It made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number one song on the Hot Country Songs chart."Picture to Burn" and "Should've Said No" were released as the fourth single and fifth singles from the album, respectively, and both were successful on the country charts in the United States.Five singles were released from the album, all of which have been certified platinum by the RIAA.
"Teardrops on My Guitar" was released as the second single and was the album's best-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Our Song" was released as the third single from the album and was Swift's first number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
The album enjoyed commercial success and launched Swift's career in country music.
In the United States, it topped the Top Country Albums Chart for 24 non-consecutive weeks, and was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 5 million copies. Then they were nervous about putting out a 16-year-old.
Tamarkin criticized producer Nathan Chapman for applying "a gloss that not all [songs] really require and in some cases would do better to shed".
Rick Bell of Country Standard Time gave a positive review, saying that Swift had "smart songwriting" and that "her deeply personal, self-penned songs, particularly 'The Outside' and 'Our Song'" were "stirring." Chris Neal of Country Weekly said that Swift "demonstrat[es] an honesty, intelligence and idealism with which listeners of any age will be able to connect" and added that "the more thoughtful material suggests a talent poised to last well past high school." Swift performing "Tim Mc Graw" in 2007.
"I wrote it about this guy I was dating, and how we didn't have a song.
So I went ahead and wrote us one." The song is a narrative and describes a young couple who use the events in their lives in place of a regular song.
The banjo-riddled song is placed at the end of the album due to its closing lyrics, a request to "play it again".
"Invisible" is ballad describing loneliness and heartache of going unnoticed.
The album has sold over 6 million copies worldwide as of January 2015. She knew exactly what she wanted." While at work after school, Swift "found [her]self just sitting there with [her] guitar going, 'I hate his stupid truck that he doesn't let me drive. Something that is killing her." The song was a last minute addition to Taylor Swift: Swift had written it two days before mastering was scheduled and booklets were about to be printed; she then called her producer and completed the song overnight.