by KYLE COPELAND
Britney Spears may not be a member of the LGBTQ community, but there’s no denying her impact on it. Since 1998 Britney Spears has brought us seventeen years of addictive pop music and has cemented herself in pop culture. This year on December 2nd Britney turns 34. What better way to celebrate the birthday of an icon than to countdown her top 34 songs:
34. What U See (Is What U Get) / Oops!… I Did It Again (2000)
At least until she decided to shave her head and turn our world upside down.
33. Outrageous / In the Zone (2003)
In case we didn’t already know.
32. Anticipating / Britney (2001)
We are ALWAYS anticipating new Britney.
31. Trouble for Me / Femme Fatale (2011)
Trouble getting the song out of our heads.
30. Lonely / Britney (2001)
Britney can be deep y’all!
29. I’m Not a girl, Not Yet a Woman / Britney (2001)
Pretty sure Britney was all woman by this point, but hey, she had an image to uphold.
28. Everytime / In the Zone (2003)
Covered fantastically in Spring Breakers, the video for Everytime was our first glimpse into how hard it is to be Britney Spears. Where was Stephen Dorff in 2006?
27. Me Against the Music / In the Zone (2003)
Her team up with fading icon Madonna made sure we recognized her as the Princess of Pop.
26. Lucky / Oops!… I Did It Again (2000)
Don’t cry cry cry, Brit 😦
25. Do Somethin’ / Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004)
She did somethin’…. Her first greatest hits album.
24. Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know / Oops!… I Did It Again (2000)
Unfortunately, Britney is probably the last to know a lot of things.
23. Break the Ice / Blackout (2007)
22. Ooh Ooh Baby / Blackout (2007)
Ooh and baby must be Brit’s two favorite words.
21. Boys / Britney (2001)
Sometimes a girl just needs one.
20. Work Bitch / Britney Jean (2013)
Best workout song ever.
19. I Wanna go / Femme Fatale (2011)
We wanna go anywhere this song is playing.
18. If U Seek Amy / Circus (2008)
Britney gets a little dirty with word play 😉
17. Till the world ends / Femme Fatale (2011)
This great pop song may have been written by Ke$ha, but it is classic Britney.
16. Overprotected / Britney (2001)
If Britney had been as overprotected as her money, maybe she wouldn’t have had her breakdown.
15. Radar / Blackout (2007) & Circus (2008)
This song was so good it was on back to back albums.
14. Piece of Me / Blackout (2007)
Britney put the world on blast with this single.
13. 3 / The Singles Collection (2009)
Or 4…on the floor…
12. Hold It Against Me / Femme Fatale (2011)
It’s impossible for you to come on too strong, Brit.
11. Gimme More / Blackout (2007)
The song everyone hated to love.
10. Criminal / Femme Fatale (2011)
Put us in handcuffs and take us away! This song just showed us being in love with a bad boy is okay. After all, who wouldn’t want a bad boy in the sheets? Things can’t be vanilla all the time.
9. Circus / Circus (2008)
All eyes were on Britney with this second song from her album of the same name, pulling out the literal circus for her video.
8. (You Drive Me) Crazy / …Baby One More Time (1999)
After the blowout success of …Baby One More Time, this song solidified Spears’ fame even more. The song was on the soundtrack for teen flick Drive Me Crazy. With the movie’s stars Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier making appearances in the video, it became an unstoppable.
7. I’m a Slave 4 U / Britney (2001)
So many Britney songs make you want to get up and dance; even Britney herself is not immune. Britney has said the choreography in the music video was one of her all time favorites to perform. Let’s not forget the iconic yellow snake from that year’s VMAs (back when performing at the VMAs still meant something).
6. Perfume / Britney Jean (2013)
It’s not from the greatest album, but this song proves that Britney isn’t all about catchy dance music.
5. Womanizer / Circus (2008)
The song and brilliant video that showed the world that Britney was truly back. Move over Gimme More, this is the real comeback that defied all expectations and laid to rest any doubts anyone may have had.
4. Stronger / Oops!… I Did It Again (2000)
Who doesn’t love a song that can boost our spirits and show us that we are all strong, independent women. This song blasted from our speakers enough that it’s high up on our iTunes play count.
3. Oops!… I Did It Again / Oops!… I Did It Again (2000)
You’re lying if you say this debut track from her sophomore album of the same name didn’t get you up and dancing to her iconic dance moves. We all wished we could have looked that good in red spandex.
2. Toxic / In the Zone (2003)
With the taste of those lips we wanna ride. This one was a hot contender for the top spot. At the height of her career, she truly was Toxic for our eardrums, but in the “let’s just put this on repeat” sort of way.
Before revealing which song takes the top spot, here are some honorable mentions in no particular order:
Toy Soldier / Blackout (2007)
Hot as Ice / Blackout (2007)
Bombastic Love / Britney (2001)
Phonography / Circus (2008)
Amnesia / Circus (2008)
Gasoline / Femme Fatale (2011)
1. …Baby One More Time / …Baby One More Time (1999)
As if there was any doubt that after all these years this song still rules supreme, proving that a hit debut song is sometimes all you need to be ingrained in pop culture.