Taylor Swift Celebrates Her 22nd Birthday And We Celebrate Her ‘By The Numbers’ [VIDEO]
So to help honor this special occasion, I thought we would take a look at some of her accomplishments in just a matter of five years. Swift has just recently come off one of the most successful tours this year.
With her “Speak Now' concerts selling out worldwide and some of those shows selling out in just a matter of minutes. If you weren't lucky enough to see her live show, you can get the 'Speak Now” Blu-Ray/CD combo at Best Buy and see the concert year round from the comfort of your living room.
Swift, who was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, hit the music scene in 2006 and hasn't looked back since. So, without further adieu, let's roll out the musical 'red carpet,' for Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year and the top country artist of the past 12 months.
- She had five singles off her debut album, Taylor Swift, which spent 249 weeks on Billboards top 200 Albums Chart. This would be the longest stay on that chart for the entire 2000s.
- She has had 14 songs in the top 10, which ties her with Carrie Underwood for the best career-opening top 10 streak among women.
- She was the first country artist to win a 'Moonman' at the MTV Video Music Awards
- She is the only artist to have 5 top ten songs off a debut album in the 68 year history of Country Music.
- Her 'Fearless' CD logged 11 weeks at number one on the Billboard Albums Chart. This is just one of eight albums to do so in the charts 55-year history
This is the song that started Swift on her career. This wasn't a huge success on the Pop charts, stalling at #40 in 2006, but did get a foothold on the Country charts.
Teardrops On My Guitar
Another lack-luster performance on the pop charts, when it was originally released in March 2007. But, it was reissued to radio in December of the same year and blazed a trail up the charts. As a side note, I'm sure Drew is still kicking himself.
This had a 6 week reign at the top of the country charts and also helped Swift become one of just five women to have that lengthy stay at the top. The other four women are; Kitty Wells, Connie Smith, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood.
Picture To Burn
Swift says this song was inspired by a male who she did not establish a formal romantic relationship with. She was frequently frustrated by his cocky nature, and decided to write a song about how she felt.
Should’ve Said No
Taylor Swift wrote this song when she was sixteen years old. According to Country Weekly magazine, she was inspired to write it after she discovered that her boyfriend at the time had cheated on her. In several interviews, Swift disclosed that this boyfriend's name was “Sam”, which she did not put in the song, but mentioned in her interviews.
This was one of the songs that helped Taylor fall into an elite group of performers to have 5 top 10 singles off of her first two albums. The other two groups to do so are Brooks & Dunn and the Dixie Chicks.
This was the second release of Swift's “Fearless” album and debuted at #13. Swift then tied for second place with Mariah Carey and The Beatles for the most top 20 debuts in a career in the 50-year history of the Billboard charts.
You Belong With Me
This song became Swifts first country crossover #1 since the adopted Nielsen BDS-monitored data began in 1990. To promote her 'Countdown to Fearless” campaign, this was available as a download at the iTunes stores, before it's official release.
This was Taylor's twentieth top 40 single and tied her with Beyonce Knowles for the most top 40 singles this decade.
This was the fifth and final single off her “Fearless” album. The song peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the Hot Country Songs chart, becoming her lowest-charting single on the Billboard country chart.
As an added bonus, here is the latest video release from Taylor.