure pop album.

1989... i never loved this album, particularly a few of the singles and the final three songs, but the rest of the album is pretty incredible, half a dozen knockouts on that record to me. it's a pretty tight album too which after this would become a rarity for her

i think the one that moves me the least is lover... there's def some really good songs on that, prob like 3-4 i'd put onto a "best of" mix, but i listened to it recently and it just left me pretty cold. emotionally i couldn't connect w/ it & tho there are a few of her best pop songs on there it just feels like she's spinning her wheels creatively for me

fearless sounded about as good as ever to me when i re-listened recently... there's a lightness of touch, a certain sparkle, w/ that album that i don't think exists anywhere else in her discography.

speak now is the one that i never really think about but whenever i listen to it i'm like, damn there's a lot of amazing songs on this record. i think it's just that red is very similar to it in scope but more adventurous so speak now gets overshadowed to some degree

honestly have not listened to evermore more than a few times, it was just too much taylor and the national for me by the end of last year. i'll go back eventually but i'm leaving it off my list

red
fearless
speak now
reputation
1989
folklore
s/t
lover

J0rdan S., Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:58 (two months ago) link

reputation def the best pop taylor album and surprisingly enough the production aged really well imo

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:02 (two months ago) link

Yeah it's still really fun to listen to.

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:03 (two months ago) link

Speak Now and Red are excellent albums, but Fearless is the album o' my heart and still makes me sob tbh.

horseshoe, Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:07 (two months ago) link

I love 1989, too

horseshoe, Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:07 (two months ago) link

it's between fearless and folklore but yeah, there's a magic sparkle to fearless that puts it on top

abcfsk, Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:23 (two months ago) link

In general every time I try to do this I find I overrate whatever the more recent Swift albums are, which is weird because it's the opposite of what I do with every other artist.

Indexed, Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:12 (two months ago) link

Speak Now > Fearless > Folklore > Red > Evermore > 1989 > Reputation > Taylor Swift > Lover

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:37 (two months ago) link

I'd have to think about this a little more, but it feels like Lover is being underestimated here. It's definitely better than Reputation.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:43 (two months ago) link

Reputation has higher highs and lower lows than Lover. I at least give it credit for going for something. Lover is just boring IMO.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:44 (two months ago) link

Don't get me wrong, Lover wouldn't likely make my top 4, but it's a much better record than the singles would indicate.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:47 (two months ago) link

Lover is my favorite; I love the juxtaposition of the fun pop sound with the self-awareness and anxiety in the lyrics. And it has "The Archer" which is probably my favorite Taylor Swift song.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:48 (two months ago) link

When "Cruel Summer" is on, it sounds like the best song ever written, particularly the middle eight.

meticulously crafted, socially responsible, morally upsta (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:50 (two months ago) link

I would also argue that we wouldn't get Folklore/Evermore without some of the tentative steps on Lover.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:50 (two months ago) link

Mine:

Speak Now
Red
folklore
1989
evermore
Fearless
Lover
Taylor Swift
Reputation

meticulously crafted, socially responsible, morally upsta (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:51 (two months ago) link

It's obv now that Lover represented the End of a Method or approach begun with Red.

meticulously crafted, socially responsible, morally upsta (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:52 (two months ago) link

When "Cruel Summer" is on, it sounds like the best song ever written, particularly the middle eight.

― meticulously crafted, socially responsible, morally upsta (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:50 PM (four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

ot fucking m

johnny crunch, Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:55 (two months ago) link

I think Lover is really poorly served by having "I Forgot That You Existed" as the first track; if you skip that one and start with "Cruel Summer," it instantly becomes a much better album imo. I always do that, to the point where I think of Cruel Summer as the first track. (I guess you could say that I forgot that I Forgot That You Existed existed.)

Lily Dale, Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:56 (two months ago) link

Red
folklore
Fearless
evermore
Lover (with the edited tracklist)
Speak Now
1989
Reputation
Taylor Swift

I regret this already.

Nourry, Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:20 (two months ago) link

Mine was Speak Now for years, but I think Red has edged it. Red has a couple of songs I actively dislike, which is not true of Speak Now, but I like the range and musical variety. So at the moment, I think I'd go:

Red
Speak Now
Fearless
folklore
1989
Lover
s/t
evermore
Reputation

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:45 (two months ago) link

Red
Fearless
folklore
Speak Now
Lover
1989
S/T
reputation

I can't place evermore yet. It's exhausting and several songs actively chafe but it contains moments of full artistic flower even beyond folklore ("happiness", "cowboy like me") and closes with her best run ever ("ivy" through "evermore")

bunny slopes, Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:03 (two months ago) link

It's obv now that Lover represented the End of a Method or approach begun with Red.

― meticulously crafted, socially responsible, morally upsta (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:52 PM (two hours ago)

i think it also makes it clear that the aesthetic pivot that followed was necessary ... there's a nice frothy sorta pop album somewhere in lover (from "cruel summer" to "false god", with "london boy" being lit on fire) but the joel little songs on there are for me the very bottom rung of her entire discography. she went in the studio w/ louis bell & adam feeney -- the biggest pop producers of that moment -- and came out w/ one of her worst ever singles + 2 songs ("afterglow" and "it's nice to have a friend") that are... nice albums tracks, at best. even the dixie chicks collab was kind of fumbled. creatively she was wheezing a bit to me by this point... the idea of her going pop had lost its novelty, her interactions w/ contemporary pop of the time were awkward (the katy perry reveal video, christ), and just generally that kind of production is not the best delivery vehicle for her songwriting to begin with

J0rdan S., Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:08 (two months ago) link

"afterglow" is one of the best t. swift songs ever

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:11 (two months ago) link

so good in fact i thought it was an antonoff joint until this very moment, can't believe it's part of the "i forgot you existed"/"it's nice to have a friend" camp

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:12 (two months ago) link

it's her big amy grant ballad, a description that maybe accounts for why i love it and others are unmoved

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:15 (two months ago) link

I think "Afterglow" is an important part of the overarching narrative of Lover (the narrative being, essentially, "I always thought my relationship issues were someone else's fault, and didn't realize how many hurtful and controlling behaviors I had until I ended up in a good relationship that I care about and want to preserve, and now I'm slowly learning how to admit when I was wrong.") It matches up nicely with "The Archer" and "Cornelia Street."

Lily Dale, Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:21 (two months ago) link

i'm interested to see if Red wins this just barely, or if it's a blowout

alpine static, Friday, 12 February 2021 00:37 (two months ago) link

Red was my favorite, until Evermore showed up.

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Friday, 12 February 2021 00:39 (two months ago) link

I'm interested to see if anyone will vote for Reputation or Taylor Swift.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 12 February 2021 00:48 (two months ago) link

1989
fearless

speak now
red
reputation

lover
folklore/evermore

johnny crunch, Friday, 12 February 2021 00:52 (two months ago) link

folklore is my favourite, but red edited to my liking would beat it

ranking taylor albums is hard because a lot of her albums have at least a few real duds or sequencing issues that make them not very listenable front-to-back, like i love red and 1989 but only with some significant tweaks to their tracklists, and lover is a very weak album as-is but it manages to be worthwhile if you cut out nearly half the tracks.

as-is:
folklore
evermore
fearless
1989
red
s/t
lover
speak now
reputation

edited tracklists:
red
folklore
1989
evermore
lover
fearless
s/t
speak now
reputation

ufo, Friday, 12 February 2021 00:59 (two months ago) link

this is impossible

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 12 February 2021 03:01 (two months ago) link

Instead of a poll where you only get to choose one, can we do a proper Artist albums and tracks poll, or are those frowned upon while the artist is still in their prime? If so, I look forward to the 2045 ILM Taylor Swift poll.

Indexed, Friday, 12 February 2021 16:41 (two months ago) link

I feel like the amount of material she's released since the start of her career has fairly warranted an albums/tracks poll! I'm here for it

winters (josh), Friday, 12 February 2021 17:33 (two months ago) link

Haven't heard any of these but this feels like a good opportunity to try. Starting with Speak Now as that's the one I found at the library (was also probably the one I had the most interest in hearing at the time).

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Saturday, 13 February 2021 21:27 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 8 April 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

That was fast. Speak Now by far the best of the ones I listened to, very fond of "Never Grow Up" and "Mine."

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Thursday, 8 April 2021 01:43 (one week ago) link

folklore

Bee OK, Thursday, 8 April 2021 06:13 (one week ago) link

Instead of a poll where you only get to choose one, can we do a proper Artist albums and tracks poll, or are those frowned upon while the artist is still in their prime?

not at all. for instance i have done a Spoon poll a few years back and they are going to be releasing a new album this year. it will be the second since that poll closed.

Bee OK, Thursday, 8 April 2021 06:18 (one week ago) link

I voted Fearless, but haven't really listened to her pop albums after 1989 due to her increasingly abhorrent lead singles. Even though I've grown to love Shake It Off and Bad Blood, I don't think I'll ever feel the same way about LWYMMD or Me! I did listen to folklore a few times - liked it at first but every subsequent listening got more bored. Never listened to the follow-up. I'd rectify my negligence if there was a ballot poll on the horizon.

As it stands, I'd probably rank them:

Fearless
1989
Speak Now
Red
Taylor Swift

Speak Now and Red are definitely fighting it out for 3rd because Red definitely has higher highs than Speak Now, but it's incredibly front loaded and I hate the dudes in the duets.

peace, man, Thursday, 8 April 2021 10:59 (one week ago) link

this is impossible

― josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:01 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

yeah...I almost voted for Red and then revisited the second half. Everything through "Stay" is top-notch, but I think I'm going with Fearless. Evermore might be the best yet, but I used to think that about Lover, so I'm going to give it another couple years to brew.

Indexed, Thursday, 8 April 2021 14:34 (one week ago) link

Today, I would rank them:

Evermore
Reputation
Red
Fearless
Lover
1989
Folklore
debut
Speak Now

(that’s pure personal preference)

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Thursday, 8 April 2021 14:55 (one week ago) link

Red has a few amazing tracks in the final section ("Holy Ground" FFS, but also "Starlight" and "Begin Again", and I rep for "Sad Beautiful Tragic" as a nice game of dress-ups) and is long enough that you can skip the weaker tracks (which in truth are worse on paper than in reality - Gary Lightbody and Ed Sheeran are more useless than they are actively harmful) and still have a substantial album.

Tim F, Thursday, 8 April 2021 22:45 (one week ago) link

Fearless or Lover

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Thursday, 8 April 2021 23:00 (one week ago) link

xp I like the duets! I like all her duets. (I do sometimes skip "Sad Beautiful Tragic.")

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Thursday, 8 April 2021 23:04 (one week ago) link

red has no skips! gary lightbody does his best to suck all life out of "the last time", and the deluge of "this is the last time"s towards the end start to sound like a cruel tease, but taylor just about keeps things on track. love the way she sings 'you wear your best apologies - but i was there to watch you leave'.

also "i almost do" > "we are never" > "stay stay stay" > "the last time" is really good sequencing

uberweiss, Thursday, 8 April 2021 23:25 (one week ago) link

evermore
red
folklore
speak now
1989
reputation
lover
fearless
taylor swift

the middle 3 especially could all swap around on any given day

uberweiss, Thursday, 8 April 2021 23:28 (one week ago) link

clearly I'm missing something about Evermore, which came across as Folklore-lite to me last time I tried

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Thursday, 8 April 2021 23:29 (one week ago) link

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

System, Friday, 9 April 2021 00:01 (six days ago) link

bizarre

J0rdan S., Friday, 9 April 2021 00:03 (six days ago) link

this is why we can't have nice things!

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Friday, 9 April 2021 00:08 (six days ago) link

I think I'd like "The Last Time" more if it was more meta, and Taylor had never written a song again about an ex turning up and asking to be taken back.

Tim F, Friday, 9 April 2021 00:13 (six days ago) link

her weakest record outside of the s/t won. interesting

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 9 April 2021 00:42 (six days ago) link

1989 is her best Pop album but idk those results are bizarre. it's great if you cut "welcome to new york" and "bad blood" and maybe "shake it off" depending on how you're feeling and throw in "you are in love" and "new romantics" into the album proper but those duds on the official tracklist are truly dreadful

ufo, Friday, 9 April 2021 01:22 (six days ago) link

tbf, “I Know Places” is the only true dud. It’s a good album!

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Friday, 9 April 2021 01:35 (six days ago) link

Lover 1
reputation 0

^^^ correct, at least

Johnny Fever, Friday, 9 April 2021 03:47 (six days ago) link

reputation with 0? this board needs more contrarians

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 9 April 2021 04:11 (six days ago) link

i should've voted for reputation

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 9 April 2021 04:17 (six days ago) link

It's so good, and so much fun

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Friday, 9 April 2021 04:24 (six days ago) link

I can't even remember if I voted (lmao), but if I did, I should've voted for reputation

winters (josh), Friday, 9 April 2021 05:05 (six days ago) link

would any 1989 voters like to explain themselves?

winters (josh), Friday, 9 April 2021 05:06 (six days ago) link

I voted for Red, but 1989 is probably my second favorite because sequenced synths inna 80s style.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 9 April 2021 05:28 (six days ago) link

1989 is still really good except for those few duds though

red's weaker tracks aren't anywhere near as bad but i still hate the sequencing jumping all over the place stylistically, my preferred version cuts the three max martin pop hits (which are all underwritten imo), the duets (which aren't terrible but still relatively weak), and "stay stay stay" which is horrible twee grocery store commercial music. that leaves it at a very tight & perfect 10 tracks.

ufo, Friday, 9 April 2021 05:35 (six days ago) link

folk-more combined wins tho

abcfsk, Friday, 9 April 2021 05:57 (six days ago) link

“Stay Stay Stay” is amazing though?

Tim F, Friday, 9 April 2021 08:27 (six days ago) link

otm

horseshoe, Friday, 9 April 2021 13:32 (six days ago) link

would any 1989 voters like to explain themselves?

― winters (josh),

really amused at the total inability of this board to process that her most overall-popular album won for good reasons. it's also obviously her best, the only one I even momentarily considered voting for instead was Folklore. It also has the largest cultural footprint imo, and it has "Style".

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Friday, 9 April 2021 14:45 (six days ago) link

i.e. people who aren't fanatics (like me) find 1989 to be the best

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Friday, 9 April 2021 14:45 (six days ago) link

I really like 1989 now - even Welcome to New York!

peace, man, Friday, 9 April 2021 14:54 (six days ago) link

oh totally, good opener

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Friday, 9 April 2021 14:57 (six days ago) link

every time i revisit 1989 i like it less... and the transition from "i wish you would" to "bad blood" still makes me want to shut it off. obv i'm a fanatic though, and have come to think of reputation as the better and more interesting pop record (also profoundly misunderstood, which makes me like it more... beneath the "i live 4 the drama" exterior it's almost all love songs)

1989 also def her best ever set of bonus tracks which is also one of my problems with the album lol

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:01 (six days ago) link

petitioning to be admitted into the alternate universe where "wonderland" was a hit instead of "bad blood"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:02 (six days ago) link

or 'Clean"!!

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:05 (six days ago) link

how do you write a song like "new romantics" and not put it on your album... top 5 t swift song for me

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:06 (six days ago) link

During the mid '10s I listen to her albums less as statements than collections. I skipped around a lot. In 2014, the strength of "Blank Slate" and "Style" as singles reenergized my fandom after Red weakened it. I was wrong about Red and 1989.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:10 (six days ago) link

1989 is a great album and I'm not surprised at all it won, and yes, all the bonus tracks are great. I'm more surprised that there are 9 people who think Folklore is her best.

Indexed, Friday, 9 April 2021 15:13 (six days ago) link

i like that fearless and speak now tied. that’s a good result

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:18 (six days ago) link

1989 is very good, but it’s not like it’s her Purple Rain or something.

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:38 (six days ago) link

Lover was way too low. Not saying it should have placed in the top four, but it should have had much more than 1 lousy vote.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:43 (six days ago) link

Did anybody say that? She doesn't have a Purple Rain anyway.

Lover might be her Graffiti Bridge tho.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 9 April 2021 15:43 (six days ago) link

We need to do a proper poll for her, damn it

Indexed, Friday, 9 April 2021 15:46 (six days ago) link

this is probably kind of a good time for it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 9 April 2021 15:47 (six days ago) link

Did anybody say that?

That's sort of what I took sleeve to be saying; no biggie, I just wouldn't have thought it would be a clear-cut/default choice.

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Friday, 9 April 2021 16:19 (six days ago) link


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