“(You Drive Me) Crazy” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her debut studio album, …Baby One More Time (1999). Written and produced by Max Martin, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger, with additional writing by Jörgen Elofsson and remix by Martin and Rami Yacoub, it was released as the album’s third single on August 23, 1999, by JIVE Records. It was remixed for the soundtrack of Drive Me Crazy. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” is a pop song. The song garnered positive reviews from music critics, some of whom praised its simple formula and noted similarities to Spears’ debut single, “…Baby One More Time”.
“(You Drive Me) Crazy” was a commercial success, and peaked inside the top ten on the singles charts of seventeen countries. In the United Kingdom, it became Spears’ third consecutive single to peak inside the top five, while it reached number 10 in the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number one in Belgium (Wallonia). An accompanying music video, directed by Nigel Dick, and portrayed Spears as a waitress of a dance club, and performed a highly choreographed dance routine with the other waitresses. The video premiered on MTV’s Making the Video special, and featured cameo appearances of actors Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier. As part of promotion for the song, Spears performed the song at the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards and 1999 Billboard Music Awards. It has also been included on five of her concert tours.
“Work Bitch” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her eighth studio album, Britney Jean (2013). It was written by Spears, William “will.i.am” Adams, Otto “Knows” Jettman, Sebastian Ingrosso, Anthony Preston and Ruth-Anne Cunningham. The song’s production was handled by Ingrosso, Jettman and Adams, while vocal production was done by Adams and Preston. “Work Bitch” made its premiere on September 15, 2013 on iHeartRadio and select Clear Channel radio stations and was released to digital retailers on September 17, 2013 by RCA Records as the lead single from the record alongside a clean version titled “Work Work”.
“Work Bitch” debuted and peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, “Work Bitch” peaked within the top ten of the charts in nine countries, including Canada, France and the United Kingdom.
An accompanying music video for “Work Bitch” was directed by Ben Mor and filmed in Malibu, California and released in October 2013. The music video has generated acclaim from critics and fans alike, who praised Spears’s dancing and the visual cinematography. Spears traveled to the United Kingdom to promote the song on the British TV chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. The song was performed for the first time by Spears as the opening song from Spears’ Las Vegas residency show Britney: Piece of Me (2013-17).
“Unusual You” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, from her sixth studio album Circus. It was written and produced by Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg from Bloodshy & Avant, with additional writing by Kasia Livingston and Henrik Jonback. “Unusual You” is an electropop love song reminiscent of the music of Janet Jackson and Gwen Stefani, with sung lyrics that address an experienced woman finding unexpected love. “Unusual You” received mostly positive reviews from critics, who commended it for being a departure of the rest of the album. Following the release of Circus, the song charted at number eighty on the U.S. Billboard Pop 100 due to strong digital sales.
“Toxic” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003). It was written and produced by Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (known collectively as Bloodshy & Avant), with additional writing from Cathy Dennis and Henrik Jonback. The song released on January 13, 2004, by Jive Records, as the second single from In the Zone. After trying to choose between “(I Got That) Boom Boom” and “Outrageous” to be the second single from In the Zone, Spears selected “Toxic” instead. A dance song with elements of bhangra music, “Toxic” features varied instrumentation, such as drums, synthesizers and surf guitar. It is accompanied by high-pitched Bollywood strings and breathy vocals. Its lyrics draw an extended metaphor of a lover as a dangerous yet addictive drug. The song has received critical acclaim by music critics, who deemed it as the strongest track of In the Zone, and praised its hook and chorus.
“Toxic” attained worldwide success, reaching the top-five in 15 countries, while topping the charts in Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it became her fourth top-ten single. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Joseph Kahn and features references to Blade Runner, The Seven Year Itch and the films of John Woo. It portrays Spears as a secret agent in the search of a vial of green liquid. After she steals it, she enters an apartment and poisons her unfaithful boyfriend. The video also includes interspersed scenes of Spears naked with diamonds on her body. After Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl incident, the video was considered too racy for MTV and was moved to late-night programming.
Spears has performed “Toxic” in a number of live appearances, including the 2004 NRJ Music Awards and in three of her concert tours. It was the opening number of The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004), where she sang atop of a bus wearing a black catsuit; Spears also performed remixed versions of the song at The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009), the Femme Fatale Tour (2011) and Britney: Piece of Me (2013). “Toxic” has been covered by artists such as Mark Ronson, A Static Lullaby, Reece Mastin and Ingrid Michaelson, and in television series Glee. The song has also appeared in feature films such as Knocked Up, You Again and television series Doctor Who. “Toxic” won Spears her first Grammy at the 2005 ceremony in the category of Best Dance Recording, while gaining her credibility amongst critics. The song has been included in lists by Pitchfork, NME and Rolling Stone as one of the best songs of the decade.
“Touch of My Hand” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, taken from her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003). The song was written by Spears, Jimmy Harry, Balewa Muhammad, and Sheppard Solomon, and produced by Harry and Solomon. It was the first track to be recorded for the album. “Touch of My Hand” contains elements of Middle Eastern music, while the song’s lyrics controversially hold themes of masturbation. Spears simulates orgasm with “howling” vocals.
“Touch of My Hand” received generally mixed reviews from contemporary critics, some of whom praised the song’s artistry and maturity while others criticized Spears’ attempts at portraying sexuality as artificial and forced. Despite not being released as a single, official remixes of the song were commissioned and released. The song was performed on The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004), The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009) and Spears’ revamped Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me (2016–17).
“Till the World Ends” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale (2011). It was written by Kesha Sebert, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Alexander Kronlund, and Max Martin. Gottwald, Martin and Billboard produced the song, while vocal production was handled by Emily Wright. “Till the World Ends” is an uptempo dance-pop and electropop song with an electro beat. It opens with sirens, and has elements of trance and Eurodance. The song features a chant-like chorus, and lyrics in which Spears sings about dancing until the end of the world. “Till the World Ends” received comparisons to past hits by artists like Kesha and Enrique Iglesias. Some music critics deemed it a catchy dance track and complimenting its anthemic nature.
“Till the World Ends” was treated with different remixes, most notably the Femme Fatale Remix, featuring rapper Nicki Minaj and Kesha, which was released on April 25, 2011. The remix adds a rap by Minaj at the beginning, new vocals by Kesha, and a dubstep breakdown. The Femme Fatale Remix received positive reviews from critics, with most complimenting the diversity of the group and Minaj’s rap. “Till the World Ends” charted on the top-ten in several major music markets, including Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. The Femme Fatale Remix propelled the single to the top five on the Canadian Hot 100 and the US Billboard Hot 100. However, “Till the World Ends” became her second lowest peaking single in the United Kingdom.
An accompanying music video for the “Till the World Ends” was released on April 6, 2011. It portrays Spears in an underground dance party set on a December 21, 2012. Critics noted the similarities with the music video for “I’m a Slave 4 U” (2001), and predominantly gave positive reviews for it. A choreography cut was released on April 15, 2011. The video was also nominated for two categories at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, and went on to win Best Pop Video. Spears has performed “Till the World Ends” on television shows Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and performed it with Minaj at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. She has also performed the song as the encore of the Femme Fatale Tour (2011) and Britney: Piece of Me (2013-17).
“Stronger” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her second studio album, Oops!… I Did It Again (2000). It was released on November 13, 2000, by JIVE Records as the third single of the album. After meeting with producers Max Martin and Rami in Sweden, the singer recorded several songs for the album, including “Stronger”. The teen pop and dance-pop song has self-empowerment lyrics about a girl who is tired of her cheating boyfriend and decides to live without him. It received acclaim from music critics, who described the song as both musically and lyrically innovative and considered it the best dance track from the album.
“Stronger” achieved commercial success worldwide, reaching the top five in Austria, Germany and Sweden, while reaching the top ten in Finland, Ireland, Switzerland and United Kingdom. “Stronger” peaked at number eleven in the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, and was later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling over 500,000 units of the single. An accompanying music video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who considered it as a thematic departure from Spears’ previous music videos. The music video received a nomination on the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Pop Video.
Spears has performed “Stronger” in a number of live appearances, including at the Radio Music Awards of 2000, American Music Awards of 2001, a Fox special titled “Britney in Hawaii”, and in two of her concert tours. It was first performed on the Oops!… I Did It Again World Tour (2000–01), as the first song from the show and at the Dream Within a Dream Tour (2001–02). Also, in 2013 Spears performed the song for the first time in eleven years on her Las Vegas residency concert Britney: Piece of Me. In 2010, “Stronger” was covered by actor Kevin McHale for an episode of TV series Glee titled “Britney/Brittany”. The cover received positive reviews from contemporary music critics.
“Sometimes” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her debut studio album, …Baby One More Time (1999). Written by Jörgen Elofsson and produced by Elofsson himself, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger, the song was released as Spears’ second single on April 30, 1999 by JIVE Records. “Sometimes” is a teen pop song that is influenced by bubblegum pop, and alludes to a relationship where a shy girl is reserved on expressing feelings to her lover. The song received generally mixed reviews from contemporary critics.
“Sometimes” attained worldwide success, peaking inside the top ten in eleven countries. In the United States, the song peaked at number twenty one. The song reached number one in Belgium (Flanders), Netherlands and New Zealand, while reaching number two in Australia. In the United Kingdom, the song reached number three, and is also Spears’ third best-selling single in the country. An accompanying music video, directed by Nigel Dick, was shot at the Paradise Cove in Malibu, California. It portrays Spears watching her love interest from afar. Spears has performed “Sometimes” in four of her concert tours, including at the …Baby One More Time Tour (1999), the Oops!… I Did It Again World Tour (2000–01), and the Dream Within a Dream Tour (2001–02).
“Someday (I Will Understand)” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears. It was written by Spears and produced by Guy Sigsworth. The song was released on August 18, 2005, by Jive Records, as the sole single from Spears’ first extended play, Britney & Kevin: Chaotic (2005). In July 2004, Spears announced her engagement to American dancer Kevin Federline, later revealing she would be taking another career break to start a family. Spears wrote the song two weeks before knowing she was pregnant with her first child, Sean Preston Federline. A pop ballad, “Someday (I Will Understand)” lyrics refer to a feeling of empowerment as a pregnant woman. A remixed version of the song was included on the 2005 remix compilation, B in the Mix: The Remixes.
“Someday (I Will Understand)” has received mixed reviews from music critics. A few reviewers considered it as a lesson on the singer’s history and a “tear-jerker” ballad, while others considered it a non-savable “flop single”. The song reached the top ten in Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland and also charted in a number of European countries. An accompanying music video, directed by Michael Haussman, premiered on the finale of Britney & Kevin: Chaotic. Entirely shot in black-and-white, the music video features Spears as a pregnant woman and portrays a transformation of her character. Contemporary critics noted the video as a departure from Spears’ previous music videos, while comparing the imagery of it to American entertainer Madonna’s Kabbalah makeover.
“Shattered Glass” is a song recorded by American recording artist Britney Spears. The song was written by Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Claude Kelly, Benjamin “Benny Blanco” Levin, and produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco for Spears’ sixth studio album, Circus (2008). “Shattered Glass” is an uptempo pop song, while Spears’ vocals have been Auto-Tuned on the track. Lyrically, the song is very emotional, with Spears singing of entrapment and self-loathing in her relationship with fame.
Reception of the track from music critics was mixed, with some noting its dance and pop sound, while others called it “generic” and filler. Although the song was never released independently from Circus, it managed to peak on many of the Billboard component charts, including number seventy on the Billboard Hot 100, seventy-five on the Canadian Hot 100, and number fifty-seven on the Billboard Pop 100.