While there are a lot of Britney Spears super fans (stans), there are many more who only know her singles. Here are seven songs that can often be overlooked in Britney’s immaculate discography that any true fan should know.
1. “Brave New Girl”)
“Brave New Girl” is the perfect example of what In the Zone is about including finding yourself, exploring new places, and becoming an adult. Coming in at the end of the album before the closing of “Everytime” is a perfect placement. It’s almost a concluding chapter if In the Zone was a college paper.
2. “Inside Out”)
One of the best parts of this song is how many references there are to Britney’s discography. Produced by Dr. Luke and co-written by Britney herself, “Inside Out” refers to a doomed relationship that she isn’t quite ready to give up on yet. Some light dubstep in the background of the chorus gives the song that much more of a punch.
3. “Heaven on Earth”)
Blackout is easily Britney’s most consistently strong album. Every single song is club ready and “Heaven on Earth” is no exception. Britney herself even mentioned her love for this song in a (at the time) rare interview about the album. I have maintained my opinion that this and “Get Naked (I Got a Plan)” are some of the best ten minutes in pop of the 2000s.
4. “Over to You Now”)
This song has Britney basking in some indie cred with the track being written by Imogen Heap and Robyn. “Over to You Now” is the perfect segue between the dance pop of In the Zone and the club bangers of Blackout. Released as a bonus track on her Chaotic EP, this track was cruelly forgotten in the depths of Britney’s discography.
My advice for anyone needing strength during a difficult time is to turn to Britney. This is one of the songs to blast when you are feeling anything less than 100%. A gem from her self-titled third album, with many thinking it might get the single treatment; “Cinderella” will always go down as one of her many 10/10 Max Martin collaborations.
6. Get Back)
“Get Back” is a song that was supposed to be the lead single to Blackout but was cut down to bonus track territory. It does have a very similar feel to the true first single, “Gimme More”, with Danja talking half the time and Britney moaning the other half.
7. I’ve Just Begun (Having My Fun))
The very short-lived Greatest Hits: My Prerogative might be my favorite Britney era. There was a certain confidence I saw in Britney that I had never seen before. While this track was recorded for In the Zone, it was perfectly placed with the other new songs on the hits collection.