Taylor Swift's Best Moments: 10 Years At The Top

From enviable squads and birthday parties to selfless dates and feminist speeches, we look back at the 26-year-old singer's most unforgettable moments

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album.

It's hard to believe in the last decade, the Pennsylvanian-born star has had groundbreaking success as a solo artist, winning over 275 awards including the American Music Award for Artist of the Year, Grammy Awards, Billboard Woman of the Year and 10 Grammy Awards, to name but a few.

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Swift's fifth studio album 1989 has been her biggest-selling success to date, debuting at the top of the Billboard 200 with sales of over 1.2 million copies, crowning her the first artist to release three albums (after Speak Now and Red) with sales of one million in just one week.

To celebrate Swifty's on-going success, we look back at the singer's best moments during her reign of the charts:

1. Her 25th Birthday Party With Justin and Beyonce

Forget 22.

Taylor kicked off her 25th birthday by hosting a party at her Tribeca apartment with an A-list guest list that included the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Ansel Elgort, Haim, Sam Smith, Karlie Kloss, Kelly Osbourne, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Charli XCX, Chrissy Teigen, Shawn Mendes and BFF Jaime King.

So this is being 25..... #WHAT #bestbirthdayEVER

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Pictures from the party spammed social media, showing guests wearing Santa hats, surrounded by silver and gold balloons. Guests were reportedly treated to Stella beers and Japanese food, according to US Weekly.

Er, where was our invite, Tay Tay?

2. Singing Smelly Cat With Lisa Kudrow

Taylor Swift's 1989 world tour featured the likes of Justin Timberlake, Idina Menzel, Ellie Goulding, Uzo Aduba and Selena Gomes.

But, the songstress' final show at Los Angeles' Staples Centre saw Taylor come out on stage with the best guest to date – actress Lisa Kudrow, who reprised her Friends character Phoebe Buffay with the singer for a rendition of 'Smelly Cat'.

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In true Buffay style, the actress interrupted Swift several times during the duet to offer some words of wisdom.

'That was good, but you have to really feel the lyrics,' she said.

3. Catwalking with her 'squad'

For her British Summer Time performance in London's Hyde Park last year, Swift recruited several members of her 'squad' including Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt and Serena Williams to join her onstage to catwalk to the song 'Style'.

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The girls were spotted having fun on the catwalk with Delevingne marching down the stage with the U.K flag before joining Swift at the end of the stage.

4. This years's 4th July Weekend

If there was one party we would've sold our first born to attend this year, it would have been Taylor's 4th July celebraions.

There were matching friendship swimsuits.

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A slip-and-slide.

🏖 Karlie!!! 🏖

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A pregnant Blake Lively and terrified-looking Ryan Reynolds.

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An appearance from Ed Sheeran.

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Just like old times @teddysphotos !!

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Cara Delevingne scared the crap out of Swift and Hiddleston.

Did we mention the slip-and slide?

5. The 'Bad Blood' badass female cast

Winner of the Best Music Video at the 58th Grammy Awards and the Video of the Year and Best Collaboration at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, the video focussed on a group of powerful women across creative fields that she assembled into a Sin City/Avengers team of badasss super heroes.

"It's a little invention I made earlier..." Mother Chucker @Caradelevingne

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Her 'Bad Blood' castmates included BFFs Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid, Hailee Steinfeld, Zendaya, Lily Aldridge, Jessica Alba, Ellen Pompeo, Cindy Crawford.

"Then the dog would bark next to me and I'd just crack up after we'd cut." Slay-Z @GiGiHadid

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6. That time she won so many awards she couldn't cope

She increased her total number of Billboard Music Award wins to 21 earlier this year and looked to struggle with the vast quantity of accolades.

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She only has two hands god dammit! Give the girl a trolley next year.

7. Surprising her best friend with her favourite band

Last year, Swifty organised a birthday party for her childhood best friend Abigail and surprised her with her favourite singer Chris Carrabba from the band Dashboard Confessional.

The Surprise - Part One @abigail_lauren

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The Surprise - The Finale @abigail_lauren @yelyahwilliams @dashboardconfessional

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'I'm just asking a random question, do we have anyone here named Chris Carrabba?' Taylor asks the room before the singer comes out – guitar in hand – and serenades Abigail with the song 'Hands Down'.

8. Her road trip with Karlie Kloss

In 2014, the long-legged pair took a Californian road trip and shared images of their travels to Instagram, from exploring the Big Sur and writing messages in the sand to dancing in the sunset and wandering around some pretty epic forests.

another epic pit stop...Do you see the size of that elephant seal?!

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karlie ❤️'s @taylorswift

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California here we come, right back where we started from... ROAD TRIP!! @karliekloss

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9. *That* feminist speech at the 2016 Grammys

With a sly reference to her feud with Kanye West earlier this year, Taylor accepted her second Album of the Year Grammy Award (the first woman to achieve such a milestone in their career) and spoke to young women in a bid to let them know no one can take your success away from them.

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'As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there will be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,' she said.

Get it, fame? You know, after Kanye's 'Famous' lyrics, 'I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b*tch famous'?

'But if you just focus on the work … you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there. That will be the greatest moment,' she added.

Go, Taylor. Go, Taylor.

10. When she attended prom with a fan

Cast your mind back to 2008 and you'll remember an 18-year-old Taylor Swift taking part in MTV's Once Upon A Prom where she attended a prom night at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with a senior student called Whit Wright.

She wore a beige full-length gown to pick up Wright in her tour bus but, when she realised he was wearing a pink tie and waistcoat to honor his friend's mother who was fighting breast cancer, she ran back on the tour bus and pulled out a pale pink dress to match her date.

Adorable or what?

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