The first casualty of my list, but at the same time the first successful entrant in my top 50, is an album track of Britney’s newest album. It was actually quite hard picking this song because I had 49 tracks lined up and needed one final song to make it a top 50. I knew already that Femme Fatale was definitely my favorite Britney album, so I gave it one more listen to pick the final member of my top 50, which happened to be this song. This track is actually one of, I think, eleven entries from her most recent album; - which is circa 5 more songs than the next-best album.
PERSONAL TOP 100: #84 (3wks)
(11 Sep - 25 Sep, 2011)
Here comes the first real entry. This is definitely my least favorite Britney single, but mostly so because I never really liked the original version to begin with. I’m not a fan of when artists release covers as singles, at least not when they’re such blatant in-your-face covers like this one. Everybody knows the original, so there’s no questioning the fact that Britney obviously didn’t write this, and thus it’s a lame single choice. Should’ve gone with WILTBM for sure.
PERSONAL TOP 100: #75 (3wks)
(2 Jun - 16 Jun, 2002)
At number 48 is a song that I generally don’t even remember what sounds like. No joke, I keep putting it on, but I always get distracted and forget I’m listening to it so it’s pretty safe to say by my standards that this is a pretty goddamn boring song. I’m actually surprised they released this as a single, and as with ILRNR I think they definitely should’ve gone with What It’s Like To Be Me for the real single here. This was (not surprisingly) a flop, and I don’t remember ever hearing it on the radio even.
PERSONAL TOP 100: #71 (2wks)
(14 Jul - 21 Jul, 2002)
Never been a fan of this one; not sure why. I mean, it’s a decent song and all, but it’s just never really gotten through to me for some reason. This is just one of those typical ballads, but in my opinion Britney’s done dozens of way better ballads so I guess I’ll just leave it at that.
PERSONAL TOP 100: #81 (4wks)
(19 Dec, 1999 - 9 Jan, 2000)
Yet another flop of Britney’s. ‘Outrageous’ is a song that, much like ‘Anticipating’, doesn’t really stay in your mind for that long. I haven’t listened to it since I finalized this list a couple of days ago, and I seriously can’t even remember the melody for the life of me. Just like in the case of ‘Anticipating’, I think Britney could’ve chosen a much better single in the form of ‘Breathe on Me’ which would’ve slayed, at least in Europe.
PERSONAL TOP 100: #66 (5wks)
(18 Jul - 15 Aug, 2004)
Ooh yay here’s one that I actually like! This is where the rounding down gets tough as I’m done with my cannon fodder, haha. SIWAK is one of many Femme Fatale songs on this countdown, and for a good reason as I absolutely love that album. It’s a cute little pop ditty that stays in your head for a while after listening. Even though I love it, though, it would not have fared well as a single. I’m really glad Cajjmere Wray remixed it though, otherwise it probably wouldn’t even have entered my top 50.
Oh my, this lady sure has a lot of ballads doesn’t she? The only thing is most of them sound rather much alike, or at least that’s the case with older ballads. DLMBTLTK (what a title lmao) did quite alright around the world back in 2001, but still not as well as the previous three singles off of the album (‘Oops’, ‘Lucky’ and ‘Stronger’) and it’s for a reason: it’s very forgettable. The song is very bland, and very generic so it’s really nothing you haven’t heard before.
Here’s a song that I absolutely hated at first. I didn’t understand why everybody loved it so much, and when it entered the poll for Brit’s fourth single (along with ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Criminal’) I got furious ‘cause I was so scared that it would get picked as a single. However, one day, it suddenly grew on me. I already love Sabi, so I thought it was a great idea for those two to collab, but I just wasn’t feeling this song at first. I now absolutely love it, though, so there’s no turning back from here.
Unlike ‘Drop Dead’, this song didn’t really need to grow on me. I overlooked it when I first listened to the album, but when I stumbled upon the ‘M&S’ remix of the song (which is basically just an extended version with a lil’ bit more bass) I fell in love instantly! I thought to myself, “how the hell did I overlook this gem?” It’s got such a dance-inducing beat and it’s practically impossible not to want to just move your body like a crazy person when this comes on! (Especially if you know the lyrics!)
So after the recent massacre of ‘Femme Fatale’ tracks on this list, it’s time for another album track; this time it’s from Britney’s fifth studio album: ‘Blackout’! I’ve loved this song since the album came out, though it’s more of a guilty pleasure than something I listen to with my friends. It’s got an insanely catchy chorus, and lyrics that only Britney would sing: “cause you’re ooh cold as fire baby/hot as ice!” That doesn’t really make sense now does it? But I still love it, and Blackout is definitely such an underrated album so keep an eye out for more Blackout songs!
I am still shocked that I didn't even hear this song until more than a year after its' release as a single. I still have no idea how that happened though because I'm a huge Britney fan (as you can see with this Top 50 list), but this song had absolutely NO impact on the charts or radio in Iceland. Since then I have of course listened to this song, and do like it quite a bit (which explains its' appearance on this list), but I don't really think it brings anything special to the table so I can't force myself to bring it any higher than at no. 40!
I was initially going to put this way lower on my list because of two reasons: I usually hate movie soundtrack songs, and also because the movie itself sucked donkeyballs lmao. However, after giving it a listen without even looking at the video, I realized the song itself is a quality tune, and I kinda love the chorus so I had to bump it up a bit higher. The song itself however is kinda flat when it comes down to the nitty gritty, and doesn't really have a lot to keep it afloat. Still, I remember this song since back in 2002 (when I was 12), and I do remember hating it back then hahah. Times have changed.
Oh yes, another one of Britney's covers. This time covering Whitney's ex-husband Bobby Brown and one of his biggest hits to date. I've never really been a huge fan of this song, but mostly probably because this didn't really make a lot of impact in Iceland back in 2004. I can always enjoy this though, and if it came on the radio I'd be sure to sing along with it because alright I'll admit it - this is a huge guilty pleasure! I just think there's 37 better Britney songs when it comes down to it!
Finally, the first song from Circus finally arrives, and it's in the form of infectious little pop ditty 'Shattered Glass'! This is pretty much everything a typical Britney song from the later part of the noughties would have (especially the gla-iee-aass part haha), but I guess that's what I love about it! It's simple and easy to sing along to, and the beat is really good. I actually think that this song could've done allright on the charts with the right promotion and music video, but I guess we'll never find out!
Oh how can one not love the simplicity of Britney sometimes! '3' is basically about having a threesome, but oblivious high schoolers wouldn't even know that and would probably think she's singing about her love of the number 3 lmao. This is a side of Britney that I love though, when she disguises her songs as something innocent while actually hiding away a much naughtier alterior motive. '3' only reaches no. 36 however, because the repetitiveness of the song quickly starts to get on your nerves, which explains why it didn't stick to any chart for more than 20 weeks.
Now we're getting to the songs that I actually love, and listen to regularly! BFB is one of those songs. I know some people might not like it because of will.i.am, or his robotic voice in this song, but I for one love it! Would've been interesting to see a music video to this track, and the club mixes would've been off the hook, but for now I'll just have to settle for the original which is still awesome anyway.
Oh man this is one of those classic Britney songs that everybody remembers hearing years and years ago. It was the turning point from which Ms. Spears went from this innocent little school girl to every man's fantasy! IAS4U also signifies the point where Britney showed her versatility, because this was definitely not a safe choice at all. That may have showed a little bit on the charts, but all in all, everybody remembers being Brit's 'Slave'.
This is gonna get on some people's nerves, because lets face it - this is one of Britney's career highlights! She sang with the legend herself (and french kissed her, too!) in a song that reached the top spot in what seemed like every. single. country! This may be the reason why I put it so low, because for me it wasn't exactly what I would've expected coming from these two pop goddesses! This seemed too manifactured for my taste, but while I still enjoy listening to it, I don't feel like it deserves a spot in my top 30!
Damn are these Britney collabs coming crashing down or what?! 'Boys' was on the soundtrack of Goldmember, but thankfully wasn't just written for that movie. The video features the skinny kid from 'The New Guy' as well as the ever-so-hot Pharrell (who also features on the song), but those are two of the few things that linger in my mind over this song. The beat is awesome, and it's so 2002 that it almost hurts, but like happens often with these popular artists, the song's popularity was what almost ruined it for me.
I don't know why, but I feel like this song always gets forgotten! It's so freakin' underrated, but still it managed to peak inside the top 10 in most European countries. It's only her second single and I think it's one of her best ballads to date, and it actually ages really well in my opinion! However, it is rather generic and does easily fall behind other more agressive Britney songs, and I think mostly falls in the runner-up spot for people rather than somebody's favorite, which is why it ends up at no. 31!