It was the end of a decade, but the start of an age….
On December 30, 1989, Taylor Alison Swift was born and the world had no idea an icon came into the world. Today, that little girl turns thirty years old.
It is hard to believe Swift is 30 because we’ve been with her for most of her career and life. We were just listening to “Fifteen” and “22” yesterday.
Swift has been there for many people without ever meeting them. Through her music, determination, kindness, talent, and so many other things.
She gets a lot of hate and criticism and her 30th birthday is the best time to put a positive spotlight on her.
Here are 30 reasons, although there are a lot more, in no particular order, why we love Taylor Swift.
#1. She is unapologetically herself
Swift loves having fun and being goofy and fans can see that. She is always herself and doesn’t care when she makes weird faces or fangirls over another celebrity or does whatever she is doing above.
#2. She is obsessed with cats
Taylor has three cats: Dr. Meredith Grey, Detective Olivia Benson, and Benjamin Button. She has appeared in numerous ads surrounded by cats and even asked their opinions if she should release her song, “Christmas Tree Farm.” On December 20th, Swift will star in the movie adaptation of “CATS” and have her dream of being a cat come true.
#3. She dances likes no one is watching
If she is at an award show, you can almost guarantee she is standing up supporting every artist, dancing like no one is watching and having the time of her life.
#4. Swift never go out of Style
Whether it is dressing like a disco ball at the AMA’s, or wearing her own merch in NYC, or taking us back to the 60s with retro style clothes, Swift is always fashionable. Recently, she has been rocking the pantsuit look because if she was a man, then she’d be The Man.
#5. Her lyrics and songs resonate so much and are iconic
Since 2006, fans have been listening to her songs and relating to them on a personal level or dancing along to them or showing them to their friends and they have become some of the biggest songs of the 2000s and 2010s. From “Our Song” to “I Knew You Were Trouble” to “Lover,” people from all over the world have been belting out her songs for years and will continue to do so for a lifetime to come.
#6. She stands up for equal rights
From songwriters getting the compensation they deserve for the music they write to LGBTQ+ rights, political candidates to the double standards of men and women in music, Swift has spoken up about it all and has made a big difference. She is changing the world one step at a time.
#7. She is generous
Swift is one of the world’s highest-paid celebrities and with that title she has done a lot of good with it. Through Twitter and Tumblr, Swift has seen campaigns for fans who are struggling. She even gave a fan money for her college semester. She’s donated $113,000 to an LGBTQ+ advocacy group and has surprised many fans in the past to pay off medical bills, etc.
#8. Her high notes
If you’ve seen her live, you know Swift has a vocal range that will knock your socks off. Many people criticize her for her voice, but she has one of the best in the business.
#9. She teaches us that you are responsible for what you do in life not anyone else
Never let anyone take credit for your accomplishments in your life. You know what you’ve done and what you haven’t and those who love you know that too.
#10. She taught us to shake off the haters
Swift has been one to speak up against the haters because, unfortunately, she has had a fair share in her life. She knows who is there for her and who always will be and ignores those who put her down.
#11. She puts family first
Being one of the biggest pop stars in the world, it is great to see that Swift is so family-oriented. She brings them to award shows, talks about them a lot, and is even putting a full-blown tour on hold because of her mother’s health. Just listen to the songs “The Best Day,” “Never Grow Up,” and “Soon You’ll Get Better (featuring the Dixie Chicks),” and you’ll know how much her family means to her.
#12. She is thankful for her fans and tells them frequently
She’s gone through many struggles in her life and career and the fans have always been the unforeseeable factor in her life. They are the ones who help her break records, sell-out tours, buy albums, and help her career get to where it is today.
#13. She handpicks fans to meet her
From secret sessions to album listening parties to meet and greets before and after her shows, Swift is personally responsible for picking the fans who meet her. She and her team, Taylor Nation, lurk on social media, mostly Twitter and Tumblr, and pick her biggest fans to hang out and take pictures with her. That is seriously amazing!
#14. This Video
How could you not love this video? We laugh every time we watch it.
#15. She writes her own songs
Ever since her album, “Speak Now,” Swift has taken charge of her own music and written every song she’s ever put out. Not too many artists can say that.
#16. Her speeches
From tour speeches to award show speeches and everything in between, Swift inspires so many. She stands up for herself and others, breaks down walls, and encourages others to do what they want to in life.
#17. Her loyalty to her friends
Selena Gomez has been her longest friend in the music industry. The two always have each other’s backs and love each other like sisters. Other friends that have stuck by her are Abigail Anderson (who inspired “Fifteen”), The Haim sisters, Ellen DeGeneres, Camila Cabello, Cara Delevingne and more.
#18. Her relationship with Joe Alwyn
Although this has been her most private relationship, fans still get a glimpse into the relationship if they listen to her past two albums, “reputation” and “Lover.” She is truly in love and has found the one she wants to spend the rest of her life with, after so much heartbreak. How cute is that?
#19. She’s accomplished a lot
At only 30 years old, she has already been awarded the title of the Artist/Woman of the Decade, has the highest-grossing US tour in history, broke the record for the most AMAs, and has won the Grammy for Album of the Year twice, and so much more.
#20. The Easter Eggs she plants
Fans went crazy this year trying to figure out when she would drop new music that they were counting holes in fences. But fans get that crazy because she drops so many Easter Eggs in her posts, clothes, articles, videos, etc., that Swifties read into it more than they should.
#21. She has a song for every emotion you’re feeling
Whether you are experiencing heartbreak, anxiety, falling in love, your youth, a confidence boost, or a dance party, there is a Taylor Swift song you can play. Her songs are known worldwide and will be for decades to come.
#22. She loves Christmas
I guess growing up on a Christmas tree farm really makes you love Christmas. Plus her birthday is in December so she probably has a lot of memories around Christmas.
#23. She plays her own instruments
Swift plays the banjo, the ukelele, the piano, the guitar, and probably more we don’t know about. Playing an instrument is hard and to be able to play multiple takes talent.
#24. She made red lipstick a trend
Most people are afraid to wear red lipstick because it’s dark, bold, and not given a good rep, but Taylor pulls it off. The trend of wearing red lipstick has skyrocketed since she has worn it.
#25. She is flawless
If you weren’t a huge fan of her and didn’t follow social media, you would probably guess she is 24 or 25. Realizing that she is 30 is crazy.
#26. She switched genres and was very successful
How many singers do you know switch musical genres completely and are accepted and successful afterwards? Not many. Swift went from full country girl to mega-hit pop star overnight and is one of the biggest names in music.
#27. She’s been torn down and has never given up
Just check out her reputation album. It was one of the lowest times in her life, but she came back stronger and has continued to speak up for herself since then.
#28. Her tours
She has many costumes changes, surprise songs, acoustic moments, inspiring speeches and more.
#29. She’s humble
For being one of the richest, most famous people in the world, she is still silly, funny, humble, smart, and loves baking.
#30. This speech
Not much to say about this. Just watch.
This is only 30 reasons we could go on and on about why we love Taylor Swift, but we will leave you with these.
Happy 30th birthday Taylor Swift!