Britney is back with new album Britney Jean (must've taken her hours to think that one up). We look back at her Top 10 biggest selling songs on the Official Singles Chart.
You can’t keep a pop trouper like Britney Spears down. She’s lived most of her life dodging the flashbulbs of the paparazzi and the scathing disapproval of the tabloids, but she has always remembered the most important thing about being a popstar: HITS. She’s had a fair few: seven Top 10 albums, 23 Top 20 singles, including six Number 1s.
Since 1999, the Official Singles Chart Top 40 has only been Britney-free twice – in 2006 and 2010, and she’s back to pop up 2013 – and 2014 – with her eighth studio album Britney Jean. To celebrate Britney’s chart success, we count down her Top 10 biggest selling singles in the UK (we also reveal 11–20 as we know you’ll be curious). Can you guess what made it to the top?
10. Piece Of Me (2007)
When this track came out, Britney had been on the front page pretty much every day for a couple of years. Partying with Paris Hilton, getting her head shaved, criticised for balancing coffee cups in one hand and a baby in the other – Britney was big news. Rather than ignore this rather grim period in her tabloid life, Britney tackled it head-on with this brutal, sparse, bass-heavy track that is the best ‘mind your own business’ ticking-off the charts have ever seen.
9. (You Drive Me) Crazy (1999)
A true Britney Pop Gem, (You Drive Me) Crazy was helped massively by a very ‘90s remix (STOP!) and a video featuring Sabrina star Melissa Joan Hart and that guy who would grow up to be quite good-looking (if you like that sort of thing) and star in Entourage.
8. Born To Make You Happy (2000)
Britney really did like to get her lovelorn thing going on early in her career. This track, like a slightly more sophisticated big sister to her debut hit, showed off Britney’s new bob haircut for the first time, which was pretty big news in itself. She was due to trounce that a few years later with the most extreme haircut ever, but still… A worthy Number 1, even though it stayed there just a week.
7. Everytime (2004)
Britney sure was on a roll at this point in her career. The video for Everytime is probably her most impressive story video, and would foreshadow some of the tabloid traumas Brit was to face just a year or so later. Hollwywood heart-throb Stephen Dorff co-stars, as the boyfriend who doesn’t truly appreciate what he’s got until he’s dragging her out of the bathtub with a serious case of concussion. Typical men, right?
6. Toxic (2004)
When you listen to Toxic, it's hard to believe it wasn't a lead single. Daringly different from most of the other tracks taking up valuable space in the Official Singles Chart at the time, Britney was going after a big hit with this one, and she certainly got it. With a slick yet superfun video to match – including a rare glimpse of Brit as a redhead – and a catchy chorus which lent itself to many a rude reimagining, Toxic was the real hero of the In The Zone album, following up that Madonna collaboration and doing what Me Against The Music could not – reaching Number 1.
5. Womanizer (2008)
"Womanizer, Woman-Womanizer / You're a womanizer / Oh womanizer, oh you're a womanizer, baby / You, you, you are / You, you, you are / Womanizer, womanizer, womanizer" That's quite an energetic bit of pop right there, and we're not even at the chorus yet. Britney's 'proper' comeback after the Blackout album proved to be a bit like the secret Doctor in Doctor Who – the exciting one nobody talks about – was this confident dressing-down of one of those guys who Britney has no doubt given their marching orders many times. It was nice to have her walking right back onto that stage.
4. Sometimes (1999)
Britney's second release was a much slower and cutesier number than her debut. Showing she still had a touch of the Disney princess about her, Britney was a vision of loveliness as she danced with her friends by the beach in that '90s staple – the white crop top. Apparently, Britney filmed the video while recovering from knee surgery. And very lovely knees they were too.
3. Oops!… I Did It Again (2000)
It was the question one everybody's lips: could Britney come back with a hit as strong as …Baby One More Time? The answer? Yes! Oops!… had all the ingredients of a smash: ellipsis in the title, some "yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah"s and a video featuring Britney looking kinda sexy in a PVC catsuit in the ultimate 2000 style – it was bootcut. Despite a talky bit in the middle that only really makes sense of you've seen Titanic (which most people have, thank goodness), Oops!… was no accident – it very purposefully took the Official Singles Chart throne.
2. Scream & Shout (2012)
Are you a bit surprised to find this one sneaking in all the way up here? You shouldn’t be! Despite being one of the biggest popstars on the planet, Britney isn't known for her collaborations. But when pop's man-of-the-moment will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas came a-knocking, Britney was sure as heck going to answer the door. Scream & Shout sees Britney trying out that kinda British accent that she loves doing almost as much as we love listening to it. "All eyes on us" was right – it was Britney's first chart-topper in eight years.
1. …Baby One More Time (1999)
We end our journey through Britney's biggest sellers at the very beginning. …Baby One More Time was a cultural phenomenon – its iconic video, incessant hooks and influence on pop music burned into everyone's brain for years to come (Are you quite sure about this? – Historical Ed). Music TV couldn't get enough of it, and neither could we. …Baby was a bonafide monster hit, shifting over 463,000 copies in the week it debuted at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. And the beat goes on – 11,000 of you bought …Baby One More Time just last year. Impressive!
And here's 11–20. You know you were dying to see it. Did your fave Britney tune make the cut?
|15||I'M A SLAVE 4 U||4||2001|
|17||TILL THE WORLD ENDS||21||2011|
|18||HOLD IT AGAINST ME||6||2011|
|19||I'M NOT A GIRL NOT YET A WOMAN||2||2002|
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