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...Baby One More Time

Britney Spears

1999

...Baby One More Time

Album Summary

...Baby One More Time is the debut studio album by American pop singer Britney Spears. It was released on January 12, 1999, through Jive Records. It is Spears' most successful album with sales of over 25 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time, as well as the best-selling debut album by a female artist. ...Baby One More Time has been cited as a hallmark for pop music and is praised for the revival of the teen pop genre. The album received two nominations at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Spears had been a child performer on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club during 1993–1994, and was looking to expand her career as a teen singer. After being turned away by several record companies, Spears signed with Jive for a multi-album deal in 1997. Spears traveled to Sweden to collaborate with producers Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, who had been writing songs with producer Denniz Pop and others. Their collaboration created a pop, dance-pop, and teen pop record, with Spears later saying that she felt excited when she heard it and knew it was going to be a hit record. The album was completed in June 1998. At the time of its release, ...Baby One More Time garnered mixed reviews from music critics, with many praising its commercial appeal but deeming it silly and premature. Retrospectively, it has been hailed for its major impact on pop culture, citing it as one of the most influential pop records of all time. The album was a massive global success, topping the charts in five countries and reaching the top ten in 17 territories. Spears became the fifth artist under the age of 18 to top the Billboard 200. It received worldwide certifications, including a 14× platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of over 14 million copies in the US. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 10.7 million copies, with additional 1.6 million sold at BMG Music Clubs.

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Rating

2.69

Votes

4001

Genres

  • Pop
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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

It's Britney, Bitch!

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

Ugh. I'm almost the exact same age as Britney. I remember being icked by her treatment by the media, and how she was presented as a teen. I can't get over that when listening. I guess this is a great example of 90s pop, but most of the songs remind me of the end credits of bad romance movies. I actually said "wtf" at Soda Pop, and cracked up at "Email My Heart" Why is this my longest review?

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

🎵 MY LOWER BACK 🎵 IS KILLING ME 🎵(and I)🎵 I MUST CONFESS SO ARE MY KNEES 🎵(ow, my knees)🎵

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Sun Aug 07 2022
2

What is this doing in this list? I don’t mind a decent pop album, but this cheesy nonsense!

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Tue Aug 09 2022
2

danny_devito_nope.gif Fave track - well, I was gonna say "The Beat Goes On" but it has a damn advert baked into the end of it. I'd give this one star but I don't want to dilute the purity of my contempt for Kid Rock 😠

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

2.5 - This record shoots its wad early, within the first three tracks. After that, songs churn out on a conveyor belt, each vaguely similar in their glossy sheen but with slightly varied deformities. I like how one critic sums it all up: "a collection of either competent pop songs underwhelmingly executed or underwhelmingly written pop songs competently executed." This is the music you hear as you accompany your tween daughter to purchase her first thong.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

I wasn't a Britney girl I have to say and listening to this I've remembered why - literally every song is about a boy and some romance thing! I was not interested in this at all. I respect Britney Spears and of course appreciate she was THE pop icon of the time, but this simply isn't for me. Was a slog getting through that

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

I am a 28 year old male and know many of these songs just by virtue of having ridden in my mother’s car.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Iconic Princess of Pop, truly the sound of a generation. As far as I am concerned, it earns a 5 based solely on the importance in music.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

BANGERS!

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

You know I'm a sucker for a good Britney album. Love it

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

I’m shocked. While not my thing in many, many ways, this album is actually quite good. I’d heard the singles released from this before…..I mean what American hasn’t? And used those to prejudge the album. Not aa incorrect assessment for style and taste, but this album most certainly doesn’t suck.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Oh yes, this smells like the 90's. Good memories.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Here is one of those albums I've been hoping was on this list, or at least, an album that has some incredible songs that I was obsessed with as a kid but never actually had the CD or listened all the way through. So I'm glad it's on this list so I can finally dive in. Obviously the first three tracks are pop classics, and while none of the other tracks reach those same heights, it can't be denied what this album did for music at the time. So many other artists in this genre wouldn't exist without this, even if a lot of the songs have similar themes of a woman needing a man to be complete. Those themes don't hold up as well in our current day, but as a time capsule, this album is great. I’d normally give an album like this a 3 but due to the prestige I gotta give it a 4.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Definitely see how this album really had a public. Britney Spears into fame. Typical pop music. Very catchy. Worth at least one listen.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

some songs I hadn't heard before, she actually has a great voice

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

I have to admit, when I saw this pop up, I was happy to have a happy little throwback album to listen to for the day. Baby One More Time and You Drive Me Crazy are both bops, Sometimes was sort of blah, but Soda Pop is the song that broke me. I had tried skipping to the next song, but it didn’t erase Soda Pop from my brain. I had to abandon the experiment partway through when I saw there was still 12 tracks ahead of me.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

Un très bon album pop. Pour quelqu’un qui n’aime pas beaucoup le pop, j’ai adoré les performances de vocaux de Britney, et les beats très pop culture, malgré que certains soit peu inspiré. Il y a aussi des très bon featuring.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

It's Britney bitch

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

As much as it's not my kind of music this is an iconic album. The entire thing in one go was a bit much, but truth be told I never had a listen to the whole thing! Saved tracks: ...Baby One More Time, (You Drive Me) Crazy, E-Mail My Heart, The Beat Goes On, I Will Be There

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Am I a certified Girl Boss now? #FreeBritney

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Not as bad as I was expecting tbf -- although maybe it's just the nostalgia because most of the singles were still pretty banging while the b-sides didn't really do anything for me. The cover of The Beat Goes On was pretty bizarre, overall it was mostly fine 62/100 gecs

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

ahaha on mon dieu que ca me rappelle des souvenirs. ....baby one more time, Crazy et Sometimes etaient la trame sonore de l'été 1999. Des hits, cependant, ce type de pop vieilli mal pour moi, surtout pour un album de 1h00... Je donne un 3.5 en souvenir de notre jeunesse et parce que j'était très fan de Oups I did it again

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Pocs haguessin dit quan va sortir aquest disc que seria amb la maduresa quan Britney faria els seus millors discos, amb 'In the Zone' i 'Blackout'. En la seva estrena, un gran tema titular, clàssic del pop de finals de segle, i poc més. Bubblegum pop consistent però que no aporta gaire, a més d'una versió innecessària. La revolució va venir més per la seva imatge i carisma que per les cançons aquí incloses

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Disco muy pop con una voz y canciones optimistas y llenas de vitalidad

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

...Baby One More Time (the song) is legendary. I also quite like Crazy, Sometimes, and The Beat Goes On. Thanks to Poundland I own this album, and I pretty much always turn it off at Soda Pop (as an aside, that song is such a bizarre vibe change). Having now listened to the rest of the album, I can say that it is cheesy to the max and unfortunately this drags down the quality. Points for the perfect 90s song title "E-mail My Heart" though.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

The first two songs are pretty good but the rest quite boring

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Starts off strong with some absolute pop classics. Then it goes off the boil quite quickly.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

First song carries, rest are the same gg

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Though this record is considered a "hallmark" for pop music reviving the teen pop genre, I would say it's more of a pop culture time-stamp of the end of rock music and the start to a horrible decade of music, the 2000's. Britney has been as much in the public eye recently, as the original hype for this record. I shutter when I hear her perform songs from this 23 years later, as the songs are dated sounding and the lyrics sound ridiculous coming from a woman in her 40's mouth. Since the songs were written by middle-aged men maybe it makes sense? This is the first time I've listened to the whole album (at least what I want to admit too) and clearly the songs, videos and the hoopla that goes along with the the Britney circus is targeted to a specific target audience....and I'm not it!

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Trigger teilweise Erinnerungen aus Kindheit, dennoch nicht mein Fall.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

3/5. Surprisingly more enjoyable than I was expecting. Fell off near the end of the album but overall pretty solid for what it is.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

The pinnacle of bubble gum pop. Feels dated today, though.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Britney is an iconic pop star, but she has mostly rode on her incredible singles career. Drilling down too far into most of her albums usually reveals a lot of forgettable fluff. This album is really no exception. However, this album, despite the overall quality, propelled bubblegum pop back into the forefront of music and ushered in a period of such for the 2000s. It pushed Britney to the forefront of music in a world that was thought to have moved to catering mostly to pop groups versus individual pop star acts. From a pop culture perspective, this is probably one of the most influential albums of all time (granted, mostly due to the title track), and it makes sense that this album would be here. This album has a few incredibly memorable, iconic tracks (Baby One More Time, Crazy, Sometimes, Born to Make You Happy) and a couple of cringy tracks (Soda Pop and E-Mail My Heart; for what it's worth, those songs were cringy back when they came out, too). The remainder of the album doesn't really stand out and kind of blends into one (albeit, listenable) mix. However, Autumn Goodbye was a very obscure bonus track only released in some markets, but I always thought it stood out among the other tracks on this album and should have been part of the main release. It pleases me that I have a platform to advocate for it now; it could have been a solid contender on the album at the time. Again, this album is mostly here on this project due to the cultural impact of one track, the title track. When you think about it, it is arguably even more impressive that one track could launch such a craze and reshape the pop landscape. But for the purpose of rating the albums as wholes, if you step back and look at the album as such, it just kind of becomes average. It's still very listenable and enjoyable if you like this era of pop, but the merit of Britney can't really be perceived in her album work.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

i really like britney spears as a person and a singer! i think she sings well and has great songs. this album, however, was rather lacking. it's overproduced in a word. this album was created to appeal to the youth instead of creating music for the sake of creating music, which is exactly how we wound up with a song like "email my heart"--yikes! that isn't to say there aren't good songs. the album starts out so strong with "... baby one more time", "(you drive me) crazy", and "sometimes". those are three amazing songs and are still so good in 2023. the rest of the album falls off so quickly and becomes forgettable drivel. it's unfortunate. that leaves me with an in between score of a 3; i would give a 5 for the opening tracks, but the rest of the tracks bring it down to a 3. of course i have to mention max martin. he's amazing with creating pop music, and it's no surprise his stamp is on this album but most notably the opening track. side note: it's possible to not like britney spears/this album and not dunk on the fact she's a woman.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

I have an ice-cream headache.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

As far as pop albums go, it's ok. A bit formulaic and the sound of the late 90s shiny Max Martin pop. Not terrible but not amazing.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Classic! Pretty typical 90s-00s pop.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Britney tackles some heavy topics on he debut and does it with grace and a positive attitude! Nothing terribly offensive here 3 stars!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

In retrospect, this album is incredibly sad. A young teen singing songs for teens but also older adults :|

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

Pop so chewy it’s almost tiring.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

This album starts off with two absolute bangers and a ballad that bops. It had me thinking, "Is Britney Spears really going to get a 5 star review from me?" Then "Soda Pop" comes in with a record scratch moment. "You may be wondering how I got here." Indeed. This song is so laughably bad, that if taken out the album would easily be four stars if not five. The real problem isn't the one-off horror of "Soda Pop" and its not-as-bad-but-perhaps-cheesier cousin "E-mail My Heart" but rather that the rest of the songs don't come even close to the pop goodness that is the opening three songs. There are GOOD songs on this album ("Thinkin' About You" and "The Beat Goes On" to name some of the more memorable tunes) but only "...Baby One More Time," "(You Drive Me) Crazy," and "Sometimes" are truly GREAT.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

It's Britney, bitch Dat het leuke popsongs zijn, zeker. Maar of ik het daarom goed vind, da's wat anders

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

I didn’t get the whole way through the album, but it was a fun, somewhat mindless collection of songs to listen to while driving to the gym. I think she’s drawn on a lot of different genres in this album. Some highlights: From the Bottom of my Broken Heart has major Bee Gees Vibes! I love it. I was really into the Soda Pop song mainly for the reggae singer. I wish he was on more songs! I Will Still Love You (with Don Phillip) was so good. I actually think they have a great vocal match and the harmonies are simple and beautiful. How can you go wrong? I didn’t make it all the way to E-Mail My Heart but went back to listen after reading Jacobs review. Wow! But not in a great way. Overall, a lot of skips on here, but this was a crucial album in 1999. I was but a mere 4-years-old but it endures in my consciousness even now. I also love the cover art, it’s so cute.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Who says sex doesn't sell, and on review that she was 16 at the time of its release, its a bit concerning. But the video was clearly imprinted on my brain Beat goes on was a pleasant surprise, though there are better versions.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Is it cheesy 90's pop? Absolutely. Honestly the second half is pretty forgettable, and it's hard to listen to without thinking of Britney's mistreatment at the hands of, everyone, basically. Still a great 90's pop album.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Heard it before?: No Enjoy it?: Yeah I did, it’s very decent for it’s time and has a really nice and easy listen run of timeless pop here Favourite song: Track 5 - Born To Make You Happy

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Ok romp through the past. First three songs are classics. Also enjoy the last song too. The rest were okay. Weirdly, I couldn’t stop thinking about those Christian songs that were playing around then. Some of those songs sound exactly like them.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

I had high hopes for this, so I've got to say it was a letdown. Track 1 is a classic, track 2 is good, and the rest sound like generic offcuts from the Spice Girls, Natalie Imbruglia and Backstreet Boys. I do love that there is a track called Email My Heart, that's wild. Maybe the next album is better?

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Britney's low register and then 'Britney' noises she makes in transition.... Oh baby baby, I love them. The sugar coated with saccharine, honey sandwich of this album is a bit much much though. Email my heart some soda pop 🥺

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Mon Nov 21 2022
2.5

Un peu catchy sur les bords

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

Didn't completely hate it! Vocal effects are a little ick.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

2.5. Really?

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

I didn't really care at the time and I don't really care now. Sure Britney was popular and what not but still just a shit pop album in my opinion.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Habiendo pop muy bueno en la lista (Taylor Swift) este es el contraejemplo y creo que llega a la lista solo por el hecho de su relevancia en la cultura pop, pero no por su calidad. Por todos lados se nota la asquerosa mano de Max Martin: el teclado, los stabs, los silencios para entrar a repetir el coro, la guitarra acústica de fondo. Aquí creo un molde que se debió haber destruido en vez de usarse diez millones de veces más. Me sorprende que conozco demasiadas canciones del disco. Sin duda por haberle dedicado una infinidad de chances. 😏 Y creo que la parte que podría valer la pena es que Britney sí tiene una voz interesante: bastante rango, cambios interesantes entre nasal y pecho, etc. Igual eso no alcanza más que para su 2.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

El disco abre con una canción muy conocida y la segunda también la reconocí. De ahí en adelante la mayoría de las canciones siguen la misma fórmula pero sin lograr destacar. Hay un par de canciones que suenan diferente pero sin llegar a ser buenas. Entre todos los discos reseñados he encontrado pop buenísimo (hola Tay-Tay) pero este disco no es el caso.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

Decent voice, but not much of interest for me

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

This album was very popular growing up, sure, but even back then I wasn’t a fan of it

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

It's a very good example of bubble gum pop so I understand why it's on the list, but it's really hard to listen to as a grown adult.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

I am trying to decide how much time to spend on this review. I don't want to be overly picky about what I listend to. ...Baby One More Time is the first full album I've listened to from Britney Spears, even though I have heard several songs. My shortest review is that the best tracks got an "okay" from me, but more of the tracks got a "no thanks". Too many songs with lyrics about a life changing love... from a teenager. The album felt very crafted, but it was hard to not see the album as a collection of tracks hoping to make it's mark in pop-culture. Spears was successful with an entry into pop-culture, but the music feels weak.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

I made sure to come with an open mind for this album since it came out when I was young and I didn't care for Britney Spears. Listening to it in 2022, it really starts off with a bang, before really becoming the same thing. Very front loaded and the rest of the stuff after the first couple of songs is disposable and forgettable. Better work was done by people like Max Martin later. The first couple of songs are bangers though. 2.5/5

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Toegegeven, er staan een paar catchy liedjes op dit album. Verder is het ten hemel schrijend. Die stem! Alsof ze aan een heliumballon heeft gehangen.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Na een klein dansje verdween dit album toch al snel op de achtergrond. plots was ik al bij nummer 9. Kortom, nee.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

Nope

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

I could not stop laughing through the first 15-20 minutes of this album. I think the song “E-mail my heart” finally broke me. Bad in an enjoyable way, and good in some ways that count. The producers are clearly having tons of fun with their assignment. It’s not jaded, apathetic, soulless pop… it’s often very silly, but you can have fun with it. So dated, too! Every one of Britney Spears’ songs have the same quality of her album covers: you can tell immediately what year it was made in, because there could be no other.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

Baby One More Time (the song) is undeniably a masterpiece. Britney slays the vocals, the piano has attitude, the classic 90's drum beats. I love this song fervently. And with the slight exception of a couple other tracks that's about where it ends for me in the praise department. Nothing else comes close to it on this album and a lot of these songs sound seriously phoned in. Sometimes has possibly the most awkward key change I've ever heard in a song. Email My Heart may have aged worse than any song we're likely to review. The Beat Goes On really shouldn't. When I listen to this album I feel like I'm trapped in a chair at the dentist's office. 2/5. Gonna strongly recommend the music of Rina Sawayama here. She's inspired by a lot of the production and vocal stylings of Britney but is a much better and more interesting songwriter. Check out her EP Rina

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Mon Nov 07 2022
2

What. Fresh. Hell. Even for 1999 pop. An aside. If in any doubt about the motives of Ms Spears backers: the music on this album is on a par with the music of S Club Seven. Which is to say, aimed at twelve year olds and made by a notional big sister or brother. It's impossible to unthinkable "(Baby Hit Me) One More Time" (although the Travis cover does help. But it'll be interesting to do the Lady Gaga test on this song and video.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
2

That stuffy, sexualised teen nasal voice. That glossy marketable plastic backing band. Sheesh.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

Oli tässä oma viehätyksensä kuunnella ja muistella

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

Aina ihana Britni <3

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Mon Aug 22 2022
1

It sounds like they took some built-in phone ringtones and wrote super generic lyrics that reference "you," "love," and "heart" as many times as possible.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
1

No thanks. I know and like the first track ("like" is a relative term here), but everything else feels so painfully pop-manufactured and dated to the era. Skipped most of the tracks, just not feeling this at all. One good laugh for the track titled "Email My Heart." I've noticed that most of my "one stars" on here are more of 1.5 stars, or like a 3 out of 10. But to be sure, anything in the 1-3 range is bad. This is a stinker. Favorite tracks: Baby One More Time. Album art: Goofy font for her name, and the portrait is just weird. I mean c'mon, this is a former Mickey Mouse club child performer, album is released right after she turns 17, and they went with this kind of pic/aesthetic? Christgau called her a "girl next door version of Madonna," I'm not in a position to say he's wrong but is that not a concerning label to attach to a minor? Something just don't feel right. Hindsight's 20/20 but I can't help but feel like launching a girl into pop stardom in this way contributed, at least in part, to the troubled life she's lived. 1.5/5

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Thu Sep 01 2022
1

Are you kidding me? I'm 46 years old. I can´t go in my car listening to this.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
1

American high school movie pop music, not really my thing

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Wed Sep 07 2022
1

I was trying to find a way to rate this higher than a 1. It has two singles that topped the charts, so it can't be THAT bad, can it. Yes, yes it can. It's terribly dated, way overproduced, bland, AND infuriating at the same time. It's really not good, and I'm glad it was removed from future versions of the book.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
1

Dated pop trash. Way past its expiration date or relevance

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Wed Sep 07 2022
1

That was terrible. Just awful. The only tolerable song was the Sonny Bono cover.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
1

I can't believe I'm going listen to this album again, I never thought that would happen. Somehow it's even more painful then I recall.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
1

Not availanle

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Sun Oct 23 2022
1

naw

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Mon Oct 24 2022
1

If someone came to my room while I was listening to this album, I'd just switch to porn because that would be easier to explain. Bad music! The Goblin King awakens from his slumber!

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Wed Oct 26 2022
1

Ver-schrik-ke-lijk. Ik dacht dat dit misschien nog best aardig kon zijn, maar het is werkelijk niet te harden. Dat iele brave girl-next-door stemmetje. Hopeloos gedateerd en saai.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
1

Nope, dit kan je echt niet menen....

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Wed Oct 26 2022
1

Altijd op een bepaalde manier sympathie gevoeld voor Britney. Niet echt vanwege haar muziek en zeker niet voor deze plaat. Wat een hopeloze gedateerde ellende.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
1

Gazillion selling single, so it must be an amazing pop album full of gems, right? Wrong, horribly so. Nothing extraordinary or notable. Another huge disappointment, although I do know diamonds like Toxic are still to come from a host of brilliant songwriters using the pop star Britney vessel.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
1

Why? Why do I have to relive this? This record was garbage in the 90's when I had to hear the song every 40 minutes on the Blockbuster Trailer tapes. And it's shit now. This is the worst record so far on this list. I did make it though. And now I am having a bad day.

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