Best Known For: “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” “Mean”
Why She’s Dope: Blink and you missed the country-pop star evolving from a recreational preteen poet to a full time singer/songwriter. Leaving her lyrics more youth friendly—and always writing her own songs (ding! royalties)—keeps Swift hovering at the top of the charts. For those over 18, her journal verses can skew a little Babysitter’s Club, but tell that to the Nashville Songwriters Association or Songwriters Hall of Fame, both of which have awarded the perpetually bewildered starlet.