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(You Drive Me) Crazy

“(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

“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 – Britney Spears

“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 (song)

“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

“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

“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 (Britney Spears song)

“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 (Britney Spears song)

“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)

“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 (Britney Spears song)

“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.[1][2][3]

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.

Scream & Shout

“Scream & Shout” is a song by American recording artists will.i.am and Britney Spears, taken from the former’s fourth studio album #willpower. It was released on November 20, 2012 by Interscope Records as the second single from the album, and sent to mainstream radio in the United States on November 27. The song was written by will.i.am, Jef Martens and Jean Baptiste and was produced by Martens under the alias Lazy Jay, with additional production by will.i.am. “Scream & Shout” is an upbeat dance-pop song; its lyrics are about having a good time on a night out. It interpolates a sample of the lyric “Britney, bitch”, which was used on Spears’ 2007 single “Gimme More”.

“Scream & Shout” received mixed reviews from music critics. Some critics described the song as a dark club track, but others criticized the use of Auto-Tune on the vocals. The song was a commercial success worldwide, topping the charts in over 24 countries and reached the top ten in Australia, Sweden, and South Korea. In the United States, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first number one song of the newly established Dance/Electronic Songs chart. In the United Kingdom, “Scream & Shout” became will.i.am’s second consecutive number one single, Spears’ sixth number one and her first chart-topper since “Everytime.”

An accompanying music video directed by Ben Mor was shot in October 2012, and premiered in the U.S. during a live episode of The X Factor on November 28. The theme of the music video is multiplicity, and critics complimented its futuristic setting. “Scream & Shout” also served as the theme song for a television commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre Color headphones. A remixed version of the song, featuring rappers Hit-Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Wayne and Sean Combs, was uploaded to will.i.am’s official YouTube account on January 25, 2013, after it was leaked on the internet earlier the same day. A music video for this version was filmed in January 2013 and released on February 14.

Radar (song)

“Radar” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her fifth studio album, Blackout (2007). It was written and produced by Bloodshy & Avant and The Clutch, with additional writing from Henrik Jonback, as a record that did not relate to any of her personal problems at the time. The recording sessions took place the day after Spears filed for divorce from Kevin Federline, and members of The Clutch claimed to be surprised by her work ethic. “Radar” was originally planned to be released as the third single from Blackout, but “Break the Ice” was chosen instead. The song was then planned as the fourth single, but the release was cancelled as Spears began recording her sixth studio album, Circus (2008). “Radar” was later included as a bonus track on Circus, and released as the fourth and final single from the album on June 22, 2009 by Jive Records.

Musically, “Radar” is an electropop and synthpop song, that runs through a midtempo dance groove. Spears’ vocals are auto tuned and accompanied by sonar pulses and a heavy usage of distorted synthesizers. The lyrics refer to an attraction between the protagonist and a man, while she wonders if he knows what she is feeling. “Radar” received mixed reviews from critics; some called it one of the highlights of Blackout, while others felt that it was over-produced and also criticized her vocals for being processed. In July 2008, “Radar” charted in the top forty of Ireland and New Zealand, and inside the top-ten in Sweden. After it was released as a single from Circus, the track performed poorly on the charts and did not manage to enter the top forty in most countries. However, it became her 21st hit on the US Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, the most for any artist of the decade.

The single’s accompanying music video was directed by Dave Meyers, and pays tribute to the music video of Madonna’s “Take a Bow” (1994). In the video, Spears is an aristocratic woman involved in a love triangle with two men who are polo players. The video received mixed reviews from critics, who complimented the fashion but called the idea unoriginal. “Radar” was performed by Spears at The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009), with the accompanying dance routine featuring her pole dancing.

Pretty Girls (Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea song)

“Pretty Girls” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. Azalea co-wrote the song with Maegan Cottone, British girl group Little Mix, and the song’s producers, The Invisible Men. The single was released on May 4, 2015, by RCA Records.

The music video for “Pretty Girls” premiered on May 13, 2015, and was directed by Azalea and Cameron Duddy. The visuals were inspired by the 1988 film Earth Girls Are Easy, starring Geena Davis. The song was performed live by Spears and Azalea for the first time on May 17 at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Later that year, it was added to the setlist for Spears’ Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me.

The collaboration peaked within the top 20 in the United Kingdom and Canada and the top 40 in the United States, France and Australia. The track also received two nominations at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards[2][3]

Piece of Me

“Piece of Me” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her fifth studio album, Blackout (2007). It was released on November 27, 2007 by Jive Records as the second single from the album. The song was written and produced by Swedish producers Bloodshy & Avant and Klas Åhlund as a response to the media scrutiny and sensationalism of Spears’ private life, which they had seen by working with her over the years. “Piece of Me” was the last song to be recorded for Blackout. The self-manifesto song’s lyrics are written like a biography retelling her mishaps. Musically, “Piece of Me” is an electro song that runs through a down-tempo dance beat. Spears’ voice is heavily synthesized, and constantly shifts in pitch. Backing vocals are provided by Bloodshy and Avant and Robyn.

Most music critics cited it as one of the highlights from Blackout. Rolling Stone ranked the song at number fifteen on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. It was also commercially successful, peaking at number one in Ireland and reaching top ten positions in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it became the second single from the album to have peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

The music video, directed by Wayne Isham, portrayed Spears’ life at the time and showed her with her friends disguising themselves in order to confuse the paparazzi. Isham’s concept was to have Spears confidently parodying her situation. It received mixed reviews from critics, most arguing her body was digitally altered. The video was nominated in three categories at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards and won all of them, including Video of the Year. “Piece of Me” was performed at The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009) and the Femme Fatale Tour (2011). The song also shares a title with Spears’ Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me, where it is also performed.

Perfume (Britney Spears song)

“Perfume” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her eighth studio album, Britney Jean (2013). It was written by Spears, Sia Furler and Christopher Braide, while the song was produced by will.i.am and co-produced by Keith Harris and Braide. The song was released as the second and final single from the album on November 4, 2013 by RCA Records. “Perfume” is a synthpop, power ballad, which is influenced by music of the 1980s. Lyrically, the song is built around themes of jealousy and suspicion in a relationship. Spears revealed that the song was about her split with her ex-fiancé, Jason Trawick, in early 2013.

A musical departure from its EDM-influenced predecessor, “Work Bitch”, music critics noted her “surprisingly strong” vocals, and compared them to those of Gwen Stefani. Worldwide, the song performed weakly in official charts, peaking at number 76 in the United States and within the top 70 in Australia, Canada and Ireland. The music video for “Perfume” was directed by Joseph Kahn and released in December 2013. Spears’ love interest in the video leaves her for another woman, while Spears is left devastated. Kahn mentioned that there is an unreleased director’s cut version of the video, where Spears role in the video is actually an assassin hired to kill her boyfriend. Spears included the song on her current residency concert Britney: Piece of Me (2013–15). The song has sold over 300,000 copies in the United States.

Passenger (Britney Spears song)

“Passenger” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for the eighth studio album Britney Jean. It was written by Spears, Sia Furler, Katy Perry, Andrew Swanson and Diplo, being produced by the latter, while the vocal production was done by Anthony Preston, who produced most of the album. The song has received critical acclaim from music critics.

After serving as a judge on the second season of the American version of The X Factor, Spears began work on her eighth studio album in December 2012.[1]

In April 2013, Diplo, who already had worked with Spears previously in a remix of her 2008 single Circus, was revealed to be working with Spears for her eighth album by Jean Baptiste via Twitter.[2] Later in July, Spears revealed that she had a session with Sia, with whom she also co-written her single Perfume.[3] It was later revealed by Diplo that the song was actually written for Katy Perry’s (who co-written the song) third album Prism.

In November 2013, the song leaked on the internet, with people pretending it as a demo from the final track,[4] however, with the release of the album, it was later revealed that it was the final version of the song.

Overprotected

“Overprotected” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her third studio album, Britney (2001). It was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami. The song was released on December 12, 2001 by Jive Records, as the second single from Britney. “Overprotected” is a dance-pop and teen pop song that is about a girl who is tired of being overprotected and just wants to be herself. The song received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics and was released to United States radio on April 1, 2002.

While it did not perform well on the Billboard charts in the United States, “Overprotected” peaked at number 22 in Canada, while reaching the top five in Italy, Romania, Sweden and United Kingdom. An accompanying music video, directed by Billie Woodruff, portrays Spears dancing inside an abandoned factory, while singing about being overprotected; the music video for “The Darkchild Remix”, directed by Chris Applebaum, portrays Spears dancing and having fun with her friends. Spears has performed “Overprotected” a number of times including at the Dream Within a Dream Tour (2001) and The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004). In 2003, the song received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The song was also featured in the animated film Hotel Transylvania.

Out from Under

“Out from Under” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, taken from her sixth studio album, Circus (2008). The song was written by Shelly Peiken, Arnthor Birgisson, and Wayne Hector, initially for the soundtrack of Bratz: The Movie, featuring vocals of American recording artist Joanna Pacitti. After approaching Spears and Guy Sigsworth in 2008, the songwriters suggested the singer to re-record the song for her album. “Out from Under” is a soft rock song that alludes to the ending of Spears’ marriage with Kevin Federline, and blends the singer’s breathy vocals with acoustic guitars in the background.

Despite not being released as a single, “Out from Under” managed to peak at number nineteen on Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, following the release of Circus, and at number thirty-two in Sweden in June 2009. The song was featured on the fifth season of MTV’s The Hills. It was included on The Essential Britney Spears compilation album.

Outrageous (song)

“Outrageous” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003). It was written and produced by R. Kelly, with vocal production provided by Trixster and Penelope Magnet. The song was released on July 20, 2004, by Jive Records, as the fourth and final single from In the Zone. “Outrageous” was the record label’s choice for first and second single, but Spears pushed for “Me Against the Music” and “Toxic” respectively, to be released instead. It was finally announced as a single after it was selected as the theme song for the 2004 film Catwoman. “Outrageous” is an R&B song with influences of hip hop and an exotic feel. Lyrically, it talks about materialism and entertainment. “Outrageous” received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised its funky sound, while others deemed it as “forgettable”.

“Outrageous” only charted in the United States, entering many of Billboard’s component charts and peaking at number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100. Spears only performed the song once, on 2004’s The Onyx Hotel Tour. The music video was being shot in New York City in June 2004, when Spears hurt her knee and had to undergo arthroscopic surgery. The video was canceled, as well as The Onyx Hotel Tour and the feature in the Catwoman soundtrack. A composite of different scenes was released in the DVD Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.

Oops!… I Did It Again (song)

“Oops!… I Did It Again” is a song by American singer Britney Spears from her 2000 second studio album of the same name. It was released on March 27, 2000, by JIVE Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. “Oops!… I Did It Again” is a song that lyrically speaks of a female who views love as a game, and she decides to use that to her advantage by playing with her lover’s emotions. Its bridge features a dialogue which references the blockbuster film Titanic (1997).

Upon its release, “Oops!… I Did It Again” received positive reviews from music critics, who noted similarities to her debut single “…Baby One More Time”. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance during the 2001 ceremony. Commercially, the track peaked at number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It topped national singles charts in several international territories, in many of which it has additionally attained gold and platinum sales certifications.

An accompanying music video was directed by Nigel Dick. It depicts Spears on Mars, where she addresses an astronaut who has fallen in love with her. She is dressed in a red catsuit. It went on to receive three nominations at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. Spears has performed the track during her Oops!… I Did It Again Tour, Dream Within a Dream Tour, The Onyx Hotel Tour and Britney: Piece of Me.

Ooh La La (Britney Spears song)

“Ooh La La” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for the soundtrack of the 2013 family film The Smurfs 2. It was written and produced by Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Joshua “Ammo” Coleman, Henry “Cirkut” Walter, with additional writing from Bonnie McKee, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Lola Blanc, and Fransisca Hall.

“Ooh La La” was written by Ammo, Fransisca Hall, and Lola Blanc, and was intended to become Blanc’s debut single as it was a play on her name. However, upon the request of producer Dr. Luke, a deal was made in which Spears was allowed to record the track. He collaborated with additional writers Cirkut, Jacob Kasher, and Bonnie McKee to rewrite some lyrics into a more child-friendly nature.[2] Production was handled by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Ammo. Spears decided to record this song to contribute to the soundtrack of The Smurfs 2 because, in her own words, she “always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans EVER. I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they’ll think it’s Smurftastic!”.[3]

My Only Wish (This Year)

“My Only Wish (This Year)” is a pop Christmas song performed by American recording artist Britney Spears. It was written by Brian Kierulf, Josh Schwartz and Spears. It was released originally in the Christmas compilation album Platinum Christmas. In it Spears asks Santa Claus to find her a lover during the holidays. The track received mixed reviews from music critics, however close to decade after release, reviewers felt the song could be considered a holiday classic. “My Only Wish (This Year)” has charted in various countries, mainly on Billboard’s Holiday Songs in 2011 and 2012.[1] The song also received success in South Korea, selling over 600,000 units. On October 22, 2013, an audio-only video of the song was uploaded on Britney Spears’ Vevo account.[2]

Mmm Papi

“Mmm Papi” is a song by American singer-songwriter Britney Spears. The song was written by Spears and Nicole Morier, while additional writing and song production were done by Canadian band Let’s Go to War, whose members are Henry Walter, Adrien Gough and Peter-John Kerr, for Spears’ sixth studio album, Circus (2008). “Mmm Papi” is noted for having a Latin pop influence, similar to Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” (1987). The lyrics of the song tell about a woman who has an attraction to a man, longing for him to come and take her away.

“Mmm Papi” received generally unfavorable reviews from contemporary critics. Many said the song represents Spears’ trouble with men, and speculated that its lyrics deal to either her father James Spears or paparazzi Adnan Ghalib. The speculations were later denied by co-writer Morier. The song was also compared to Rosemary Clooney’s “Come On-a My House” (1951). Despite not being released as a single, “Mmm Papi” managed to peak at number ninety-four on Billboard Pop 100, due to moderate airplay on mainstream top 40 radio stations, singles sales, and digital downloads.

Me Against the Music

“Me Against the Music” is a song recorded by American singers Britney Spears and Madonna for Spears’ fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003). It was written by Spears, Madonna, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Thabiso “Tab” Nikhereanye, Penelope Magnet, Terius Nash and Gary O’Brien. The song was released on October 14, 2003, by Jive Records, as the lead single of In the Zone. After bonding with Spears during a night in New York City, Stewart and Magnet started working on the song for her. During rehearsals for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, Spears played Madonna the track and asked her to do the song with her.

“Me Against the Music” contains influences of hip hop and usage of funk guitars. Spears and Madonna trade lines during the verses, and Madonna sings the bridge. Lyrically, the song talks about battling the music and the pleasures of letting go on the dancefloor. The song received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Some felt it was a strong dance track of In the Zone, while others referred to it as lackluster and disappointing. The song was a commercial success, peaking atop of the charts in countries such as Australia, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland and Spain, as well as the European Hot 100 Singles. It also peaked at number two in Canada, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom, and inside the top five in many other nations. The song won the “Hot Dance Single of the Year” accolade at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards.

The accompanying music video for “Me Against the Music” shows Spears and Madonna playing opposites in a nightclub. A cat-and-mouse chase ensues, and Spears finds Madonna in the end, only for the latter to disappear before they kiss. The video received positive reviews from critics, who noted it as symbolic of the sexual roles between the women. Spears has performed the song in a number of live appearances including the 2003 NFL Kickoff Live, Saturday Night Live, 2003 American Music Awards and TRL. She has also performed remixed versions with elements of bhangra music at The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004) and The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009). Spears is currently performing the song on her Las Vegas residency show Britney: Piece of Me. “Me Against the Music” has been sampled by Justice, while the music video was recreated by television series Glee and included an appearance by Spears.

Make Me… (Britney Spears song)

“Make Me…” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her ninth studio album, Glory (2016). It features the vocal collaboration of American rapper G-Eazy. The track was written by Spears, Matthew Burns, Joe Janiak and Gerald Gillum, while produced by Burns, with Mischke serving as a vocal producer. “Make Me…” was released as the album’s lead-single on July 15, 2016, after being previously delayed due to reported production difficulties.[1] Described as a “slinky” midtempo R&B-influenced ballad, the recording incorporates “raw” guitar riffs, “snare slaps”, “whooshing synths” and a “dub step-esque boom-bap” in its instrumentation. Lyrically, the song talks about demanding sexual satisfaction.

The song received generally favorable reviews from critics.[2] Commercially, the song reached the top-twenty in Canada, France, Hungary and the United States, where it charted at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100. An alternate first version of the song’s music video, directed by David LaChapelle, was shelved. Subsequently, a Randee St. Nicholas-directed music video was released on August 5, 2016. “Make Me…” was added to Spears’ residency show Britney: Piece of Me and was performed by Spears and G-Eazy at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

Lucky (Britney Spears song)

“Lucky” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her second studio album, Oops!… I Did It Again (2000). It was released on August 8, 2000 by JIVE Records as the second single of the album. After meeting with producers Max Martin and Rami Yacoub in Sweden, the singer recorded several songs for the album, including “Lucky”. The song tells a story about a famous movie star named Lucky, who, despite seemingly having it all – fame, wealth, beauty – is truly lonely and unhappy on the inside. It was praised by music critics, who considered its melody and rhythm as sweet and catchy, and noted the lyrics to be about Spears herself.

“Lucky” achieved commercial success worldwide, peaking at number one in Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland, while reaching the top ten in several European countries. In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number five, and is Spears’ tenth best-selling single in the country, having sold over 225,000 copies there. An accompanying music video was directed by Dave Meyers, and portrays Spears as herself and a melancholy movie star Lucky, who just want to have some fun in life. Spears has performed “Lucky” in a number of live appearances and in two of her concert tours.

Kill the Lights (Britney Spears song)

“Kill the Lights” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, taken from her sixth studio album, Circus (2008). The song was written by Nathaniel Hills, James Washington, Luke Boyd and Marcella Araica, who previously worked with Spears on Blackout (2007). “Kill the Lights” is an urban and dance-pop song produced by Danja, that alludes to the singer’s relationship with the paparazzi and the news media, while also addressing the consequences of becoming a celebrity. “Kill the Lights” received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who considered it a futuristic and sexy sequel to Spears’ “Piece of Me” (2007), although they described her vocals as heavily produced.

Despite not being released as a single, “Kill the Lights” managed to peak at number eleven on Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100, while making other appearances on Pop 100 and Pop 100 Airplay component charts. It also reached number sixty-nine on Hot Canadian Digital Singles chart. A music video for the song directed by PUNY, portrays Spears avoiding the paparazzi and visiting another planet. “Kill the Lights” was included on a promotional CD of Spears’ fragrance Circus Fantasy, and was featured on the fourth season of MTV’s The Hills.

Inside Out (Britney Spears song)

“Inside Out” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, included on her seventh studio album Femme Fatale (2011). It was written by Lukasz Gottwald, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Mathieu Jomphe, Max Martin and Bonnie McKee whilst production was handled by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Billboard. Musically, “Inside Out” is an electropop song that uses elements of dubstep and R&B, and has been compared to Spears’ previous material on previous albums In the Zone and Circus, as well as the work of Madonna. Lyrically, the song has been described as a “sexy break-up song”, while making references to her previous singles “…Baby One More Time” and “(You Drive Me) Crazy”. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its production. Due to strong digital sales of the album, “Inside Out” peaked at number fifty-nine on South Korea’s Gaon International Chart.

If U Seek Amy

“If U Seek Amy” (edited for radio as “If U See Amy”) is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her sixth studio album, Circus (2008). It was released on March 10, 2009 by Jive Records as the third single of the album, and was chosen by a poll on Spears’s official website. “If U Seek Amy” was written and produced by Swedish producer Max Martin, who also wrote previous hits for her first three albums and marked as Spears’s comeback song to Martin since 2001. In the song, Spears is looking for a woman named Amy in a club, and although it appears to be about sex, it is actually about how society perceives her life. Musically, “If U Seek Amy” makes use of instruments such as keyboards and timpani.

“If U Seek Amy” was generally well received by contemporary critics, who praised Spears’s confident vocals and frequently cited it as the highlight of the album. After its release, “If U Seek Amy” caused controversy in English-speaking countries for the euphemism and lyrical content, along with the fact that if pronounced in certain dialect, “If U Seek Amy” could be thought of as a double entendre that is interpreted as “F-U-C-K Me” which caused the Parents Television Council (PTC) threatening to file indecency complaints against any radio station that played the song during daytime. An edited version of the song titled “If U See Amy” was released in some regions, including in stations owned by Clear Channel Radio and Austereo Radio Network. “If U Seek Amy” was a moderate success, reaching the top twenty in Australia, the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and many other countries worldwide. It was also her third single from Circus to reach the top twenty in the United States.

The music video for “If U Seek Amy” begins with a parody of an America’s Newsroom report by Megyn Kelly and portrays Spears at a sex party that takes place at her house. Towards the end, she changes into conservative housewife clothes and opens the front door with her family while paparazzi take pictures of them. It references some of her previous music videos such as “…Baby One More Time” and “Piece of Me”. Critics noted the similarities with her past work and also compared it to the film Eyes Wide Shut. “If U Seek Amy” was performed at The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009) and the Femme Fatale Tour (2011). It is currently performed as part of the revamped set list of Spears’ Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me (2013–17).

(I’ve Just Begun) Having My Fun

“(I’ve Just Begun) Having My Fun” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, taken from her first greatest hits album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004). The song was produced by Bloodshy & Avant and originally recorded for In the Zone. It was released as a digital download on August 17, 2004, prior to the album’s release. The track has drawn comparisons to No Doubt’s single “Hella Good” as well as 1970s American funk bands. Lyrically, the songs refers to having a good time at a party. “(I’ve Just Begun) Having My Fun” received mixed reviews from critics, some naming it one of the best songs in the compilation, while others dismissed its lyrical content. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Bridesmaids.

I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

“I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her third studio album, Britney (2001). It was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami, with additional writing from Dido. The song was released on February 18, 2002, by Jive Records. In the United States and Canada, the song was released as the second single from her third studio album Britney; internationally, it served as the third. “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” is a song which speaks about the angst and heartache of puberty. Spears considered the song inspirational and one of her favorite songs to perform.

“I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” received positive reviews from music critics. The song was considered to be Spears’ standout statement on Britney, while comparing the song to the powerful ballads written by Diane Warren. However, it won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song. While the song did not perform well in the United States, “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” reached the top ten in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and United Kingdom. An accompanying music video for the song was filmed at Antelope Canyon, Arizona and directed by Wayne Isham, being released along with Crossroads (2002), Spears’ first movie as a protagonist. Spears performed “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” as part of her Dream Within a Dream Tour, and on several TV shows.

I’m a Slave 4 U

“I’m a Slave 4 U” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her third and eponymous studio album, Britney (2001). It was made available for digital download on September 24, 2001 through Jive Records as the lead single of the record. The track was written and produced by Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, known collectively as The Neptunes. The urban song, has a similar soundscape to Vanity 6’s 1982’s song “Nasty Girl”, while its lyrics talks about being a slave to the music.

“I’m a Slave 4 U” garnered mixed reception from music critics. Some critics argued it was the singer’s most mature sound at the time compared to her previous singles, while other noticed the song’s attempt to leave behind Spears’ girl next door image and said her vocals were unnatural. “I’m a Slave 4 U” achieved commercial success, peaking inside the top-ten in almost every country that it charted on. However, the song peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 85 in Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, both being the lowest chart positions of the single worldwide.

A music video for the single, which was directed by Francis Lawrence, was released along with the single released. It features Spears dancing in a sauna. Spears’ performance of the song at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City was highly criticized by animal rights group PETA for the inclusion of exotic animals. Spears performed the song on every tour since its release, including the promotional The M+M’s Tour. The song was also featured on the 2002 compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 9.

I Wanna Go

“I Wanna Go” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale (2011). It was written and produced by Max Martin and Shellback, with additional writing by Savan Kotecha. Spears first posted on her Twitter account a link to a clip of the song in February 2011, a month prior to the album’s release. Following a poll on her official website, “I Wanna Go” was chosen as the third single of the album, and Jive Records released it on June 13, 2011.

“I Wanna Go” is a dance-pop and Hi-NRG song that features a heavy bassline and drum fills reminiscent of English rock band New Order. The pre-chorus has a whistled hook that received comparisons to the music of Bob Sinclar and Frankie Knuckles. The lyrics of “I Wanna Go” feature Spears singing about losing inhibitions. The song received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Some praised it for being effective and highlighted its hook, while others dismissed the processed vocals. The song was treated with different remixes, including a Bollywood mix with guest vocals by Sonu Nigam and another one by DJ Frank E and Alex Dreamz.

After the release of Femme Fatale, “I Wanna Go” charted due to digital sales in the upper end of the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100, and also topped the South Korean International chart. Following its release as a single, the song reached the top ten in several music markets, including Canada, France, Finland and the United States. However, it became one of her lowest peaking singles in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, and was the first single of her career that failed to chart inside the top 100 in the United Kingdom. In the United States, “I Wanna Go” made Femme Fatale the first album by Spears to have three top ten singles.

An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, premiered on June 22, 2011. It depicts Spears daydreaming at a press conference about a series of events, including being chased by paparazzi cyborgs and being rescued by actor Guillermo Díaz. Piliero described the video as “a ridiculous, exaggerated rumor about her life and career”.[1] The video references the films Half Baked, Crossroads, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised its fun spirit. Spears has performed “I Wanna Go” on her Femme Fatale Tour (2011) and during her Las Vegas residency show Britney: Piece of Me (2013).

Hold It Against Me

“Hold It Against Me” is a song performed by American singer Britney Spears for her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale (2011). It was written and produced by Max Martin, Dr. Luke and Billboard, with additional writing by Bonnie McKee. Luke explained that he wanted “Hold It Against Me” to sound unlike his previous productions. The song was originally offered to Katy Perry, but Luke and Martin felt that it did not suit her. A demo version of the track by McKee was leaked on January 6, 2011, and the single became available for streaming on January 10, 2011. It was released the following day.

Musically, “Hold It Against Me” blends pulsating industrial and dance beats with elements of grime. The chorus has lilting synths that lift her vocals and contrast them with the hard beats. The song features a dubstep-influenced breakdown, in which Spears moans and blows kisses, and the song ends with a final chorus with elements of rave. The lyrics portray the singer seducing someone on the dancefloor, and the chorus revolves around pick-up lines. After the song was released, The Bellamy Brothers criticized it for being similar to their 1979 hit “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me”. They were sued by Martin, Luke, McKee and Billboard for defamation and libel, but the case was dismissed after The Bellamy Brothers apologized. McKee stated in an interview that the title was inspired by a discussion she had with Katy Perry about the latter’s body.[1]

Most reviewers praised “Hold It Against Me”, although some criticized its lyrical content. The song debuted at number one in Belgium (Wallonia), Canada, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, as well as on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it became her fourth chart topper. In the United States, “Hold It Against Me” made Spears the second artist in Billboard’s history to debut at number one more than once, behind Mariah Carey. “Hold It Against Me” was Spears’s second consecutive single to debut at number one. The feat also made her the third female artist to score number one singles in three consecutive decades, and the seventh artist overall. In 2012, it was voted the best song to reach the top position on the Hot 100 over the past two years. The single has also charted in the top five in countries such as Australia, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Finland and Norway.

The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. It premiered on February 17, 2011, following a two-week promotional campaign of teasers. The video features Spears as a pop star who fell from space to find fame on Earth. There, she becomes overwhelmed by the pressures of being a celebrity and breaks down. The video received mixed to positive reviews; critics complimented its artistic concept and visuals, but dismissed the use of product placement. Spears performed “Hold It Against Me” at Rain Nightclub, Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. She has also performed it as the opening number of the Femme Fatale Tour (2011).

From the Bottom of My Broken Heart

“From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her debut studio album, …Baby One More Time (1999). It was released on December 15, 1999 by JIVE Records as the fifth and final single from the album. After Spears recorded an unused song from Toni Braxton and sent it through Larry Rudolph to several labels, executives from JIVE Records commented that it was very rare to hear someone so young who could deliver emotional content and commercial appeal, appointing the singer to work with producer Eric Foster White. The teen pop ballad was written and produced by White, and features Spears singing about the loss of a first love and how breaking up can be hard.

“From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who noted the song as a classic hit and competent single, despite considering it unremarkable like other ballads on the album and calling it “another rejection ballad that refers to kissing but nothing else”. “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” achieved moderate success, peaking at number 37 in Australia, and 23 in New Zealand. Through imports, the song managed to peak at number 174 in the United Kingdom. In the United States, “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” reached number 14 on Billboard Hot 100, and 17 on Pop Songs, being later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 28, 2000, for shipping 1,000,000 physical units of the single. It was the 8th best-selling physical single of the 2000s in the country.

An accompanying music video, directed by Gregory Dark, was released on December 17, 1999. It portrayed Spears packing her belongings as she readies herself to move away from home, and feeling upset because she knows that she is going to miss her first love. The video was the subject of controversy among the press, who panned the singer for hiring an adult filmmaker to direct her video. A Spears representative commented that they were only aware of Dark doing music videos. The singer performed “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” in a few live appearances, including at the 2000 Grammy Awards, in a medley with “…Baby One More Time”, and in three of her concert tours.

Everytime

“Everytime” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, taken from her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003). It was released on May 10, 2004 by Jive Records as the third single from the album. After her relationship with American singer Justin Timberlake ended in 2002, she made friends with her backing vocalist Annet Artani. They started writing songs together at Spears’s house in Los Angeles, and then traveled to Lombardy, Italy, where “Everytime” was written. Spears composed the music and she developed the lyrics with Artani. According to Artani, the song was written as a response to Timberlake’s 2002 song “Cry Me a River”. Spears has neither confirmed nor denied these allegations.

“Everytime” is considered a pop ballad with breathy vocals. Its lyrics are a plea for forgiveness for inadvertently hurting a former lover. Music critics mostly complimented its lyrical content, deeming the song “organic” in comparison with most of the tracks on its host album. Spears’ maturity in the production and her songwriting abilities were also complimented. “Everytime” peaked inside the top five in several countries, while reaching the top of the charts in Australia, Hungary, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In the U.S. it was a top 20 single, peaking at number 15 on Billboard Hot 100. Spears performed “Everytime” in a series of live appearances such as television shows Saturday Night Live and Top of the Pops. She has also performed the song on piano in a flowered-themed setting at The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004), while suspended on a giant umbrella at The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009) and in an angel costume at Britney: Piece of Me (2013). “Everytime” has been covered by artists such as Glen Hansard and Kelly Clarkson, and was used in the film Spring Breakers (2013).

Inspired by the cinematography of Leaving Las Vegas, the music video for “Everytime” portrays Spears as a star hounded by paparazzi, who drowns in her bathtub when she starts bleeding from a wound in her head. In the hospital, doctors fail to resuscitate her while a child is born in the next room, implying she has been reincarnated. The original treatment would have had Spears killing herself from a drug overdose, but the plot was removed after it received criticism by organizations such as Kidscape, who perceived it as a glamorization of suicide. Critics noted the video for its religious references to The Passion of the Christ, Kabbalah and stigmata, and for predicting Spears’s future struggles with fame.

(Drop Dead) Beautiful

“(Drop Dead) Beautiful” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her seventh studio album Femme Fatale (2011). It features guest vocals from American singer Sabi. The song was written by Jeremy Coleman, Joshua Coleman, Esther Dean, Mathieu Jomphe and Benjamin Levin. “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, who deemed it as one of the best offerings of the album, despite criticizing Sabi’s verses.

After trying to choose between the song, “Criminal” and “Inside Out” to be the fourth single from Femme Fatale, “Criminal” was selected, although Sabi revealed she pictured a music video for “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” in a similar style to the performance of 2011’s Femme Fatale Tour. The performance consists of Spears singing and dancing to the song while her dancers are carrying picture frames. Sabi performed the song with Spears in selected cities. Despite not being released as a single, “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” managed to peak at number forty-one on South Korea’s Gaon International Chart, due to digital sales separate from Femme Fatale, and also appeared on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart.

Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know

“Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her second studio album, Oops!… I Did It Again (2000). It was released on March 5, 2001, by JIVE Records as the fourth and final single from the album. After meeting with producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange in Switzerland, Spears recorded several songs for the album, including “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know”, which she considered one of her favorites on the album. Additional lyrics were written by guitar player Keith Scott and country pop singer Shania Twain. The teen-pop ballad speaks of a woman wanting to hear her boyfriend say that he needs loves her, and features a sound similar to David Bowie and Iggy Pop’s song “China Girl” (1983).

“Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who considered it a good break from the album’s genre and praised Spears’ vocals, comparing them to those of Twain and Stevie Wonder. The song attained moderate commercial success, reaching number one in Romania, and peaking inside the top ten in Austria, Europe and Switzerland, while reaching top twenty positions in many European countries. “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” was only released for mainstream radio in the United States; therefore, it failed to chart on any major music chart in the country.

An accompanying music video, directed by Herb Ritts, portrays Spears in love scenes with her fictional boyfriend, played by French model Brice Durand. The singer’s real-life boyfriend at the time Justin Timberlake, however, was said to be annoyed at the kissing scenes, while the original video was considered too racy at the time by Spears’ mother, Lynne, because it contained sexually explicit material. Parts of the video were edited before its release to the public on March 2, 2001. As part of promotion for the song, Spears performed it at TRL, Saturday Night Live, and The View. It has also been included on four of her concert tours. “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” was nominated at Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in the category of “Best Song” in 2002. Spears has named “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” one of her favorite songs from her career.[1]

Do Somethin’

“Do Somethin'” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004). It was written and produced by Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (known collectively as Bloodshy & Avant), with additional writing by Henrik Jonback and Angela Hunte. Originally, the song was never intended to be released as a single. Spears, however, wanted to shoot a music video for it, and had to convince her record company. It was then released on February 14, 2005 by Jive Records as the second single from the album worldwide except North America. The dance-pop song features usage of electric guitars, and its lyrics allude to having a good time and not caring about other people’s judgement.

“Do Somethin'” received generally favorable reviews from critics, and received comparisons to Gwen Stefani’s 2004 single “What You Waiting For?”. Although the single was not released in the United States, it charted on many of Billboard’s component charts due to digital downloads, managing to reach number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also successful worldwide, reaching top ten positions in countries such as Australia, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom. By the end of 2005, “Do Somethin'” was one of the best-selling singles in Australia and Belgium that year.

An accompanying music video, co-directed by Billie Woodruff and Spears, who is credited as her alter ego “Mona Lisa”, portrays the singer and four female friends dancing and performing in a nightclub. The usage of a Louis Vuitton dashboard in the video resulted in a lawsuit against Jive Records, which ended with Louis Vuitton winning €80,000 in damages. The video was also banned in all European TV channels. Spears performed “Do Somethin'” during the The M+M’s Tour in 2007, The Circus Starring Britney Spears in 2009 and Britney: Piece of Me in 2013–15.

Criminal (Britney Spears song)

“Criminal” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears from her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale (2011). The song was released as the fourth and final single from the album. “Criminal” was written and produced by Max Martin and Shellback, with additional writing by Tiffany Amber. After Spears first listened to the song, she felt it was different and unlike anything she had heard before. She posted a snippet of it online on March 2, 2011, prior to the album’s release. “Criminal” was chosen as a single by a poll on her Facebook page, as Spears explained it was a way to give back to her fans. The artwork for the single was released on September 14, 2011.

“Criminal” is a guitar and synth-driven mid-tempo pop ballad which incorporates a folk-style flute melody. It is considered the only ballad on Femme Fatale, and is less aggressive than the other songs of the album. “Criminal” is influenced by the works of ABBA and Madonna. In the song, Spears sings about being in love with a bad boy and outlaw, and pleads to her mother to not worry about their relationship. “Criminal” received mostly critical acclaim, with reviewers praising its organic and refreshing feel in comparison with the rest of the album. After the release of Femme Fatale, the song charted on the South Korean International chart. “Criminal” has also charted in major markets such as Canada, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

The accompanying music video for the song was filmed at Dalston and Stoke Newington, London. It features Spears as a woman in upper society and follows her relationship with a criminal, played by her then real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick. Prior to its release, London officials criticized Spears for shooting scenes with a replica gun and glamorizing violence. The video received a positive response from critics, with some calling it the best music video from Femme Fatale. Reviewers also noted the parallels between the storyline and themes of the video with Spears’s personal life.

Circus (song)

“Circus” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her sixth studio album of the same name (2008). It was released on December 2, 2008, by Jive Records as the second single from the album. Written by Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly and Benny Blanco, “Circus” is a metaphor for the public’s perception of Spears’ life. After she listened to the track for the first time, she felt inspired to create an album and a tour with a circus theme. “Circus” is an uptempo electropop and dance-pop song with elements of pop rock and “half-rapped” vocals. The song’s lyrics talk about being an entertainer and putting on shows.

“Circus” was well received by contemporary critics, with reviewers complimenting Spears’ confident persona and praising the song’s electronic production. “Circus” was a commercial success, peaking inside the top-ten in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, and Sweden, while reaching top-twenty positions in many European countries. In the United States, “Circus” reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Pop Songs and is her second best-selling digital song in the country, having sold over 3.1 million copies.[1]

The music video, directed by Francis Lawrence, was released on December 4, 2008. It portrays Spears as the ringmaster of a circus accompanied by different performers, and it is interspersed with scenes of Spears in different circus settings. The video received positive reviews from critics, but was criticized by PETA for featuring “cruelly trained animals”. However, the exhibitors denied these claims. Spears performed the song on Good Morning America on December 2, 2008. It was also the opening number of The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009), where she was dressed in a ringleader outfit, designed to represent a metamorphosis. Spears has also performed the song during her residency concert Britney: Piece of Me. The song will appear in Just Dance 2016.

Breathe on Me

“Breathe on Me” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003). It was written by Stephen Lee, Steve Anderson and Lisa Greene and produced by Mark Taylor. “Breathe on Me” is a dance and pop song that incorporates trip hop influences with sensual lyrics that use heavy breathing as a metaphor for sex, as a woman begs a man to “breathe on me”; it culminates in a bridge resembling sexual climax.

“Breathe on Me” received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, some of whom praised the song’s production while others criticized Spears’ Lolita persona. It drew comparisons to the work of Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Kylie Minogue.[1] Despite not being released as a single, official remixes of the song were commissioned and released. Spears performed the song at Rain Nightclub ahead of the album’s release. It was also performed on The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004), The M+M’s Tour (2007), The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009), and Spears’ revamped Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me (2016–17).

Break the Ice (Britney Spears song)

“Break the Ice” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her fifth studio album, Blackout (2007). It was released on March 4, 2008 by Jive Records as the third single from the album. The song was written by Nate “Danja” Hills, James “Jim Beanz” Washington, Keri Hilson and Marcella Araica, while production was handled by Hills and vocal production was handled by Washington. “Radar” was originally planned to be released as the third single from Blackout, but “Break the Ice” was released after it was chosen by a poll on Spears’s official website. Musically, “Break the Ice” is an electro-R&B song with influences of rave and crunk. The song opens with a choir and features synthesizers. Its lyrics deal with an attraction between two people. “Break the Ice” received positive reviews from music critics, who deemed it as a strong electronic track from the album.

The song was a moderate success, reaching the top ten in Belgium, Canada, Finland and Sweden and charting within the top forty in Australia, New Zealand and many European countries. In the United States, the song reached number forty-three on Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. An accompanying music video, directed by Robert Hales, was released on March 12, 2008. The anime-influenced animation video was based on the superheroine character of Spears’ “Toxic” music video, and portrays her destroying a highly secured laboratory with several clones, including one of herself. A remix of “Break the Ice” was used as a video interlude during The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009) and was performed for the first time during her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Britney: Piece of Me.

Boys (Britney Spears song)

“Boys” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her third studio album, Britney (2001). It was written and produced by Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams (known collectively as The Neptunes). A version of the song, entitled the “The Co-Ed Remix”, was released as the sixth and final single from Britney on July 29, 2002. The new version also served as the second single from the soundtrack of Austin Powers in Goldmember. “Boys” is a R&B and hip hop song, including funk influences. The remix carries a slower tempo than the album version, and both versions are noted to be reminiscent of Janet Jackson. Some critics praised Williams and Spears’ chemistry, as well as the production on the track, while others did not think the song worked well.

While the song did not perform well on the Billboard charts in the United States, it reached the top ten on the Belgian charts and in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and charted in the top 20 in Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. The song would later be certified Gold in Australia. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Dave Meyers, was nominated at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards for “Best Video from a Film.” The clip features Spears and Williams at a party. The singer has performed “Boys” a number of times including at the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, on Saturday Night Live, and on several of her concert tours.

Born to Make You Happy

“Born to Make You Happy” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her debut studio album, …Baby One More Time (1999). It was released on December 6, 1999, by JIVE Records, as the fourth single from the album. Before recording the song, Spears had to ask the writers of the song, Andreas Carlsson and Kristian Lundin, to re-write it, since it was a sexual song. The singer first recorded her vocals in March 1998, and re-recorded them later on the same year. The dance-pop and teen pop song alludes to a relationship that a woman desires to correct, not quite understanding what went wrong, as she comes to realize that she was “born to make [her lover] happy”.

“Born to Make You Happy” received mixed reviews from critics, who praised it for being an early classic and a proficient single, despite considering the song as entirely unremarkable like other ballads on the album. The song was commercially successful worldwide, peaking at number one in Ireland, and reaching top five positions in Belgium, Europe, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. In the United Kingdom, it also peaked at number one, and is Spears’ sixth best-selling single in the country. An accompanying music video was directed by Billie Woodruff, and portrays Spears dreaming that she is with her lover, while she sings and dances during the majority of the video. Spears has performed “Born to Make You Happy” on four concert tours.

Big Fat Bass

“Big Fat Bass” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her seventh studio album Femme Fatale (2011). The house song was written and produced by will.i.am as a celebration to the bass and its influence on club music. The song contains a double entendre gender metaphor sung by Spears. “Big Fat Bass” received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, who deemed it as an instant radio and club hit, and also considered it the most old-school work on the album. However, a few reviews considered it as an unfortunate collaboration with will.i.am, and dismissed Spears’ heavily processed vocals.

Following the release of Femme Fatale, “Big Fat Bass” charted at number 31 on the South Korean International Singles Chart, and at number 18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs for a week. Spears performed the song at Rain Nightclub, Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The performance on the latter aired after three months due to technical problems. She has also performed it during the Femme Fatale Tour (2011).

…Baby One More Time (song)

“…Baby One More Time” is the debut single by American singer Britney Spears. It was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami, and released in 1998, by JIVE Records for Spears’ debut studio album of the same name (1999). After recording and sending a demo tape with an unused song from Toni Braxton, Spears signed a multi-album deal with JIVE. “…Baby One More Time” is a teen pop and dance-pop song that refers to a girl’s feelings after a break-up with her boyfriend. The song received generally favorable reviews from critics, who praised its composition.

“…Baby One More Time” reached number one in several countries, including the United Kingdom, where it earned double-platinum status and became the country’s best-selling song of 1999. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 10 million copies sold. An accompanying music video, directed by Nigel Dick, portrays Spears as a student from a Catholic high school, who starts to daydream that she is singing and dancing around the school, while watching her love interest from afar. The music video was later referenced in the music video of “If U Seek Amy” (2008), where Spears’s fictional daughter is dressed with a similar schoolgirl outfit while wearing pink ribbons in her hair. In 2010, the music video for “…Baby One More Time” was voted the third most influential video in the history of pop music, in a poll held by Jam!. In 2011, “…Baby One More Time” was voted the best music video of the 1990s.[2] It has been featured on all of her greatest hits and other compilation albums.

Spears has performed “…Baby One More Time” in a number of live appearances and in all of her concert tours. It was the encore of the …Baby One More Time Tour (1999) and Dream Within a Dream Tour (2001); Spears also performed remixed versions of the song during the Oops!… I Did It Again World Tour (2000), The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004), The M+M’s Tour (2007), The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009), the Femme Fatale Tour (2011), and Britney: Piece of Me (2013). “…Baby One More Time” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and has been included in lists by Blender, Rolling Stone and VH1. It has been noted for redefining the sound of late 1990s music. Spears has named “…Baby One More Time” as one of her favorite songs from her career. It was also the final song to be played on the BBC’s music programme Top of the Pops in the 1990s.

Anticipating

“Anticipating” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her self-titled third studio album, Britney (2001). It was written by Spears alongside the song’s producers Brian Kierulf and Josh Schwartz. The song was released on June 24, 2002, by Jive Records, as the fourth single from the album, exclusive to France. Musically, the song is a disco, dance-pop, and teen pop song, influenced by R&B. Lyrically, the song is about friendship and camaraderie between women. It was met with critical praise, with reviewers complimenting its empowering lyrics and comparing it to the 1980s compositions of Madonna, Rick Astley and Janet Jackson’s “All for You”.

“Anticipating” achieved minor commercial success, peaking at number 38 on the French Singles Chart. The song was promoted with a performance in the Dream Within a Dream Tour (2001–2002), where Spears wore a patched denim skirt and danced in front of giant crayon drawings. An accompanying music video, directed by Marty Callner, consisted of the performance from Live from Las Vegas. “Anticipating” was also promoted in a commercial Spears filmed for Toyota Vios.

Alien (Britney Spears song)

“Alien” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears for her eighth studio album Britney Jean (2013). It was written and produced by William Orbit, Ana Diaz, and Dan Traynor, with additional songwriting provided by Spears,and Anthony Prestonz. “Alien” is a mid-tempo dance-pop song, which lyrically discusses Spears’ feelings of loneliness. “Alien” received acclaim from music critics, who appreciated its production and recognized it as being among the more personal offerings from the record. The track peaked at number 8 on the U.S Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and debuted at 147 on the French Singles Chart despite not being a single from Britney Jean. The track has been performed during Spears’ ongoing residency show Britney: Piece of Me.

3 (Britney Spears song)

“3” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her second greatest hits album, The Singles Collection (2009). It was written and produced by Max Martin and Shellback, with additional writing from Tiffany Amber. The song was released on October 2, 2009 by Jive Records, as the only single from The Singles Collection. “3” is an uptempo electropop song that features a heavy bassline and synthesizers, and lyrics that talk about threesomes, while referencing American folk-singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary during the chorus as sexual slang.

“3” received positive appreciation from contemporary music critics, with some reviewers calling it a classic Spears song. The song achieved commercial success by topping the charts in the United States and Canada, as well as reaching the top ten in many countries around the world, including Australia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the song debuted at number one in the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first to debut at the top position in over three years and the first non-American Idol artist in eleven years to do so. “3” was also the fifteenth song in the history of Billboard to debut at number one.

An accompanying music video for “3”, directed by Diane Martel, features Spears and her dancers in front of different black and white backgrounds. Martel described it as sexy and playful, while contemporary critics gave it positive reviews, complimenting its simplicity. A director’s cut was leaked on December 15, 2009. Spears has performed “3” during the Femme Fatale Tour (2011) and her Las Vegas residency Britney: Piece of Me (2013-2015).

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