Britney Spears' '...baby One More Time' Tracks, Ranked
Brace yourself and prepare to feel old: Britney Spears’ debut album, …Baby One More Time, has turned 20.
Released on Jan. 12, 1999, the LP instantly crowned Spears as the princess of teen pop. It would go on to be certified diamond, with more than 14 million albums sold, while the title tune became a classic that defined a generation of schoolgirls.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this landmark album, we rank every single track.
Somehow “Sometimes” was picked as the second single from the album, ahead of the more obvious choice, “(You Drive Me) Crazy.” But there is a wistful melancholy to this diary entry of a song that digs deeper into the doubts and insecurities below the bubbly surface of both “Crazy” and the title track.
2. “(You Drive Me) Crazy”
The third single from “…Baby One More Time” proved that the success of the title song was no fluke, hitting No. 10 on the Hot 100. Sparkling with the Midas touch of Max Martin, it perfectly captures the crazy giddiness of young love -- the kind that keeps you up all night.
1. “…Baby One More Time”
With the gurgling of an “Oh baby, baby,” a star was born. Spears’ debut single was the first of her three No. 1 singles as a lead artist, but it was even bigger than that: It was was one of the defining songs of the golden teen-pop era that gave us Backstreet Boys, ’N Sync and Christina Aguilera. The tune, another Max Martin masterstroke, still makes you believe in the magic of pop every time you hear it.