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Taylor Swift's Speak Now (Taylor's Version) Songs Ranked

July 10, 2023 8:16 am GMT
Last Edited July 26, 2023 3:48 pm GMT

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There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Taylor Swift is one of the defining voices of modern music. With ten albums, countless awards and accolades, and a ravenous legion of loyal fans at her beck and call, Swift has spent much of the last two decades writing the stories of a generation, four minutes at a time.

One of the projects that best encapsulates Swift's widespread musical influence is 2010's Speak Now.

In her own words, Swift has described Speak Now as "an album [she] wrote alone about the whims, fantasies, heartaches, dramas and tragedies [she] lived out as a young woman between 18 and 20".

Marking her third record and one of the defining eras in her career, a 21-year-old Swift masterfully bottled up the feelings and experiences of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood while also beginning to cross over from the world of country to pop.

Guiding a generation of young women and girls through their tumultuous transformative years, Speak Now provided the soundtrack for an abundance of life experiences ranging from coping with harsh judgement, young love and brutal heartbreak, to debilitating grief, hard-earned forgiveness and the weight of past decisions.

With six singles, including two number ones at country radio ('Sparks Fly', 'Ours'), the record spent six weeks atop the Billboard 200 upon its release and has been certified six-times Platinum by the RIAA. It was also nominated for Best Country Album at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

In 2019, Swift announced that she would be re-recording her first six albums, starting with Fearless (Taylor's Version) and followed by Red (Taylor's Version). On July 7, 2023, Speak Now (Taylor's Version) was the third album to re-join the family.

Solely written by Swift, the 2023 version of Speak Now contains all 16 of the album's original songs as well as six previously unreleased "From the Vault" tracks.

Now, with the full 22-song record out into the world, here is Holler's ranking of Speak Now (Taylor's Version).

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Taylor Swift | 2023

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Taylor Swift | 2023

Electric Touch (feat. Fall Out Boy) (From The Vault)

We start off our Speak Now journey with 'Electric Touch,' which is where we also meet our first of the Vault Tracks.

Featuring one of the biggest rock bands in modern music, 'Electric Touch' is mostly forgettable when it's sat next to some of her other vault tunes. With the same feel of your generic pop-punk love song, the tune stomps along with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump screeching his way through for nearly four and a half minutes.

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Taylor Swift | 2023

Superman

In this upbeat, fanciful take on DC's high-flying hero, Taylor Swift serves as our Lois Lane of sorts, as she draws parallels between her love interest and Superman.

Compared to the other 21 tracks on this third record, it feels like the least mature and refined, but it does capture the youthful, country-tinged sound of the 21-year-old Swift who originally recorded it.

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Taylor Swift | 2023

Innocent

Starting off with some cut throat intensity, 'Innocent' piles on the dramatics as we wade our way though some heavy feelings of regret, shame and eventually deliverance.

In the original recording, a younger Swift sings "32 and still growing up now", which is fitting as, 13 years later, she's now reached that milestone and would likely agree that she's still figuring it out, too.

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Taylor Swift | 2023

When Emma Falls In Love (From The Vault)

Our second Vault song pops up at No. 19, in the form of this piano-driven diddy. Reportedly about award-winning actress Emma Stone, the bright tune depicts what happens to Swift's longtime friend when love comes and goes her way, while also loosely comparing Swift's own love affairs to hers and wishing she could emulate Stone.

'When Emma Falls In Love'