Happy Sweet 16 to “Baby One More Time!”
Last week, pop star Britney Spears informed her Twitter followers that it was a very special throwback Thursday by posting, “Happy sweet 16 to ‘Baby One More Time’! Where did the time go!? Thx to my fans for supporting me since my 1st single.”
And just like that, she left us all wondering… really, where did the time go?
When Britney’s iconic first single came out, it rocked the late nineties with its provocative message and almost instantaneous popularity. The music video, which somehow went “viral” before social media was even imagined, was criticized by mothers everywhere for featuring the young singer (then only 16 years old herself) dancing daringly in a revealing school girl get-up. One newscaster commented the pre-millennials “thought Britney Spears might ruin the world” (today.com).
And now Britney, 32, is a mother of two, works at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, has her own lingerie line and still releases hits that top hundreds of contemporary dance-driven videos bursting with not-so-subtle sexual references that would shock the nineties crowd.
The world may have changed quite a bit since October 1998, but Britney’s role as a pop pioneer has not been forgotten. Celebrate the 16th anniversary of “Baby One More Time” by taking a stroll down memory lane. Take a minute to listen to Britney’s signature song — just one more time.
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