Top 10 Best Taylor Swift Music Videos of All Time

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Scarlett Goldstein

Scarlett Goldstein

Last updated:  2020-11-12 16:12:26

She could be your guilty pleasure, the most influential role model of your young days, or that celebrity that gets on your nerves. Still, Taylor Swift is now officially the artist of the decade and has two of the best albums in 2020. With her globally successful singles, and those a bit more unknown, she made history and inspired thousands of people worldwide.

Her music videos did the same, accompanying some of the hits that our generation would never forget. We have picked some of Swift's music videos' most intriguing and inspiring moments, from her biggest pop radio hits to her country roots that warm your heart. Choose your fighter, or enjoy all of them!

10. "ME!"

"Me!" is the first single from the album "Lover"

Despite being the lead single off Swift's lighthearted record "Lover," it would be a lie if we said that "ME!" got its recognition for its bubblegum vibe. However, one thing should be appreciated – the music video follows this style flawlessly. It's basically a synonym for the Easter egg culture that Taylor highlighted in her "Lover" era. She left Swifties wondering what the furious conversation in French meant, why she was refusing a ring, and how they made that last scene with pastel colors and melting dress.

Brendon Urie's performance in this video is also a highlight, especially when two artists dance together through the magical universe, dressed in colorful clothes.

9. "Love Story"

"Love Story" was the first major hit for Taylor

It would be hard to imagine this list without some of the sweetest fairytale moments of Swift's career. "Love Story" went far with Swift's idea of meeting Prince Charming while waiting outside her mansion, in a white dress and lovely bun. Plus, Taylor gives a nod to Shakespeare and his classic play, "Romeo and Juliet."

While in this decade, we wouldn't be able to relate, it remains one of our childhood dreams, which quickly comes back when you let yourself be carried away by the scenes of Taylor and her Prince Charming. Dancing at the ball and whispering the sweetest words of pure love without boundaries... Wouldn't it be a dream come true?

8. "You Belong With Me" 

Taylor played two extremely different high-school girls

One of the most relatable songs from Swift's early days is definitely this country classic, accompanied by the first music video in which Taylor played the role of both sweet and sour kind of human nature. It's most likely that we all felt like fair-haired Taylor reading on the bench, looking at the dark-haired, bold girl taking what she wanted to take while waiting for her chance, lost in her fears.

The real reason why the end of this video at the party leaves us captivated is its innocent nature and our tendency to hope that "the good" will win and that Amor Vincit Omnia - love conquers all. Swift obviously won with this one, too.

7. "Begin Again"

Paris Is a perfect place for such a romantic song as "Begin Again"

"I think it's strange that you think I'm funny because he never did" might be one of the most heartbreaking lyrics from Tay's catalog. Still, the sweet laughs and first conversations she has with someone new in a cafe in Paris show the best parts of meeting somebody and giving them a chance despite all the pain. It made this delicate ballad even more delicate, with Swift's ocean blue eyes staring at the river and some of the most romantic parts of Paris, where the video was shot.

The parks and streets of Paris make this video even more heart-warming. The best part comes when Swift lets her purple dress sway in the wind on top of a roof – slowly letting everything go, Swift looks there as if she's really been ready to begin again.

6. "Bad Blood"

"Bad Blood" is star-studded like no other Taylor Swift video

We'll have too many music videos from the "1989" era here! Still, it's obviously her best period when it comes to visuals. Can you imagine inviting all your famous friends to participate in a single 4-minutes video that also includes a developed plot, much action, and drama?

Seeing real-life best friends, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, fighting with fiery weapons and sharpened knives, probably isn't something you would expect. Still, their roles, with the help of many other famous faces like Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne, Zendaya, and many more, made this exciting revenge song even more thrilling, shaping it into a movie material.

5. "I Knew You Were Trouble"

"I Knew You Were Trouble" has one of the longest intros in music video history

Swift doesn't use monologues in her music videos that often, but in the "I Knew You Were Trouble" video, it was like a cherry on top. Following the intense and passionate story about a doomed relationship, the monologue closing with the line "I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are" is something that would be exciting to see in her future projects. However, her powerful lyrics are already able to make the story on their own.

Both Swift and her partner in the video look perfectly aligned with their characters. After a rough night, Taylor waking up on the "cold, hard ground" felt like the perfect company to her partner Reeve Carney, who looked rather dangerous and gave off that "bad boy" vibe.

4. "Style"

It's hard to forget such a unique video as "Style"

The wild sea waves sparkling in the sun, Taylor's necklace swaying in her hands, white sheets and white sundresses, burning red lipstick and broken glass – Taylor Swift got artsy more than ever, and it was her best decision ever. This music video is all about aesthetics that changed the game in pop music. Despite being a country sweetheart for almost a decade, Swift released "Style" as part of her very first pop album, and since that day, it has been called " the pop perfection."

Today, the video is one of the synonyms for sensuality and aesthetic that lived in the 10s and still lives. The stormy and sultry atmosphere perfectly drives the listener and viewer crazy, showing them that's what they came for. Oh, and of course, there's that rumor that a certain guy from One Direction inspired this song.

3. "Wildest Dreams"

"Wildest Dreams" showed us a different Taylor

Dark-haired Taylor Swift, with vintage hairstyle and clothes, kissing in the African rain, falling deeply in love with her co-actor on set, swaying in her yellow dress in the desert wind, surrounded by lions and wild nature? There's nothing more aesthetically pleasing than that, so Swift followed the same path she took with "Style."

This time with a story of unrequited love, even more beautiful scenery, and thrilling feelings of pain and unrealized desires, wildest of them. Everything about this video feels wild and soft simultaneously, accompanying the song that literally sampled Swift's heartbeat. Is it too much comparing it with some of the best works of Michael Jackson?

2. "Look What You Made Me Do"

"Look What You Made Me Do" is full of Easter eggs

Admit it or not, but savage Taylor conquered the world with her social media blackout and the song "Look What You Made Me Do." Her dark-themed album "Reputation" is a fan-favorite, with the lead single accompanied by her best music video production to date. There are various outfits and creative, metaphoric scenes in which she plays her role of a woman whose life was broken, but she's shedding her skin like a snake, rising like a phoenix.

Some scenes, like the one where Taylor crashes her Maserati, sparked rumors that her intention was to diss Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and other "enemies." This was her biggest comeback to date at the end of the day and one of the last decade's most turbulent comebacks. It's a shame that Grammys couldn't see it.

1. "Blank Space"

Taylor Swift parodied her public image in "Blank Space"

Being arguably the pop song of the decade, "Blank Space" has a special place in Taylor's discography and music video history. The famous mansion where she shot the video remains Swift's signature place, where she embodied her social media image and mocked it in style. She used more than 10 fabulous dresses, danced in the hall with her "the one," and painted his picture before tearing it to pieces.

They say it's essential to stay calm when people judge us. Still, Swift made it even better – out of her "serial dater" image, she made a furious female character whose mascara runs down her face. At the same time, she belts out, "They'll tell you I'm insane." She did what an artist should do in a perfect music video with a story.

Because Swift has much more than 10 fascinating music videos, your top list from her catalog might look different. 

Do you prefer her sweeter videos like "Teardrops On My Guitar" or are "...Ready For It" transformations more kind of your cup of tea? Let us know in the comments section.

Photo: YouTube screenshot


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