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Thread: Billboard: The 100 Best Deep Cuts by 21st Century Pop Stars (Critics' Picks)

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    Default Billboard: The 100 Best Deep Cuts by 21st Century Pop Stars (Critics' Picks)

    100. Britney Spears, "Kill the Lights" (Circus, 2008)

    You can be forgiven for assuming "Kill the Lights" was a cut off Spears’ 2007 album Blackout rather than its follow-up, 2008's Circus. The song's swaggering, serpentine synths, kiss-offs to the paparazzi and partly spoken-word chorus could have easily fit among “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me.” Regardless, it speaks to the strength of Circus’ preceding singles that “Lights” never got its due on radio. -- KEVIN RUTHERFORD

    60. Britney Spears, "Freakshow" (Blackout, 2007)

    While the Blackout era is a thing Britney Spears fans would desperately like to leave in the past, the Blackout album remains rightly treasured as the most interesting set of Spears’ career. Tunes like “Freakshow” rank among her best supporting cuts, finding the sweet spot that defines the best Britney songs: a little edge in the verses that gives way to a supremely danceable chorus hook. "I still perform 'Freakshow' in my Vegas show -- it’s one of my favorite songs that was never released as a single," Spears told Fader in September. "It’s so much fun and it gives me the chance to get the audience involved. Oh yeah -- it’s sassy. And I love sassy!” -- TREVOR ANDERSON

    9. Britney Spears, "How I Roll" (Femme Fatale, 2011)

    Femme Fatale, Britney Spears' first album of the 2010s, came at the right time, with the right sound. While singles “Till the World Ends” and “Hold It Against Me” approximated the EDM drop-oriented pop music of the moment, the buzzing, glitching and popping “How I Roll” stood out as antithetical to the rest, a precursor to the hyper-gleam of PC Music and a rebuff of the scientifically engineered precision of the day. It’s chaotic and bizarre, and remains one of the best songs she’s ever made. -- S.J.H.

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    This is such a random list. She has so many better deep cuts than this. Still cool she made it three times though!

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    I never really liked How I Roll. Otherwise their picks are fine imo, but she does have better "deep cuts".


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    I actually like the list, I think all three would make awesome singles, especially How I Roll. Although I would choose Unusual You over Kill the Lights.

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    Freakshow and How I Roll are 2 of her best songs so I agree for those. But Kill The Lights, is not very memorable. Although I like it too. She has so many other songs that could have included.

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    another epic fail by billboard.
    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]
    08/06/18 - Britney: Piece Of Me [Berlin, Germany]
    08/11/18 - Britney: Piece Of Me [Sandvik, Sweden] + MEET & GREET
    08/13/18 - Britney: Piece Of Me [Mönchengladbach, Germany]
    08/18/18 - Britney: Piece Of Me [Manchester, UK]

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