On this day in 1999, the then-unknown Britney Spears released her debut album, …Baby One More Time. Twenty-one years later, we’re still seeing its impact on the pop industry.
Who knew that when a teenage-Spears left the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and burst onto the music scene that she would become the most iconic pop-star of recent history.
The album deserves nothing short of legendary-status. The 12-track LP is home to the bubblegum-pop smashes “(You Drive Me) Crazy”, “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart“, “Born to Make You Happy“, “Sometimes” and of course, the catchiest song of all time, “…Baby One More Time”. Not to mention the not-at-all dated song-title “Email My Heart”. The ‘90s were a weird time, man.
The breakout single “…Baby One More Time” ultimately gave Ms. Spears a platform to become the pop queen she now is. Racking up number ones in three separate decades, Britney’s first album gave us such a high benchmark of pop music, fans were subsequently shocked at her ability to continuously improve with hits like “Toxic”, “Gimmie More” and “Till The World Ends”.
Who knew that a TLC throwaway single would become the iconic Britney song we all know and love?!
But, what this album showed more than anything else, was that there was a need and a demand for pure, bubblegum pop in the 90’s music industry.
We’re talking about a time period where angsty-rock was at its peak. Britney was the voice that so many people yearned to hear and she paved the way for so many artists debuting in the years after.
As the millennium began, teen-pop dominated pop culture. MTV’s TRL was all anyone could talk about, boybands were competing for your hearts and at the core of it all, was the princess of pop herself, Britney Spears.
And so, we would like to wish a happy 21st to …Baby One More Time, the album that gave us all the iconic karaoke hits and launched the career of our fave pop-star.
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