Taylor Swift named one of Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Songwriters Print
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Thursday, 24 September 2015 16:39

It seems hard to believe 25-year-old Taylor Swift has already spent more than a decade in the music industry as one of the most celebrated artists of her generation. Her impressive list of awards and accolades includes seven Grammy Awards, 22 Billboard Music Awards, 16 American Music Awards and 11 Country Music Association Awards. On Aug. 13, Swift made the cut on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” list. As a kind of crowning glory, this distinction arguably enters Swift into the ranks of music royalty.

Swift ranked No. 97 and is reportedly the youngest person on the prestigious list. This means she is also the only female among her current peers (think Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Lady Gaga) to even crack the list. Critics and fans alike argue that Taylor Swift owned 2014 with the chart-smashing, sales-busting success of her debut pop album 1989. It was a bold move to leave the country genre that groomed and shaped her but the amazing end result only proves Swift’s creative prowess.

It seems like Taylor Swift has the secret formula for churning out hit songs all locked up. Not only is she skilled at crafting a catchy melody, more importantly, she’s a master at telling stories that engage and enchant her listeners. She’s been very candid about the fact that most of the songs in her catalogue are autobiographical. Swift has loved and lost numerous times and she has basically laid her heart out like an open book for her fans to read. She makes us laugh, cry, dream, hope and above all, makes us feel.

Taylor Swift makes a big mark in music history and the current musical landscape by landing on a list like this so early in her career. She remains a musical force to be reckoned with but is admirably never haughty about it. In fact, one of the best things about her is that she still seems to handle her fame with equal parts genuine gratitude and humble, wide-eyed grace.

Despite the fact that Taylor Swift makes songwriting appear effortless, it’s not that easy. That’s why a lot of current pop artists commission other people to write hits for them. Swift, on the other hand, writes the majority of her tracks herself. In fact, she wrote her third album “Speak Now” entirely without co-writers. Some critics argue that Swift isn’t a strong vocalist. She’s also been called a serial dater and received a fair amount of backlash for lyrically bashing her famous exes. Swift seems to take the negativity in stride and has finally taken a big swing back at her naysayers with her 1989 hit singles “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space.”

In order to write from an authentic, relatable place, an artist has to be willing to open up, dig deep and get vulnerable. Taylor Swift seems to be fearless when it comes to doing this and it’s obvious in every song she writes. In her eleventh year on the music scene, Taylor Swift remarkably continues to sell out stadiums around the world and top her own sales records. Few artists have achieved the pinnacle of success to which Taylor Swift has risen so quickly.

Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” list reads like an iconic student body in a songwriting master class. Bjork (No. 81), Lucinda Williams (No. 79), Loretta Lynn (No. 76), Chrissie Hynde (No. 63), Madonna (No. 56), Stevie Nicks (No. 53), Dolly Parton (No. 30), Joni Mitchell (No. 9) and Carole King (No. 7) are some of the incredible female songwriters who best Swift in the ranks at varying levels. However, most of them have been in the business since before Swift was born.

Bob Dylan snags the coveted top spot in the list, with Paul McCartney following in second place, and John Lennon, Chuck Berry and Smoky Robinson rounding out third, fourth and fifth places. 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015 16:48