‘Probably the most innovative songs in the world’: Britney Spears’ ‘Hit me baby one more time’ by Lesley Anne Gundy

February 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm 1 comment

Ok ok, before you all let out a collective groan at my song choice, let me explain. And for all of you who get it, kudos!

One of the most popular and best-selling tracks of all time, this song put Britney on the map and garnered her a Grammy nomination. Emerging from a time dominated by grunge rock and gangsta rap, the late 90s can be summed up in one word: pop. This song embodies the time and provides an escape, giving us senseless lyrics we all unquestioningly sing and a beat we can mindlessly tap out feet to. It undoubtably pushed forward the pop machine.

While the Spice Girls paved the way for girl groups in the late 90s, Britney opened the door for pop singers we still know and love (or hate) today, like Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson. While many of these singers have definitely changed their sound and shed their girl-next-door  images, they all started out from the Britney mould. Furthermore, Britney’s romance with Justin Timberlake helped catapult him into super stardom and gave him lots of material for his solo debut album, ‘Justified’.

Where would we be without Britney Spears, all of the artists that followed her 1998 hit and the Britney episode of Glee? It would be a dark, dark world that I don’t even want to imagine.

Listen to ‘Hit me baby one more time’ on the ‘probably the most innovative songs in the world’ playlist and send us your suggestions or add them to the playlist as we’ve made it collaborative.  You can also watch the video on YouTube.

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Entry filed under: Just for fun, Most innovative songs in the world.

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