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Taylor Swift: Songwriter

  • Started writing songs at 5 years old
  • As of May 2013, has written or collaborated on over 200 original songs
  • Over half of the tracks on her first four albums were written solo
  • Usually draws inspiration from her personal life, especially romantic relationships (surprise, surprise)
  • Prides herself on the honesty of her lyrics

Taylor's Favorite Things

During various interviews over the years with publications like Vanity Fair and InStyle, Taylor Swift has given fans a sneak peek into her life. Details below, as well as a clip from before her appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." 

  • Favorite Movie: "Love Actually"
  • Favorite TV Shows: "Grey's Anatomy," "Girls," "CSI", "Law & Order: SVU"
  • Favorite Number: 13
  • Favorite Musicians: Shania Twain, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks
  • Favorite Meal: Breakfast at Cracker Barrel
  • Favorite Snack: Nachos
  • Favorite Colors: Red, burgundy, mustard yellow, deep purple

Family Facts

  • Has said her parents named her after James Taylor
  • Taylor's maternal grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, was an opera singer
  • Her younger brother, Austin, attends Vanderbilt and is a freelance photographer
  • In 2011, Swift reportedly bought her parents a $1.4 million house and later a $2.5 million mansion in Nashville
  • Swift has a pet cat named Meredith, after her favorite character on "Grey's Anatomy"

Celeb Bffs

Swift has become best friends with many fellow celebrities, including:

  • Selena Gomez
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Dianna Agron
  • Katy Perry
  • Hayley Williams
  • Emma Stone


Swift describes her personal style as "girly," and adores dresses, skirts, and flower prints. She also likes to pair dresses with comfy cardigans. Although she has said she's obsessed with heels, she can often be found sporting her red Keds sneakers. She loves vintage jewelry and girly sparkles, but she also has been known to wear casual cowboy boots with sundresses and plaid shirts.


Taylor's Influence

  • Over 42.5 million fans on Facebook
  • Over 27.5 million followers on Twitter
  • Ranked No. 11 on the Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities List for 2012
  • Named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2010
  • Ranked Billboard's No. 1 Money Maker of 2012

Taylor Behind the Wheel

Even though Swift is a gifted songwriter, she lacks the same skills in driving. It took her three attempts to pass her driving test, and she admitted bursting into tears at the DMV after failing her permit test. Behind the wheel, Taylor got in two unfortunate accidents in one day interviewing with Rolling Stone Magazine.

Taylor Swift in Concert