Welcome back to The Sims Resource! To celebrate release of the Eras Tour movie worldwide, I’ve compiled custom content and created looks that represent each of the Taylor Swift eras throughout the years.
Before we get started, the incredible Sim used in all of these looks is by MSQSims. Let’s start on our Eras journey, starting at the very beginning of our favorite songwriter’s career and leading all the way up to today! For each section, I’ll discuss the album and release date as well as some favorite songs chosen by a panel of experts (aka swiftie friends I’ve asked and also myself).
Album: Taylor Swift
Release Date: October 24, 2006
Track Highlights: Our Song, Teardrops on My Guitar, Tim McGraw
Taylor hit the ground running when she released her first album, hitting the radio soon after with certified jams like Our Song and Teardrops on My Guitar. Her insights into universal emotional experiences drew audiences in and would only grow over the years, marking this remarkable debut as one to remember.
Album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
Release Date: April 9, 2021
Track Highlights: Love Story, Fearless, The Best Day, You Belong With Me, Fifteen
Fearless contained a huge amount of growth from Taylor’s first album both emotionally and musically. “You Belong With Me” is one of her most well-known songs to this day, with the music video being equally as iconic – which is why I had to pay homage to the pajama look that everyone knows and loves in the game.
Album: Speak Now
Release Date: July 7, 2023
Track Highlights: Story of Us, Better Than Revenge, Speak Now, I Can See You (From the Vault)
I adore Speak Now! I might be biased since Taylor’s Version released a few months ago, but this album has so many great songs I had to cut down the list! Not to mention the vault tracks, which are amazing – “I Can See You” is a huge highlight, but “Emma Falls In Love” is a total earworm.
Album: Red (Taylor’s Version)
Release Date: November 12, 2021
Track Highlights: All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) (10 Min Version) (From the Vault) (yes I included the full title for the meme), 22, I Knew You Were Trouble, I Bet You Think About Me
Red is the transitional album between country and pop, and I think the experimentation creates some incredible results – “All Too Well” 10 Minute Version is the obvious biggest draw of Taylor’s Version, but “22” is just as joyful today as it was when it released, and “I Knew You Were Trouble” is still a favorite on radio stations. Wait until you’re going through it to listen to Red and it’ll hit different.
Album: 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
Release Date: October 27, 2023
Track Highlights: Blank Space, I Know Places, Clean, Out of the Woods, Wildest Dreams
1989 is a perfect pop album (you can’t change my mind). So many of the songs are earworms that you just can’t stop humming or tapping your foot to, while others are perennial favorites for people of all ages – “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off” especially. “I Know Places” is a personal favorite, and I can’t wait to see what the vault tracks are like when Taylor’s Version releases later this month.
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Track Highlights: Getaway Car, I Did Something Bad, Don’t Blame Me, Look What You Made Me Do
I feel like this isn’t an insanely hot take among swifties, but Reputation might just be my favorite Taylor Swift album. I love how it transitions from angry songs about revenge to the softness of “New Year’s Day”, and I love how it tells a cohesive story across its tracks. I’m waiting for Reputation (Taylor’s Version) with bated breath because I just know any vault tracks are going to slap.
Release Date: August 23, 2019
Track Highlights: Lover, Death by a Thousand Cuts, Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince, Cruel Summer
Lover is a special album among this list for me personally. While it might not be as strong as Reputation before it or Folklore after it, this album is so unabashedly soft while still being unafraid to explore the darker sides of love. Also, Cruel Summer has always been a bop (though I’m glad it got to have its moment this past summer).
Release Date: July 24, 2020
Track Highlights: The Last Great American Dynasty, Exile, Betty, My Tears Ricochet
Folklore was one of the best surprises of 2020, and it remains a breath of fresh air every time I listen to it. The vivid storytelling and stripped down production draws the listener into the folklore being shared and passed on, as all good folk stories are. My favorite example of this is “The Last Great American Dynasty”, which has one of the most satisfying narrative reveals I’ve ever heard in a song.
Release Date: December 11, 2020
Track Highlights: Marjorie, Gold Rush, No Body No Crime (feat. HAIM), Willow
I’m going to say something controversial yet brave: I prefer Evermore to Folklore. It’s not by a lot, but something about the darker, wintery tones of Evermore really draw me in every time I put the album on. Shoutout to underrated bop “Gold Rush” just because I think it deserves more love!
Release Date: October 21, 2022
Track Highlights: Maroon, Anti-Hero, Mastermind, Karma, Bejeweled
Midnights is the most recent TSwift album, and a return to pop from the folk detours taken for Folklore and Evermore. I really love the concept of exploring what has kept you up at night at different points in your life, and the songs we got from that exploration manage to evoke a whole range of emotions across one album.
Thanks for checking out the Taylor Swift eras CC blog! If you liked this blog, check out Room Reno #101: Rustic Halloween Porch or our Barbie movie inspired lookbook. Looking for something else? Read about summer CC looks for the whole family or check out our Gilmore Girls inspired lookbook! Have a great day 😎