After the bubble-gum-pop that was 1999's ...Baby One More Time and the kittenish tease of 2000's Oops!...I Did it Again, Britney Spears decided she had enough of the cookie cutter pop world and stripped herself from its robot-like demands. Her third eponymous album—a millennial version of Janet Jackson's 1986 Control—remains her most underrated, yet it features some of the pop star's honest revelations. Many fans (including myself) look to 2003's In the Zone as the singer's best album to date. But if it wasn't for the soul searching and defiance that embodied the transitional Britney, its following LP may have not reflected just how ready she was to blossom into a confident woman.
Despite the critics' mixed reviews, Britney went on to be certified 4x Platinum in the U.S. and received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. So in honor of its anniversary, let's get into our personal rankings of every song on the album!
Britney has stronger ballads than this one, and her wallowing about finding love that is "the closest thing to heaven" is worth infinite eye rolls. And those weird opening synths just drive it over the edge. Rating: 4/10