Taylor Swift’s music videos are unmistakable in style. Typically, the narrative revolves around a guy who has either broken her heart, stuck her in the friend zone, or is currently the greatest thing in her life. Throw in a few milkshakes at the local diner, a bit of face-nuzzling, some fights, and a generous helping of close-ups of Swift’s face, and you have a Taylor Swift music video! Although Swift has matured along with her material, these stylistic notes follow her music career through today. Along the way, she’s picked up a bit of a twee hipster vibe and has even made a few videos that aren’t about how lame boys can be. She has learned to throw shade and celebrate her youth as well!
Even if Swift appears to be the queen of cliché, she has been around the music scene for so long that she’s established an actual range. From “Our Song” to “Love Story” to “22,” Swift has built up an encyclopedia of music videos in her relatively short time on this earth. It only makes sense that her videos have developed significantly from hanging out painting her toesies on her deck.
We’ve ranked all of Taylor Swift’s videos through the years and, actually, they aren’t all the same.
30. "The Last Time"
You have to do more than sit on a stool to get me to care...
So much throwback, but such a diluted concept. Definitely not Taylor's best.
28. "I'm Only Me When I'm With You"
Sure, the home videos are cute, but this one gets a C- for both creativity and effort.
27. "Beautiful Eyes"
We get it already. You have lots of friends.
Maybe this music video should just be called "Killing Two Birds with One Stone." This is just lazy.
25. "Sparks Fly"
We understand that you're busy being an international superstar and all, but take time to film a video, Taylor!
It's basically the same video as "Fearless" and "Sparks Fly," but "Red" earns points for costume changes. This is really the best you could do for the title song from your album, Taylor?
This is pre-Swiftian narrative and straight basic. All we get here is a church, a band, some hair-flipping, and dudes in skinny jeans.
22. "Highway Don't Care"
I applaud the attempt at getting something going on, but there are too many pots on the stove here. Is Taylor supposed to be with Keith Urban? Or maybe she's with that dude at the gym...
21. “Our Song”
20. "White Horse"
We'll get used to seeing Taylor Swift curled up contemplatively on various floors across the course of her music-video career.
19. "Tim McGraw"
18. “Back to December”
17. "Safe & Sound"
So much wandering and so little action. But hey! At least she doesn't need a guy to define her in this video...
16. "The Best Day"
This will make you want to hug your parents until they asphyxiate on your love.
Taylor Swift hangs photographs from a tree in the creepiest craft project ever.
Even when Swiftie dresses up as a normal, she's still making fun of your mouth-breathing.
Obviously, this high school is located in some Lovely Bones–style afterlife.
12. "Teardrops on My Guitar"
The only suitable attire for unrequited love is a full-length gown.
11. "The Story of Us"
The couple narrative that Swiftie has established as her signature takes to the hallowed halls of… Hogwarts? Well, at least it's a change in scenery!
10. "Begin Again"
Taylor's style is maturing, even if her music video premises and subject matter have stayed basically the same.
9. "Picture to Burn"
This is her inaugural "Before He Cheats" moment. There's dialogue! There's wind! There are even freakin' pyrotechnics!
8. "Both of Us"
Good for her for getting out of her comfort zone... Kinda?
7. “Love Story"
6. “Everything Has Changed”
5. “You Belong With Me”
From a critical standpoint, Beyoncé really did have one of the best videos of all time. But there’s a bit more going on in this video than in some of Swift's others, as in the structure is beyond “It’s so hard to be at home and in public when grieving a breakup!” interspersed with tight shots of Swift’s beautiful, tortured face. Also, can we just agree: a) that brunettes are not all evil and b) that wig is the worst thing ever put on Taylor Swift’s head.
4. “I Knew You Were Trouble”
2. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
This song is catchier than many things in this universe. Everything about this video is infectious, and it’s great to see her escape the brooding ex-boyfriend grief conceit that defines her work. Also, this video gives us an all-important glimpse into her parties with her celebrity besties. Taylor, we'll let you finish, because this is your best video of all time.
So there you have it. Do you agree? Disagree? Think "Our Song" should be number one? Too bad. The rankings have been decided and they're final! Now go on and spend a couple hours of your time watching T. Swift videos. You know you want to.