Britney Spears

In the Zone (2003)

To some of my friends, this is sacrilege, but I didn’t really like Britney Spears when she came on to the scene. She seemed more a “brand” than an artist, and although she started raising my eyebrow with the unexpectedly intriguing “Slave 4 U,” it was “Toxic” that finally won me over. This is basically pop perfection. So much so that I can barely think of anything else to say. Everything about this song is a hook, never relenting. I mean, really, how can anyone resist this?

Also check out: Kylie Minogue’s “Like a Drug” — a similarly chemical take on love

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