#89 – Taylor Swift – Tim McGraw (2006)
First heard: 2008
Why it made the list: Because it’s Taylor Swift and she had to be represented somewhere on here for Christ’s sake.
I was relatively late to the Taylor Swift bandwagon. Sort of. Our Song, her third single, was the first song of hers I’d actually heard. It was impossible to avoid.
But it wasn’t until mid way through 2008 that I became a legit fan. I was home in Marshfield, staying at my parents place. They were playing CMT and the music video for Tim McGraw came on. Immediately loved the song. I downloaded her first album that week and sorta loved it.
Later that year she released Fearless and became the biggest crossover star on the planet. Since then I’ve probably listened to her stuff as much as anyone else. I can’t help it; it’s all so goddamn catchy.
If I were the type of person who had any embarrassment over the kind of music they listen to, this would bother me. It might even be shameful to admit that if this was my top 500 songs of all time, I could probably include over a dozen Taylor Swift songs.
But it’s the top 100, and this is the only one of hers that made the list. It’s a good one.