Throwback Thursday: Remember Taylor Swift's 2007 Christmas Album?

Taylor Swift the Holiday Collection
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Cover art for Taylor Swift's 2007 album The Holiday Collection.

Here's a fun fact for the non-Taylor Swift superfans out there: In 2007, fresh off her success with her 2006 debut country album Taylor Swift, Swift released a six-song Christmas album exclusively through Target. (It was later re-released wide in Dec. 2008.) In honor of Christmas and Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at Swift's Christmas EP The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection. 

In addition to Swift putting a country (and particularly youthful) spin on classics like "Last Christmas," the release is most notable as another early example of Swift's songwriting abilities. The album features two original songs: "Christmases When You Were Mine," where she is credited as a co-writer for a contemplative tune about missing an ex-boyfriend at Christmas, and "Christmas Must Be Something More," a Swift original about the meaning of the holiday. 

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"Christmas Must Be Something More" is a slightly more religious song than is typical of Swift. "You'd see that today holds something special/ Something holy, not superficial/ So here's to the birthday boy who saved our lives/ It's something we all try to ignore/ And put a wreath up on your door/ So here's something you should know that is for sure/ Christmas must be something more," Swift croons on the chorus. 

Listen to "Christmas Must Be Something More" below.

On the memorable "Silent Night," Swift keeps the lyrics the same but works with an almost brand new melody, putting a unique twist on the Christmas classic. Listen below.


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