Taylor Swift Ends 2023 at No. 1 With “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”

Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023
Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock (14095570bb)

2023 has been a historic year for Taylor Swift, and she’s ending it atop the Billboard 200 chart. Her latest re-recording 1989 (Taylor’s Version) returned to the top of the chart for its fourth non-consecutive week, helping Swift end the year at No. 1.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) earned 136,000 equivalent album units during its latest week on the chart, dethroning Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday 2, which fell to No. 2 with 100,000 equivalent album units earned. It’s one of Swift’s three albums in the top 10 this week, alongside former No. 1s Midnights and Lover.

Several holiday albums also managed to make it to the top ten this week, starting with Michael Bublé’s former No. 1 Christmas at No. 4 with 70,000 units. It’s followed by Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song at no. 8 and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas at no. 10.

Swift is ending the year at No. 1 after breaking countless records throughout 2023 and being named Time’s “Person of the Year”. She told the magazine that she’s not taking her success for granted and that she’ll deal with it by doing what she does best—making new music.

“I’m very careful to be grateful every second that I get to be doing this at this level because I’ve had it taken away from me before. There is one thing I’ve learned: My response to anything that happens, good or bad, is to keep making things. Keep making art,” Swift told Time.