I’m pretty sure Britney Spears was the first person I ever fell in love with.
It was love at first sight; the catchy pop songs, the midriff and the dances that I spent hours in my room attempting to replicate. She was everything to me and to be honest, not much has changed since then. I still find myself in awe of the wonder that is Britney Spears, which is why I jumped at the chance to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of her album, Oops! … I Did It Again.
The “… Baby One More Time” music video had already ensured Britney Spears to be the main topic of conversation in the music world, so her sophomore album needed to make a monumental impact. Upon its release, Oops! … I Did It Again debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album also broke the record for most albums sold in one week by a female artist with 1,319,000 copies sold. (A record that wouldn’t be broken until Adele released 25.)
The fact that it was record-breaking wasn’t the only reason why Britney’s sophomore album became such a staple in her career. The songs themselves elevated Britney’s contribution to the music industry. In this album she began to experiment with R&B, her lyrics felt a lot more intimate and the ballads on this album were some of the most heartbreaking of her entire career. The impact of the album was not limited to the songs though, because their music videos had an entire life of their own.
We all know the red latex catsuit, we’ve recited the skit in the middle of the “Oops! … I Did It Again” music video, we all know the iconic Titanic reference and we’ve watched MTV’s Making the Video enough times to know the intricacies that went into the now iconic first music video of her second album. This music video, specifically, has been able to stand the test of time.
Now remember, this was back when we anticipated music video releases and their MTV premier was a thing to look forward to. Unfortunately the art of a music video often feels lost nowadays but at least we still have Britney’s gem to rewatch over and over again.
Gems like “Stronger”, which may just be my favorite music video from her. Not only could “Stronger” be considered her sexiest music video but she dances with a chair and sings in the rain sooo a win for all of us. Before “Stronger”, along came the under appreciated (but apparently) absolutely beloved, “Lucky”.
About a month ago I asked my Instagram followers for their favorite Britney Spears song and the most popular response was “Lucky”. While also a fan, I still found myself surprised that so many people seemed to love it.
The “Lucky” music video was visually stunning but the lyrics may just be where the magic is. A song about a successful actress who still finds herself extremely alone it almost feels a bit autobiographical.
She’s so lucky, she’s a star
But she cry, cry, cries in her lonely heart, thinking
If there’s nothing missing in my life
Then why do these tears come at night?
When I was growing up, Britney Spears was considered the anti-rolemodel. The midriff constantly in display, the forsaken belly-button ring and her suggestive lyrics- according to the media (and my Mexican parents)- all made her the last person you wanted influencing your kids. Yet, as a 30-year-old woman, who was vehemently followed Britney’s career, I feel extreme inspiration to see what she has been able to accomplish. Britney Spears is resilient as hell and I won’t hear anyone saying otherwise.
So happy 20th Oops! … I Did It Again, thank you for being the soundtrack to my teen angst may the younger generation discover you and love you just as much as I have.