Each State’s Favorite Taylor Swift Album in 2021

Since the start of her career in the early 2000’s, Taylor Swift has released nine studio albums. She’s explored different genres, navigated through her fair share of controversy, and provided us with some of our favorite music to stream.

But before we embark on the new era of Taylor’s Version re-recordings, we wanted to suss out which of her original albums resonates the most with Swifties across the country.

We combined Spotify streaming data and Google Trends data to find out which Taylor Swift album has each state “feelin’ 22.”¹

America’s favorite album overall is Folklore

Released in July of 2020, Swift’s Folklore is the most searched album in 25 states. Known as her “quarantine album,” Folklore was released out of the blue and hit us all in our pandemic feels. It earned Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys and secured Taylor Swift her own special on Disney+. With over 2.2 billion streams on Spotify, this moody album is loved from Hawaii to Maine.

Lover wins for most streamed album

Lover, which has a whopping 3.4 billion streams on Spotify, is Swift’s most-streamed album overall. The album features artists like Brendan Urie and the Chicks. It was the most searched album in nine states. It’s also important to note that Lover is Taylor’s first album that she fully owns.²

The best songs for your mood

For each song on Taylor’s top five most-played albums, we analyzed danceability, energy, tempo, and valence to determine which songs would be the best for a few different occasions.

 

The best Taylor Swift songs for crying alone in your room

For this category, the score is composed of 25% danceability rating, 25% energy rating, 25% tempo rating and 25% valence rating.

  1. “Exile” (Folklore)
  2. “Epiphany” (Folklore)
  3. “This Love” (1989)
  4. “My Tears Ricochet” (Folklore)
  5. “New Year’s Day” (Reputation)

Next time you’re in the mood for a good sob (don’t act like you’ve never been there), it may be a good idea to put on “Exile.” This song featuring Bon Iver brings up sadness we didn’t even know existed. It’s the perfect ballad for drowning out the sound of your loneliness.

The best Taylor Swift revenge anthems

For this category, the score is composed of 35% energy rating, 25% tempo rating, and 40% valence rating.

  1. “Bad Blood” (1989)
  2. “End Game” (Reputation)
  3. “Dancing with Our Hands Tied” (Reputation)
  4. “Getaway Car” (Reputation)
  5. “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” (Reputation)

Taylor Swift isn’t the only one who’s had to deal with drama and feuds—we all have our own personal Kanye, amirite? Sometimes music is the best medicine, so next time you have a falling out, crank up “Bad Blood” and bury your hatchets (but keep maps to where you put ‘em).³

 

The best Taylor Swift songs to blast with your windows down

For this category, the score is composed of 50% danceability rating and 50% energy rating.

 

  1. “Paper Rings” (Lover)
  2. “I Wish You Would” (1989)
  3. “Look What You Made Me Do” (Reputation)
  4. “Stay Stay Stay” (Red)
  5. “Cornelia Street” (Lover)

When you’re in the mood to feel happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time, look no further.⁴ This collection of songs led by “Paper Rings” is the perfect accessory for a night well spent.

Each state’s favorite Taylor Swift album

StateAlbum
AlabamaReputation, Red
Alaska1989
ArizonaFolklore
ArkansasRed
CaliforniaRed
ColoradoLover
ConnecticutLover
Delaware1989
District of ColumbiaRed
FloridaRed
GeorgiaRed
HawaiiFolklore
IdahoRed
IllinoisFolklore
IndianaFolklore
IowaRed
KansasFolklore, Red
KentuckyRed
LouisianaFolklore
MaineFolklore
MarylandFolklore
MassachusettsFolklore
MichiganFolklore
MinnesotaFolklore
MississippiFolklore
MissouriFolklore
MontanaFolklore
NebraskaRed
NevadaRed
New HampshireFolklore
New JerseyLover
New MexicoLover
New YorkFolklore
North CarolinaFolklore
North DakotaLover, Reputation, Red
OhioFolklore
OklahomaFolklore, Red
OregonFolklore, Lover
PennsylvaniaRed
Rhode IslandFolklore
South CarolinaRed
South DakotaRed
TennesseeFolklore
TexasRed
UtahLover
VermontLover
VirginiaFolklore
WashingtonFolklore
West VirginiaRed
WisconsinFolklore, Red
WyomingLover

Methodology

To find the most searched Taylor Swift album in each state, we calculated the top five most played albums on Spotify by adding up the total number of plays of each song on her albums (not including any of the live or deluxe versions of the albums). We used Google Trends to determine which state searched for which of the top five most played albums in the past year, then filtered the results by the “Arts & Entertainment” category.

 

For each song in each of the top five most played albums, we used the Spotify API to pull the data on danceability, energy, tempo, and valence.

 

To rank cry-worthy songs, 25% of the score was determined by the danceability rating of the song, 25% was determined by the energy rating, 25% was determined by the tempo, and 25% was determined by the valence. Each metric was normalized on a 0–1 scale with 1 corresponding to the measurement that would most positively affect the final score. These adjusted measurements were then added together with the weights mentioned above to get a score out of 100.

 

To rank revenge songs, 35% of the score was determined by the energy rating of the song, 25% was determined by the tempo, and 40% was determined by the valence. Each metric was normalized on a 0–1 scale with 1 corresponding to the measurement that would most positively affect the final score. These adjusted measurements were then added together with the weights mentioned above to get a score out of 100.

 

To rank danceable songs, 50% of the score was determined by the danceability rating of the song and 50% was determined by the energy. Each metric was normalized on a 0–1 scale with 1 corresponding to the measurement that would most positively affect the final score. These adjusted measurements were then added together with the weights mentioned above to get a score out of 100.

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Sources

  1. Swift, Taylor. Lyrics to “22.” Max Martin, Shellback, Big Machine Records, 2012.
  2. Capital FM,  “Which Albums Is Taylor Swift Re-Recording?” June 22, 2021. Accessed October 27, 2021.
  3. Swift, Taylor. Lyrics to “Bad Blood.” Kendrick Lamar, Max Martin, Shellback, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Big Machine and Public Records, 2015.
  4. Swift, Taylor. Lyrics to “22.” Max Martin, Shellback, Big Machine Records, 2012.

 

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