Ranking All 103 Britney Spears Songs: #21-40

After three days of ranking mostly album tracks, we’re finally starting to get into some singles here on AdamReisinger.com’s rankings of all 103 Britney Spears songs. The best stuff comes tomorrow, but for now, enjoy No. 21 through No. 40.

40. “Outrageous” (“In The Zone”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 79
I still feel a little cheated that this song didn’t get a full video. The 40-second clip on the Greatest Hits DVD isn’t nearly enough.

39. “Don’t Go Knockin’ on My Door” (“Oops!... I Did It Again”)
This is one of the few non-singles that I’m guaranteed to sing along to in the car.

38. “Early Mornin’” (“In The Zone”)
I’m not sure why this song doesn’t get more respect from Britney’s fans. It could have easily slid on to “Blackout” or “Circus” and felt completely in place.

37. “Can’t Make You Love Me” (“Oops!... I Did It Again”)
True story: I once went to a Britney concert in the Pittsburgh area and held up a sign that said “I’m just a guy with a crush on you” (in reference to the opening line to this song). In a related story, I’m a huge dork.

36. “Get Naked (I Got a Plan)” (“Blackout”)
I hated this song when “Blackout” first came out. Some time in mid-2008, I started to change my feelings about it, and now I really, really like it.

35. “Gimme More” (“Blackout”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 3
I think part of the reason this is so low in my rankings is due to residual bad feelings about Britney’s VMA performance of this song. That may also be the reason this song got left off the set list for The Circus Tour.

34. “Me Against the Music” (“In The Zone”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 35
More on this song coming in, oh, about 11 spots or so. Stay tuned.

33. “Sometimes” (“...Baby One More Time”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 21
This song was a staple of Britney’s early concerts, but hasn’t aged well at all. I still like it, but no nearly as much as I did back in ’99. Also, this is the last song in the group of “songs I like” (33-68). Everything from 32 up can be considered “songs I love”.

32. “Break The Ice” (“Blackout”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 43
Just a really great dance song. Again, because of the bad VMA performance and Britney’s general everyday craziness, a lot of songs from “Blackout” got the short-shrift from the general public.

31. “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” (“Britney”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 102
I might be one of the few people in the world waiting for a Blu-ray release of “Crossroads”.

30. “What It’s Like To Be Me” (“Britney”)
Despite the lyrics that indicate scorn for a jealous boyfriend (penned by Justin Timberlake, ironically enough), I insist that this was a shot at Britney’s many critics in the media.

29. “(I Got That) Boom Boom” (“In The Zone”)
Given the amount of crossover between pop and hip-hop these days, I’m surprised this is still Britney’s only album track that featured a hip-hop artist (key word there being “album”... we’ll get to the other Britney/hip-hop collabo soon).

28. “My Prerogative” (“Greatest Hits: My Prerogative”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 101
After including a high-profile cover on each of her first three album, Britney’s stuck mostly to original material since then. This was a notable exception, and it was great. Who knew Britney+Bobby would be a formula for success?

27. “Shattered Glass” (“Circus”)
I’m still a huge fan of the faux-80s sound of this one.

26. “Hot as Ice” (“Blackout”)
The medley she does live with this song, preceded by “Ooh Ooh Baby”, on The Circus Tour is one of my favorite parts of the show.

25. “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” (“Oops!... I Did It Again”)
Did you know this track was co-written by Shania Twain and her ex-husband Mutt Lange. I’d bet if Twain sang it herself, most people would respect it more. Listen to it closely; it’s actually a very poignant song.

24. “Me Against the Music (Rishi Rich’s Desi Kulcha Remix)” (“In The Zone”)
This is the only remix that was ever included on a standard Britney Spears U.S. album release, and I actually like it better than the original version (thus the higher ranking). This remix was actually co-produced by Spears herself, and has a loose uptempo feel that the original lacks.

23. “Born to Make You Happy” (“...Baby One More Time”)
Some people thought this song -- particularly its title -- sent the wrong message to girls about their role in a relationship. I always thought it was more about the kind of emotion you feel when you’re truly in love with some one.

22. “Lonely” (“Britney”)
This is probably the closest Britney’s ever come to rapping herself, and it’s probably a good thing she hasn’t done it more often. Aside from that verse (which isn’t entirely terrible), the rest of this song is incredible.

21. “Radar” (“Blackout”; “Circus”)
U.S. Chart Peak: 88
Britney must really like this song if she included it on two albums. I don’t blame her. It’s fucking awesome.

Coming tomorrow: No. 1-20, and if you’re a longtime AdamReisinger.com reader, you probably already know what No. 1 is.

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