'Teardrops on my Guitar'

21 Musicians Who Changed Genre Mid-Career

Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne and Nellie Furtado wanted something different.

Taylor Swift isn't the only musician who's made a genre jump by declaring she's going pop with her new album 1989. And while country fans still have a hard time letting that go (they still invite her to the CMA Awards), it's working for her. But Tay isn't alone.

Remember Hootie and the Blowfish? Well, lead singer Darius Rucker found his calling with country. And it turns out, a lot of your favorite female singers were in girl groups. Like the sultry R&B of Tinashe? She's got edgy pop band roots with The Stunners. Fergie was in Wild Orchid, a sexy '90s pop group, before taking on hip-hop with the Black Eyed Peas.

And you can date this trend as back as Bob Dylan, who shocked his folk fans when he went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in the 1960s. The scandal!

Check out the 21 artists who've gone their own way.

1. Taylor Swift

Country -> Pop

2. Kate Nash

Pop -> Punk

3. Snoop Dogg

Rap -> Reggae -> Rap

4. Bob Dylan

Folk -> Rock

5. Miley Cyrus

Country -> Pop

6. Katy Perry

Christian -> Pop

7. The Go Go’s

Punk -> Pop

8. Lady Gaga

Broadway -> Pop -> Jazz

9. Tinashe

Pop girl group The Stunners -> R&B

10. Fergie

Pop girl group Wild Orchid -> hip-hop

11. Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss

Pop girl group Ruby Blue -> Noisy Pop

12. Gwen Stefani

SKA No Doubt -> Pop

13. Pink

R&B girl group Choice -> Pop

14. Waka Flocka Flame

Hip-hop -> EDM

15. Lil Wayne

Rap -> Rock -> Rap

16. Beastie Boys

Punk -> Rap

17. Darius Rucker

Rock band Hootie and the Blowfish -> Country

18. Kid Rock

Rock -> Country

19. Nellie Furtado

Pop -> Hip-hop

20. Daft Punk

Punk band Darlin’ -> Dance

21. Skrillex

Screamo band From First to Last -> EDM