Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ at 20: All the Songs, Ranked

Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ at 20: All the Songs, Ranked


Brace your self and put together to really feel previous: Britney Spears’ debut album, …Baby One More Time, has turned 20.

Released on Jan. 12, 1999, the LP immediately topped Spears because the princess of youngster pop. It would go on to be licensed diamond, with greater than 14 million albums offered, whereas the title tune turned a basic that outlined a technology of schoolgirls.

To have a good time the 20th anniversary of this landmark album, we rank each single observe.

11. “The Beat Goes On”

Britney makes Cher sound like an Adele-esque powerhouse on this electro-infused replace of Sonny & Cher’s 1967 hit that closes the album. This additionally provides you a brand new appreciation for Spears’ cowl of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock & Roll” on 2001’s Britney (and, notably, one scene in 2002's Crossroads, her huge display screen debut).

10. “Soda Pop”

While Max Martin and a posse of different Swedes had been behind the highlights of …Baby One More Time, the lion’s share of the album options writing and manufacturing by Eric Foster White, who had beforehand penned the decidedly extra soulful “My Name Is Not Susan” for Whitney Houston. Suffice to say, this “Soda Pop” is all flat, no fizz.

9. “E-Mail My Heart”

Guess “Add Me on Snapchat” or “Tag Me on Your Instagram Stories” wouldn’t have the identical ring to it. Still, this piano-led plea — considered one of three ballads on the album — belongs within the final millennium.

eight. “I Will Still Love You”

Tri query: Who was the one function that Britney Spears had on her debut album? Answer: Don Phillip, who Spears would later go on to guage as contestant on The X Factor 13 years later. Unfortunately, that little footnote is about probably the most fascinating factor about this meh duet.

7. “Thinkin’ About You”

That first verse virtually sounds a bit like U2’s “All I Want Is You,” however the intense, borderline-obsessive want of that Rattle and Hum observe is changed by a bubblegum sweetness right here. You can simply think about 17-year-old Brit-Brit dotting her I’s with little hearts.

6. “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”

Ballads have by no means been Spears’ forte — there’s simply not sufficient depth or texture to her voice. But the little quiver in her chirp does serve her effectively on the ultimate single from the album, a weepie one about shedding your old flame.

5. “Born to Make You Happy”

The old style sentiment of this track — woman is born to please her man, as if that may be sufficient of a motive to reside — feels much more antiquated 20 years later. Still, this track, which hit No. 1 within the U.Okay. (though it was not launched as a single within the U.S.), is a teen-pop dream.

four. “I Will Be There”

In some poor sequencing on …Baby One More Time, “I Will Be There” and “I Will Still Love You” are located again to again — and that is simply the superior declaration of devotion. With some chugging rhythm guitar and a refrain made for bear-hugging your boo, this observe, from the identical Max Martin and Rami manufacturing duo that gave us the title tune, might have been one other single.

three. “Sometimes”

Somehow “Sometimes” was picked because the second single from the album, forward of the extra apparent alternative, “(You Drive Me) Crazy.” But there’s a wistful melancholy to this diary entry of a track that digs deeper into the doubts and insecurities under the bubbly floor of each “Crazy” and the title observe.

2. “(You Drive Me) Crazy”

The third single from “…Baby One More Time” proved that the success of the title track was no fluke, hitting No. 10 on the Hot 100. Sparkling with the Midas contact of Max Martin, cowbells and all, it completely captures the loopy giddiness of younger love — the type that retains you up all evening.

1. “…Baby One More Time”

With the gurgling of an “Oh child, child,” a star was born. Spears’ debut single was the primary of her three No.  1 singles as a lead artist, nevertheless it was even larger than that: It was was one of many defining songs of the golden teen-pop period that gave us Backstreet Boys, ’N Sync and Christina Aguilera. The tune, one other Max Martin masterstroke, nonetheless makes you consider within the magic of pop each time you hear it.