Remember When Britney Spears Was A Total Smokeshow? [110 Photos]

On this day 15 years ago Britney Spears released “…Baby One More Time” officially ushering in MTV TRL mania that gripped the music world for years. The song was a total game changer being noted for redefining the sound of late 1990s music.

14 Facts You Need To Know About “…Baby One More Time”

  1. Max Martin originally wrote “Hit Me Baby One More Time” the Backstreet Boys and R&B group TLC; however, when the song was submitted to them, they rejected it.
  2. Executives were concerned that the line “Hit Me” would condone domestic violence so they revised the title to “…Baby One More Time”.
  3. Spears recorded her vocals for the song in March 1998 at Cheiron Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.
  4. The music video was filmed on August 6, 7 and 8, 1998, in Los Angeles and was directed by Nigel Dick.
  5. The music video was shot at Venice High School, the same school used to film the movie Grease.
  6. Dick’s original idea for the wardrobe was jeans and a t-shirt, but during the wardrobe fitting Spears decided to change it for a schoolgirl outfit. Dick said that “Every piece of wardrobe in the video came from Kmart, and I was told at the time not one piece of clothing in the video cost more than $17. On that level, it’s real. That probably, in retrospect, is a part of its charm.”
  7. Her love interest is revealed sitting close to her, played by her real-life cousin Chad.
  8. The schoolgirl outfit is considered to be one of Spears’s iconic looks and is on display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  9. The video was the first of fourteen of her videos to retire on MTV’s television series TRL.
  10. On its final episode of TRL, a three-hour special aired on November 16, 2008, “…Baby One More Time” was number one in their final countdown as the most iconic music videos of all time and was the last video to be played on the show.
  11. “…Baby One More Time” was listed at number twenty five in the greatest pop songs since 1963 by Rolling Stone.
  12. “…Baby One More Time” is also one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 9 million copies sold

Between 1998 and 2004 (we all remember the music video for “Toxic,” smokeshow alert!!) Spears was the hottest pop star in the game. Things went way downhill around 2005 but it doesn’t mean we can’t fire up the DeLorean and take a look back at some of her finest moments.