Flash back Friday: Britney Spears – Baby One More Time (1999)

20 years since this jam debuted and it still bangs in my head every time it comes on…

Baby One More Time was released on January 12th, 1999 by American singer Britney Spears and for the most part, the single undoubtedly changed how music sounded. Although Backstreet Boys and NSYNC were already serving us hits with mainstream pop, Britney’s robot-disco dance defined a generation of teen pop music.

Spears who was just 17 at the time, became world’s most famous teenager as her album with the same name ( Baby One More Time ) reached number one on the Billboard in at least 18 countries. The song is one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 25 million copies sold. It was written by Max Martin and produced by Martin and Rami.

An accompanying music video, directed by Nigel Dick, portrays Spears as a student from a Catholic high school, who starts to daydream that she is singing and dancing around the school while watching her love interest from afar.

In 2010, the music video for the single was voted the third most influential video in the history of pop music, in a poll held by Jam. In 2011, “Baby One More Time” was voted by Billboard as the best music video of the 1990s. It has been featured on all of her greatest hits and other compilation albums.

Spears has performed the single in a number of live appearances and during all of her concert tours. She even named the song as one of her favourite songs from her career.

Below is the lyrics to the classic;

Oh, baby, baby
Oh, baby, baby

Oh, baby, baby
How was I supposed to know
That something wasn’t right here?
Oh, baby, baby
I shouldn’t have let you go
And now you’re out of sight, yeah

Show me how you want it to be
Tell me, baby
‘Cause I need to know now, oh, because

My loneliness
Is killing me and I
I must confess
I still believe, still believe
When I’m not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me, baby, one more time

Oh, baby, baby
The reason I breathe is you
Boy, you got me blinded
Oh, pretty baby
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
It’s not the way I planned it

Show me how you want it to be
Tell me, baby
‘Cause I need to know now, oh, because

My loneliness
Is killing me and I
I must confess
I still believe, still believe
When I’m not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me, baby, one more time

Oh, baby, baby
Oh, baby, baby
Ah, yeah, yeah

Oh, baby, baby
How was I supposed to know?
Oh, pretty baby
I shouldn’t have let you go

I must confess
That my loneliness
Is killing me now
Don’t you know I still believe
That you will be here
And give me a sign?
Hit me, baby, one more time

My loneliness
Is killing me and I
I must confess
I still believe, still believe
When I’m not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me, baby, one more time

I must confess
That my loneliness
Is killing me now
Don’t you know I still believe
That you will be here
And give me a sign?
Hit me, baby, one more time

Listen to the song below;

You can also watch the video below;

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