Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no denying Taylor Swift’s impact on music. With hundreds of songs and dozens of hits in her career, she’s a singer-songwriter (and officially, Billboard’s Woman of the Decade in 2019).
These days, however, music isn’t just about music, it’s also about visual execution. And while the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” is generally true, an album cover can play an important role in making a great album. For Swift, a handful of her greatest albums feature some of the most memorable art. When 1989 came out in 2014, for example, everyone from Swifties to casual listeners attempted to recreate the iconic half-faceless Polaroid cover. And this album won album of the year at the Grammys.
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At the same time, not all hit covers are hit albums, and vice versa. So, Billboard decided to rank each of the pop star’s covers since her debut in 2006.
Now, let’s be clear: this list only takes album covers into account. If you’re looking to find out how the albums compare musically and lyrically, you’ve come to the wrong place. We just look at the covers: the filters, the styling, the framing, and how the creative represents the album as a whole. And, yes, this list is completely subjective, so there’s nothing wrong with disagreeing. No strong emotions.
Including his two re-recorded Taylor’s Versions and original master recordings, plus that oft-forgotten 2007 Christmas record, see how we rank each of Swift’s album covers, from worst to best, below.