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Happy Birthday, Britney! To Celebrate, We Ranked EVERY Song Of Hers

Happy Birthday, Britney! To Celebrate, We Ranked EVERY Song Of Hers

An try and rank each single Britney Spears track so as of benefit, however at the moment is the Queen’s birthday so I used to be up for the duty.

As soon as upon a time, Leisure Weekly revealed an article entitled “Every Britney Spears song, ranked” through which they systematically rated each Britney Spears music (together with bonus tracks and b-sides) so as of choice. The listing was, um, an fascinating learn, though right here at BreatheHeavy we discovered ourselves agreeing with virtually none of it. And it nonetheless haunts us. So I, the idiot that I’m, volunteered to aim to place collectively a counter-list from the attitude of a self-described Britney Spears stan. We’re not going to allow you to overlook this!

It wasn’t straightforward. Britney has a startling iconic discography and sorting by means of it within the hopes of compiling some type of arbitrary record of choice was, frankly, quite a bit more durable than I anticipated. How do you type by means of 156 songs successfully and effectively? How do you examine tracks written and launched in 1998 to these created in 2016? How do you select between songs which have punctuated your childhood, outlined your teenage years and mapped the start of your grownup life?

Right here it’s, in all of its glory (wink, wink), ranked from greatest to worst, an inventory of each formally launched Britney Spears music.



156 – 101


156. “It Should Be Easy” (that includes (2013)

‘Britney Jean’ is a darkish spot on an in any other case flawless discography and “It Should Be Easy” is the album’s lowest second. Mindless lyrics and extreme vocal results (to not point out the completely unwelcome presence of imply that if there was a scale from one to 10 our hatred for this track is one million billion.

155. “Body Ache” (2013)

154. “Tik Tik Boom” (that includes T.I.) (2013)

153. “Pretty Girls” (that includes Iggy Azalea) (2015)

152. “Ooh La La” (2013)

151. “My Baby” (2008)

150. “Chillin’ with You” (that includes Jamie Lynn) (2013)

An apparent instance of the notorious ‘ghost vocalist’ that plagued ‘Britney Jean’, “Chillin’ with You” is among the most underwhelming moments of Britney’s profession, particularly contemplating the much-anticipated presence of youthful sister, Jamie Lynn.

149. “Walk On By” (2000)

148. “That’s Where You Take Me” (2001)

147. “I Will Still Love You” (with Don Philip) (1999)

146. “You Got It All” (2000)

145. “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” (that includes Sabi) (2011)

144. “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” (1999)

143. “The Beat Goes On” (1999)

142. “Blur” (2008)

141. “Why Should I Be Sad” (2007)

140. “Everybody” (2007)

The Eurythmics pattern that the world didn’t comprehend it wanted. Regardless of being a authentic bop, “Everybody” doesn’t measure as much as the brilliance of the remainder of ‘Blackout’.

139. “When I Found You” (2001)

138. “Right Now (Taste the Victory)” (2002)

137. “Til It’s Gone” (2013)

136. “Heart” (2000)

135. “Scary” (2011)

134. “Quicksand” (2008)

133. “Trouble” (2008)

132. “Girl in the Mirror” (2000)

131. “Rock Boy” (2008)

130. “Don’t Hang Up” (2003)

Certainly one of Britney’s quite a few superb odes to phonesex, “Don’t Hang Up” was relegated to bonus monitor materials on her fourth album, ‘In The Zone’. It’s straightforward to see why – the monitor isn’t as infectious or fast as the primary physique of the album.

129. “Outta This World” (2007)

128. “Thinkin’ About You” (1999)

127. “Dear Diary” (2000)

126. “Selfish” (2011)

125. “Autumn Goodbye” (1999)

124. “Rock Me In” (2008)

123. “Don’t Cry” (2013)

122. “I’m So Curious” (1999)

121. “Up n’ Down” (2011)

120. “Mmm Papi” (2008)

One of many extra controversial moments of the largely-vanilla ‘Circus’ given the theorised hyperlink to ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, “Mmm Papi” is a relentlessly-catchy (if not completely bonkers) music.

119. “Seal It with a Kiss” (2011)

118. “Let Me Be” (2001)

117. “Clumsy” (2016)

116. “Anticipating” (2001)

115. “Gasoline” (2011)

114. “Phonography” (2008)

113. “Brave New Girl” (2003)

112. “Lace and Leather” (2008)

111. “Before the Goodbye” (2001)

110. “Toy Soldier” (2007)

Probably the most fascinating vocal factors of ‘Blackout’, “Toy Soldier’s” dry drawl (“like them city boys from New Yawk”) and rousing beat are solely barely diminished by the lower than adventurous manufacturing, particularly as compared with the remainder of the album.

109. “Bombastic Love” (2001)

108. “Intimidated” (2001)

107. “Big Fat Bass” (that includes (2011)

106. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (2000)

105. “Get Back” (2007)

104. “Ooh Ooh Baby” (2007)

103. “When Your Eyes Say It” (2000)

102. “One Kiss from You” (2000)

101. “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” (2011)





100. “Brightest Morning Star” (2013)

‘Britney Jean’ might be remembered by followers as a catastrophe, however “Brightest Morning Star” proves that the album isn’t all dangerous – a music undoubtedly written for Spears’ youngsters, it’s harking back to Madonna’s “Little Star” and the earnest, reverent lyrics are basic Britney songwriting.

99. “Out from Under” (2008)

98. “Soda Pop” (1999)

97. “Private Show” (2016)

96. “Passenger” (2013)

95. “Can’t Make You Love Me” (2000)

94. “Shadow” (2003)

93. “Perfume” (2013)

92. “He About to Lose Me” (2011)

91. “I’ve Just Begun (Having My Fun)” (2004)

90. “What You Need” (2016)

The closing monitor of the usual version of Britney’s newest effort, “What You Need” represents the songstress at her most vocally adventurous in over a decade – the urgency of the monitor is each apparent and pleasant. It’s a disgrace that the producers elected to make use of digital somewhat than reside instrumentation – a horn part might have taken “What You Need” to the subsequent degree.

89. “Criminal” (2011)

88. “Hold on Tight” (2013)

87. “Deep in My Heart” (1999)

86. “Just Like Me” (2016)

85. “Trouble for Me” (2011)

84. “Amnesia” (2008)

83. “Early Mornin’” (2003)

82. “What It’s Like to Be Me” (2001)

81. “Shattered Glass” (2008)

80. “I Run Away” (2001)

Considered one of Britney’s most cruelly underrated bonus tracks, “I Run Away” is haunting, melodic and cinematic. Regardless of boasting a decidedly dated violin stem, “I Run Away” continues to be as emotive at present as when it was first launched.

79. “Trip to Your Heart” (2011)

78. “Liar” (2016)

77. “Perfect Lover” (2007)

76. “Outrageous” (2003)

75. “Where Are You Now” (2000)

74. “Invitation” (2016)

73. “Chaotic” (2005)

72. “Love Me Down” (2016)

71. “Hot as Ice” (2007)

70. “(I Got That) Boom Boom” (that includes Ying Yang Twins) (2003)

‘In The Zone’ represented a transition into musical experimentation for Spears and no monitor thought outdoors the pop-box fairly like “Boom Boom”. With a banjo solo, a completely banging beat and, in fact, the inexplicable presence of The Ying Yang Twins, “(I Got That) Boom Boom” continues to be a gem.

69. “Hard to Forget Ya” (2016)

68. “Heaven on Earth” (2007)

67. “Mona Lisa” (2005)

66. “My Only Wish (This Year)” (2000)

65. “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” (1999)

64. “What U See (Is What U Get)” (2000)

63. “Over to You Now” (2005)

62. “The Answer” (2003)

61. “I Will Be There” (1999)

60. “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” (2001)

Lifted from the Crossroads soundtrack, “I’m Not a Girl…” is the right image of teen-angst and melodrama, however was a decidedly much less environment friendly try and age Britney, particularly as compared with the highlights of 2001’s ‘Britney’. It’s, nevertheless, a Spears basic, not least of all for that key change.

59. “Now That I Found You” (2013)

58. “Do Somethin’” (2004)

57. “How I Roll” (2011)

56. “Kill the Lights” (2008)

55. “I Wanna Go” (2011)

54. “Radar” (2007 and 2008)

53. “Don’t Go Knockin’ on My Door” (2000)

52. “My Prerogative” (2004)

51. “Better” (2016)



50 – 11


50. “3” (2009)

A seductive sonic invitation to the membership, “3” options Britney’s attribute mix of dance and intercourse. It’s about threesomes, however who cares? When “3” comes on, all you care about is the economic beat and throbbing baseline.

49. “Girls and Boys” (2003)

48. “Boys” (2001)

47. “All That She Wants” (2001)

46. “If U Seek Amy” (2008)

45. “E-Mail My Heart” (1999)

44. “Someday (I Will Understand)” (2005)

43. “Lucky” (2000)

42. “Coupure Électrique” (2016)

41. “Freakshow” (2007)

40. “Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortés)” (2016)

One among quite a few moments throughout ‘Glory’ when Britney descends right into a overseas tongue, “Change Your Mind” is among the most melodically partaking tracks on ‘Glory’, which is saying one thing given how melodically fascinating the album is. Rise Rosetta Stoneney, rise.

39. “Showdown” (2003)

38. “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” (2001)

37. “If I’m Dancing” (2016)

36. “Me Against the Music” (that includes Madonna) (2003)

35. “Break the Ice” (2007)

34. “Alien” (2013)

33. “Man on the Moon” (2016)

32. “Overprotected” (2001)

31. “Get Naked (I Got a Plan)” (2007)

30. “Cinderella” (2001)

Absolute pop perfection, it’s nonetheless a travesty that “Cinderella” wasn’t launched as a single – simply think about the video. The manufacturing continues to be as rousing as when it was launched and the lyrics nonetheless as fascinating, “Cinderella” is one in every of Britney’s most completed deep cuts.

29. “Mannequin” (2008)

28. “Sometimes” (1999)

27. “Slumber Party” (2016)

26. “The Hook Up” (2003)

25. “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” (2000)

24. “Hold It Against Me” (2011)

23. “Make Me…” (that includes G-Eazy) (2016)

22. “Do You Wanna Come Over?” (2016)

21. “Lonely” (2001)

20. “Touch of My Hand” (2003)

The best track about masturbation since Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself”, “Touch of My Hand” is an professional mix of sensuality and overt sexuality, orchestral instrumental and stuttering glitch pop. It’s additionally the simplest assertion of womanhood that Spears had made up till the purpose when it was launched. She definitely wasn’t a woman anymore.

19. “Till the World Ends” (2011)

18. “Born to Make You Happy” (1999)

17. “Inside Out” (2011)

16. “Work Bitch” (2013)

15. “Womanizer” (2008)

14. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” (1999)

13. “Unusual You” (2008)

12. “And Then We Kiss” (Junkie XL Remix) (2005)

11. “Stronger” (2000)



10 – 1


10. “Circus” (2008)

The lead single that the album of the identical identify really deserved, “Circus” is Britney at her best. Considered one of her most richly aesthetic singles, the monitor is expertly produced, merely however successfully written, and was chargeable for the theme of Spears’ best-designed live performance tour.

9. “Just Luv Me” (2016)

Very similar to “Circus”, “Just Luv Me” would have made an outstanding lead single – it’s probably the most unreserved and weak Britney’s been in years, begging a possible suitor to “just love” her. The manufacturing is present with out pandering, the lyrics are private however relatable, the vocals are sultry and but nonetheless adventurous. “Just Luv Me” is just not solely ‘Glory’s best second, however a profession spotlight for Britney.

Eight. “Oops!… I Did It Again” (2000)

Let’s be actual for a second – “…Baby One More Time” had all of the makings of a one hit marvel. It was astronomically profitable, resoundingly impactful and appeared to seize a second in pop historical past; not all the time traits which make for longevity or a sustained profession. “Oops!… I Did It Again” ensured that wouldn’t occur. With it’s ubiquitous sound, which constructed on however didn’t replicate “Baby”, “Oops!” was the right comply with up and has turn into virtually as iconic as its predecessor.

7. “Breathe on Me” (2003)

If “Touch of My Hand” captured the sensuality of a woman getting into maturity, “Breathe On Me” introduced her arrival. Initially deliberate to be the fifth single launched from ‘In The Zone’, “Breathe On Me” sexual liberation as solely Britney Spears can categorical it. Instant, unrelenting however basically delicate, the monitor is among the greatest post-‘Erotica’ sexual anthems and it’s a merciless injustice that it by no means acquired an opportunity to tackle the charts.

6. “Everytime” (2003)

“Everytime”, Britney Spears has since declared, was the primary track she ever wrote. And what a strategy to begin. The guts-breaking ballad concerning the guilt and ache that comes on the finish of a relationship is tough sufficient to seize, however writing a response to Justin Timberlake’s “pussified” “Cry Me a River” with out sounding bitter or defensive is a feat that only a few artists would have the humility or expertise to tug off. Now, “Everytime” is about a lot greater than Britney’s first public break-up and is sort of merely her best ballad.

5. “I’m a Slave 4 U” (2001)

Anybody who was a fan of Britney Spears in 2001 will always remember watching her emerge from a cage with a tiger earlier than writhing with a six foot yellow python on the VMA stage, however “I’m a Slave 4 U” is much more than probably the most controversial performances of Britney’s profession. It’s a music which was so relentlessly present, and but sounded nothing like anything on the radio on the time, and which continues to outline the merge between pop and R&B, even fifteen years later.

four. “Piece of Me” (2007)

The second single to be taken from Britney’s greatest album, ‘Blackout’, “Piece of Me” was a uncommon second of complete musical defiance from the celebrity. Electing, most of the time, to omit her private life from her albums, “Piece of Me” was a complete shock to the listening public. Talking of the whole breakdown in her relationship with the press and the extreme media scrutiny that she endured at the moment, “Piece of Me” was a center finger within the face of anybody who thought they might mess together with her.

three. “Toxic” (2003)

Arguably Britney’s largest retrospective hit (regardless of not hitting no 1 within the US), “Toxic” is most of the time what individuals consider once they consider Britney Spears. Between the long-lasting video, the flawless Bloodshy & Avant manufacturing and Britney’s immaculately introduced throaty vocals, “Toxic” made a mark on the pop panorama that Britney’s contemporaries might solely dream about. Everybody who adopted Britney’s lead, and the distinctive approach she combined EDM and pop, owes a debt to “Toxic”.

2. “…Baby One More Time” (1998)

The monitor that kicked this all off: “…Baby One More Time”. Who’d have recognized in 1998 that this piece of bubble-gum pop would irrevocably change the panorama of recent music. “…Baby One More Time” is chargeable for the three:30 benchmark that pop music has since subscribed to, the stuttered repeat of a pre-verse hook, the alternative of a middle-Eight with an altered, second refrain, to not point out the rise in younger starlets leaping on a style that had beforehand been reserved for boybands. “…Baby One More Time” just isn’t solely a defining second for Britney Spears and ‘90s tradition, however for pop music itself.

1. “Gimme More” (2007)

“It’s Britney, bitch.” Attempt to discover me a extra iconic opening line in pop music, I dare you. On the earth of Britney, 2007 might have been characterised by her private troubles, however “Gimme More” reminded not solely her followers, however most of the people, that at first, Britney wasn’t a tabloid icon however the perfect pop star of her era. The ahead considering manufacturing, the skewed music construction and the easily designed double-entendre that sat on the middle of the track all make “Gimme More” Britney Spears’ best musical achievement. Let’s name a spade a spade right here – it’s a rattling good track. It doesn’t matter what the monitor might have represented, or what it was positioned in opposition to, there’s no denying that “Gimme More” is just sensible music.


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