...Baby One More Time

...Baby One More Time
...Baby One More Time
Studio album by Britney Spears
Released January 12, 1999 (1999-01-12)
Recorded August 1997 – June 1998
Genre Dance-pop, pop rock, teen pop[1]
Length 45:55
Label Jive
Producer Eric Foster White, Max Martin, Denniz Pop, Rami Yacoub, Kristian Lundin, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, All Seeing I
Britney Spears chronology
...Baby One More Time
Oops!... I Did It Again
Singles from ...Baby One More Time
  1. "...Baby One More Time"
    Released: September 30, 1998
  2. "Sometimes"
    Released: April 30, 1999
  3. "(You Drive Me) Crazy"
    Released: August 23, 1999
  4. "Born to Make You Happy"
    Released: December 6, 1999
  5. "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"
    Released: December 15, 1999

...Baby One More Time is the debut studio album of American recording artist Britney Spears, released on January 12, 1999, by Jive Records. In June 1997, while Spears was in a negotiation with manager Lou Pearlman to join female pop group Innosense, her mother asked family friend and entertainment lawyer Larry Rudolph for his opinion and submitted a tape of Spears singing over a Whitney Houston karaoke song. Rudolph decided he wanted to pitch her to record labels, sending them a demo tape with an unused song from Toni Braxton. Jive Records was interested in working with Spears, and appointed the singer to work with producer Eric Foster White. After hearing the recorded material, Jive signed Spears for a multi-album deal.

Aside from Eric Foster White, Spears traveled to Sweden to work with producers Max Martin, Denniz Pop and Rami Yacoub, among others. Martin showed Spears and her management a track titled "Hit Me Baby One More Time", which was originally written for American R&B group TLC; however, when the song was submitted to them, they rejected it. Spears later claimed that she felt excited when she heard it and knew it was going to be a hit record. By June 1998, the album had been finished. The songs on ...Baby One More Time are sung by Spears in a mid-nasal voice, and lyrically talks about love and relationships.

Contemporary critics gave the album mixed reviews, who described the singer as a Madonna next door, despite considering it silly and premature. The album was successful on the charts, reaching the top five in several countries, while reaching number one in Canada and the United States. It also received several certifications around the world, including a fourteen-times platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments over 14 million units in the country. ...Baby One More Time is Spears' most successful album to date, selling over 26 million copies worldwide.

Five singles were released from the album, with "...Baby One More Time" becoming a worldwide success and also one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over nine million copies sold. The album was promoted with several appearances on live television, and also by the ...Baby One More Time Tour in 1999, with a second leg titled Crazy 2k Tour starting in 2000. Spears revealed she wasn't able to explore her vocal ability in the songs of the album. ...Baby One More Time marked the singer's progression as an artist, celebrity, and woman, and was also responsible for setting Spears' international pop culture icon image.


Background and development


I had been in studio for about six months listening and recording material, but I hadn't really heard a hit yet. When I started working with Max Martin in Sweden, he played the demo for 'Baby One More Time' for me, and I knew from the start it one was of those songs you want to hear again and again. It just felt really right. I went into the studio and did my own thing with it, trying to give it a little more attitude than the demo. In 10 days, I never even saw Sweden. We were so busy.

—Spears talking to Chuck Taylor of Billboard.[2]

In June 1997, Spears was in talks with manager Lou Pearlman to join female pop group Innosense.[3] Lynne asked family friend and entertainment lawyer Larry Rudolph for his opinion and submitted a tape of Spears singing over a Whitney Houston karaoke song along with some pictures.[3] Rudolph decided he wanted to pitch her to record labels, therefore she needed a professional demo.[3] He sent Spears an unused song from Toni Braxton; she rehearsed for a week and recorded her vocals in a studio with a sound engineer.[3] Spears traveled to New York with the demo and met with executives from four labels, returning to Kentwood the same day.[3] Three of the labels rejected her, arguing audiences wanted pop bands such as the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls, and "there wasn't going to be another Madonna, another Debbie Gibson, or another Tiffany."[3] Two weeks later, executives from Jive Records returned calls to Rudolph.[3] Senior vice president of A&R Jeff Fenster stated about Spears's audition that "It's very rare to hear someone that age who can deliver emotional content and commercial appeal. [...] For any artist, the motivation—the 'eye of the tiger'— is extremely important. And Britney had that."[4] They appointed her to work with producer Eric Foster White for a month, who reportedly shaped her voice from "lower and less poppy" delivery to "distinctively, unmistakably Britney."[5] Spears recorded ten songs with White, including "Autumn Goodbye", "E-Mail My Heart", "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart", "I'm So Curious", "I Will Still Love You", "Soda Pop", and "Thinkin' About You".[6] The singer also recorded a cover of Sonny & Cher's 1967 single "The Beat Goes On".[6] White was responsible for the vocal recording of the cover and song production, while additional production was done by English electronic music group All Seeing I.[6]

After hearing the recorded material, president Clive Calder ordered a full album.[5] She flew to Cheiron Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, where half of the album was recorded from March to April 1998, with producers Max Martin, Denniz Pop and Rami Yacoub, among others.[4][7] Martin showed Spears and her management a track titled "Hit Me Baby One More Time", which was originally written for American R&B group TLC; however, when the song was submitted to them, they rejected it. Spears later claimed that she felt excited when she heard it and knew it was going to be a hit record.[8] "We at Jive said, 'This is a fuckin' smash'," revealed the label's A&R executive at the time Steven Lunt;[9] however, other executives were concerned that the line "Hit Me" would condone domestic violence, later being revised to "...Baby One More Time".[8] The singer revealed that she "didn’t do well at all the first day in the studio [recording the song], I was just too nervous. So I went out that night and had some fun. The next day I was completely relaxed and nailed it. You gotta be relaxed singing ‘… Baby One More Time’."[10] By June 1998, the album was already done,[11] and Spears embarked on a promotional tour sponsored by L'Oreal.[12] ...Baby One More Time was then released as Spears' debut album on January 12, 1999.[13]


Spears had originally envisioned "Sheryl Crow music, but younger more adult contemporary" but felt all right with her label's appointment of producers, since "It made more sense to go pop, because I can dance to it—it's more me."[4] The album opens with the first single "...Baby One More Time", a teen pop and dance-pop song that begins with a three-note motive in the bass range of the piano, opening that has been compared to many other songs, such as "We Will Rock You" (1977), "Start Me Up" (1981) and the theme song of the film Jaws due to the fact the track "makes its presence known in exactly one second".[16][17][10] According to magazine Blender, "...Baby One More Time" is composed by "wah-wah guitar lines and EKG-machine bass-slaps".[10] Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, authors of Girl Culture: Studying girl culture : a readers' guide (2008), noted the lyrics of the song "gesture toward [Spears] longing for the return of an ex-boyfriend."[18] The next song and third single, "(You Drive Me) Crazy" runs through a moderatly slow dance beat,[19] and has a rhythm and blues similar melody mixed with edgy synthesized instrumentals.[20] The third track and second single "Sometimes" is a heartbroken ballad,[21] where Spears declares at the beginning of the song "You tell me you're in love with me/That you can't take your pretty eyes away from me/It's not that I don't wanna stay/But every time you come too close I move away".[22] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic noted the song has "a catchy hook and endearing melody, with a reminiscent euro-dance rhythm."[1]

After "Sometimes" is ...Baby One More Time's fourth track, "Soda Pop", a song that draws influences from bubblegum pop and dancehall,[1][14] and features background vocals from the co-writer Mikey Bassie.[6] Spears' vocals on the fifth track and fourth single, "Born to Make You Happy", spans over an octave,[23] and it's lyrics alludes too a relationship that a woman desires to correct, not quite understanding what went wrong, as she comes to realize that "I don't know how to live without your love/I was born to make you happy".[15] The sixth track and final single, "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart", is a sentimental teen pop ballad that runs through a slowly tempo.[24][25][26] "I Will Be There" features a guitar riff similar to Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" (1997),[15] with a "rousing chorus about standing by your man (or a best friend or a house pet)", as noted by Kyle Anderson of MTV.[15] The eleventh track, "E-Mail My Heart", is a sensitive piano ballad where Spears' sings, "E-mail me back/ And say our love will stay alive".[15] The cover of Sonny & Cher's 1967 single "The Beat Goes On" is influenced by bossa nova and trip hop,[27][15] and features a similar sound to spy movies themes.[15]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Amazon.com (mixed)[14]
Billboard (favorable)[28]
Robert Christgau (1 star Honorable Mention[29]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[30]
MTV (mixed)[15]
NME (1/10)[31]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[32]
Sputnikmusic (2/5)[33]
The Hamilton Spectator 2.5/5 stars[34]
Toronto Sun 2/5 stars[27]

...Baby One More Time received mixed reviews from contemporary critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars,[1] and commented that, by the time Spears launched her career, "everything old was new again", comparing the album to Hangin' Tough (1988) by New Kids on the Block.[1] Erlewine further complimented the quality of the singles while praising Max Martin, "who is also the mastermind behind Spears' debut."[1] Entertainment Weekly's Beth Johnson noted the singer "sounds remarkably like the Backstreet Boys' kid sister", saying, however, that this was "not surprising, since BSB hit-meister Max Martin wrote the candy-pop-with-a-funky-edge smash debut."[30] Robert Christgau commented Spears portrayed a "Madonna next door" in the album with songs like "...Baby One More Time" and "Soda Pop",[29] while Craig McDennis of The Hamilton Spectator said the album "offers a glib compendium of soul/pop cliches, served with a giddy, uptempo verve that recalls Debbie Gibson on a chocolate high."[34] Amazon.com's Rickey Wright gave ...Baby One More Time a mixed review, saying that "a few of the disc's cuts are pleasantly catchy",[14] noting, however, "neither does the 17-year-old Spears's debut album contain anything else that remotely approaches that instant hit single ['...Baby One More Time']."[14] Billboard's Paul Verna considered the album "a top 40-ready workout filled with hook laden songs from the same bag as the title cut".[28]

Toronto Sun journalist Jane Stevenson found the album "somehow appropriate that the first new teen queen of 1999 is a former Mousketeer",[27] despite commenting that "for the most part, this 11-song collection threatens to turn your brain into mush."[27] Stevenson, however, noted "it's only when the material slightly elevates itself, that Spears -- who counts her favourite singers as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson -- is not half bad",[27] praising songs like "Sometimes", "Soda Pop", "I Will Be There", and the cover version of "The Beat Goes On".[27] Kyle Anderson of MTV said he "was surprised in more ways than one" with his first listening of ...Baby One More Time, commenting he "expected there to be a lot of filler (there sort of is), though I didn't expect it to be as odd (at least sonically) as it ended up being. There has never been any mystery to why Spears became such a superstar, but these songs probably would have been huge even if Britney wore burlap sacks in all of her videos."[15] Barry Walters of Rolling Stone gave the album two stars out of five,[32] and compared the album's sound to early hits of Debbie Gibson, Mariah Carey, and Samantha Fox.[32] Walters also said that "while several Cherion-crafted kiddie-funk jams serve up beefy hooks, shameless schlock slowies, like 'E-Mail My Heart', are pure spam."[32] A NME reviewer rated ...Baby One More Time 1 out of 10, saying that "we seem to have reached crisis point: pubescent pop is now so rife that 17-year-old Britney 'lizard-lounge' Spears is already halfway through her lucrative showbiz career".[31] He also noted the album as preamture, commenting, "hopefully, if she starts to live the wretched life that we all eventually do, her voice will show the scars, she'll stop looking so fucking smug, she'll find solace in drugs and we'll be all the more happier for it. Now grow up, girl. Quick!"[31] Amanda Murray of Sputnikmusic felt that, "with the exception of the terrific title track, ...Baby One More Time is a collection of either competent pop songs underwhelmingly executed or underwhelmingly written pop songs competently executed."[33]

Commercial performance

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Spears performing "(You Drive Me) Crazy" at the Dream Within a Dream Tour, 2001.

...Baby One More Time debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 120,500 units,[35] placing at number two three-week chart-topper DMX's Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998).[35] After four weeks, the album had sold more than 500,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan sales data.[36] After dropping to the top five, the album went back to number one in its fourth week, selling over than 804,200 since its release and debut on the chart.[37] ...Baby One More Time spent a total of six non-consecutive weeks at number one,[38] and had sold more than 1.8 million copies in its first two months of release.[39] In its 47th week on the Billboard 200, the album held strong, peaking at number-three, and with sales over of 10 million copies in the United States only.[40] The album was later certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America,[41] making Spears the youngest artist to receive one,breaking a record previously held by Alanis Morissette, who was 21 when she released Jagged Little Pill (1995).[41] The singer was also the best selling female artist of 1999.[41] ...Baby One More Time spent a total of fifty-one weeks in the top ten of the Billboard 200.[42] The album spent a total of 103 weeks on the chart.[43] ...Baby One More Time landed at number-three on BMG Music Club all-time best-sellers list, selling 1.6 million units, placing behind Shania Twain's Come on Over (1997) and the Backstreet Boys' self-titled album (1996).[44]

The album also debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, and spent nine non-consecutive weeks at the top.[45][46][47] On December 12, 1999, the Canadian Recording Industry Association certified it Diamond, for sales over 1 million units.[48] ...Baby One More Time spent two weeks at number two on the European Top 100 Albums,[49] and went on to sell over four million copies within the continent, being certified four-times platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[50] The album reached number two in the United Kingdom,[51] number four in France[52] and was certified three-times Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry,[53] double Platinum by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique,[54] three-times Gold in Germany by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry,[55] and ten-times Platinum (Diamond) by the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.[56] Additionally, ...Baby One More Time debuted at number-nine in May 1999 on the Australian Albums Chart, reaching at number two nine weeks later, placing behind the Dawson's Creek soundtrack.[57] The album became the seventh highest-selling of 1999 in the country, and was certified four-times Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association the following year after shipping 280,000 copies to retailers.[58][59] ...Baby One More Time debuted at number three in the New Zealand, placing behind Shania Twain's Come on Over and The Corrs' Talk on Corners (1997).[60] The album was later certified three-times Platinum in the country by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.[61]


"...Baby One More Time" was released as Spears' debut single on September 30, 1998 by Jive Records, when she was only 16 years old.[62] The song received generally favorable reviews from contemporary critics, who mostly praised its composition.[1][4] "...Baby One More Time" attained worldwide success, reaching number one in every European country where it charted on.[63] It also received numerous certifications around the world, and is one best-selling singles of all time, with over nine million copies sold.[64] An accompanying music video, directed by Nigel Dick, portrays Spears as a student from a Catholic high school, who starts to daydream that she is singing and dancing around the school, while watching her love interest from afar.[65] Later, in 2010, the music video for "...Baby One More Time" was voted the third most influential video in the history of pop music.[66] "Sometimes" was released as the second single from the album on April 30, 1999.[67] "Sometimes" achieved commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in Belgium (Flanders), Netherlands and New Zealand,[68] while peaking inside the top five in four countries.[68] In the United States, "Sometimes" became Spears' first single to miss the top ten, peaking at number tweny-one on the Billboard Hot 100.[69] The music video for the song was directed by Nigel Dick.[70] During the music video rehearsals, on February 11, 1999, Spears injured her left knee and needed surgery to correct it.[71] After recuperating from the surgery in Kentwood, Louisiana,[71] the music video was shot on April 9–10, 1999 at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California.[72] It was released on May 6, 1999 on MTV's Total Request Live.[70] On May 1999, Max Martin and Spears went to the Battery Studios in New York City, New York to re-record the vocals of "(You Drive Me) Crazy",[73] due to the fact that a remixed version called "The Stop! Remix" was going to be included on the original motion picture soundtrack of the film Drive Me Crazy (1999).[74] "The Stop! Remix" of the song was released as the third single from ...Baby One More Time on August 23, 1999.[67] The music video for the song was also directed by Nigel Dick, and featured actors Melissa Joan Hart & Adrian Grenier.[75]

"Born to Make You Happy" was released on December 6, 1999 as the fourth single from ...Baby One More Time,[76] and received mixed reviews from music critics.[15][77] The song achieved commercial success, peaking inside the top-five in eleven countries.[76] The music video for it was directed by Billie Woodruff and produced by Geneva Films,[78] while choreographed by Wade Robson.[79] "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" was released on December 15, 1999 as the fifth and final single from the album.[80] The song also received mixed reviews from critics, who noted the song as a classic hit and competent single, despite considering it as an unremarkable song that only refers to kissing and nothing else.[15][81] "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" achieved moderate success, peaking at number thirty-seven in Australia, and twenty-three in New Zealand.[82] Through imports, the song managed to peak at number one hundred seventy-four in the United Kingdom.[83] In the United States, "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" reached number fourteen on Billboard Hot 100, and seventeen on Pop Songs,[84] being later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 28, 2000, for selling over 1,000,000 physical units of the single.[85] An accompanying music video, directed by Gregory Dark, was released on December 17, 1999.[86] It was highly criticized due to the fact that Dark had previously directed porn films.[87][88]


Image of a blond female performer. She is wearing a pink tank top and a pair of black boots. She is looking to her backup dancer at her right. He is wearing a pink shirt and black shorts.
Spears performing "...Baby One More Time" at The Circus Starring Britney Spears, 2009.

Spears started to promote the album in 1998, when she did a small promo tour in malls and food courts around the US, mostly in larger cities. Her set was around 30 minutes, and she had two female dancers with her on the stage. The promo tour is also known as the L'Oreal Mall Tour, because it was sponsored by L'Oreal.[12] Spears made many promotional appearances including talk shows and live performances all around the world to help promote the album. On December 1998, Spears' first showed up on MTV's and the Box's most-requested video charts.[89] Spears' also poised numerous media appearances weeks before the release of her debut album, most notably on the Ricki Lake Show, the "Howie Mandel Show", and as a presenter at the American Music Awards on January 11, 1999.[89] She has also appeared on MTV's Spring Break and on the 100th episode of Nickelodeon's All That.[90] After hurting her knee during the rehearsals for the music video of "Sometimes", Spears was forced to reschedule appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Live With Regis And Kathie Lee.[90]

Before the ...Baby One More Time Tour, Spears' was making guest appearances on a number of television shows, including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on April 25, Nickelodeon's 12th Annual Kids Choice Awards on May 1, MTV's FANatic on May 12, Live With Regis & Kathie Lee on May 3, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show on May 25.[38] She also appeared on German talk show Wetten, dass..? and on Top of the Pops on June 25, 1999, This Morning, CD:UK & National Lottery in the United Kingdom, she also visited a Japanese music variety show called Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ in Japan to help promote the album. She also performed at the Festival Bar in Italy. Meanwhile, Spears' also played herself in the season of the ABC television sitcom, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.[91] Spears was returning a favor to actress Melissa Joan Hart, who had a cameo in Spears's video for "(You Drive Me) Crazy," according to People magazine.[91] The episode featuring Spears' was aired on September 24, 1999.[91] She also performed at the American Music Awards of 2000.[42] Then she performed in the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, which was televised live on CBS Feb. 23.[42] On late 1999, Spears was equally busy, as she performed on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on Sept. 27. On Sept. 28, she visited Carson Daly over at MTV's Total Request Live at 3:30 p.m. (ET).[92] She also had a mini Disney concert titled "Britney Spears & Joey McIntyre In Concert", Spears and Joey McIntyre performed live in the taped concert event.[93]


On March 5, 1999, it was reported that Spears was planning her first headlining tour to support her first studio album.[94] Shortly after, she announced that the tour would start in July.[95] On May 12, 1999, Tommy Hilfiger was announced as the main tour sponsor. During the time of the announcement, Spears was being featured in the "AllStars" campaign launched by the company.[96] On December 17, 1999, during the premiere of the music video of "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" on TRL, Spears called the show to announce March US tour dates. The extension, entitled Crazy 2K Tour, was considered a prelude to her future world tour.[86][97] The leg's main sponsor was Got Milk?. Media director Peter Gardiner explained, "Britney is magic with teen-age girls, and that's an absolutely crucial target for milk". Spears shot an advertising campaign to be shown before her performances began.[98] The secondary sponsor was Polaroid and the corporation released the Polaroid I-Zone as the official camera of the tour. Spears also used the I-Zone onstage to take pictures of the audience and further promote the product.[99]

The show was divided into various segments, with each segment being followed by an interlude to the next segment, and it ended with an encore.[100] The setlist consisted of songs from her debut album and several covers.[100] Some changes were made during the 2000 leg, with the covers replaced by songs Spears premiered from her second studio album, Oops!... I Did It Again. The tour received positive critical appreciation from critics.[101] During the tour, Spears was accused of lip synching, although she denied these claims.[102] On April 20, 2000, the concert at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii was taped.[103] It was slightly altered from its Crazy 2K incarnation and featured different costumes. On June 5, 2000, it was broadcasted in a special in Fox.[104] The special was aired several times during the year. On November 21, 2000, Jive Records released the Live and More! DVD, which included the Fox special.[105] It was certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 300,000 copies in DVD units.[106]


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Spears performing at the Femme Fatale Tour, 2011.

Following her debut, Spears was credited with leading the revival of teen pop in the late 1990s. The Daily Yomiuri reported that "[m]usic critics have hailed her as the most gifted teenage pop idol for many years, but Spears has set her sights a little higher-she is aiming for the level of superstardom that has been achieved by Madonna and Janet Jackson."[107] Rolling Stone wrote: "Britney Spears carries on the classic archetype of the rock & roll teen queen, the dungaree doll, the angel baby who just has to make a scene."[108] Rami Yacoub who co-produced Spears's debut album with lyricist Max Martin, commented, "I know from Denniz Pop and Max's previous productions, when we do songs, there's kind of a nasal thing. With N' Sync and the Backstreet Boys, we had to push for that mid-nasal voice. When Britney did that, she got this kind of raspy, sexy voice."[109] Following the release of her debut album, Chuck Taylor of Billboard observed, "Spears has become a consummate performer, with snappy dance moves, a clearly real-albeit young-and funkdified voice ... "(You Drive Me) Crazy", her third single ... demonstrates Spears's own development, proving that the 17-year-old is finding her own vocal personality after so many months of steadfast practice."[110] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic referred to her music as a "blend of infectious, rap-inflected dance-pop and smooth balladry."[1] Spears later commented, "With ...Baby One More Time, I didn't get to show my voice off. The songs were great, but they weren't very challenging".[111] Sputnikmusic writer Amanda Murray noted the album "offers a marker for Spears' progression as an artist, as a celebrity, and as a woman."[33]

Spears became an international pop culture icon immediately after launching her recording career. Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "One of the most controversial and successful female vocalists of the 21st century," she "spearheaded the rise of post-millennial teen pop ... Spears early on cultivated a mixture of innocence and experience that broke the bank".[112] She is listed by the Guinness World Records as having the "Best-selling album by a teenage solo artist" for ...Baby One More Time, which sold over thirteen million copies in the United States.[113] Melissa Ruggieri of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, "She's also marked for being the best-selling teenage artist. Before she turned 20 in 2001, Spears sold more than 37 million albums worldwide".[114] Barbara Ellen of The Observer has reported: "Spears is famously one of the 'oldest' teenagers pop has ever produced, almost middle aged in terms of focus and determination. Many 19-year-olds haven't even started working by that age, whereas Britney, a former Mouseketeer, was that most unusual and volatile of American phenomena — a child with a full-time career. While other little girls were putting posters on their walls, Britney was wanting to be the poster on the wall. Whereas other children develop at their own pace, Britney was developing at a pace set by the ferociously competitive American entertainment industry".[115] ...Baby One More Time is Spears' most successful album to date, with worldwide sales over 26 million copies.[116]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "...Baby One More Time"   Max Martin Max Martin, Rami 3:30
2. "(You Drive Me) Crazy"   Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Martin Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Max Martin 3:18
3. "Sometimes"   Elofsson Per Magnusson, David Kreuger 4:04
4. "Soda Pop"   Mikey Bassie, Eric Foster White Eric Foster White 3:20
5. "Born to Make You Happy"   Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson Kristian Lundin 4:03
6. "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"   White Eric Foster White 5:11
7. "I Will Be There"   Martin, Carlsson Max Martin, Rami 3:53
8. "I Will Still Love You" (duet with Don Phillip) White Eric Foster White 4:02
9. "Thinkin' About You"   Bassie, White Eric Foster White 3:34
10. "E-Mail My Heart"   White Eric Foster White 3:42
11. "The Beat Goes On"   Sonny Bono, White Eric Foster White, All Seeing I 3:43
Total length:

Additional notes:[6][15]

  • Early pressings of the album features a recorded message by Spears about the Backstreet Boys after "The Beat Goes On".

Credits and personnel

Credits for ...Baby One More Time adapted from the album liner notes.[6]

  • Britney Spears – lead vocals, background vocals
  • Mikey Bassie – composer, guest vocals
  • Sonny Bono – composer
  • Andreas Carlsson – composer, background vocals
  • Jörgen Elofsson – composer
  • Nikki Gregoroff – background vocals
  • Nana Hedin – background vocals
  • Andy Hess – bass
  • David Krueger – composer
  • Tomas Lindberg – bass
  • Kristian Lundin – composer
  • Per Magnusson – composer, keyboards
  • Max Martin – composer, keyboards, background vocals
  • Andrew McIntyre – electric guitar
  • Dan Petty – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Doug Petty – keyboards
  • Don Philip – guest vocals
  • Aleese Simmons – background vocals
  • Eric Foster White – bass, composer, electric guitar, keyboards
  • Sonny Bono – composer
  • Jason Blume – composer
  • Steve Diamond – composer
  • Charles McCrorey – assistant engineer
  • Chris Trevett – sound engineer, audio mixing
  • Daniel Boom – sound engineer
  • David Kreuger – producer
  • Dean Honer – producer
  • Denniz Pop – producer
  • DJ Parrot – producer
  • Eric Foster White – producer, sound engineer, audio mixing, drum programming, arrangement
  • Jason Buckler – producer
  • Jimmy Bralower – drum programming
  • Kristian Lundin – producer
  • Max Martin – producer, sound engineer, audio mixing, programming
  • Per Magnusson – producer, programming
  • Rami Yacoub – producer
  • Tim Latham – sound engineer, audio mixing
  • Tom Coyne – audio mastering
  • Albert Sanchez – photography
  • Jackie Murphy – art direction, design
  • Lisa Peardon – photography
  • Larry Busacca – photography
  • Timothy White – photography


Weekly charts

Chart (1999) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[57] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[118] 2
Belgian Flemish Albums Chart[119] 2
Belgian Walloon Albums Chart[120] 2
Canadian Albums Chart[121] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[122] 3
French SNEP Albums Chart[52] 4
Finnish Albums Chart[123] 11
German Albums Chart[124] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[125] 4
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[126] 9
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[127] 3
Norwegian Albums Chart[128] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[129] 10
Swiss Albums Chart[130] 1
UK Albums Chart[51] 2
US Billboard 200[131] 1

End of decade charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[49] 29


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[132] Platinum 60,000x
Australia (ARIA)[59] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[133] Platinum 50,000x
Belgium (BEA)[134] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[135] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[48] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (IFPI Finland)[136] Gold 37,865[136]
France (SNEP)[54] 2× Platinum 600,000*
Germany (BVMI)[55] 3× Gold 750,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[137] 2× Platinum+Gold 375,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[138] 3× Platinum 300,000^
New Zealand (RIANZ)[61] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[139] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[140] Diamond 500,000*
Portugal (AFP)[141] 2× Platinum 80,000x
Sweden (IFPI Sweden)[142] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[143] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[144] 14× Platinum (Diamond) 14,000,000^
Europe (IFPI)[50] 4× Platinum 4,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood by DMX
Chyna Doll by Foxy Brown
FanMail by TLC
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 30 - February 5, 1999
February 20 - March 12, 1999
April 10–23, 1999
Succeeded by
Made Man by Silkk The Shocker
FanMail by TLC
I Am... by Nas
Preceded by
Big Shiny Tunes 3 by Various Artists
Grammy Nominees by Various Artists
Sogno by Andrea Bocelli
Canadian Albums Chart number-one album
January 30 - February 5, 1999
February 20 - March 12, 1999
April 10–23, 1999
Succeeded by
Grammy Nominees by Various Artists
Sogno by Andrea Bocelli
Come on Over by Shania Twain
Preceded by
Open by Gotthard
Sogno by Andrea Bocelli
Swiss Albums Chart number-one album
March 28 - April 11, 1999
April 25 - May 2, 1999
Succeeded by
Sogno by Andrea Bocelli
Bury the Hatchet by The Cranberries


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