Before Taylor Swift was an international superstar whose 2023 “Eras Tour” caused Ticket Master’s website to shut down with high ticket demand selling out multiple nights at stadiums all over the country, she was a country star. She came to Nashville as a teenager and attended Hendersonville High School North of Nashville, writing songs about young love and loss. She won the CMA’s Top honor of Entertainer of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011, the same year she won the ACM’s Entertainer of the Year. Plainly put, she was country before she was a pop star.

Her early country songs started her road to history-making fame and fortune, and as she celebrates her 33rd birthday today (12/13), we celebrate the country songs that put her on the map in music.

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