Opinion: Ranking Tracks From Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ Album

Opinion: Ranking Tracks From Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ Album

As the re-release of Taylor Swift‘s Red (Taylor’s Version) edges closer, we take a trip down memory lane to 2012 when the album was initially put out into the world – ranking all 19 songs from last to the top spot. 

The Grammy-nominated album is set to be Swift’s second re-release of her first five studio records, following in the footsteps of Fearless.

Boasting a staggering 30-song tracklist, fans will be treated to a Phoebe Bridgers duet as well as the long-awaited 10-minute version of All Too Well; with the track accompanied by a short film featuring acting stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. You can read more about this here.

As nine brand new tracks emerge from the vault this November, unCrazed ranks songs on the current version ahead of Friday’s release.

Tracks 19-11

19.  We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together was the lead single from the Red era.

And while it really helped to kick off Swift’s pop era, but fails to truly stand out on an album littered with unskippable songs from ballads to upbeat.

18.  Girl At Home 

17.  Everything Has Changed

16.  Starlight

15.  I Knew You Were Trouble

I Knew You Were Trouble was one of six singles off the Red album, and much like its lead single, failed to really emerge as a contender for the top spot.

Having said that, however, it will forever be fondly remembered for the memes it inspired – I’m talking about you, screaming goat from Vine.

14.  22

13.  The Last Time

12.  Treacherous

11.  Stay Stay Stay

Tracks 10-6

10.  Come Back…Be Here

Bringing us into the top ten is one of the closing songs on the album in Come Back…Be Here. 

A standout ballad on Red, but not quite reaching those featured in the top five.

The bridge as a standalone, however, is good enough to contest those higher up on the list.

9.  Sad Beautiful Tragic 

8.  The Moment I Knew 

7.  The Lucky One

6.  Red

Tracks 5-2

5.  Holy Ground

Kicking off our top five is the 11th song from the album, Holy Ground.

This song has quietly emerged as one of the most underrated songs from this era but the production is anything but quiet.

A heavy drum presence and powerful vocals cement its status in the top five, and as one of the best upbeat songs on the album.

4.  I Almost Do

The first ballad of the top five falls to I Almost Do.

Between drums and an acoustic guitar, the production seems a little more subtle but the vocal power in the chorus makes it a knockout track.

Understated? Slightly. But under-appreciated? Never.

3.  State of Grace

Album openers are just as important as lead singles, and State of Grace did not disappoint.

This track is huge in every right – bearing the weight of opening the 22-song record on one hand, but its gargantuan production on the other.

The drums and guitars are the stars of the show on this number, with Swift’s powerful vocals rounding off a flawless first track, doing everything it needed to do to introduce the Red era to fans.

2.  Begin Again

If there is one thing Taylor Swift continuously nails without fail, it is her ability to tell a story through lyrics.

Begin Again is a prime example of her storytelling at its best, pulling you into the lives of the characters and making you feel what they feel.

It details the gradual story of falling in love again after a heavy heartbreak, and Swift makes you feel every word.

And the top spot goes to…

1.  All Too Well

It just had to be, didn’t it?

This song is a devastatingly beautiful tale of love and heartbreak all wrapped into a five-minute thirty-second crying session even after all these years. And with a ten-minute version on the way, it is hard to imagine it being knocked off the top spot any time soon.

Whether we like to admit it or not, we’ve all screamed the line “and you call me up again just to break me like a promise!” at the top of our lungs before, and rightly so.

With a visual short film featuring alongside it on Taylor’s Version, All Too Well could very well cement itself as the best song from the Red era, and with good cause too.

There we have it! All 19 songs – not including the three acoustic numbers – from Swift’s Red (2012).

Red (Taylor’s Version) will be released on Friday 12 November, a week ahead of its original schedule where Swift will undoubtedly take these songs to a whole new level.

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