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  1. An attempt to rank every single Britney Spears song in order of merit, but today is the Queen's birthday so I was up for the task. Once upon a time, Entertainment Weekly published an article entitled “Every Britney Spears song, ranked” in which they systematically rated every Britney Spears song (including bonus tracks and b-sides) in order of preference. The list was, um, an interesting read, although here at BreatheHeavy we found ourselves agreeing with almost none of it. And it still haunts us. So I, the fool that I am, volunteered to attempt to put together a counter-list from the perspective of a self-described Britney Spears stan. We're not going to let you forget this! It wasn’t easy. Britney has a startling iconic discography and sorting through it in the hopes of compiling some sort of arbitrary list of preference was, frankly, a lot harder than I anticipated. How do you sort through 156 songs effectively and efficiently? How do you compare tracks written and released in 1998 to those created in 2016? How do you choose between songs that have punctuated your childhood, defined your teenage years and mapped the beginning of your adult life? Here it is, in all of its glory (wink, wink), ranked from best to worst, a list of every officially released Britney Spears song.   156 - 101   156. "It Should Be Easy" (featuring will.i.am) (2013) ‘Britney Jean’ is a dark spot on an otherwise flawless discography and "It Should Be Easy" is the album’s lowest moment. Senseless lyrics and excessive vocal effects (not to mention the entirely unwelcome presence of will.i.am) mean that if there was a scale from one to ten our hatred for this song is a million billion. 155. "Body Ache" (2013) 154. "Tik Tik Boom" (featuring T.I.) (2013) 153. "Pretty Girls" (featuring Iggy Azalea) (2015) 152. "Ooh La La" (2013) 151. "My Baby" (2008) 150. "Chillin' with You" (featuring Jamie Lynn) (2013) An obvious example of the infamous ‘ghost vocalist’ that plagued ‘Britney Jean’, “Chillin’ with You” is one of the most underwhelming moments of Britney’s career, especially considering the much-anticipated presence of younger sister, Jamie Lynn. 149. "Walk On By" (2000) 148. "That's Where You Take Me" (2001) 147. "I Will Still Love You" (with Don Philip) (1999) 146. "You Got It All" (2000) 145. "(Drop Dead) Beautiful" (featuring Sabi) (2011) 144. "I'll Never Stop Loving You" (1999) 143. "The Beat Goes On" (1999) 142. "Blur" (2008) 141. "Why Should I Be Sad" (2007) 140. "Everybody" (2007) The Eurythmics sample that the world didn’t know it needed. Despite being a legitimate bop, "Everybody" doesn’t measure up to the brilliance of the rest of ‘Blackout’. 139. "When I Found You" (2001) 138. "Right Now (Taste the Victory)" (2002) 137. "Til It's Gone" (2013) 136. "Heart" (2000) 135. "Scary" (2011) 134. "Quicksand" (2008) 133. "Trouble" (2008) 132. "Girl in the Mirror" (2000) 131. "Rock Boy" (2008) 130. "Don't Hang Up" (2003) One of Britney’s numerous glorious odes to phonesex, "Don’t Hang Up" was relegated to bonus track material on her fourth album, ‘In The Zone’. It’s easy to see why – the track isn’t as infectious or immediate as the main body of the album. 129. "Outta This World" (2007) 128. "Thinkin' About You" (1999) 127. "Dear Diary" (2000) 126. "Selfish" (2011) 125. "Autumn Goodbye" (1999) 124. "Rock Me In" (2008) 123. "Don't Cry" (2013) 122. "I'm So Curious" (1999) 121. "Up n' Down" (2011) 120. "Mmm Papi" (2008) One of the more controversial moments of the largely-vanilla ‘Circus’ given the theorised link to ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, "Mmm Papi" is a relentlessly-catchy (if not totally bonkers) song. 119. "Seal It with a Kiss" (2011) 118. "Let Me Be" (2001) 117. "Clumsy" (2016) 116. "Anticipating" (2001) 115. "Gasoline" (2011) 114. "Phonography" (2008) 113. "Brave New Girl" (2003) 112. "Lace and Leather" (2008) 111. "Before the Goodbye" (2001) 110. "Toy Soldier" (2007) One of the most interesting vocal points of ‘Blackout’, "Toy Soldier’s" dry drawl (“like them city boys from New Yawk”) and rousing beat are only slightly diminished by the less than adventurous production, especially in comparison with the rest of the album. 109. "Bombastic Love" (2001) 108. "Intimidated" (2001) 107. "Big Fat Bass" (featuring will.i.am) (2011) 106. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (2000) 105. "Get Back" (2007) 104. "Ooh Ooh Baby" (2007) 103. "When Your Eyes Say It" (2000) 102. "One Kiss from You" (2000) 101. "Don't Keep Me Waiting" (2011)   100-51   100. "Brightest Morning Star" (2013) ‘Britney Jean’ may well be remembered by fans as a disaster, but "Brightest Morning Star" proves that the album isn’t all bad – a song undoubtedly written for Spears’ children, it’s reminiscent of Madonna’s "Little Star" and the earnest, reverent lyrics are classic Britney songwriting. 99. "Out from Under" (2008) 98. "Soda Pop" (1999) 97. "Private Show" (2016)   96. "Passenger" (2013) 95. "Can't Make You Love Me" (2000) 94. "Shadow" (2003)   93. "Perfume" (2013) 92. "He About to Lose Me" (2011) 91. "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" (2004) 90. "What You Need" (2016) The closing track of the standard edition of Britney’s latest effort, "What You Need" represents the songstress at her most vocally adventurous in over a decade – the urgency of the track is both obvious and delightful. It’s a shame that the producers elected to use electronic rather than live instrumentation – a horn section could have taken "What You Need" to the next level. 89. "Criminal" (2011) 88. "Hold on Tight" (2013) 87. "Deep in My Heart" (1999) 86. "Just Like Me" (2016) 85. "Trouble for Me" (2011) 84. "Amnesia" (2008) 83. "Early Mornin'" (2003) 82. "What It's Like to Be Me" (2001) 81. "Shattered Glass" (2008) 80. "I Run Away" (2001) One of Britney’s most cruelly underrated bonus tracks, "I Run Away" is haunting, melodic and cinematic. Despite boasting a decidedly dated violin stem, "I Run Away" is still as emotive today as when it was first released. 79. "Trip to Your Heart" (2011) 78. "Liar" (2016)   77. "Perfect Lover" (2007)   76. "Outrageous" (2003) 75. "Where Are You Now" (2000) 74. "Invitation" (2016)   73. "Chaotic" (2005) 72. "Love Me Down" (2016) 71. "Hot as Ice" (2007) 70. "(I Got That) Boom Boom" (featuring Ying Yang Twins) (2003) ‘In The Zone’ represented a transition into musical experimentation for Spears and no track thought outside the pop-box quite like "Boom Boom". With a banjo solo, an absolutely banging beat and, of course, the inexplicable presence of The Ying Yang Twins, "(I Got That) Boom Boom" is still a gem. 69. "Hard to Forget Ya" (2016) 68. "Heaven on Earth" (2007) 67. “Mona Lisa” (2005) 66. “My Only Wish (This Year)” (2000) 65. "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" (1999) 64. "What U See (Is What U Get)" (2000) 63. “Over to You Now” (2005) 62. "The Answer" (2003) 61. "I Will Be There" (1999) 60. "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" (2001) Lifted from the Crossroads soundtrack, "I’m Not a Girl…" is the perfect symbol of teen-angst and melodrama, but was a decidedly less efficient attempt to age Britney, especially in comparison with the highlights of 2001’s ‘Britney’. It is, however, a Spears classic, not least of all for that key change. 59. "Now That I Found You" (2013) 58. "Do Somethin'" (2004) 57. "How I Roll" (2011) 56. "Kill the Lights" (2008) 55. "I Wanna Go" (2011) 54. "Radar" (2007 and 2008) 53. "Don't Go Knockin' on My Door" (2000) 52. "My Prerogative" (2004)   51. "Better" (2016)   50 - 11   50. "3" (2009) A seductive sonic invitation to the club, "3" features Britney’s characteristic blend of dance and ***. It’s about threesomes, but who cares? When "3" comes on, all you care about is the industrial beat and throbbing baseline. 49. "Girls and Boys" (2003) 48. "Boys" (2001) 47. "All That She Wants" (2001) 46. "If U Seek Amy" (2008) 45. "E-Mail My Heart" (1999) 44. “Someday (I Will Understand)” (2005) 43. "Lucky" (2000) 42. "Coupure Électrique" (2016) 41. "Freakshow" (2007) 40. "Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortés)" (2016) One of numerous moments during ‘Glory’ when Britney descends into a foreign tongue, "Change Your Mind" is one of the most melodically engaging tracks on ‘Glory’, which is saying something given how melodically interesting the album is. Rise Rosetta Stoneney, rise. 39. "Showdown" (2003) 38. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (2001) 37. "If I'm Dancing" (2016) 36. "Me Against the Music" (featuring Madonna) (2003) 35. "Break the Ice" (2007) 34. "Alien" (2013) 33. "Man on the Moon" (2016) 32. "Overprotected" (2001) 31. "Get Naked (I Got a Plan)" (2007) 30. "Cinderella" (2001) Absolute pop perfection, it’s still a travesty that "Cinderella" wasn’t released as a single – just imagine the video. The production is still as rousing as when it was released and the lyrics still as interesting, "Cinderella" is one of Britney’s most accomplished deep cuts.   29. "Mannequin" (2008)   28. "Sometimes" (1999)   27. "Slumber Party" (2016) 26. "The Hook Up" (2003) 25. "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" (2000) 24. "Hold It Against Me" (2011) 23. "Make Me..." (featuring G-Eazy) (2016) 22. "Do You Wanna Come Over?" (2016) 21. "Lonely" (2001) 20. "Touch of My Hand" (2003) The finest song about ************ since Divinyls’ "I Touch Myself", "Touch of My Hand" is an expert blend of sensuality and overt sexuality, orchestral instrumental and stuttering glitch pop. It’s also the most effective statement of womanhood that Spears had made up until the point when it was released. She certainly wasn’t a girl anymore. 19. "Till the World Ends" (2011) 18. "Born to Make You Happy" (1999) 17. "Inside Out" (2011) 16. "Work *****" (2013)   15. "Womanizer" (2008) 14. "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (1999) 13. "Unusual You" (2008) 12. "And Then We Kiss" (Junkie XL Remix) (2005) 11. "Stronger" (2000)   10 - 1   10. "Circus" (2008) The lead single that the album of the same name truly deserved, “Circus” is Britney at her finest. One of her most richly aesthetic singles, the track is expertly produced, simply but effectively written, and was responsible for the theme of Spears’ best-designed concert tour. 9. "Just Luv Me" (2016) Much like "Circus", "Just Luv Me" would have made a superb lead single – it’s the most unreserved and vulnerable Britney’s been in years, begging a potential suitor to “just love” her. The production is current without pandering, the lyrics are personal but relatable, the vocals are sultry and yet still adventurous. "Just Luv Me" is not only ‘Glory’s finest moment, but a career highlight for Britney. 8. "Oops!... I Did It Again" (2000) Let’s be real for a second - "…Baby One More Time" had all the makings of a one hit wonder. It was astronomically successful, resoundingly impactful and seemed to capture a moment in pop history; not always characteristics which make for longevity or a sustained career. "Oops!... I Did It Again" ensured that wouldn’t happen. With it’s ubiquitous sound, which built on but didn’t replicate "Baby", "Oops!" was the perfect follow up and has become almost as iconic as its predecessor. 7. "Breathe on Me" (2003) If "Touch of My Hand" captured the sensuality of a girl entering adulthood, "Breathe On Me" announced her arrival. Originally planned to be the fifth single released from ‘In The Zone’, "Breathe On Me" sexual liberation as only Britney Spears can express it. Immediate, unrelenting but fundamentally soft, the track is one of the best post-‘Erotica’ sexual anthems and it’s a cruel injustice that it never got a chance to take on the charts. 6. "Everytime" (2003) "Everytime", Britney Spears has since declared, was the first song she ever wrote. And what a way to start. The heart-breaking ballad about the guilt and pain that comes at the end of a relationship is hard enough to capture, but writing a response to Justin Timberlake’s "*********" "Cry Me a River" without sounding bitter or defensive is a feat that very few artists would have the humility or talent to pull off. Now, "Everytime" is about so much more than Britney’s first public break-up and is quite simply her finest ballad. 5. "I'm a Slave 4 U" (2001) Anyone who was a fan of Britney Spears in 2001 will never forget watching her emerge from a cage with a tiger before writhing with a six foot yellow python on the VMA stage, but "I’m a Slave 4 U" is a lot more than one of the most controversial performances of Britney’s career. It’s a song which was so relentlessly current, and yet sounded nothing like anything else on the radio at the time, and which continues to define the merge between pop and R&B, even fifteen years later. 4. "Piece of Me" (2007) The second single to be taken from Britney’s best album, ‘Blackout’, "Piece of Me" was a rare moment of total musical defiance from the superstar. Electing, more often than not, to omit her personal life from her albums, "Piece of Me" was a total shock to the listening public. Speaking of the total breakdown in her relationship with the press and the intense media scrutiny that she endured at that time, "Piece of Me" was a middle finger in the face of anyone who thought they could mess with her. 3. "Toxic" (2003) Arguably Britney’s biggest retrospective hit (despite not hitting number 1 in the US), "Toxic" is more often than not what people think of when they think of Britney Spears. Between the iconic video, the flawless Bloodshy & Avant production and Britney’s immaculately presented throaty vocals, "Toxic" made a mark on the pop landscape that Britney’s contemporaries could only dream about. Everyone who followed Britney’s lead, and the unique way she mixed EDM and pop, owes a debt to "Toxic". 2. "...Baby One More Time" (1998) The track that kicked this all off: "…Baby One More Time". Who’d have known in 1998 that this piece of bubble-gum pop would irrevocably change the landscape of modern music. "…Baby One More Time" is responsible for the 3:30 benchmark that pop music has since subscribed to, the stuttered repeat of a pre-verse hook, the replacement of a middle-8 with an altered, second chorus, not to mention the rise in young starlets jumping on a genre that had previously been reserved for boybands. "…Baby One More Time" is not only a defining moment for Britney Spears and ‘90s culture, but for pop music itself. 1. "Gimme More" (2007) "It’s Britney, *****." Try to find me a more iconic opening line in pop music, I dare you. In the world of Britney, 2007 may have been characterized by her personal troubles, but "Gimme More" reminded not only her fans, but the general public, that first and foremost, Britney wasn’t a tabloid icon but the best pop star of her generation. The forward thinking production, the skewed song structure and the smoothly designed double-entendre that sat at the center of the song all make "Gimme More" Britney Spears’ finest musical achievement. Let’s call a spade a spade here – it’s a damn good song. No matter what the track may have represented, or what it was placed in opposition to, there’s no denying that "Gimme More" is simply brilliant music. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the NEW comments below! And while you're at it... leave a comment and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
  2. If you're having trouble viewing this Stackerdecks post: Click Here The writing team at BreatheHeavy.com collectively decided what our Top 20 albums of 2016 were. Each editor submitted a score for every song, rating them 1-20, and the final results are a collective accumulation of that combined score. The list begins with #20. CLICK HERE TO RE-VISIT THE TOP 20 ALBUMS LIST.
  3. This is BRILLIANT. Jesus, I wish this was the album version.
  4. TOHT is most definitely my favourite Britney tour, I saw it at Wembley and it was one of the best shows I'd ever seen at that point. I do also really like DWAD, but didn't see it live because it didn't come to the UK (still bitter.) I can never really decide what my favourite tracks are, right now I'm in a Blackout phase, so I'm tempted to say Gimme More and Get Naked, but honestly it varies depending on what I'm listening to at the time. Everytime is almost always my favourite single though, I would straight up kill a man to hear her sing that live again.
  5. I think you need to either re-read the article or work on your reading comprehension, because it praises her for far more than 'the courage to perform', which I completely agree isn't enough on its own. I outline that her movement was at times strong, her engagement with the audience was the best we've seen since TOHT and that she was genuinely funny and entertaining. Not to mention the fantastic production. I also think you're woefully misinformed to the point of willfully ignorant if you believe her reputation is fading. Her most recent album is her best critically received record since Oops. The show last night got extremely positive reviews in the UK press - in fact, frankly, I think my article is the most negative assessment of the performance I've seen. Whether you think what she's doing is good enough and whether the critics and general public think what she's doing is good enough are two dramatically different things, and conflating them feels nonsensical. Look, do I agree with some of what you're saying? Yes, in a way. But do I think that this kind of melodrama is necessary? Absolutely not. There comes a point where you have to accept that this is what it is now, and make a decision as to whether she's still the kind of artist you want to support or not. Apologies if this reply seems overly combative, but this kind of endlessly negative thinking from Britney's fanbase is tiring, and when every single thread about her gets clogged up with hand wringing and complaining I'm left wondering what you're gaining from being in this fandom? Because messages like yours don't strike me as enjoyable to write.
  6. Aaron Butterfield reviews Britney Spears' first UK performance in five years. Britney Spears returns to London with a bang. There’s no denying that there was tension in the air before Britney Spears’ kicked off her first UK performance in five years at The Roundhouse in Camden last night. In an audience primarily comprised of superfans swapping stories about their pilgrimages to Vegas to see Britney: Piece of Me and how many copies of ‘Glory’ they gifted on iTunes, you couldn’t help but feel that everyone was very aware of how much rested on what they were about to watch. It’s likely fair to say that no performer who’s currently working has faced as much scrutiny and criticism as Britney Spears has in the past 18 years. The press and media have torn her down so many times that a list of their attacks against the now-34 year old mother of two would be almost impossible to compile. There’s certainly been a recent, dramatic shift in tone regarding Britney in the press (a product of good PR or guilt? You decide) but no one is more aware than her fans that the media’s newfound positivity towards Spears could change in a heartbeat. No one, perhaps, except Britney Spears herself, based on how hard she worked last night to put on a spectacular show. Re-imagining her current Vegas residency for the far more intimate space provided by The Roundhouse, Spears performed for almost an hour and a half, moving astutely through twenty two of her biggest hits, offering humour, grace, sensuality, sexuality and charm. There’s no denying that Britney: Piece of Me is a fantastic show, and her London audience seemed to respond to it every bit as enthusiastically as the hoards of people who come to see her in Vegas every year. Her team of dancers excelled themselves, and impressively, Spears did not stop moving for 85 minutes, handling a couple of technical issues with the speed of resolve of a seasoned professional. The show’s slight modifications for a smaller stage (including the absence of “Everytime” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”) did very little to dampen its impact, and, in fact, seeing the performance in such confined quarters emphasised how entertaining Britney is when she’s not even trying. It was arguably not the moments when the show excelled choreographically or when Britney was dancing the hardest which shone the brightest, but the quirks of her character that peaked out in her brief interactions with the crowd, complaining about being too hot and being glad that her performance of new single “Make Me…” was over (?!). Britney is still an extremely competent dancer but she performs best with her face, not her body. The songs that she injected her personality into, greatest hits cut “Do Somethin’” and signature track “Piece of Me” being the best examples, were among the greatest moments of the show. The Roundhouse holds 3,000 fewer people than The AXIS at Planet Hollywood and it felt like Britney enjoyed being in closer proximity to the crowd than she is at home, frequently engaging with her audience in a way that isn’t typical for the sometimes detached superstar. The show’s opening and closing segments were likely its most successful, although the crowd appeared to stay with the performance, even during the middle of the set when it felt like the energy on stage was dipping. What’s interesting is that the aspects of the show we may have expected to be undeniable highlights (“...Baby One More Time”, “I’m a Slave 4 U”) paled in comparison to the more expressive and less rigidly choreographed performances. It has to be said, though, that the show works not only as a collection of individual performances, but as a whole body of work, hitting the high notes of Spears’ tenure as a popstar whilst including enough album tracks (as well known as they may be) to keep it from feeling overly predictable. Ultimately, however, there are two main criticisms to be made of what was a fundamentally fantastic pop event. First and foremost, the vocals, or more specifically lack-thereof. We have all long since accepted that Britney Spears does not sing live and frankly, her performance has regained a finesse which makes that an easy sacrifice to swallow for the sake of maintaining her confidence and comfort. However, the act of lipsyncing is essentially an act of illusion - we, as an audience, are being asked to suspend our disbelief and buy into the myth that she might be singing live. That is incredibly difficult when we are still listening to vocal parts recorded in 1998. Pre-recording the entire performance would admittedly not be a small job, but the show we saw last night has, for all intents and purposes, now been running for three years, and as such a week in the studio feels like a small price to pay for a touch that would undoubtedly make the performance feel infinitely more polished. The second key issue is that much of the old material no longer seems to excite Britney. By and far the weakest moment of the show was the second section, featuring “...Baby One More Time” and “Oops!... I Did it Again”. Whether it was the styling issues that affected her enthusiasm (she rearranged her hair no fewer than 7,412 times in 90 minutes) we may never know, but the star of the show did not seem engaged or interested in her classic material. And all things considered, that’s okay. One of the undeniable highlights of the show was ‘Blackout’ deep cut, “Freakshow”, and in fact many of the strongest, most entertaining moments came in the form of tracks which weren’t hit singles but Spears appeared to enjoy more than her most iconic moments (see also: “Breathe On Me”). Moreover, the points at which the crowd and Britney felt most connected were during her new material. Promotional single “Do You Wanna Come Over?” received arguably the warmest reception from the audience (with the possible exception of “Toxic” and “Gimme More”) and makes a strong case for her abandoning some of the classics in favour of a setlist which more heavily relies on her exceptional ninth studio album, ‘Glory’. There’s something uncomfortable about an artist who clearly has little love left for her older material performing ad nauseum what is essentially a greatest hits show, and it’s indicative of the habit that Team Spears have of misguidedly positioning her as a throwback artist, rather than a heavyweight who can still go toe-to-toe with the talent of the day. In her pre-show interview with Beats1, Britney revealed that one of her inspirations in creating ‘Glory’ was Selena Gomez’s ‘Revival’ - a fair enough comment since ‘Revival’ is a great album, but ‘Glory’ is by far the superior record. Yet most of the general public wouldn’t perceive the comparison that way simply because they haven’t listened to ‘Glory’, and after last night they have no reason to. The Apple Music Festival is far more likely to boost the sales of Spears’ numerous greatest hits collections than it is her most recent studio album, and given the quality of her output this year, that feels like a damn shame. However, all in all, last night was a triumph for Britney Spears. There may have been tension in the air before the show started but as everyone was leaving, there was a sense of jubilation. Her return to London after five years marked her best show in the city since 2004, and that’s not something that can go uncelebrated. Is there still room for improvement? Yes, certainly. But the changes that need to be made to elevate the show from very good to excellent are reasonably minor in the grand scheme of things. When it comes to Britney there’s always a temptation to grade on a curve. We compare her not to her peers but to the past iterations of herself. Was the show better than The Onyx Hotel Tour? (No.) Was it better than Circus? (Yes.) Or Femme Fatale? (Emphatically yes.) But perhaps those aren’t the pertinent questions to ask anymore. If we want Britney Spears to truly be considered a force in the music industry, it’s time to start thinking of her as independant of her previous reinventions. If her latest role is that of Vegas showgirl, the Apple Music Festival proved that it’s a role she fulfills marvelously.
  7. From "...Baby One More Time" to "Coupure Électrique", this is every Britney Spears song ranked. An attempt to rank every single Britney Spears song in order of merit. Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly published an article entitled “Every Britney Spears song, ranked” in which they systematically rated every Britney Spears song (including bonus tracks and b-sides) in order of preference. The list was, um, an interesting read, although here at BreatheHeavy we found ourselves agreeing with almost none of it. So I, the fool that I am, volunteered to attempt to put together a counter-list from the perspective of a self-described Britney Spears stan. It wasn’t an easy task. Britney has a startling iconic discography and sorting through it in the hopes of compiling some sort of arbitrary list of preference was, frankly, a lot harder than I anticipated. How do you sort through 156 songs effectively and efficiently? How do you compare tracks written and released in 1998 to those created in 2016? How do you choose between songs that have punctuated your childhood, defined your teenage years and mapped the beginning of your adult life? Honestly, I still don’t really know the answer to any of these questions, but here it is, in all of its glory (wink, wink), ranked from best to worst, a list of every officially released Britney Spears song.   156 - 101   156. "It Should Be Easy" (featuring will.i.am) (2013) ‘Britney Jean’ is a dark spot on an otherwise flawless discography and "It Should Be Easy" is the album’s lowest moment. Senseless lyrics and excessive vocal effects (not to mention the entirely unwelcome presence of will.i.am) mean that if there was a scale from one to ten our hatred for this song is a million billion. 155. "Body Ache" (2013) 154. "Tik Tik Boom" (featuring T.I.) (2013) 153. "Pretty Girls" (featuring Iggy Azalea) (2015) 152. "Ooh La La" (2013) 151. "My Baby" (2008) 150. "Chillin' with You" (featuring Jamie Lynn) (2013) An obvious example of the infamous ‘ghost vocalist’ that plagued ‘Britney Jean’, “Chillin’ with You” is one of the most underwhelming moments of Britney’s career, especially considering the much-anticipated presence of younger sister, Jamie Lynn. 149. "Walk On By" (2000) 148. "That's Where You Take Me" (2001) 147. "I Will Still Love You" (with Don Philip) (1999) 146. "You Got It All" (2000) 145. "(Drop Dead) Beautiful" (featuring Sabi) (2011) 144. "I'll Never Stop Loving You" (1999) 143. "The Beat Goes On" (1999) 142. "Blur" (2008) 141. "Why Should I Be Sad" (2007) 140. "Everybody" (2007) The Eurythmics sample that the world didn’t know it needed. Despite being a legitimate bop, "Everybody" doesn’t measure up to the brilliance of the rest of ‘Blackout’. 139. "When I Found You" (2001) 138. "Right Now (Taste the Victory)" (2002) 137. "Til It's Gone" (2013) 136. "Heart" (2000) 135. "Scary" (2011) 134. "Quicksand" (2008) 133. "Trouble" (2008) 132. "Girl in the Mirror" (2000) 131. "Rock Boy" (2008) 130. "Don't Hang Up" (2003) One of Britney’s numerous glorious odes to phonesex, "Don’t Hang Up" was relegated to bonus track material on her fourth album, ‘In The Zone’. It’s easy to see why – the track isn’t as infectious or immediate as the main body of the album. 129. "Outta This World" (2007) 128. "Thinkin' About You" (1999) 127. "Dear Diary" (2000) 126. "Selfish" (2011) 125. "Autumn Goodbye" (1999) 124. "Rock Me In" (2008) 123. "Don't Cry" (2013) 122. "I'm So Curious" (1999) 121. "Up n' Down" (2011) 120. "Mmm Papi" (2008) One of the more controversial moments of the largely-vanilla ‘Circus’ given the theorised link to ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, "Mmm Papi" is a relentlessly-catchy (if not totally bonkers) song. 119. "Seal It with a Kiss" (2011) 118. "Let Me Be" (2001) 117. "Clumsy" (2016) 116. "Anticipating" (2001) 115. "Gasoline" (2011) 114. "Phonography" (2008) 113. "Brave New Girl" (2003) 112. "Lace and Leather" (2008) 111. "Before the Goodbye" (2001) 110. "Toy Soldier" (2007) One of the most interesting vocal points of ‘Blackout’, "Toy Soldier’s" dry drawl (“like them city boys from New Yawk”) and rousing beat are only slightly diminished by the less than adventurous production, especially in comparison with the rest of the album. 109. "Bombastic Love" (2001) 108. "Intimidated" (2001) 107. "Big Fat Bass" (featuring will.i.am) (2011) 106. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (2000) 105. "Get Back" (2007) 104. "Ooh Ooh Baby" (2007) 103. "When Your Eyes Say It" (2000) 102. "One Kiss from You" (2000) 101. "Don't Keep Me Waiting" (2011)   100-51   100. "Brightest Morning Star" (2013) ‘Britney Jean’ may well be remembered by fans as a disaster, but "Brightest Morning Star" proves that the album isn’t all bad – a song undoubtedly written for Spears’ children, it’s reminiscent of Madonna’s "Little Star" and the earnest, reverent lyrics are classic Britney songwriting. 99. "Out from Under" (2008) 98. "Soda Pop" (1999) 97. "Private Show" (2016) 96. "Passenger" (2013) 95. "Can't Make You Love Me" (2000) 94. "Shadow" (2003) 93. "Perfume" (2013) 92. "He About to Lose Me" (2011) 91. "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" (2004) 90. "What You Need" (2016) The closing track of the standard edition of Britney’s latest effort, "What You Need" represents the songstress at her most vocally adventurous in over a decade – the urgency of the track is both obvious and delightful. It’s a shame that the producers elected to use electronic rather than live instrumentation – a horn section could have taken "What You Need" to the next level. 89. "Criminal" (2011) 88. "Hold on Tight" (2013) 87. "Deep in My Heart" (1999) 86. "Just Like Me" (2016) 85. "Trouble for Me" (2011) 84. "Amnesia" (2008) 83. "Early Mornin'" (2003) 82. "What It's Like to Be Me" (2001) 81. "Shattered Glass" (2008) 80. "I Run Away" (2001) One of Britney’s most cruelly underrated bonus tracks, "I Run Away" is haunting, melodic and cinematic. Despite boasting a decidedly dated violin stem, "I Run Away" is still as emotive today as when it was first released. 79. "Trip to Your Heart" (2011) 78. "Liar" (2016) 77. "Perfect Lover" (2007) 76. "Outrageous" (2003) 75. "Where Are You Now" (2000) 74. "Invitation" (2016) 73. "Chaotic" (2005) 72. "Love Me Down" (2016) 71. "Hot as Ice" (2007) 70. "(I Got That) Boom Boom" (featuring Ying Yang Twins) (2003) ‘In The Zone’ represented a transition into musical experimentation for Spears and no track thought outside the pop-box quite like "Boom Boom". With a banjo solo, an absolutely banging beat and, of course, the inexplicable presence of The Ying Yang Twins, "(I Got That) Boom Boom" is still a gem. 69. "Hard to Forget Ya" (2016) 68. "Heaven on Earth" (2007) 67. “Mona Lisa” (2005) 66. “My Only Wish (This Year)” (2000) 65. "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" (1999) 64. "What U See (Is What U Get)" (2000) 63. “Over to You Now” (2005) 62. "The Answer" (2003) 61. "I Will Be There" (1999) 60. "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" (2001) Lifted from the Crossroads soundtrack, "I’m Not a Girl…" is the perfect symbol of teen-angst and melodrama, but was a decidedly less efficient attempt to age Britney, especially in comparison with the highlights of 2001’s ‘Britney’. It is, however, a Spears classic, not least of all for that key change. 59. "Now That I Found You" (2013) 58. "Do Somethin'" (2004) 57. "How I Roll" (2011) 56. "Kill the Lights" (2008) 55. "I Wanna Go" (2011) 54. "Radar" (2007 and 2008) 53. "Don't Go Knockin' on My Door" (2000) 52. "My Prerogative" (2004) 51. "Better" (2016)   50 - 11   50. "3" (2009) A seductive sonic invitation to the club, "3" features Britney’s characteristic blend of dance and ***. It’s about threesomes, but who cares? When "3" comes on, all you care about is the industrial beat and throbbing baseline. 49. "Girls and Boys" (2003) 48. "Boys" (2001) 47. "All That She Wants" (2001) 46. "If U Seek Amy" (2008) 45. "E-Mail My Heart" (1999) 44. “Someday (I Will Understand)” (2005) 43. "Lucky" (2000) 42. "Coupure Électrique" (2016) 41. "Freakshow" (2007) 40. "Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortés)" (2016) One of numerous moments during ‘Glory’ when Britney descends into a foreign tongue, "Change Your Mind" is one of the most melodically engaging tracks on ‘Glory’, which is saying something given how melodically interesting the album is. Rise Rosetta Stoneney, rise. 39. "Showdown" (2003) 38. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (2001) 37. "If I'm Dancing" (2016) 36. "Me Against the Music" (featuring Madonna) (2003) 35. "Break the Ice" (2007) 34. "Alien" (2013) 33. "Man on the Moon" (2016) 32. "Overprotected" (2001) 31. "Get Naked (I Got a Plan)" (2007) 30. "Cinderella" (2001) Absolute pop perfection, it’s still a travesty that "Cinderella" wasn’t released as a single – just imagine the video. The production is still as rousing as when it was released and the lyrics still as interesting, "Cinderella" is one of Britney’s most accomplished deep cuts. 29. "Mannequin" (2008) 28. "Sometimes" (1999) 27. "Slumber Party" (2016) 26. "The Hook Up" (2003) 25. "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" (2000) 24. "Hold It Against Me" (2011) 23. "Make Me..." (featuring G-Eazy) (2016) 22. "Do You Wanna Come Over?" (2016) 21. "Lonely" (2001) 20. "Touch of My Hand" (2003) The finest song about ************ since Divinyls’ "I Touch Myself", "Touch of My Hand" is an expert blend of sensuality and overt sexuality, orchestral instrumental and stuttering glitch pop. It’s also the most effective statement of womanhood that Spears had made up until the point when it was released. She certainly wasn’t a girl anymore. 19. "Till the World Ends" (2011) 18. "Born to Make You Happy" (1999) 17. "Inside Out" (2011) 16. "Work *****" (2013) 15. "Womanizer" (2008) 14. "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (1999) 13. "Unusual You" (2008) 12. "And Then We Kiss" (Junkie XL Remix) (2005) 11. "Stronger" (2000)   10 - 1   10. "Circus" (2008) The lead single that the album of the same name truly deserved, “Circus” is Britney at her finest. One of her most richly aesthetic singles, the track is expertly produced, simply but effectively written, and was responsible for the theme of Spears’ best-designed concert tour. 9. "Just Luv Me" (2016) Much like "Circus", "Just Luv Me" would have made a superb lead single – it’s the most unreserved and vulnerable Britney’s been in years, begging a potential suitor to “just love” her. The production is current without pandering, the lyrics are personal but relatable, the vocals are sultry and yet still adventurous. "Just Luv Me" is not only ‘Glory’s finest moment, but a career highlight for Britney. 8. "Oops!... I Did It Again" (2000) Let’s be real for a second - "…Baby One More Time" had all the makings of a one hit wonder. It was astronomically successful, resoundingly impactful and seemed to capture a moment in pop history; not always characteristics which make for longevity or a sustained career. "Oops!... I Did It Again" ensured that wouldn’t happen. With it’s ubiquitous sound, which built on but didn’t replicate "Baby", "Oops!" was the perfect follow up and has become almost as iconic as its predecessor. 7. "Breathe on Me" (2003) If "Touch of My Hand" captured the sensuality of a girl entering adulthood, "Breathe On Me" announced her arrival. Originally planned to be the fifth single released from ‘In The Zone’, "Breathe On Me" sexual liberation as only Britney Spears can express it. Immediate, unrelenting but fundamentally soft, the track is one of the best post-‘Erotica’ sexual anthems and it’s a cruel injustice that it never got a chance to take on the charts. 6. "Everytime" (2003) "Everytime", Britney Spears has since declared, was the first song she ever wrote. And what a way to start. The heart-breaking ballad about the guilt and pain that comes at the end of a relationship is hard enough to capture, but writing a response to Justin Timberlake’s "*********" "Cry Me a River" without sounding bitter or defensive is a feat that very few artists would have the humility or talent to pull off. Now, "Everytime" is about so much more than Britney’s first public break-up and is quite simply her finest ballad. 5. "I'm a Slave 4 U" (2001) Anyone who was a fan of Britney Spears in 2001 will never forget watching her emerge from a cage with a tiger before writhing with a six foot yellow python on the VMA stage, but "I’m a Slave 4 U" is a lot more than one of the most controversial performances of Britney’s career. It’s a song which was so relentlessly current, and yet sounded nothing like anything else on the radio at the time, and which continues to define the merge between pop and R&B, even fifteen years later. 4. "Piece of Me" (2007) The second single to be taken from Britney’s best album, ‘Blackout’, "Piece of Me" was a rare moment of total musical defiance from the superstar. Electing, more often than not, to omit her personal life from her albums, "Piece of Me" was a total shock to the listening public. Speaking of the total breakdown in her relationship with the press and the intense media scrutiny that she endured at that time, "Piece of Me" was a middle finger in the face of anyone who thought they could mess with her. 3. "Toxic" (2003) Arguably Britney’s biggest retrospective hit (despite not hitting number 1 in the US), "Toxic" is more often than not what people think of when they think of Britney Spears. Between the iconic video, the flawless Bloodshy & Avant production and Britney’s immaculately presented throaty vocals, "Toxic" made a mark on the pop landscape that Britney’s contemporaries could only dream about. Everyone who followed Britney’s lead, and the unique way she mixed EDM and pop, owes a debt to "Toxic". 2. "...Baby One More Time" (1998) The track that kicked this all off: "…Baby One More Time". Who’d have known in 1998 that this piece of bubble-gum pop would irrevocably change the landscape of modern music. "…Baby One More Time" is responsible for the 3:30 benchmark that pop music has since subscribed to, the stuttered repeat of a pre-verse hook, the replacement of a middle-8 with an altered, second chorus, not to mention the rise in young starlets jumping on a genre that had previously been reserved for boybands. "…Baby One More Time" is not only a defining moment for Britney Spears and ‘90s culture, but for pop music itself. 1. "Gimme More" (2007) "It’s Britney, *****." Try to find me a more iconic opening line in pop music, I dare you. In the world of Britney, 2007 may have been characterized by her personal troubles, but "Gimme More" reminded not only her fans, but the general public, that first and foremost, Britney wasn’t a tabloid icon but the best pop star of her generation. The forward thinking production, the skewed song structure and the smoothly designed double-entendre that sat at the center of the song all make "Gimme More" Britney Spears’ finest musical achievement. Let’s call a spade a spade here – it’s a damn good song. No matter what the track may have represented, or what it was placed in opposition to, there’s no denying that "Gimme More" is simply brilliant music. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in Exhale. And while you're at it... leave a comment and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
  8. If you have an Apple Music subscription you can watch it in real time, if not I think you can watch it after, but again you've got to have an Apple subscription (as far as I know, don't bookmark me.)
  9. But I have to applaud you for baiting the larries and if your not please realizethat this Larry shipper stuff is a cult I was in it up until Lours confirmed on gma this one blog on Tumblr http://hiddensymposiarch.tumblr.com

    Used to be a big Larry blog up until a couple of months beforethe pregnancy was announced and once she said she didn't believe all of her friends on Tumblr started to hate on her just ask yourself they started to block her and stop talking to her this other blog http://allegedlymags.tumblr.com/post/138231253625/okay-i-dont-think-there-is-a-way-for-me-to-sum got hate for saying this see look for your self http://popfan4ever.tumblr.com/post/138233409776/saltygoodness-i-cant-believe-what-im-seeing http://bethaboolou.tumblr.com/post/138233884350/legohousedea-some-of-you-have-so-much-influence

    So yeah it may seem fun now but if it's confirmed that the baby is his and you write a article about it and are happy for him prep to be sent hate and to be called names by people your age and younger

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    2. Lilly1234

      Because he only writing it because Larry shippers are the only ones who think it's a fake baby

    3. Lilly1234

      And he eve said on twitter he has discovered Larry 

    4. fernada

      idk it feels like you are just bringing your tumblr drama on here ? 

  10. 1. 1beachgirlxo is Briana Jungwirth's mom, not cousin.

    2. You are using screen caps from a random update account as proof louis was out clubbing the night his son was born. It's pure speculation. There are no photos of him. Don't you think it's a little weird that SO many people would see him out in WeHo and not 1 single picture would surface?

    3. Baby bumps move. Especially during the later months of pregnancy. Babies are active. They move, they kick, they can completely turn around in the womb. Also please show where her bump disappeared? In the pic from Halloween? It's a picture straight on and she is a very slim girl + she's wearing all black.

    4. Private property means absolutely nothing to paparazzi. This is LA. And the lenses they use can capture detailed pictures from 100s of feet away. 

    5. Medical professionals who wish to remain anonymous? Are you serious. Please, please take the time to google 1 week post partum and look at the variety of bodies.

    6. Those two photos are of the same person, at the same time in his life, at the same angle. Of course they are going to look similar. And no they aren't identical. But I guess they just photoshopped in some inconsistencies just to make it seem more believable. How do you explain the photo with his mother? The two photos of the baby with his great grandmother? You do realize what exactly you're implying here correct? That someone (and you know who that someone is) is lending out their child. Their newborns. You are dragging innocent children into this fever dream that that special group of 1D fans have constructed out of nothing.

    Have you ever thought maybe Louis and Briana are keeping things to themselves because there is a certain sect of their fanbase that is certifiable? Louis is well aware of how they treat and harass his family his girlfriends. They believed his last girlfriend was actually a set of triplets that were contractually obligated to date him. What does that tell you about the people you are receiving your information from? I can't believe their BS conspiracy theories have seeped into mainstream media. This isn't journalism. It's not even factually correct.

    Maybe you should ask yourself this. Why are we, random people on the internet, entitled to all of this information? Do I need to know his child's weight, height, etc. No. And neither do you.

  11. Oh if you just want a sum up here look at this:http://blackbutterflytattoo.tumblr.com/post/138040424702/according-to-the-larries
    Hi I'm a fan of one direction since the vary begin and u would like to say that the article you wrote about the Fandom thinking Louis baby is fake is not true only the larries think the baby is fake and they belive Louis and Harry are in a relationship and have been mean manipulative and I'm not sure if you know but to them this is a serious thing and I know your just using them for hit but please stop these group of fans have made a cult out of a cute ship and these "fans" you have been talking to mist of them are oarents spreading hate on a innocent girl and her baby and spread false info on child birth here is some evidence click on links please :
    http://blackbutterflytattoo.tumblr.com/post/138170993802/ok-but-if-its-confirmed-what-are-you-going-to
    http://vansgucci.tumblr.com/post/138150999335/cougardirectioner-anitasundays-vansgucci
    http://thelarrative.tumblr.com/post/138223025087/thatgaptoothedbitch-mvpzanye
    http://nameslessscartlett.tumblr.com/post/138234572193/mean-vs-not-mean
    http://tellmethisisnotlove.tumblr.com/post/138234256149/bethaboolou-let-me-just-say-no-picture-will
    http://blackbutterflytattoo.tumblr.com/post/138155982227/nonaestheticangie-literalbullshit-how-is
    http://blackbutterflytattoo.tumblr.com/post/138300569617/ive-been-searching-birth-records-too-and-there-is
    Oh and FYI these "fans" your about to manipulate and then drop them once your Don believe that build-a-bears are sending message about their Louis and Harry relationship here: http://blackbutterflytattoo.tumblr.com/post/138089734517/bearing-the-truth
    P.s. they have been rude to this Fandom and won't own up and will pull the victim card they aren't here for the band only for Louis and Harry and if you say something bad about Louis and Harry they will send you hate but if you say something bad about Liam they won't bat an eyelash http://blackbutterflytattoo.tumblr.com/post/138221724157/whats-gaslighting-sorry-i-dont-know

     
     
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