‘Britney, Kill The Lights’: A Britney Spears Setlist That’s Pure. Satis. Faction.

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When Britney Spears returns to the stage, here’s a setlist she could consider…

Britney’s professional life is up in the air. Our fav announced an indefinite work hiatus, meaning there’s no clear indicator when she’ll make her big (don’t call it a) comeback. Earlier this year, Britney revealed she could no longer perform her second Las Vegas residency, Domination, after her father Jamie was hospitalized. Though he’s expected to make a full recovery, it threw a wrench in the well-oiled machine and forced the show to go dark… for now.

The overwhelming reaction from the Britney Army was a bit of relief, actually. Most of the songs destined for Domination were performed in Piece Of Me. Brit’s creative team, Nappy Tabs, spoiled a couple of surprises: “My Prerogative” and “Overprotected” were in the new show. See what other songs made the cut here. Regardless, fans judged the show with the information they were given and felt Britney looked uninspired.

I spent a couple of weeks revisiting Britney’s music for this post. I thought to myself, ‘if I were tasked with creating a setlist, what songs would I think fans like to see?’

I want to point out that, for the most part, I didn’t take the general public into account because I think that’s one of the underlying problems in Brit’s current state of affairs. The people who aren’t die-hard fans get catered to more – the casual fans who happen to be in Vegas and, oh look, Britney’s performing, I hope she sings that “Baby” song and the one where she’s a flight attendant. I think choosing to include the classics in Piece Of Me worked, but Domination needed something from an alternate universe, and that’s where Britney, Kill The Lights comes in; it’s the name I’m branding this pretend show; Domination feels cold.

Britney, Kill The Lights

Let’s address the title of this dream show. Britney is one of the most photographed people in history, and it nearly destroyed her. But it didn’t. The Danja-produced track, off Circus, is not only highly underrated, but the lyrics soundtrack her career perfectly. On it, Britney commands to be left alone, then a moment later tells the photographer she’s ready for her closeup. “You don’t like me / I don’t like you, it don’t matter / Only difference / You still listen, I don’t have to.” It’s true. Britney can do as she pleases and unwavering fans, through thick and thin, are there. And can you imagine the lighting effects from the show’s perspective?

Opener

Gimme More
Kill The Lights
*New Song*
My Prerogative
Hold It Against Me
Perfect Lover

Yes, Britney, Kill The Lights will kickoff with “Gimme More,” because how iconic would it be if the first seconds of the show was the audience screaming IT’S BRITNEY, BITCH! Chills.

The intro also includes “Kill The Lights,” “My Prerogative,” “Hold It Against Me” and Blackout track, “Perfect Lover,” none of which have ever been performed before, and of course a *New Song,* Brit’s newest lead single.

Part II: Did You Check Out My Video?

Showdown
Toy Soldier
Love Me Down
Tom’s Diner

This quadruplet packs a punch. “Showdown” is a fan-favorite off In The Zone, and before I die I need to hear it in-concert one more time. The Bloodshy & Avant-produced track features a bone-rattling bass and NSFL lyrics that inspires Britney to drop the girl-next-door act and unleash her inner seductress.

Justice for “Toy Soldier.” It is truly a sparkly gem in Britney’s lengthy catalogue and deserves the spotlight. Plus if the precious GP is unfamiliar with the track, it’s a prime opportunity to educate.

We know Britney had plans to perform “Coupure Électrique” in Domination, but let’s keep up the momentum with “Love Me Down” instead. If the choreo is on point, this track would light up Las Vegas.

Britney’s cover of “Tom’s Diner,” off producer Giorgio Moroder’s album 74 Is The New 24, is a guilty pop pleasure. It’s also a great excuse to show off Britney’s versatility.

Part III: Spaceney

If I’m Dancing
Unusual You
Man On The Moon
Oops!… I Did It Again
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Till The World Ends Interlude

This is the part of the show where things get a little… otherworldly. I hope you’re picturing Britney in a red cat suit, flying over the audience in a bedazzled space ship or floating over the theater while her alien backup dancers interact with the Earthlings. I’ll admit, I wasn’t wild about “If I’m Dancing” when I first heard it many moons ago, but it aged well.

“Unusual You” should have been a single back in the day, and for the most part I’ve let go of any bitterness that it wasn’t. However, Team B has a chance to make things right by including this stunning power ballad.

Since we’re still floating around in deep space, it’s only appropriate to make a pit stop on the moon so Brit can sing about her love for someone who’s worlds away with “Man On The Moon.” Then she’ll launch out of orbit and head to Mars to finish up with Oops! and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Again, GP, I got you.

Closer: The Hits

Overprotected (Darkchild Remix)
Circus
I’m A Slave 4 U
Work Bitch
Toxic
Baby One More Time

I get it, it wouldn’t be a Britney show without the songs that got our girl where she is today, so instead of sprinkling the hits throughout Britney, Kill The Lights, I thought it was best to sock the audience in the face with nostalgia before they make their way home. Remind them that not only has Britney been through hell and back, but she’s created timeless pop music along the way. She’s not just ringleader, a python tamer, a government spy and a school girl. She’s Britney Spears, bitch.

*Kill The Lights*

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