Billboard juhlistaa …Baby One More Timen synttäreitä viidellä eri esityksellä. Livelaulua kaipaavien kannattaa tsekata kaksi ensimmäistä.
I must confess… when I hear “Music Video Set in School,” one of the first to come to mind is Britney Spears’ iconic first video for “…Baby One More Time.” The outfits! The dance moves! The ticking clock!
Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ Anniversary: 15 Little-Known Facts
But while the video won’t have its 16th anniversary until November, the song — the very first that Pop Culture Juggernaut Britney Spears officially released — made its debut 16 years ago today, Sept. 30, 1998 (opposite the B-side “Autumn Goodbye,” which is also a gem). The song debuted on the Nov. 21, 1998, Billboard charts and hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 on Jan. 30, 1999. (It spent a grand total of 32 weeks on the charts, with two in the No. 1 slot.)
“I had been in studio for about six months listening and recording material, but I hadn’t really heard a hit yet,” Spears recalled to Billboard at the time about the process of recording the track. “When I started working with Max Martin in Sweden, he played the demo for ‘…Baby One More Time’ for me, and I knew from the start it one was of those songs you want to hear again and again. It just felt really right. I went into the studio and did my own thing with it, trying to give it a little more attitude than the demo. In 10 days, I never even saw Sweden. We were so busy.”
Below, check out just a few of Spears’ performances of the song over the years — and all the different interpretations of sexy she’s tried out.