Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift: 13 Things We Loved About You This Year

Miller Mobley
Taylor Swift photographed Nov. 18, 2014 at Siren Studios in Los Angeles.

It's no secret Taylor Swift's favorite number is 13 -- just check out her Twitter handle. 

So in honor of her 25th birthday Saturday, Dec. 13, we easily thought up thirteen reasons we loved her this year, from her album release secret sessions to her excellent decision to finally figure out Tumblr. And, of course, we couldn't forget about a little album called 1989, which is currently sitting pretty atop the Billboard 200 charts.

Relive some of Swift's greatest moments this year below.

1. "Females are kind of pinned up against each other," she explained. "For example, you’ll never see online 'Vote for who has the better butt: this actor or this actor.' It’s always this female singer or this female singer. It's every day [for me].... In order for us to have gender equality, we have to stop making it a girl fight, and we have to stop being so interested in seeing girls try and tear each other down. It has to be more about cheering each other on as women." [Tout Le Monde En Parle]

2. Swift is all about her fans (remember those ingenius Secret Sessions?). One particularly great moment? When Swift surprised a fan at their bridal shower -- and helpfully documented the whole thing on Instagram.

 

"This is my first bridal shower, and Gena's last" @taylorswift

A photo posted by genagabrielle (@genagabrielle) on Apr 4, 2014 at 1:21pm PDT

3. Taylor Swift's cats' -- that's Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey -- celebrity really took off this year. And how could it not, when Swift Instagrams photos like this?

 

In honor of #NationalCatDay, here is a photo of that one time I caught Meredith and Olivia cuddling.

Zdjęcie zamieszczone przez użytkownika Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) Paź 10, 2014 at 9:03 PDT

 

4. She introduced this phrase into the lexicon: "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate hate. I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake."

5. Her sense of humor was more publicly on display. Case in point: This Graham Norton Show interview.

6. For people who spend their days on the Internet, there was perhaps no moment more exciting than when Swift officially joined Tumblr. Her embrace of the "No, it's becky" meme -- both online and IRL -- was particularly perfect.

7. "It's not that [I've sworn off dating] as much as I'm just very protective of my happiness," Swift shared. "I found a place in my life that feels really great and I'm not willing to compromise that for just anyone, and so, you can paraphrase that all you want into something very extreme, but they make what I say extreme no matter what I say...So I'm really happy about the fact that being single doesn't feel like being alone. I have love in my life, I just don't have a relationship, and that feels really natural right now." [E News]

8. One word: Taylurking

9. The 1989 liner notes were perfect. (Clearly, so was the actual music on the album, but you already knew that.) 

10. Her fashion game was on-point, from awards shows dresses to post-gym...well, dresses. 

11. Thankfully, 2014 brought fans plenty more awesome awards show dancing.

12. "This album [1989] was made completely and solely on my terms, with no one else's opinion factoring in, no one else's agenda factoring in. I didn't feel that I was having to think too hard about the musical direction. In the past, I've always tried to make sure that I was maintaining a stronghold on two different genres, and this time I just had to think about one, which was creatively a relief. It was nice to be honest about what I was making." [Billboard]

13. When Swift accepted Billboard's Woman of the Year award yesterday, her speech outlined her thoughts about the future of the music industry. It's always impressive how she sticks to her guns and speaks out about issues that she feels are important. 

Happy birthday, Taylor Swift! 

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