Country Throwback: Taylor Swift Releases Grammy-Winning ‘White Horse’ 12 Years Ago Today

by Madison Miller

Taylor Swift is no longer really considered a country artist anymore. However, she did attract her fame and audience when she first started creating music under the country genre.

In 2008, the record-breaking, genre-defying artist released her song “White Horse” off her “Fearless” album. Now, 12 years later, it not only demonstrates the length Swift has spent in the spotlight but her ability to evolve as an artist.

The song won the awards for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 2010 Grammys. It peaked at 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The music video was produced in 2009 and directed by Trey Fanjoy. It features Swift ending a relationship via a phone call. The song was written about one of her ex-boyfriends after she realized they weren’t who she thought they were.

With very little production emphasis and clear gravitation toward vocals, the country song sparks feelings of disillusionment and pain in relationships.

The music video featured Stephen Colletti. The actor is known for “Laguna Beach” as well as his role as Chase on “One Tree Hill.”

“In the song ‘White Horse,’ you put everything you have into love and you get your heart broken … More people have been able to relate to those songs — the ones that I wrote when I was really going through something terrible,” Swift told The Boot.

Is Taylor Swift a Country Artist?

Several of Swift’s songs were widely popular and award-winning country hits. However, Swift declared she would no longer be producing typical country music.

In 2014 when she released “1989” the pop artist said it was “my very first documented, official pop album.”

She was asked if she would include three country songs on the album by the record label president. Her answer was “no way.” Her last country appearance was with Little Big Town’s “Better Man.”

Then in a Academy of Country Music Award show, she “broke up” with country music, according to The Washington Post.

“Somebody once told me that you truly see who a person is when you tell them something they don’t want to hear…And so to the country music community, when I told you that I had made a pop album and that I wanted to go explore other genres, you showed me who you are with the grace you accepted that with … I will never forget it,” Swift said at the show.

Swift continues to break barriers and explore genres, reaching more and more fans on the way. Most recently, she recorded “folklore,” an alternative indie record with the ability to put people in their 2020 feels.

While she may not be a huge part of the country community anymore, that’s where she got her roots as an artist. She also has plenty of country throwbacks for country fans to listen to.