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500 Greatest Albums Podcast: Taylor Swift on How ‘Red’ Changed Everything For Her

In the second episode of our new series on Amazon Music, Swift tells us how ‘Red’ took her from country sensation to bona-fide pop superstar

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11:  Taylor Swift performs onstage during the MTV EMA's 2012 at Festhalle Frankfurt on November 11, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for MTV)

Swift during the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany.

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In the the second episode of our new podcast on Amazon Music, Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums, we tackle one of the best and most important albums of the past decade: Taylor Swift’s 2012 pop masterpiece Red.

Swift joins host Brittany Spanos to discuss why this is her “one true break-up album” and how she was becoming aware of her own mortality just as she was about to release her fourth album. At 22, Swift was already America’s favorite country singer. But with Red, she grew up with a bona fide classic that touched on pop, dubstep, arena-rock and more, and set up the rest of her career (very much including this year’s Folklore). Later in the episode, Rolling Stone staffers Claire Shaffer, Rob Sheffield and Brian Hiatt join Spanos to discuss the album’s legacy

In September, Rolling Stone unveiled the new version of the 500 Greatest Albums poll. It’s a completely updated version of our most read, most argued-over list ever, made with help from a group of voters that included Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Stevie Nicks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and members of U2, as well as writers, critics, and figures from across the music industry. 

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums goes inside the making and the meaning of 10 albums from the list, featuring fresh stories from the artists who recorded them and insights from the Rolling Stone staff.

The podcast appears exclusively on Amazon Music, with new episodes each week. Check out the Red episode above, and listen to every episode here

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