Now that Taylor Swift’s first two albums have been covered, Speak Now is the next album to discuss. Speak Now is rumored to be the next re-recording to be released, as many “Swifties” have concluded this through hidden clues by Taylor. The original version was released in October 2010, and was written solely by Swift. This album features a country pop and pop rock sound with the message being transitioning into adulthood, romantic optimism, and self-perception.
Speak Now signifies the transition that Swift made from childhood to adulthood as it is mostly about love and heartbreak. This album predominantly features Swift’s relationship with John Mayer and Taylor Lautner. Her tumultuous relationship with Mayer is rumored to be detailed in the songs Dear John, Ours, The Story of Us and Better Than Revenge. Moreover, her relationship with Lautner is explained in Back to December which acts as an apology that Swift wrote for Lautner.
This album was highly successful for Swift, and allowed her to make the transition from her childhood to adulthood in the music industry. Speak Now spent 6 weeks at the #1 spot for the Billboard 100. It was also nominated for Best Country Album at the Grammys, in which her song, Mean, won Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. Lastly, the Rolling Stones included this album on the “50 Best Female Albums of All Time” list in 2012.
There are several songs on this album that still remain fan favorites today and are still her most popular songs. Some of these songs are “revenge” songs such as “The Story of Us” and “Better than Revenge”. Some are more love based with favorites being “Ours” and “Sparks Fly”. My personal favorites somewhat differ from these as my three favorite songs from this album are “Last Kiss”, “The Story of Us”, and “Dear John”.
Many fans believe that Speak Now will be the next album that she will re-record, but I guess time will tell. Until then, go stream Speak Now!