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Trace Taylor Swift’s Country-to-Pop Transformation in 5 Songs

From “Tim McGraw” to “Shake It Off”: How she slowly crossed over from country phenom to pop superstar

Taylor Swift in 2006 and 2014

Taylor Swift in 2006 and 2014

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"Shake It Off" may be her poppiest single yet, but our new cover star Taylor Swift seemed to have her sights set beyond Nashville's borders from the very start. Already country's biggest crossover star, Swift is now poised to become the biggest star in pop, period. Here, in five songs, is how it happened.

Taylor Swift

“Shake It Off” (2014)

Dancing with cannily inept defiance in the face of her critics, Swift (again with Martin and Shellback) distills decades of cheerleader pop and marching band rock into a goofball jam that makes "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" sound as old-timey and down-home as Bill Monroe. Rocketing to Number One, it might just earn her the Queen of Pop crown she's been eyeing for so long.  

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