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    Lightbulb Britney's Top 10 Deep Cuts: Her Best Songs That Were Never Singles

    According to Billboard :

    Anyone with a taste for contemporary pop knows Britney Spears is a great singles artist, but you shouldn't sleep on her full catalog.

    She plays things pretty straight across her nine-album discography -- rarely has she ventured outside the three- or four-minute song or standard 4/4 beat -- and this discipline has become an advantage. Spears doesn’t make perfect albums, but she makes dependable ones, and her latest, the no-nonsense Glory, was a welcome palate cleanser in a crowded year for complex and introspective chart-toppers like Frank Ocean and Beyoncé.

    So let's take a closer look at 10 Britney bangers that never made it to radio:

    “Soda Pop,” …Baby One More Time (1999)

    On Spears’ debut, while she was still in the try-anything-that-sticks stage, “Soda Pop” was by far the track that would end up having the least impact on her career. Not only were the lyrics total nonsense over a skipping reggae beat and an anonymous toaster co-piloting the hook, but Spears sings in rare chest voice more akin to Christina Aguilera’s R&B-influenced grunting. It sounds dated as hell, and that only makes it more fun.

    “Cinderella,” Britney (2002)

    Britney’s eponymous third album is where she caught up with contemporary producers like the Neptunes, but this wicked stepmother of a beat is pure new jack swing. The song itself is a steely, this-ain’t-no-fairytale rebuke to a boyfriend who has to let her go, but the chorus (“I’m sorry for running away like this”) has a suspenseful edge to it that’s rare for both her early and recent work.

    “Anticipating,” Britney (2002)

    A decade before “Call Me Maybe” cemented itself as an instant classic, Britney unleashed this more-than-respectable slice of string-filled Studio 54 disco that slyly references Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You.” It’s not hard to imagine Ms. Jepsen herself knocking this lighter-than-air roller-skating jam out of the park.

    “Get Naked (I Got a Plan),” Blackout (2007)

    Britney’s personal turmoil was well-documented in 2007, so it’s to her credit that on Blackout she strove to stay away from that as much as possible and ended up with, by all accounts, her best album up to that point. There’s very little to a song like “Gimme More” or scorching mid-album highlight “Get Naked,” just a lean, minimal groove à la Janet Jackson at her most futuristic, that Spears means to carry through any sweat-soaked club that hears its call.

    “Ooh Ooh Baby,” Blackout (2007)

    The giggle at the beginning is because she’s having fun, workshopping the Gary Glitter-esque shuffle Spears would revisit the following year on her hit “Womanizer.” But here it’s decorated with a descending Middle Eastern guitar scale and blasts of, yes, accordion. This is also the era when she started taking sex more seriously, as evidenced by lines like “Touch me and I come alive” and “Wrap me up in all your love, that’s the oxygen I need.” Getting it out of your head isn’t an option once you hear that bridge again.

    “Unusual You,” Circus (2008)

    Great Britney ballads are notably fewer than great Britney dance-pop jams, but with the possible exception of “Everytime,” this little-noticed Circus highlight is her greatest. The tune itself is absolutely gorgeous (and danceable, as it happens), with each successive build to the chorus both low-key and quietly heart-tugging. But her weary delivery is crushing: “Didn’t anyone tell you you’re supposed to break my heart? I expect you to.” It’s a little too bombast-free to have been a single, but you’re unlikely to find a better song in her catalog that never received its own promotional push.

    “Seal It With a Kiss,” Femme Fatale (2011)

    Femme Fatale is Spears’ most seamless and floor-ready album, so it can be hard prying highlights apart from each other, but “Seal It With a Kiss” has more hooks than you can count: The “Ooh-hoo-eee-hoo” that intros, the burps of dubstep that eventually do turn into a halftime breakdown, the subtly call-and-response verses, and sighed “uh-huh” that punctuate every line of the chorus. “Wanna taste forbidden fruit and seal it with a kiss” may be a mixed metaphor for the ages, but as with most Britney highlights, the only meaning is the pleasurable hedonism her underrated melodies always deliver.

    “Selfish,” Femme Fatale [Deluxe Edition] (2011)

    “The shoe is going on the other foot tonight,” Spears sings in a role-reversal anthem much coyer and vaguer than Usher’s “Trading Places” or Lil’ Kim’s “Not Tonight,” and it’s completely random how much this sounds like something from Amadou & Mariam’s Welcome to Mali, say “Ce N’est Pas Bon” or perhaps “Masiteladi.” Lyrically, Spears makes a point of asserting, “I'm a girl and you're a boy,” so it’s unclear just how much she wants to flip traditional gender roles. But it’s nice of her to pick us up in her Mercedes.

    “Clumsy,” Glory (2016)

    One of Glory’s most attractive attributes is how Britney’s Southern accent comes through more than anything she’s ever done previously, most audibly on the waltz-timed “Private Show.” On this barn-burner, the twang contrasts nicely from the sheet-of-ice synths and clap-happy beat that, come to think of it, makes “Clumsy” Spears’ most Beyoncé-esque track ever. Someone’s gotta carry the torch for the single ladies.

    “Coupure Électrique,” Glory [Deluxe Edition] (2016)


    The deluxe edition of Glory ends with one of the most erotic songs in Britney’s now sizable catalog -- not just because it’s sung entirely in French (!), but because she spends its two and a half minutes of vaporous, gorgeous melody opting to evoke the whispery trip-hop of Black Box Recorder (who are sorely missed) and indie-synth clatter of Class Actress and Chairlift. Maybe she should start a little side gig with Phantogram after Big Boi gets off tour.



    Do you agree with them or not ? Which 10 songs would you have chosen ?

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    Great article, and an interesting top 10. My picks would be different, but it's nice to see they included Unusual You, my favorite non-single.

    EDIT Here's my list:

    Where Are You Now
    Let Me Be
    Breathe on Me
    Shadow
    And Then We Kiss
    Freakshow
    Unusual You
    How I Roll
    He About to Lose Me
    If I'm Dancing
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    The absence of Breathe On Me alone makes this list invalid.
    Clumsy, Anticipating and SIWAK are some of the worst songs of the album they're from. They did right by including Unusual You and Get Naked though.

    Here's my list :
    I Will Be There (just to include something from the first albums)
    Lonely
    Breathe On Me
    Touch of my Hand
    Get Naked
    Freakshow
    Inside Out
    Unusual You
    How I Roll
    If I'm Dancing

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    billboard is an embarrassing mess these days. "soda pop" and "clumsy"? "Seal it with a kiss" and "selfish", which is one of her worst?

    my list:

    "i will be there"
    "where are you now"
    "lonely"
    "cinderella"
    "breathe on me"
    "touch of my hand"
    "heaven on earth"
    "unusual you"
    "inside out"
    "invitation"
    "liar"
    "if i'm dancing"
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    01/21/04 - Top Of The Pops: Britney Spears Special [Cologne, Germany]
    05/14/04 - The Onyx Hotel Tour [Frankfurt, Germany]
    07/26/09 - The Circus Starring: Britney Spears [Berlin, Germany]
    10/18/11 - The Femme Fatale Tour [Cologne, Germany]
    10/24/11 - The Femme Fatale Tour [Dublin, Ireland]




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    I stopped reading at Soda Pop.
    No one with a minimal sense of dignity would say that with a straight face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aegir View Post
    I stopped reading at Soda Pop.
    No one with a minimal sense of dignity would say that with a straight face.
    IA, maybe E-mail My Heart.

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    My list:
    Let Me Be
    Breathe on Me
    Look Who's Talking
    And then We Kiss
    Gasoline
    He about to Lose Me
    Alien
    Hold on Tight
    Change Your Mind
    Liar

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC View Post
    IA, maybe E-mail My Heart.
    true. that one is underrated af.


    01/21/04 - Top Of The Pops: Britney Spears Special [Cologne, Germany]
    05/14/04 - The Onyx Hotel Tour [Frankfurt, Germany]
    07/26/09 - The Circus Starring: Britney Spears [Berlin, Germany]
    10/18/11 - The Femme Fatale Tour [Cologne, Germany]
    10/24/11 - The Femme Fatale Tour [Dublin, Ireland]




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    Quote Originally Posted by Noar View Post
    The absence of Breathe On Me alone makes this list invalid.
    Clumsy, Anticipating and SIWAK are some of the worst songs of the album they're from. They did right by including Unusual You and Get Naked though.

    Here's my list :
    I Will Be There (just to include something from the first albums)
    Lonely
    Breathe On Me
    Touch of my Hand
    Get Naked
    Freakshow
    Inside Out
    Unusual You
    How I Roll
    If I'm Dancing
    THIS!!

    I would change "Get Naked" to "Trouble" though. If unreleased songs are allowed to count lol. It's just one of my fave Britney songs.

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    ...Baby One More Time
    I Will Be There

    Oops!...I did it again
    What U See (Is What U get)

    Britney
    None. They all worked.

    In The Zone
    Breathe on Me
    Showdown

    Blackout
    Toy Soldier

    Circus
    Mannequin

    Femme Fatale
    Inside Out
    Up N' Down

    Britney Jean
    Tik Tik Boom

    Glory
    Clumsy is AMAZING!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KweenKristen View Post
    ...Baby One More Time
    I Will Be There

    Oops!...I did it again
    What U See (Is What U get)

    Britney
    None. They all worked.

    In The Zone
    Breathe on Me
    Showdown

    Blackout
    Toy Soldier

    Circus
    Mannequin

    Femme Fatale
    Inside Out
    Up N' Down

    Britney Jean
    Tik Tik Boom

    Glory
    Clumsy is AMAZING!
    Tik Tik Boom is probably my favorite song off of BJ tbh lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren View Post
    Tik Tik Boom is probably my favorite song off of BJ tbh lol
    Tik Tik Boom had huge potential!

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    I really like Tik Tik Boom too. It's fun.

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    TTB is one of her worst ever imo. so repetitive and cheap.

    i think ISBE is the only song on the album that could've turned into a hit if released as a single.


    01/21/04 - Top Of The Pops: Britney Spears Special [Cologne, Germany]
    05/14/04 - The Onyx Hotel Tour [Frankfurt, Germany]
    07/26/09 - The Circus Starring: Britney Spears [Berlin, Germany]
    10/18/11 - The Femme Fatale Tour [Cologne, Germany]
    10/24/11 - The Femme Fatale Tour [Dublin, Ireland]




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    ...Baby One More Time
    I Will Be There

    Oops!...I did it again
    What U See (Is What U get) or Don´t go knocking on my door (Or Can`t make you love me as my personal favorite also)

    Britney
    Lonely or Cinderella (also Before the goodbye, of course not as a first single)

    In The Zone
    Breathe on Me, Showdown, Early mornin´,

    Blackout
    Where should I start that list? Perfect lover (I LOVE that song so much), Get naked, Heaven on earth

    Circus
    Unusual you (also like Blur a lot)

    Femme Fatale
    Inside out (Big love for that song), (Drop dead) Beautiful would have worked too, He about to lose me, Gasoline (so dirty as a song)

    Britney Jean
    NONE! I wanna forget that album.

    Glory
    Judging the songs in the radio nowadays: Better, Just love me

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    Some odd choices there. I love 'Ooh Ooh Baby', 'Unusual You' and 'Anticipating', but the others wouldn't be in my Top 10 deep cuts.

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    Their picks were pretty alright.

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    My list is basically all non-single ssongs in the no1 spot and she should do like a video album for all her albums tbh and it would create peace in the world

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    I actually quite like the list! My top 10 non singles:

    Don't Go Knocking On my Door
    What U See Is What U Get
    Lonely
    Cinderella
    Get Naked
    Hot As Ice
    Ooh Ooh Baby
    Unusual You
    Just Luv Me
    Love Me Down

    Breathe on Me as an extra

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    Tik Tik Boom had huge potential!
    if it had more Britney and less Myah




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