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The best ways to stream Taylor Swift’s albums

Swifties have some tough streaming choices to make.


Brianna Stone


Posted on Dec 2, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 9:29 pm CDT

Taylor Swift‘s discography is a beast—and it just keeps tacking on hits.

The 10-time Grammy-winning artist recently released her seventh studio album, Lover, in August. By September, she sold a million units and the record was RIAA-certified platinum. Her music is streamed millions of times per month. She was the fourth-most-streamed female artist in 2018 on Spotify despite not dropping an album that year.

From “Teardrops on My Guitar” to “22” to “The Archer,” she has a war chest of hit songs. But her albums are why she’s connected with so many fans worldwide. Each is a richly penciled-in life stage full of candid, best-friend-on-the-phone storytelling. Even when Swift is sneering and playing heel on Reputation, you root for her because you’ve followed her trials and tribulations. And her music sounds like a bomb, employing the brightest engineers in pop to dial up the catharsis.

She’s gone to war with labels, artists, managers, and streaming platforms in recent years, so finding her work and streaming it on-demand may be confusing. But we’re here to help: Here are the best music platforms for streaming Swift’s albums.

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Taylor Swift albums: The best ways to stream her discography

The following subscription music services boast Swift’s discography.


Cost: $9.99 per month for premium, $19.99 per month for High Fidelity sound quality (HiFi), $14.99 per month for family premium with up to six members, and $29.99 per month for Family HiFi.

Discounts: $4.99 per month for student premium, $9.99 per month for student HiFi, $5.99 per month for Military or first responder premium, and $11.99 per month for Military or first responder HiFi.

TIDAL, owned by artists including Jay Z, Beyonce, Calvin Harris, and Madonna, offers several subscription options and a 30-day free trial. Taylor Swift’s latest album, Lover, and 2017 album, Reputation, are Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) on TIDAL, which is a higher-quality listening experience than HiFi. Members who have HiFi subscriptions have access to MQA albums, which are labeled with an “M” next to the album name.

For audiophiles and Swift stans alike, Tidal HiFi is, as the Daily Dot wrote in its review, the “smart choice or audiophiles who don’t mind shelling out extra money for a higher-quality listening experience.”


2) Apple Music

Cost: $9.99 per month for individuals or $14.99 per month for a family plan with up to six members.

Discounts: $4.99 per month for college students,

Apple Music can be streamed from your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and all other iOS devices. If you have an Android device, you can also download Apple Music from the Google Play Store. Apple offers a free three-month trial and three different plans for this ad-free service. Apple curated the playlist “Taylor Swift Essentials” with her top 31 songs.

It’s a strong option for longtime fans of Swift and Apple.

3) Spotify

Cost: Free with ads, $9.99 per month for Spotify Premium and $14.99 per month for a family plan with up to six members. 

Discounts: $4.99 per month for college students, bundled with Hulu and Showtime.

Spotify was recently ranked as the best streaming service and the “pioneer in the music-streaming space” by Cnet. It offers free listening with ads and three options for purchasing Spotify Premium. Users can also try Spotify Premium free for three months.

Spotify also curated the playlist “This Is Taylor Swift” with 57 of her songs from various albums. There is also the “Taylor Swift Radio” that mixes her songs with similar artists.


4) YouTube Music

Cost: Free with ads, $12.99 per month for Music Premium, and $14.99 per month for a family plan with up to five members.

Discounts: $4.99 per month for students.

If you didn’t know that YouTube offers more than just makeup tutorials, prank videos, and vlogging, you can also stream music on YouTube Music. This service has its own app and can also be streamed from your desktop.

5) Pandora

Cost: Free with ads, $4.99 per month for Pandora Plus (ad-free music and limited offline listening), and $9.99 per month for Pandora Premium (ad-free music, unlimited offline listening).

Discounts: $4.99 per month for Pandora Premium Student, $14.99 per month for Pandora Premium Family for up to 6 members, and $7.99 per month for Pandora Premium Military.

Pandora offers free listening with ads or premium ad-free subscriptions. You can get a 30-day free trial for Pandora Plus and a 60-day free trial for Pandora Premium. Pandora can also be streamed through SiriusXM.


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*First Published: Dec 2, 2019, 9:47 pm CST