10. Don’t Go Knocking On My Door from …Oops, I Did It Again
Classic Britney baby voice that will remind you of a simpler time. Listen and reminisce.
9. Mmm Papi from Circus
It’s pure pop bliss. And Britney is having fun, especially when she deduces “Now see/ I’m mommy/And that make you Papi/And that makes us Luvi.” Who can argue with that?
8. Toy Soldier from Blackout
This song puts forward the “new Brit:” a ferocious man-eater looking for a soldier in the flesh cause her plastic ones just are not working anymore. Way to use a metaphor Brit!
7. How I Roll from Femme Fatale
Bouncy, bubbly (like literal bubble popping sounds) and with the lyric “nine lives like a kitty cat” this is one Brit song that delights.
6. What It’s Like To Be Me from Britney
It has cow bell. It has a cappella beat boxing. And it makes you feel like you’re in a Britney music video. What’s not to love?
5. Unusual You from Circus
One of her darker mid-tempo ballads, this love song avoids the usual cloying shmaltz and offers a very real look into the Queen of Pop’s inner self and love life.
4. Do Something from Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
Britney’s usual robot voice gives way to a wilder, looser one. She grunts, hoops and hollers through this song alongside a grungy rock hip-hop beat that is Britney at her most delicious nastiness.
3. Blur from Circus
A surprising frank and melancholic look at the party hard lifestyle that elevates Britney from the usual pop treatment of the hangover, a la Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” or Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok.” And it still manages to be utterly seductive.
2. Breathe On Me
This breathy, trip-hop banger is one of Britney’s sexiest songs and it boasts a surprising melodic vocal performance. Listen and be transported to hour four of a sweaty Euro club rave.
1. The Beat Goes On from Baby One More Time
The closing track of Britney’s debut CD, itself a cover of a Sunny and Cher song, has aged surprisingly well. Its 1970’s groove, splashy cymbals, wobbly synth and psychedelic bass make this a true hidden gem. Let the beat go on Brit!