Britney Spears' Official biggest singles and albums in the UK revealed

Britney is back! And to celebrate - we're counting down her biggest hits on the Official Charts.

.In the immortal words of the icon herself - it's Britney, b*tch!

It's been a hot minute since we last heard from the Princess of Pop, Miss Britney Spears. Six years ago, Britney released her ninth (and, so far, latest) studio album Glory and  - thanks to a combination of well-publicised personal and legal issues - took a rest from the spotlight.

Now emancipated and finally, finally free, Britney is ready to make her comeback, with none other than Elton John on the single Hold Me Closer, her first release of original music since 2016's Glory.

As a pop star, Britney Spears has taken more risks than people may want to give her credit for. As she grew up (quite literally), Britney's music started to become something of a fertile ground for the most weird and wonderful ideas pop producers and writers could find. It's why you can hear a taste of bhangra in Toxic, why Blackout kickstarted the EDM boom in its infancy and why you can't say the title of If U Seek Amy out loud on the street. 

And let's never - ever! - discount Britney herself from her own legacy. There would be no Britney Spears without Britney Spears. It was Britney who, in her earliest days as a pop star, recognised the dichotomy at play in her image on the set of the Baby One More Time video, one of the oldest in existence; the virgin and the whore, innocence and sex, constraint and freedom. As Britney's image shifted, and her own music grew in complexity especially during the In The Zone and Blackout eras, her own autonomy was her greatest strength. And now she has it back. What will she do next? Whatever she wants.

We've compiled the lists and crunched the numbers to present the Official and up-to-date ranking of Britney's most successful singles and albums in the UK. Let's get stuck in.

MORE: Britney's Official Charts history in full

10. Piece Of Me
Album: Blackout
Released: 2007
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 2
Total UK chart units: 427,000

A masterclass in how take back control of your own narrative, Piece Of Me also contains uncredited background vocals from none other than Swedish pop princess Robyn.

9. Circus
Album: Circus
Released: 2008
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 13
Total UK chart units: 462,000

The energetic title track from Britney's sixth studio album is perhaps best remembered for its kitsch music video, where Brit genuinely seems to be having the time of her life. It was directed by Francis Lawrence, known for helming Lady Gaga's Bad Romance video and three of The Hunger Games films.

8. Everytime
Album: In The Zone
Released: 2004
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 1
Total UK chart units: 562,000

A rare Britney Spears single written by Britney herself, Everytime is a tender piano ballad that many have taken as a response to the break-up with her then-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. Its iconic music video, helmed by David LaChappelle, forms as an eerily prescient reminder of the insidious media presence surrounding Britney at the height of her fame.

7. Sometimes
Album: ...Baby One More Time
Released: 1999
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 3
Total UK chart units: 584,000

Britney may not be the biggest fan of the perky Sometimes, but those looking for a modern-day re-interpretation should seek out queer pop trio MUNA's reverential cover released this year for the film Fire Island.

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6. Gimme More
Album: Blackout
Released: 2007
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 3
Total UK chart units: 596,000

Blackout's lead single was an instant classic; a dark and glitzy electro-pop smash that has quietly influenced an entire generation of dance music, and helped usher in EDM supremacy. Also features one of the greatest opening lines, naturally.

5. Womanizer
Album: Circus
Released: 2008
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 3
Total UK chart units: 835,000

Lest we forget Britney's chaotic yet highly iconic performance of the juddering Womanizer in that year's X Factor, where she then had to stay on stage and very respectfully try to answer Dermot O'Leary's questions about the finalists despite clearly not having a clue as to who any of them were.

4. Oops! I Did It Again
Album: Oops! I Did It Again!
Released: 2000
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 1
Total UK chart units: 931,000

When Max Martin looked at all the success of ...Baby One More Time and said, how about that...but more? Oops! is a brilliant pop single, and its timelessness is proved by the fact is contains a Titanic reference in its iconic middle eight, a film that was already three years old by the time it was released. Also: red catsuit.

MORE: 10 chart facts about Oops! I Did It Again

3. Scream & Shout (with will.i.am)
Album: #willpower
Released: 2012
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 1
Total UK chart units: 1.3 million

Britney's sixth and most recent UK Number 1 single, will.i.am collaboration Scream & Shout claims the title of her most-digitally downloaded track in the UK, with 880,000 of them. 

2. Toxic
Album: In The Zone
Released: 2004
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 1
Total UK chart units: 1.3 million

Just as sonically innovative and exciting today as it was in 2004, the clarity of vision on Toxic is crystal clear. A Number 1 hit in the UK (a feat it surprisingly never achieved in Brit's native US), Toxic has UK chart units totally 1.3 million and is also Britney's most-streamed track in the UK; with 96 million streams in total.

Spare a thought for Kylie Minogue, though, who had the opportunity to record Toxic and turned it down!

1. ...Baby One More Time
Album: ...Baby One More Time
Released: 1999
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 1
Total UK chart units: 2 million

There are many, many ways you can explain the brilliance of ...Baby One More Time, but one of the greatest debut singles of all time sounds about right. 

Proof that Britney knew herself and her career better than anyone else at the time, she rejected a cartoon-ish pitch for the music video, instead demanding it be set in a high school. The rest, as they say, is history. 

...Baby One More Time is still Britney's biggest track in the UK, with a total of over 2 million chart units to its name. It's also her most physically purchased single (1.4 million units) and most-viewed music video (over 10 million video streams).

What makes it even more impressive? ...Baby One More Time - written entirely by a then up and coming Max Martin, still in his production infancy - was actually turned down by the Backstreet Boys and TLC. But Britney, recovering from a hangover on the day she recorded the career-defining track, took it in her stride. And one of the most successful pop partnerships in pop history was born.

You would have to travel a very long way to find a pop song more immaculately produced, performed and put together. 

Britney Spears' Official Top 40 biggest singles in the UK

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 BABY ONE MORE TIME BRITNEY SPEARS 1 1999
2 TOXIC BRITNEY SPEARS 1 2004
3 SCREAM & SHOUT WILL I AM FT BRITNEY SPEARS 1 2012
4 OOPS I DID IT AGAIN BRITNEY SPEARS 1 2000
5 WOMANIZER BRITNEY SPEARS 3 2008
6 GIMME MORE BRITNEY SPEARS 3 2007
7 SOMETIMES BRITNEY SPEARS 3 1999
8 EVERYTIME BRITNEY SPEARS 1 2004
9 CIRCUS BRITNEY SPEARS 13 2008
10 PIECE OF ME BRITNEY SPEARS 2 2007
11 BORN TO MAKE YOU HAPPY BRITNEY SPEARS 1 2000
12 YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY BRITNEY SPEARS 5 1999
13 STRONGER BRITNEY SPEARS 7 2000
14 I'M A SLAVE 4 U BRITNEY SPEARS 4 2001
15 WORK BITCH BRITNEY SPEARS 7 2013
16 LUCKY BRITNEY SPEARS 5 2000
17 TILL THE WORLD ENDS BRITNEY SPEARS 21 2011
18 MY ONLY WISH (THIS YEAR) BRITNEY SPEARS 82 2005
19 3 BRITNEY SPEARS 7 2009
20 IF U SEEK AMY BRITNEY SPEARS 20 2008
21 I'M NOT A GIRL NOT YET A WOMAN BRITNEY SPEARS 2 2002
22 OVERPROTECTED BRITNEY SPEARS 4 2002
23 HOLD IT AGAINST ME BRITNEY SPEARS 6 2011
24 ME AGAINST THE MUSIC BRITNEY SPEARS FT MADONNA 2 2003
25 MY PREROGATIVE BRITNEY SPEARS 3 2004
26 BREAK THE ICE BRITNEY SPEARS 15 2007
27 BOYS BRITNEY SPEARS FT P WILLIAMS 7 2002
28 I LOVE ROCK 'N' ROLL BRITNEY SPEARS 13 2002
29 MAKE ME BRITNEY SPEARS FT G-EAZY 42 2016
30 PRETTY GIRLS BRITNEY SPEARS & IGGY AZALEA 16 2015
31 DO SOMETHIN' BRITNEY SPEARS 6 2004
32 I WANNA GO BRITNEY SPEARS 111 2011
33 RADAR BRITNEY SPEARS 46 2007
34 DON'T LET ME BE THE LAST TO KNOW BRITNEY SPEARS 12 2001
35 CRIMINAL BRITNEY SPEARS N/A 2011
36 SLUMBER PARTY BRITNEY SPEARS N/A 2016
37 TOXIC PONY ALTEGO/BRITNEY SPEARS/GINUWINE N/A 2022
38 PERFUME BRITNEY SPEARS N/A 2013
39 SMS (BANGERZ) MILEY CYRUS FT BRITNEY SPEARS 157 2013
40 OUTRAGEOUS BRITNEY SPEARS N/A 2004

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Britney Spears' Official biggest albums in the UK

POS TITLE PEAK YEAR
1 BABY ONE MORE TIME 2 1999
2 GREATEST HITS - MY PREROGATIVE 2 2004
3 OOPS! I DID IT AGAIN 2 2000
4 IN THE ZONE 13 2003
5 BRITNEY 4 2001
6 CIRCUS 4 2008
7 THE SINGLES COLLECTION 38 2009
8 BLACKOUT 2 2007
9 FEMME FATALE 8 2011
10 BRITNEY JEAN 34 2013
11 GLORY 2 2016

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