The ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Drop & 13 Other Times Taylor Swift Made Our Days Go “All Too Well”

AMG | Taylor Swift performing during her RED tour in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013. Photo Courtesy: Scott Barbour/TAS/Getty Images

In October 2012, Taylor Swift released Red, her fourth studio album. Nominated for numerous awards, the seven-times platinum-certified album was something of a transitional moment for Swift; while the singer-songwriter didn’t abandon her country-pop roots entirely, Red borrowed from rock, folk and electronic music.

Nine years ago, some critics felt Red’s versatility was a flaw — the album, to them, wasn’t as cohesive as it could’ve been — but the album, inspired in part by Joni Mitchell's 1971 album Blue, remains significant. Red’s range isn’t a flaw, but an encapsulation of an artist in transition — of a young person coming of age and reflecting on some of her life’s rawest moments.

Now, almost a decade later, the 11-time Grammy winner has re-released the beloved album as Red (Taylor’s Version). As you likely know by now, Swift intends to re-record and re-release all six of the albums she made while under contract with Big Machine Records. Back in April 2021, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) hit shelves (and streaming platforms), but we’re still awaiting re-recordings of her self-titled debut, Speak Now, 1989 and reputation.

The aim? Swift wants to own the master recordings of her work. But, for fans, it also serves as a trip down memory lane. As we discussed with Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Swift and her music have often been put in a box; misogynists (and folks dealing with internalized misogyny) have belittled the musician for her relationships, youthfulness and pop prowess, devaluing not only Swift, but her art and the fans who feel reflected in it, too.

Sure, Red has its fair share of breakup songs; the bridge of “All Too Well” channels something so raw and relatable that it’s become a bona fide classic. As Swift put it, the album’s name comes from the tumultuous, red emotions she felt at the time. We can’t wait to throw Red (Taylor’s Version) on repeat at midnight, but, in the meantime, we’re celebrating Swift by taking a look back at the last few years and highlighting 13 times we were proud to call ourselves “Swifties.”