Fave 5 - Britney Spears Albums (pre-"Circus")

Britney Spears’s 6th studio album, “Circus”, was released Tuesday, and I have to admit, I’m pretty damn excited about it. I’ve already listened to it multiple times, but it’s still too early to say where it falls in my favorite Britney albums. Still, now’s as good a time as any to rank my Fave 5 Britney albums before “Circus” (since there have only been 5).

5. In The Zone
For me, this album amounts to “Toxic” and not much else. “Me Against the Music” is solid. “Outrageous” is decent. But this album has way too many down moments to be considered an all-timer.

4. Baby One More Time
This kind of surprises me, but let’s be honest. Britney’s debut has 5 great singles, and 6 filler songs. Plus, “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” and the album version of “Crazy” don’t hold up very well through the years.

3. Oops! I Did It Again
The singles aren’t as strong as “Baby One More Time”, but the non-singles are considerably better. Plus, “Oops!... I Did It Again” is probably my most-played Britney song of all-time, and “Lucky” is my go-to fun/sad Britney song

2. Blackout
There are only 3 real superstar singles on this album, but as a whole, it’s great from start to finish. I can listen to it without skipping a song through the first 11 tracks (“Why Should I Be Sad?”, the last track of the album, isn’t great).

1. Britney
This was the album when Britney matured from a teen idol to a true superstar. “I’m A Slave 4 U” is my favorite Britney song of all-time, by far. Add in “Overprotected”, “Lonely”, “Boys”, “Cinderella”, “Let Me Be” and I can listen to this album over and over again.