'Besterday' Podcast: Christina Aguilera's 'Stripped' Turns 15, Celebrating The Blueprint For Honest Female Pop
SAY! Besterday is back with a dope new episode! Bianca Gracie's weekly pop culture nostalgia podcast will remind you of all the throwback one-hit-wonder jams you listened to on your Walkman and the classic Nickelodeon shows you craved.
This week we're joined by Fuse's own senior digital editor Jeff Benjamin and digital director Mark Sundstrom as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of the most definitive albums in modern pop history—Christina Aguilera's Stripped! This episode is special because it is the second Xtina appreciation episode (click here to listen to the first one)! And as always, we also break down the latest news on upcoming movie and TV remakes (you know those are never slowing down!) and music updates.
In this episode, we chat about:
—Our favorite songs from Stripped
—Why the album was such an important change in her career at the time
—Where it falls in Xtina's album ranking list
—The album's impact on pop music and how it continues to push female pop singers to be unafraid to go out their comfort zone
—Bette Midler shutting down Disney Channel's upcoming Hocus Pocus remake
And, of course, we reveal our favorite throwback songs of the week!
Listen above now, and be sure to subscribe and listen on iTunes. Got thoughts on the episode or what you want to hear on the show next week? Chat with Bianca on Twitter or join the conversation using the #Besterday hashtag!
To keep the Besterday spirit alive throughout your week, stream/subscribe to this playlist of our favorite throwback songs below (we'll continue to add with each episode). And scroll through some of the Fighters' best fan memories with the Stripped album!
Finally!!! The interludes are everything! The singles! Loving me for me! GET MINE GET YOURS! CRUZ! I'M OKAY. the outfits! the drastic change— It's Ahomari, Nigga (@ahomari_) November 2, 2017
The fact that after 15 years, the transition from Walk Away to Fighter still leaves me SHOOK!— NATALIE AGUILERA (@HailXtina) November 1, 2017
I got to really see how society shamed women for embracing their sexuality yet praised men for theirs. #CantHoldUsDown— Nicholas Locke (@MrNickLocke) November 2, 2017
I knew after watching the Dirrty video, the ho life was the way to be.— Brittny Pierre (@sleep2dream) November 2, 2017
When I played Stripped for the first time in my Maxima and the beat to track 2 came on.. "Can't Hold Us Down". Shooketh to the coreth I was!— NICKX6 (@HotNicks5) November 2, 2017
Being ENRAGED with jealousy at these girls when they met her in a cab pic.twitter.com/H93AirMNiR— J. van der Woodsen (@50One50) November 1, 2017
The Voice Within resonated with me for reasons I couldn't understand back then & literally saved my life.— J. van der Woodsen (@50One50) November 1, 2017
It still comforts me to this day
The stripped intro / music vid confronting the Eminem diss and escaping the unbeatable restraints— jayme. (@jayhill123) November 1, 2017
"Can't Hold Us Down" is the perfect feminist anthem. That collab was so ahead of its time!— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) November 1, 2017
I remember watching Xtina perform Infatuation at the Olympics that was the Debut of Xtina! Stripped is MASTERPIECE from start to finish!— Jessica20 (@Jill4422) November 2, 2017
Want even more Besterday goodies? Listen to last week's episode with special guest co-host Hugh McIntyre as we celebrate Britney Spears' Blackout album for its 10th anniversary: