Tuesday Countdown: T-Minus 126 Hours to Britney Spears

It’s that time again. This Sunday, I’ll be in Las Vegas to watch the North American finale of “The Circus Tour Starring Britney Spears” -- and yes, there’s still time for you to join me.

I’m taking entries for the Britney Spears Ticket Contest up until the very last minute. I haven’t received one yet that made me say “I have to give this person the ticket”, so you’ve still got a chance. If you’ve already entered, e-mail me again and state your case. I’m open to anything (even bribes, though I’d much rather prefer to just give this ticket away to someone who deserves it).

In advance of the concert, I’m going to be ranking every Britney Spears song of all-time, starting later tonight with #81-103.

To do this, first I had to determine exactly what constituted a Britney Spears song. I have 377 tracks in my iTunes Library where Britney Spears is listed at the artist. Some of these are flat-out duplicates, and many of them are dance remixes that don’t really deserve classification as their own song. I’ve also got an entire album of Pepsi commercials, which doesn’t really count.

So, after evaluating all my Britney albums -- including all international bonus tracks -- and some EPs and other randomness, I came up with a list of 103 songs. I counted the two versions of “Boys” as separate songs, as well as the two versions of “Me Against the Music” that were included on the standard version of “In The Zone”. I didn’t count the Darkchild remix of “Overprotected” as a different song, since I had trouble separating it from the original version when I did my rankings.

I don’t want to give away too much, but my rankings turned out pretty balanced. In my Top 20 Britney Songs, there were three songs from “Baby One More Time”, three from “Oops!...I Did It Again”, three from “Britney”, three from “In the Zone”, two from “Blackout” and four from “Circus” (and yes, I’m aware that only adds up to 18... you’ll just have to wait until Saturday to find out where the other two songs came from).