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See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them “All Too Well.” From her 2006 debut album to ‘The Tortured Poets Department,’ check out the singer-songwriter’s album covers in order

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See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them "All Too Well." From her 2006 debut album to 'The Tortured Poets Department,' check out the singer-songwriter's album covers in order

 

With each LP comes an epochal cover that captures a distinct era of the singer-songwriter, from the color palettes to tactical packaging to her ever-evolving mien.

 

See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them "All Too Well." From her 2006 debut album to 'The Tortured Poets Department,' check out the singer-songwriter's album covers in order

Having shattered the record for the most album of the year wins at the Grammy Awards in 2024, the megastar has proven time and time again that she’s a “Mastermind” when it comes to crafting cohesive and unforgettable bodies of work — 10 of which were all celebrated in her comprehensive Eras World Tour, ultimately becoming the highest-grossing tour of all time in December 2023, per the Guinness World Records.

See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them "All Too Well." From her 2006 debut album to 'The Tortured Poets Department,' check out the singer-songwriter's album covers in order

However, despite her grind, Swift initially didn’t have full ownership of her music. In 2019, her former label, Big Machine Records, made a $300 million acquisition deal with record executive Scooter Braun — who sold her masters to a company called Shamrock Holdings — leading the “Anti-Hero” singer to embark on a years-long journey of re-recording her entire catalog along with unreleased tracks to reclaim rights to her work. Another fun aspect of the re-recordings is the upgraded album covers … and, in true Swift fashion, there are multiple artworks for Swifties to collect.

See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them "All Too Well." From her 2006 debut album to 'The Tortured Poets Department,' check out the singer-songwriter's album covers in order

From the sepia tones of the artwork for Fearless (Taylor’s Version) to the monochromatic sultriness of her 11th studio album cover for The Tortured Poets Department, let’s take a look back at every Swift album cover chronologically. At 14, Swift packed her bags and moved from Pennsylvania to Tennessee to pursue her love for country music.

See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them "All Too Well." From her 2006 debut album to 'The Tortured Poets Department,' check out the singer-songwriter's album covers in order

Two years later, she released her debut studio album, Taylor Swift, which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart. All five singles released from the album, including “Our Song” and “Teardrops on My Guitar,” were certified platinum by the RIAA. Not only did Swift co-write all 13 tracks on her second studio album Fearless, but she also made her debut as a record producer, co-producing all the songs — including the hit “You Belong with Me” — on the album with Nathan Chapman.

See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them "All Too Well." From her 2006 debut album to 'The Tortured Poets Department,' check out the singer-songwriter's album covers in order

After the album’s release in 2008, Swift set out on her first-ever headlining concert tour (Fearless Tour) from April 2009 to July 2010. The then-20-year-old singer became the youngest artist to have a best-selling album when Fearless sold 3.2 million copies in 2009. The record went on to win four Grammys, including album of the year. Swift wrote her third studio album, Speak Now, entirely by herself. The album’s original title, Enchanted, was changed by her label’s president after believing the song’s themes were less about fairy tales and more about real-life experiences — from romance to heartbreak.

See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them "All Too Well." From her 2006 debut album to 'The Tortured Poets Department,' check out the singer-songwriter's album covers in order

The album, which included songs “Mine” and “Sparks Fly,” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Determined to re-record her entire back catalog, Swift began with her acclaimed sophomore album — presenting all of her original songs with a more mature touch, alongside six never-before-released “From the Vault” tracks and the soundtrack single “Today Was a Fairytale” for the 2010 film Valentine’s Day.

See Every Taylor Swift Album Cover Through the Years, from Debut to Tortured Poets Department: You know them "All Too Well." From her 2006 debut album to 'The Tortured Poets Department,' check out the singer-songwriter's album covers in order

“In terms of production, I really wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs,” Swift told PEOPLE in 2021. “And so we really did go in and try to create a ‘the same but better’ version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did.”

The album cover also remains faithful to the original while standing out on its own — maintaining similar coloring but this time saturating the entire picture, with Swift captured in her iconic mid-hair-flip pose. Upon seeing her wearing a satin shirt, Swifties speculated that the singer used the cover to portray herself as her own Romeo (a call-out to “Love Story”), capable of defending her honor herself.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) made history as the first re-recorded album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Upon accepting video of the year for “All Too Well (10-Minute Version)” at the 2022 MTV Music Video Awards, Swift announced her 10th studio album in her speech, which was followed by revealing the album cover that captures her in smokey blue eyeshadow as she flickers a lighter.

Crafted as a concept album, Midnights draws inspiration from various sleepless nights, exploring themes from self-reflection to revenge fantasies to falling in love. Boasting 13 tracks and an additional 12 tracks across several deluxe versions, Swift’s 10th album smashed streaming records for both the highest single day and the highest single week while also selling one million copies in its debut week.

This album led to the highly successful Eras Tour — a worldwide concert experience that summarized Swift’s entire career — ultimately becoming a cultural sensation and the first tour to ever exceed $1 billion, per Entertainment Weekly, in revenue and surpassing her own record for the highest-grossing tour of all time. During her Nashville, Tenn., show in May 2023, the “Better Than Revenge” singer thrilled Swifties with a surprise announcement onstage before belting out “Sparks Fly” from her entirely self-written third studio album.

Projected on the screen was the official artwork for Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), paying homage to the original cover by featuring Swift in her signature curls of the era and a stunning purple tulle dress designed by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture. The album boasts six tracks “From the Vault,” two of which feature artists that “influenced [Swift] most powerfully as a lyricist at that time,” such as Fall Out Boy and Paramore’s Hayley Williams.

Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) secured Swift’s 12th top spot on the Billboard 200 chart, outdoing Barbra Streisand’s longstanding record for the most No. 1 albums by a female artist. Following her trend of strategic announcements, Swift unveiled her next studio album during another televised event — the Grammys — while accepting her 13th Grammy Award. Although fans speculated about a re-recording of Reputation (Taylor’s Version) due to her social media profile changes to a black-and-white aesthetic, they were surprised to learn about a new era of The Tortured Poets Department.

Shortly after her mic-drop speech, she revealed the album cover on Instagram, which exhibits a grayscale image of Swift lying in a bed while sporting a blank tank and shorts. Alongside the 16 tracks in the standard edition, Swift announced four additional versions (The Manuscript Edition, The Bolter Edition, The Albatross Edition and The Black Dog Edition), each with alternative cover art and exclusive bonus tracks.

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