4 Ways Taylor Swift's Music Has Changed Since 'Tim McGraw' Came Out 9 Years Ago

She's come a long way

It's hard to believe that, less than a decade ago, our world had not yet experienced the wonder of Taylor Swift. The singer is now a huge phenomenon who dominates music, social media, and basically the entire world of entertainment. And it all started back with a little single called "Tim McGraw," which is celebrating its ninth anniversary today. The song was the world's first introduction to T-Swift, and it's safe to say that none of us have been the same since. But there's no denying that Swift's music has changed a lot since her first album. She grew up, after all, and as her star has risen, she's had the opportunity to work with huge writers and producers who've helped her develop her sound.

"Tim McGraw," which was released on June 19, 2006, was the first single off Taylor Swift, her self-titled debut album. Swift was just 16 years old at the time. The song made it to the Top 40 on the Billboard charts, and to the Top 10 on the Billboard Country charts. The entire album sold over five million copies.

Just how different is Swift's music from when she started out? She's evolved, but what we love about her has remained the same.

Let's examine the evidence:

From country to pop.

The most notable difference between "Tim McGraw" and the singles off Swift's latest record, 1989, is that our girl switched genres! Her first song has a noticeable Southern twang, and the video features pick up trucks, a barn, and prairie fields. Nowadays, Swift is in more of a "Welcome to New York" phase.

She strums it out.

Since her sound has gotten more pop-y, Swift doesn't feature her mad guitar skills so much in her music videos. But back in 2006, she was all about her six-string. 

No red lipstick!

These days, Swift is all about the classic look: a bold red lip and winged eyeliner are her go-to makeup looks (plus her chic, straight bob). But back when she was still a teenager, the singer was more into sparkly eyeshadow, nude lips, and long, wavy hair.

She's gone from crying over boys to shaking it off.

"Tim McGraw" is about young heartbreak, as you can see from the lyrics: "September saw a month of tears / And thankin' God that you weren't here / To see me like that." But T-Swift isn't sitting around moping about boys any more. She's got a new, more carefree attitude: "Love's a game, wanna play?"  

But no matter what phase of her career she's in, we'll always love Taylor Swift.

Congratulations on nine glorious years