October 27th: '1989' released
After weeks of song teasing and media domination, Taylor Swift's 1989 was finally released on October 27. Receiving plenty of critical acclaim, 1989 was a fantastic quarter-life album and includes everything from an ode to her new city ("Welcome to New York") to the last laugh at every rumor or insult catapulted at her in the nearly 10 years she's been in the public eye ("Blank Space"). It's an album about being reckless and learning from both joys and mistakes. The trial and error tales on the album mimic the musical direction, in which Swift has fully abandoned the twinges of country that have slowly dissipated in her sound in favor of synths and light nods towards Eighties pop.