Why Taylor Swift Put Pop-Rock First

"Kiss Me" Was the First Song She Learned

We all know very well the story of Taylor Swift’s early love of country music. She discovered Faith Hill, Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks, she started writing songs, she moved to Nashville, and then when she was 16, released “Tim McGraw” and the whole world lost its mind.

But when I think of Swift as a young girl starting to play the guitar, and learning a few chords, I kind of picture her strumming some “Let Me Let Go” or “Wide Open Spaces.”

As it turns out, though, the first song Swift learned to play on the guitar wasn’t a country song at all.

It was “Kiss Me,” the crossover pop hit from the Christian rock band Sixpence None the Richer. The song was off their 1997 self-titled album. Swift talks about it in her cover story video on Vogue.com.

So even though Swift was destined for country stardom early in her recording career, the song that paved the way for her as a guitar player — and maybe even influenced some of her own music later on — was this up-tempo love song.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.