Here’s something to make you feel old if you’re around the same age as me: Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” was released 16 years ago today. 16 YEARS. Meaning it is the same age Britney was when she released the song in 1998. I was 10.
Honestly, I didn’t even realize it until I saw this article from Billboard wherein they include 5 great performances of the song. Naturally, it got me thinking: for a total “POP” song, the one that catapulted Britney’s career and really is one of the defining pop songs of the late 90s, it has been done/redone/remixed so many ways by Britney herself (as evidenced by the Billboard article), but has also been covered a lot by other artists, some in very unexpected ways.
So to supplement the Billboard article (check out the videos they have there!), I present you with some more versions of “Baby One More Time,” by Britney and others. Two things of note: 1) Watching the early Britney performances makes you realize that she tried to sing live at times; 2) It’s interesting that most of the covers of this song are all by male artists.