Your Top 10 almost knocked me out. One phenomenal pop monster after the other.
Let me leave my thoughts on the Top 20, though, as that's where I left off.
Till the World Ends - this is way more Ke$ha than Britney, and I'd have preferred if Ke$ha had kept it. Britney does a decent job with it, though. You didn't mention the Ke$ha/Nicki remix, which I like. Nicki's verse is pretty hot.
Me Against the Music - how do you listen to this song and not dance? It's such a banger! Britney's choreography in the video is her best ever.
Work Bitch - definitely not classic Britney, but fun nonetheless.
Make Me... - her weakest lead single; it doesn't even feel like a song she would record, but I kinda like it anyway.
I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman - a fantastic coming of age anthem. It'd probably make my Top 15, too.
Breathe on Me - its sensuality was lost on me in my younger years, but I've come to appreciate it as one of her finest album tracks. There's definitely something special about it; it stands out among its sister In the Zone
Circus - great song, with a solid video. I remember playing it like a madman when it first came out, and watching the For the Record
documentary and seeing the behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the video, when Brit Brit's long-time choreographer said that it was this video where he saw the fire in her eyes had finally returned, after being gone for some time. I think it tends to get lost in the shuffle of her bigger global hits, but this one is special in my heart 'cause it was one of the first singles I actually got to really experience as a Britney fan.
Slumber Party - the song is excellence, the music video is fantastic, everything about this suggested that it should have been a much bigger hit than it actually was.
I'm a Slave 4 U - perhaps her second weakest lead single after "Make Me...". I love Brit Brit, but urban-pop is not her territory.
Overprotected - fantastic song! I agree that it's the best from its parent album.
Oops!...I Did It Again - forget nostalgia, this song is just pure pop gold! It's one of the best pop songs ever, accompanied by one of my personal favourite videos ever, and, of course, recorded by perhaps the greatest pop artist ever.
Who else could have pulled off that I'm not that innocent!
hook? NO ONE.
Womanizer - the first song I got to really follow as a Britney fan. I don't care if it's repetitive, this song is a clear 10/10 in my book. Fantastic video, too. I'm happy you highlighted the X Factor UK performance of it; that one will go down as one of my favourite Britney live performances.
Hold It Against Me - again, this is a track only Britney could have pulled off. It's just epic. The chorus is laced with pop glitter, and the dubstep breakdown armed with a feisty edge. I love how the music video summarises her career. The live performances for this song were all dire; I think it's deserving of a lot more effort, but the song is faultless. Another easy 10/10.
Everytime - a gorgeous ballad, but I must admit that it's a tad overrated. Just a tad, though.
Piece of Me - I think I've run out of superlatives at this point, but this song is brilliant. Absolutely perfect, in my opinion. Also, I stand by the opinion that it was totally deserving of video of the year honours at the VMAs.
(You Drive Me) Crazy - the STOP bit is epic, and I completely agree that the overall reworked version is so superior to the original mix.
Toxic - you could make a case for this being the best pop song ever.
...Baby One More Time - similarly, you could make a case for this being the best pop song ever.
Born to Make You Happy - this song is just so AW. Just adorable. Brit Brit in her teenage glory.
Gimme More - I'm gonna be a sentimental mess here, and say that you can kinda sum up Britney's whole journey with that opening line. She enjoyed heights that most pop stars can only dream of, and endured some painful, public lows. She's had moments where we marvelled at her creative genius, and moments where we were hearing rumours that her team were flying in impersonators to sing her tracks. She's had legendary live performances, and embarrassing, reputation-sullying failures. She was every girl's hero, then the butt of every comedian's joke, then hailed as the comeback queen, and through it all, her spirit endured. Through it all, she kept giving us great music. Through it all, she proved that she wasn't just going to lie down and give up. It's Britney, bitch
was the ultimate symbol of defiance to everyone who pegged her for dead, a reminder that the pop princess was alive and willing to fight, and 10 years on, she's still here, still giving us quality music, still making millions of fans around the world smile. Damn it, I love this woman so much.
Many thanks for putting this countdown together, GetBack! And I have to say it again, it's a brilliant Top 10 you have here. Practically flawless from 1-10.
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