The Shake It Off star is known for her gestures of goodwill, and earlier this year (15), she donated $50,000 (£33,333) to a young leukaemia sufferer who had to miss out on attending the singer's tour to undergo treatment.

Among her other philanthropic efforts in the past year, she pledged $50,000 to a fundraising campaign to help cover medical costs for one of her backing dancers' nephews, who was diagnosed with cancer, cut a $50,000 cheque for the Seattle Symphony in Washington, and donated 25,000 books to New York City schools.

Taylor's kind heart places her at number one on's 2015 countdown, which recognises celebrities who have used their star power for good. She edges out Miley Cyrus, who takes second place on the list, thanks to her work through her new Happy Hippie Foundation to aid homeless youths.

Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, and wrestler-turned-actor John Cena round out the top five, reports

Others featured in the top 20 include Zendaya Coleman, John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, and newcomers Amy Schumer and Caitlyn Jenner, who has used her public transition to help raise awareness of transgender issues.