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I remember the day I first talked to Taylor Swift, vividly. She had recently released, “Tim McGraw,” and was doing her first big push to be heard on radio, by calling stations. She had recently turned 16, and honestly, seemed just as excited at the prospect of getting her driver’s license, as she did getting a song played on radio.

She was just a girl. A real girl, about to enter an unreal world of fame, fortune and fandom. She was incredibly poised for a 16 year old, and already well versed in how to conduct an interview. I was incredibly impressed by her ability to be a regular teenager, yet shine with maturity far beyond her years.

Today, that girl turns 30.

WHO'S GONNA TELL HER SHE'S THIRTAY NOW ????

1.9m Likes, 0 Comments - Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Instagram: "WHO'S GONNA TELL HER SHE'S THIRTAY NOW ????"

I don’t think any of us imagined the career that would unfold for Taylor. Not even in her biggest dreams. She definitely was on to something special, and was certainly driven, but…

An astronomical career? Who knew… the girl that grew up on a Christmas Tree farm in Pennsylvania would turn out to be the superstar Taylor Swift that the world has been tuned into for 14 years now!

 

On this, country and pop queen Taylor Swift’s 30th birthday, let’s look back at the songs that made her a country star…

But first, before you look, can you recall her LAST hit as a solo country artist? (“Highway Don’t Care” doesn’t count, because it was a Tim McGraw release, featuring Taylor)

 

Wikipedia sorts it all out for us:

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
US
[11]
AUS
[74]
CAN
[75]
DEN
[76]
FRA
[22]
IRE
[24]
JPN
[77]
NZ
[26]
SWE
[78]
UK
[28]
Tim McGraw 2006 40
  • US: 1,600,000[U]
  • RIAA: Platinum[31]
Taylor Swift
Teardrops on My Guitar 2007 13 45 51
  • US: 3,000,000[V]
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[31]
  • MC: Platinum[34]
Our Song 16 30
  • US: 3,400,000[V]
  • RIAA: 4× Platinum[31]
  • MC: Platinum[34]
Picture to Burn 2008 28 48
  • US: 1,700,000[U]
Should’ve Said No 33 67 18
  • US: 1,500,000[U]
  • RIAA: Platinum[31]
Change 10 AT&T Team USA Soundtrack[W]
Love Story 4 1 4 16 14 3 3 3 10 2
  • WW: 8,100,000[X]
  • US: 6,100,000[V]
  • UK: 648,400[Y]
Fearless
White Horse 13 41 43 60
  • US: 2,000,000[U]
You Belong with Me 2009 2 5 3 32 12 10 5 47 30
  • US: 4,900,000[V]
Fifteen 23 48 19
  • US: 1,500,000[U]
Fearless 2010 9 69 111
  • US: 1,000,000[U]
  • RIAA: Platinum[31]
Today Was a Fairytale 2 3 1 41 63 29 57
  • US: 1,600,000[U]
Valentine’s Day
Mine 3 9 7 38 6 16 48 30
  • US: 2,300,000[U]
Speak Now
Back to December 6 26 7 24
  • US: 2,000,000[U]
Mean 2011 11 45 10
  • US: 2,500,000[V]
The Story of Us 41 65 70
  • RIAA: Platinum[31]
Sparks Fly 17 97 28
  • US: 1,100,000[U]
  • RIAA: Platinum[31]
Ours 13 91 68 181
  • US: 1,500,000[U]
  • RIAA: Platinum[31]

 

 

After the song, “Ours,” ironically, Taylor was not longer “ours,” in the country world. She had become a pop star, with her album Red released in 2012. 

 

Carolyn Kruse Country 102.5 midday personality 9am-2pm Boston