A Look Back At Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' 8 Years Later

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(Radio.com) This month marks the tenth anniversary of Taylor Swift's self -titled debut album, which was released October 24, 2006. Throughout the month, we've been looking at all five of her studio albums. Her sophomore album, 'Fearless,' was released eight years ago next month, on November 11, 2008.

Taylor Swift's sophomore album, Fearless, more than lived up to its name. While most artists worry about the sophomore slump, Swift laughed in fear's face as she delivered hit after hit on the 13-track album, which featured songs all written or co-written by the artist. She also co-produced the record with Nathan Chapman, who was at the helm of her self-titled debut in 2006.

Fearless was the best-selling album of 2009 with over 3.2 million copies sold, making a then 18-year-old Swift the youngest artist in history to have the year's best selling release. To date, Fearless remains Swift's biggest selling album. According to an article in Billboard last December, Fearless has surpassed 7 million in total U.S. sales and those numbers only continue to climb.

So what exactly is it about Fearless that had millions of people driving to the record stores in 2008 and 2009? It all comes down to her relatability. Her songs tug on emotions we've all felt. Whether you're a 12-year-old girl crushing on a boy in class, a 21-year-old in college pining for that guy at the bar or even a 40-something looking back on early relationships, Swift's songs transport you to that initial moment of first love, first heartbreak and has us recalling those feelings we've all had at least one point in our lives.

"I really try to write more about what I feel and guys and love because that's what fascinates me more than anything else love and what it does to us and how we treat people and how they treat us," she said in a 2010 interview. "So pretty much every song on the album has a face that I associate with it." Read more here.

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