9 Most Favorite Songs from Britney Spears

As a woman who was born on the 90s, I was having my glorious adolescence in the late 90s until the mid 2000s. And for every girl in that generation, Britney Spears is an iconic figure; a Goddess. You can try to ask and guess who does not remember her unique uniform style (with her belly showing off) and her two pigtails hair when she first came out on television (it was the era of MTV that time). You can try to ask and guess who does not remember the melody (and the lyrics) of “...Baby One More Time”, “(You Drive Me) Crazy”, and “Oops!... I Did It Again” (I played with your heart, got lost in the game).  You can try to ask and guess who does not remember her tight red spandex she wore while dancing on the Mars in the music video of “Oops!... I Did It Again”. You can try to ask and guess who does not remember that she inspired every little girl to dance to the rhythm. I was practically growing up with songs from the Princess of Pop. Though I love every of her songs (especially in her first four album), I cannot help but having some favorites. And in order to give a tribute towards my first and real idol, as well as to recollect the romanticism of the glorious past puberty, here I present my list of nine favorite songs from Britney Spears.

9. Circus
Starting the list on number nine is “Circus”, which was released on December 2nd 2008 for her sixth studio album of the same name. Written by Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly, and Benny Blanco, “Circus” is the only song that I adore from Spears’ later albums. Lyrically, this song is a metaphor for the public’s perception of Spears’ life; about being an entertainer and putting on shows. And that is why I love this song, because she is being sarcastic in it and I love sarcasm; she compares herself, as well as performing to being on the center of a circus ring. Besides, the dance electro pop rhythm in this song is the kind that is easily stuck on our head and hardly gotten off.

“I feel the adrenaline moving through my veins. Spotlight on me and I’m ready to break. I’m like a performer, the dancefloor is my stage. Better be ready, hope that you feel the same. All the eyes on me in the center of the ring just like a circus. When I crack that whip, everybody gonna trip just like a circus. Don’t stand there watching me, follow me, show me what you can do. Everybody let go, we can make a dancefloor just like a circus.”

8. Overprotected
Next on number eight of the list is “Overprotected”, which was released on December 12th 2001 for her third studio album, “Britney”. Written by Max Martin and Rami, “Overprotected” lyrically expresses Spears’ frustration towards her fame, since she is tired of being overprotected and just wants to be herself. She stated in an interview that she can relate to this song on a personal basis, because she is tired of being manipulated by people around her and doesn’t need to be told what to do., as she addressed the problem of being a teen star whose personal and professional are handled by others. That is why I adore this song. And also, I really love the clothes she wore on the music video of this song. They are casually pretty. And of course, I love the dance routine.

“I don’t need nobody telling me just what I wanna, what I what what what I’m gonna do about my destiny. I say no, no, nobody’s telling me just what what what I wanna do, do. I’m so fed up with people telling me to be someone else but me. What am I to do with my life? You will find it out don't worry. How am I supposed to know what’s right? You just got to do it your way. I can’t help the way I feel, but my life has been so overprotected.”

7. I Run Away
Up on number seven of the list is “I Run Away”, which was released as a part of her third studio album, “Britney”, on November 2nd 2001. It was written by Josh Schwartz and Brian Kierulf. Though this underrated ballad R n’ B is never been released as a single, I adore this song since it shows the melancholic side of Spears amidst all the rebellious songs that became the major theme for her third studio album.

“You took your love away, too fast; left no chance to say look back. And now I know the truth, it makes it easier. Maybe when time goes by, I’ll understand. Let’s pretend, that I’ve moved on. And I tell myself that life goes on, without you. Open my eyes, look deep inside. I run away.”

6. Lucky
“Lucky” is on number six of the list. Written by Max Martin, Rami, and Alexander Kronlund, “Lucky” was released on August 8th 2000 for her second studio album, “Oops!... I Did It Again”. 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. Some music critics noted the lyrics to be about Spears herself. And I adore this song because it speaks about loneliness in a sweet melody and a catchy rhythm. The lyrics contain a moment of reflection that every successful people would have; they have everything, but they are all actually nothing. Besides the contemplative lyrics, I really love the lyrics’ depiction on the music video, where Spears played both story-teller and Lucky herself.

“Isn’t she lovely, this Hollywood girl? She is so lucky, but why does she cry? If there’s nothing missing in her life, why do tears come at night? She’s so lucky, she’s a star, but she cry, cry, cries in her lonely heart, thinking; if there’s nothing missing in my life then why do these tears come at night?”

5. Stronger
Still from the album “Oops!... I Did It Again”, “Stronger” is on number five of the list. This electro dance pop track was released on November 13th 2000. Written by Max Martin and Rami, “Stronger” has self-empowerment lyrics about a girl who is tired of her cheating boyfriend and decides to live without him. Not only for its exciting rhythm and melody, I adore this song for the lyrics since it marks Spears’ maturity and toughness in facing a heartbreak, since there is a part of the lyrics go “my loneliness ain’t killing me no more” as an answer to her own cry in “...Baby One More Time”: “my loneliness is killing me”. And I also love the chair dance she did on the music video, and of course, her sexy black lace dress; it’s so beautiful.

“You might think that I won’t make it on my own, but now I’m stronger than yesterday. Now it’s nothing but my way. My loneliness ain’t killing me no more. I’m stronger.”

4. From the Bottom of My Broken Heart
Up on number four of the list is “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”, which was released on December 15th 1999 for her debut studio album, “...Baby One More Time”. The melancholy ballad was written by Eric Foster White. Lyrically, it alludes to the loss of a first love and how breaking up can be hard. I adore this song since it is beautifully heartfelt. The lyrics are so poetic, the melody is so heart-wrenching, and it is all prettily wrapped with picturesque music video. Hmmm... nothing more to say. It is just a beautiful heartbreak.

“From the bottom of my broken heart there’s just a thing or two I’d like you to know. You were my first love, you were my true love; from the first kisses to the very last rose. From the bottom of my broken heart. Even though time may find me somebody new, you were my real love, I never knew love till there was you. From the bottom of my broken heart.”

3. ...Baby One More Time
Still from her debut studio album, opening the big three of the list is the title song itself, “...Baby One More Time”, which was released on October 23rd 1998. Written by Max Martin, this magnificent debut single from Spears lyrically refers to a girl’s feelings after a break-up with her boyfriend. How can I not adore this song with its catchy melody, exciting rhythm, innocence lyrics, and influential music video? Every school girl at that time would follow the way Spears did with her uniform and hair. Spears herself has named “...Baby One More Time” as one of her favorite songs from her career. After all, it comes back to the beginning.

“Show me how you want it to be. Tell me, baby, ‘cause I need to know now, oh, because my loneliness is killing me. And I, I must confess, I still believe. When I’m not with you I lose my mind. Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.”

2. Oops!... I Did It Again
On the runner-up position of the list is the title song of her second studio album, “Oops!... I Did It Again”, which was released on March 27th 2000. Written by Max Martin and Rami, this powerful comeback of the Princess of Pop 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, who mistakes the flirtatiousness with a serious romantic interest. Once again, how can I not adore this song with its exciting music video (I love the storyline, the visual, the dance routine, everything!), playful lyrics (I particularly love the part: “to lose all my senses, that is just so typically me”), and of course the catchy music. I remember at that time I could memorize the dance routine of this song and I would dance along as I played this song on the TV.

“You see my problem is this; I’m dreaming away wishing that heroes they truly exist. I cry watching the days. Can’t you see I'm a fool in so many ways? But to lose all my senses, that is just so typically me. Baby, oh, oops!... I did it again. I played with your heart, got lost in the game. Oh, baby, baby. Oops!... You think I’m in love, that I'm sent from above. I’m not that innocent.”

1. Sometimes
Finally now, on the top position of the list is “Sometimes”, which was released on April 30th 1999 for her debut studio album, “...Baby One More Time”. After the huge success of “...Baby One More Time”, I remember that Spears came back with this softer and heartfelt bubblegum ballad R n’ B written by Jorgen Elofsson. Lyrically, “Sometimes” alludes to a relationship where a shy girl is reserved on expressing feelings to her lover. What I love about this song is the innocence feeling that depicts the adolescence very well. The music, lyrics, and video of this song illustrate that innocence feeling flawlessly. And that is what I adore and cherish (and will always remember) the most about the Princess of Pop; the age of innocence, and its capability to make me reminiscing my own just by listening to her songs. And it is all embodied in “Sometimes”.

“I wanna believe in everything that you say, ‘cause it sounds so good. But if you really want me move slow. There’s things about me you just have to know. Sometimes I run. Sometimes I hide. Sometimes I’m scared of you. But all I really want is to hold you tight, treat you right, be with you day and night. Baby, all I need is time.”


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