James Taylor’s 7 Best Songs From His 7-Decade Career

When James Taylor released his self-titled debut in 1968, the 20-year-old seamlessly filled into his role of distilling folk-rock traditions for generations to come. Over the course of seven decades, the artist’s imprint expanded to transcendent collaborations and shape-shifting contributions to music history. Taylor reigns as one of the best-selling artists of all time, and his evolution over 50 years is evident in his greatest hits.

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Check out the list of highlights from each decade of James Taylor’s artistry below:

1960s: “Carolina in My Mind” | James Taylor, 1968

1970s: “Fire and Rain” | Sweet Baby James, 1970

1980s: “Only One” | That’s Why I’m Here, 1985

1990s: “Copperline” | New Moon Shine, 1991

2000s: “October Road” | October Road, 2002

2010s: “Watchin’ Over Me” | Before This World, 2015

2020s: “Teach Me Tonight” | American Standard, 2020

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