Black Sheep Hit: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is a lot more bubblegum pop than her signature style. "I Knew You Were Trouble" has dubstep sounds in the chorus section.
"Shake It Off" is a peppy, horn-driven, very uptempo pop song even in comparison to the rest of the material on 1989, which is mainly '80's influenced synth-pop. None of which can even remotely be considered as any kind of country music.
Breakthrough Hit: "Our Song" was her first #1 on country, while "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me" were her biggest crossovers until "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
Swift: Itíd be really easy to say, ĎIím 21 now. I do whatI want. You raise your kid.' But thatís not the truth of it. The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation, so make your words count.
Creator Backlash: For some reason, her setlists tend to ignore the first album entirely, outside the occasional performance of "Our Song".
Creator Breakdown: Just about all of her songs are based on Real Life scenarios, most of which were relationships with boyfriends or high school friends with whom she had parted ways. Lampshaded by Taylor Swift herself, who said, "If you listen to my albums, itís like reading my diary."
Dawson Casting: Several of her videos, such as "Fifteen" and "The Story of Us", in which she plays high schoolers. Minor examples earlier, as she wasn't that much older than her characters, but it's started getting played more and more straight as she gets older (though to her credit, she doesn't look it).
Executive Meddling: Big Machine had to get several radio stations to spam the first three singles from Speak Now for a day to get any of them to #1 on Mediabase (thus meaning they missed out going #1 on Billboard).
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" got its huge debut thanks to a bunch of Clear Channel stations spamming the song for a day. They have done this to several other artists in 2012.
Jossed: She admitted on 60 Minutes that "Mean" was inspired by the critics of a particularly off-key performance, killing a fair amount of WMGing.
Old Shame: She was sixteen when she wrote "Picture to Burn", which originally included the line, "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy/That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay." Since then, she has stopped singing it that way in concerts, and no longer sells the song with that line, instead switching it to the version originally used for the radio, "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy/That's fine, you won't mind if I say..."
She's also singled out "Picture to Burn" as a type of emotion she would handle differently now, because sheís more mature and grown up. She actually said in an interview that it's an example of when she was young and immature and didnít know how to handle her emotions in an adult way.
One of Us: See the quotes page for but a few examples.