Ranking All 103 Britney Spears Songs: #1-20

After four days, we’ve finally reached the moment of truth. Here they are, my top 20 Britney Spears songs of all-time.

20. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” (“...Baby One More Time”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 10
Truth is, I goofed up when I made this list. I probably should have ranked the album version of this song and the popular “Stop Remix” separately. But I didn’t. If I did, the album version would have been in the 30s or so.

19. “Boys” (“Britney”)
As you’ll see shortly, I did rank this one separately from its remix. I’m a big fan of the bridge on this one. It has kind of a Broadway musical feel to it.

18. “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” (“...Baby One More Time”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 14
I never imagined this song would have the kind of staying power it did with me, but here we are 10 years later, and I still love it.

17. “Lucky” (“Oops!... I Did It Again”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 23
There have definitely been times in my life where I could relate to the words of this song. I still have “If there’s nothing missing in my life then why do these tears come at night” as an Away message option in iChat.

16. “Kill the Lights” (“Circus”)
Back when I first reviewed “Circus”, I knocked this song for the little opening speech from Danja, but I actually kind of like it now, and the song is just incredible. I wish Britney would perform it on tour.

15. “My Only Wish (This Year)” (“Platinum Christmas”)
This is one of two Christmas songs I will listen to year-round (the other being Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”).

14. “Boys (Co-Ed Remix)” (“Greatest Hits: My Prerogative”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 122
This song drops the bridge from the original, but replaces it with a slick verse from Pharrell. I would love to see him make a random guest appearance at a concert one of these days.

13. “Breathe on Me” (“In The Zone”)
Britney’s performance of this song has always been one of the highlights of her current tour for me. It’s definitely helped move this song up the rankings in the last six months.

12. “Womanizer” (“Circus”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 1
Somehow this has fallen to my third-favorite song off this album. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it (it is still No. 12 overall), but it really speaks to the strength of “Circus” as a whole.

11. “Piece of Me” (“Blackout”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 18
I fell in love with this song when “Blackout” came out. I’ve got a ton of remixes of it in iTunes, and it’s one of my go-to time-killing songs (that is, if I’m doing something boring and I need to pass the time, I’ll start singing this song in my head).

10. “Stronger” (“Oops!... I Did It Again”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 11
One of the true signs of my Britney obsession (aside from, say, this list) is my ownership of “Britney’s Dance Beat” for PS2 (the game is essentially a DDR clone that can be played with the controller or the mat). I kick ass at “Stronger” in that game.

9. “Ooh Ooh Baby” (“Blackout”)
For about three months, I had my iPod set to wake me up to this song. It’s still a staple of my workout playlist, and one of the few songs that makes me wish I had some kind of dancing ability.

8. “Everytime” (“In The Zone”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 15
Britney’s best ballad by far. I love hearing her sing this live (and yes, she actually does sing it live).

7. “Overprotected” (“Britney”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 86
Seriously, this didn’t even crack the top 40? America, you suck. This song rocks.

6. “If U Seek Amy” (“Circus”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 19
This song has been my ringtone for about three months now. I haven’t had it go off anywhere embarrassing yet, but I’m not sure I’d care if it did. I enjoy this song so much (and yes, it’s juvenile. I don’t care.)

5. “...Baby One More Time” (“...Baby One More Time”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 1
I still remember hearing this song for the first time. I was hanging out with my buddy Goose in her dorm room freshman year. It was a bonus track on the Backstreet Boys debut CD. I immediately fell in love with Britney. So, for all of my friends who think I’m crazy, you can blame Goose (but please don’t, because she’s awesome).

4. “Circus” (“Circus”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 3
I’m not sure this song has any chance of cracking the Top 3 in the future, but I didn’t think it would surpass “...Baby One More Time” when I first heard it either, and yet here we are.

3. “Oops!... I Did It Again” (“Oops!... I Did It Again”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 9
I may not have any dancing ability, but that didn’t stop me from learning at least the hand movements from the chorus of this video. No, I don’t remember them. I swear. Really.

2. “Toxic” (“In The Zone”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 9
I adore the video for this song. It has everything I ever wanted from a Britney Spears video. And the song itself -- along with all the remix versions I have -- has reached “never skip” status on my iPod, no matter what mood I’m in.

1. “I’m a Slave 4 U” (“Britney”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 27
When “Britney” came out, this song immediately became my favorite. I’m not sure that will every change. There’s a pretty big gap between I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Toxic”. If I had to rank this song out of the 12,000+ I have in iTunes, it’d probably be no worse than No. 3. Depending on how I’m feeling on a particular day, it might even be No. 2 or No. 1 (and no, I’m not telling you the other two songs in my top three -- that’s a different post for a different day).