Taylor Swift's Official Top 20 biggest singles in the UK revealed

From fan-favourite deep cuts to world-mauling super-smashes...these are Taylor Swift's biggest hits on the Official Singles Chart.

Taylor Swift’s career blossomed a little later in the UK than elsewhere (her first UK hit came four years after her US debut), but boy has she made up for it since.

In the last three years alone, she's earned four UK Number 1 albums with Lover (2019), Folklore and Evermore (both 2020) and Fearless (Taylor's Version) (2021).

Throughout a career that has also crossed genre lines and shifted direction numerous times, Taylor has amassed 17 UK Top 10 hits, although it may come as a surprise she's only topped the Official Singles Chart once - with 2017's gothic Look What You Made Me Do (but more on that later). 

Now, she's undertaking her biggest challenge yet - re-recording her first six albums due to the controversial acquisition of her original masters by record exec Scott Borchetta and artist manager Scooter Braun (although it was confirmed last year Braun had sold the masters to a private equity firm, Shamrock Capital for $300 million). 

Earlier this year, Fearless (Taylor's Version) became her seventh UK album and right now, Red (Taylor's Version) is in the midst of a very close chart battle to become her eighth, which would tie her with Kylie Minogue for the second-most chart-topping LPs for a female solo act. 

To celebrate, we've revealed Taylor's official Top 20 biggest singles in the UK. But before we reveal a closer look at the Top 3 - a few fan-favourite highlights:

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Willow

The lead single from surprise album Evermore (a follow-up to her first surprise release of 2020, Folklore), Willow reunited Taylor with that project's cheif collaborator, indie-pop producer Aaron Dessner. With a rollicking acoustic beat that's reminiscent of Lana Del Rey's hip-hop-influenced debut Born To Die, Willow takes us deeper into the mystical forest that Folklore built. 

The newest entry inside the Top 20, in less than a year it's managed to collect chart sales totalling over 397,000, as well as 46 million streams. 

Style

Endlessly elegant, the third single from 1989 was an instant fan favourite and another mercurial pop moment thanks to Taylor's partnership with Max Martin and Shellback. Riffing heavily off the post-disco movement and the music of dance acts like Daft Punk, Style feels at times like the darker sister of another pitch-perfect Max Martin production from the same era, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. 

Despite its popularity with fans and critics, Style only reached Number 21 on the Official Singles Chart, although time has done little to dull its shine. It's Taylor's 12th most popular track in the UK, with 704,000 chart sales in total and 47 million streams. 

Look What You Made Me Do

Taylor's first-ever (and still at the time of writing, only) UK Number 1 single was the incendiary lead single from her braggadocious sixth album Reputation, where she attempted to burn it all down and start again.

Helped along by an accompanying video packed with in-jokes and laden with references to her internet presence and numerous celebrity spats, Look What You Made Me Do went straight in at Number 1 in 2017, staying at the top for two weeks. As of 2021, it has chart sales of 947,000, and it's been streamed over 98 million times in the UK alone. In total, it's her seventh biggest song on the Official Singles Chart. 

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And now, that Top 3 in full...

3. I Knew You Were Trouble
Released: 2012
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 2
Total UK chart sales: 1.4 million

The barmy second single from 2012's Red incorporated a heady EDM drop in its chorus, something that may seem par of the course now, but was defiitely ahead of its time during its initial release. Another link-up with Max Martin and Shellback, there was much debate over who I Knew You Were Trouble was about, with fans arguing whether it was about ex John Mayer or then-future ex Harry Styles, who she had already met, but not started the full-on 'Haylor' relationship that would come later.

Of course, part of the song’s success was down to the wobbly bit in the song where Taylor yells “Oh! Oh!”, which sparked thousands of YouTube videos replacing her with everything between a wrestler and a goat. Good times. 

I Knew You Were Trouble stands as Taylor's third-biggest single in the UK, with 1.4 million chart sales. It was recently re-recorded by Tay for Red (Taylor's Version) with Shellback's help, and you'll be glad to know the EDM gloomwobble stays intact (if not slightly muted). 

2. Love Story
Released: 2008
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 2
Total UK chart sales: 1.5 million

Taylor’s breakout hit in the UK was very nearly a Number 1, peaking at 2 behind Kelly Clarkson’s My Life Would Suck Without You (what a time to be alive).

As the title suggests, the song is a modern-day re-telling of Romeo and Juliet...without all the duels and accidental deaths. It's sweet, saccharine, and has a happy ending, as all good fairytales should. 

As it stands, Love Story has become Taylor's second most successful single in the UK - with total chart sales of 1.5 million (sorry, Kelly). In the UK alone, it's been streamed over 87 million streams. It's a Love Story, baby just say yes. 

1. Shake It Off
Released: 2014
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 2
Total UK chart sales: 2.2 million

Nothing was left to change on the lead single from 1989, which was marketed as Taylor's first pure-pop anthem. Reuniting her with Max Martin and Shellback, there's not a guitar or a country twang in sight for this peppy statement of intent, clearly influenced by Toni Basil's Hey Mickey. 

No longer concerned about penning songs about past lovers (a trope Taylor would magnificently parody in follow-up single Blank Space), Shake It Off is quite simple in its messaging and world view - the players gonna play, the haters gonna hate, baby you just gotta shake shake shake shake... 

It's fitting then, that Taylor's first single as the biggest pop star in the world is also her biggest single in the UK. Shake It Off has amassed a massive 2.2 million UK chart sales, including 144 million streams. It easily becomes her most popular song ever in the UK.  The biggest surprise? That the track never reached Number 1, instead being held off by Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass (how very 2014!)

Taylor Swift’s Official Top 20 biggest singles

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 SHAKE IT OFF TAYLOR SWIFT 2 2014
2 LOVE STORY TAYLOR SWIFT 2 2008
3 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE TAYLOR SWIFT 2 2012
4 BLANK SPACE TAYLOR SWIFT 4 2014
5 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER TAYLOR SWIFT 4 2012
6 I DON'T WANNA LIVE FOREVER (FIFTY SHADES ZAYN/TAYLOR SWIFT 5 2016
7 LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO TAYLOR SWIFT 1 2017
8 EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED TAYLOR SWIFT FT ED SHEERAN 7 2012
9 BAD BLOOD TAYLOR SWIFT FT KENDRICK LAMAR 4 2014
10 WILDEST DREAMS TAYLOR SWIFT 40 2014
11 ME! TAYLOR SWIFT FT BRENDON URIE 3 2019
12 STYLE TAYLOR SWIFT 21 2014
13 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN TAYLOR SWIFT 5 2019
14 22 TAYLOR SWIFT 9 2012
15 YOU BELONG WITH ME TAYLOR SWIFT 30 2009
16 LOVER TAYLOR SWIFT 14 2019
17 ...READY FOR IT? TAYLOR SWIFT 7 2017
18 DELICATE TAYLOR SWIFT 45 2017
19 WILLOW TAYLOR SWIFT 3 2020
20 GORGEOUS TAYLOR SWIFT 15 2017

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