‘Overprotected’ marked Britney Spears’ first true emancipation from her girl-next-door persona as she rejected many of the values she’d previously embodied.
They might have been pop’s biggest rebels in the late ’90s, but even Five didn’t defy convention as they released a slushy ballad just in time for Christmas.
‘When You’re Looking Like That’ is Westlife’s best single in every respect…except for the fact that it was never credited as a single in the UK at all.
‘As Long As You Love Me’ is about as perfect an example of Cheiron’s masterful execution of ‘90s pop music as you could hope to hear in 3½ minutes.
In one of the most ominous tales of foreboding in pop music, Britney Spears released ‘Lucky’ as the second single from her sophomore album in 2000.
*NSYNC curiously chose to consolidate their comeback in Europe with ‘I’ll Never Stop’, a region-exclusive single penned by the ever-reliable Max Martin
‘I Want It That Way’ was the culmination of the years that the Backstreet Boys had spent quietly growing their profile as the world’s biggest boyband
Art often mimics life for Britney Spears and ‘I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman’ was an early moment where her real-life and pop personas overlapped
Solid HarmoniE lacked the pizzazz of their pop peers, but they had a trump card – ‘I Want You To Want Me’ was penned by none other than Max Martin
On Born To Make You Happy, she isn’t trying to be “Britney Spears” with her accentuated and exaggerated oral tics. Here she is simply the girl-next-door selling a pop song for all it’s worth