These Are the 13 Performances That Taylor Swift Fans Will Never, Ever, Ever Forget
Taylor Swift has pretty much ruled the pop charts for well over a decade now, though you'll occasionally see her throwing back to her country roots with projects such as a Sugarland collaboration or a countrified Earth, Wind & Fire cover. Still, country or pop, the seasoned singer has, with no doubt, delivered impressive live vocals over the years, whether she just hits the stage with a guitar or goes all out on serpentine decorations.
Swift's seventh album, Lover, is already blowing up the charts, but we could never forget all her hits from over the years. From her intimate Grammy Museum showcases to her elaborate American Music Awards shows, here is a compilation of the pop star's best performances.
Taylor Swift Sings "Tim McGraw" at Billboard Magazine in 2009
It's no secret that Taylor Swift is a huge Tim McGraw fan, even naming one of her first songs after the country superstar. In this early performance, she showcased her storytelling skills with pretty, sweet vocals that convey the nostalgic message of the song. Years later, she performed the song with the idol himself and his equally revered wife, Faith Hill.
Taylor Swift Sings "You Belong With Me" at the VMAs in 2009
Nailing this classic hit, Taylor Swift started her performance in a low-key trench leather coat in the middle of a subway station then ended up in an energetic crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
Taylor Swift Sings "Back To December" on Letterman in 2010
The country pop singer delivered a haunting performance of "Back to December" here, and it's a rawer, more emotional take on the recorded version.
Taylor Swift Sings "Red" in NYC in 2012
Performing live in New York City, Swift nailed "Red" with easy, confident vocals while wearing her signature red lip and liner look.
Taylor Swift Sings "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" on The RED Tour in 2013
Taylor Swift went all out with the whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme and matched the grandeur of the stage design and choreography with a strong voice. Plus, we got a surprise cameo from Ed Sheeran!
Taylor Swift Sings "Style" at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2014
What's a better time to sing a song called "Style" than at a fashion show? Taylor Swift rocked the heck out of her sexy lacy dress, sounded amazing, and looked like she was having a lot of fun.
Taylor Swift Sings "Wildest Dreams" at The Grammy Museum in 2016
Taylor Swift's Grammy Museum performances (including "Style" and "Blank Space") arguably showcased some of her greatest live vocals. In this subdued, gritty take on "Wildest Dreams," the pop star sung flawlessly to an intimate audience.
Taylor Swift Sings "Call It What You Want" on Saturday Night Live in 2017
Taylor Swift has come a long way since her debut on SNL with her hilarious monologue song. Here, she shared a confident, stripped-down version of this sweet bop about her beau Joe Alwyn. Even without (that much) glitter or pizzazz, the performance was seasoned and heartfelt.
Taylor Swift Sings "New Year's Day" on The Tonight Show in 2017
Shortly after the passing of his mother, Jimmy Fallon asked Taylor Swift to perform "New Year's Day" on his show. Her performance was sweet and emotive, and her lyrics were especially meaningful given the talk show host's story about his mother.
Taylor Swift Sings "I Did Something Bad" at the AMAs in 2018
Soon after breaking her political silence, Taylor Swift opened up the 2018 AMAs with a fiery rendition of "I Did Something Bad." This performance was epic, showing off the darker and edgier personality of Reputation and capturing the Game of Thrones inspiration that the singer mentioned in recent interviews.
Taylor Swift Sings ". . . Ready For It?" at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball in 2017
This doesn't quite summon the spirit of the holidays, but there's no doubt that this performance was awesome. Taylor Swift's energetic choreography game was on point, and she still managed to control her breath and voice.
Taylor Swift Sings "ME!" on The Voice in 2019
No, Brendon Urie didn't fly from an umbrella like Mary Poppins here, but he and Taylor Swift brought flawless vocals to The Voice stage, with a ton of glitter to spare.
Taylor Swift Performs "Holy Ground" in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge
Taylor Swift threw it back to her Red days with this performance of "Holy Ground" on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in late 2019. She performed it alongside several tracks from her album Lover and a cover of Phil Collins's "Can't Stop Loving You."