Every Taylor Swift Music Video From 2006 to Today: Watch Her Evolution
Taylor Swift has gone through quite the musical evolution since she first broke onto the country music scene with her 2006 debut single “Tim McGraw,” and Billboard is taking a look back at how her music videos have developed since then.
Beginning with “Tim McGraw,” a song that Swift wrote when she was only a freshman in high school, the video saw a young pop star strumming on a guitar singing about missing a boy, setting the stage for her to become one of pop’s best breakup song writers.
The following year, Swift acted opposite Tyler Hilton in her video for “Teardrops On My Guitar,” as she crushed on her classmate, chuckling with him in a school library and in the science lab only to watch him fall for someone else. 2007 also saw the release of “Our Song,” in which Swift donned a variety of colorful gowns and performed on a porch, on a bed of flowers and rocking out with a glitter-covered guitar.
We can't forget 2008’s “I'm Only Me When I'm With You,” which showed off a goofier side of Swift as fans got a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her life on road and with friends and family. “Picture To Burn,” “Beautiful Eyes” and “Change” followed, as did the iconic “Love Story.”
“White Horse,” “Crazier” and “You Belong With Me” dropped in 2009, with the latter video making fans fall in love with Swift’s dance moves. “Fifteen” was also shared that year, while “Fearless” and “Mine” came out the following year.
“The Story Of Us” and “Sparks Fly” were among Swift’s 2011 music videos, while in 2012, the singer gifted the world with the perfect breakup anthem "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," complete with an impressive video filmed in one continuous shot that was, as Swift told MTV, “as quirky as the song sounds,” featuring walls covered in knitting and “random woodland creatures popping up.”
“Shake It Off” dropped in 2014, proving that while Swift might not be the most skilled dancer, she has more than enough enthusiasm to make up for it. That year also saw epic Joseph Kahn-directed “Blank Space” video, which poked fun at the idea of Swift’s “psycho” image while also serving as a source for some great GIFs.
In 2015, “Bad Blood” was a star-studded, cinematic masterpiece featuring the likes of Ellen Pompeo, Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba and many more, while 2017 saw a steamy team-up with Zayn for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”
The year 2017 also marked the release of “Look What You Made Me Do,” which set a new record on YouTube for the most global streams in a 24-hour period (garnering 43.2 million views). The video essentially served as its own Taylor Swift music video evolution, as it brought fans back to every iconic look the singer has served in her music videos to date, while also hitting back at her critics and setting the stage for a new era of Taylor Swift.
That brings the Taylor Swift music video evolution to 2018, a year that has included “End Game” featuring Ed Sheeran and Future, and “Delicate,” the latter of which receiving two separate visuals: one starring a Taylor who becomes invisible, happily dancing around in public since no one can see her; and a second vertical video filmed in the woods, which seemingly references her relationship with Joe Alwyn with the “J” necklace that she is wearing in it.
To watch all of these videos, and many more, check out Taylor Swift’s music video evolution below.