If you call your best friends your "squad," then you know exactly what we're talking about

By Grace Gavilanes
Updated October 27, 2015 02:00 PM
Credit: Dave Hogan/TAS/Getty

“It’s been the best year of my life,” Taylor Swift wrote on Twitter to mark the one-year anniversary of 1989, and to that we say: 1) Same. 2) “Best” might be an understatement.

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The record-smashing, chart-topping album has left a major mark on pop culture (and we’re not just talking about how many “Bad Blood” squad members we expect to see on Halloween this year).

1. The Birth of #SquadGoals

Although we began spotting Swift with her gang of gorgeous friends (Karlie! Cara! Gigi!) pre-1989, it wasn’t until the release of the “Bad Blood” music video that the world truly comprehended the power of the squad/fierce friendship nicknames. And it was no surprise when Swift’s costars were her plus-ones to the MTV Video Music Awards.

2. All of the Awards

Speaking of the VMAs: The singer not only scooped up the coveted video of the year award, but she also picked up the honor of being the first artist to sell one million or more copies of an album in its first week.

3. Ryan Adams’ Cover Tribute

Turns out the highest form of flattery really is imitation. Just ask Adams, who was so inspired by Swift, he released his own cover album. “I’ve always been interested in Taylor’s music,” Adams said.

4. The OMG-Level of Her Celeb Collaborations

Swift’s frequent stage guests have become the other star of the 1989 World Tour. We’re talking: Phoebe Buffay (whose duet to “Smelly Cat” was her first performance since Friends‘s TV departure), John Legend, Miranda Lambert and so many more. And those are just the stars who actually performed on stage – don’t even get us started on the countless 1989 tour runway walkers (Heidi Klum, Julia Roberts and Ellen DeGeneres, for starters).

5. One Direction’s ‘Perfect’ New Song

With lines like “if you like midnight driving with the windows down” and “if you’re looking for someone to write your breakup songs about, baby, I’m perfect,” fans buzzed about whether the song was a nod to Swift and Harry Styles’ brief romance.

6. An Instagram Reign

Something tells us the successes of “Shake It Off” and “Bad Blood” had something to do with her social media domination. That and a bunch of adorable Meredith and Olivia kitten snapshots.