Britney Spears turns 40; Watch her 5 best clips

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American pop singer Britney Spears, who just came out of her 13-year-old tutelage, turned 40 on Thursday. Britney rose to fame with her genre of teen-pop music in the 1990s. Britney started singing and dancing at the age of two and quickly entered talent contests. The McComb, Mississippi-born artist went on to join the All New Mickey Mouse Club, joining an ensemble of Mouseketeers including future pop stars Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.

Since becoming a teenage pop sensation, Britney has come under intense media scrutiny which has affected her mental health. In 2008, Britney was placed under court-ordered guardianship, which did not end until earlier this month.

The singer celebrated her 40th birthday by posting reels and photos with her fiance on her Instagram account.

Britney Spears with her fiance. (Photo: Instagram)
Britney Spears kisses her fiance. (Photo: Instagram)

As the singer celebrates her 40th birthday, we take a look at some of her generation-defining hits:

Baby one more time

Britney released her first single… Baby One More Time in 1999. Britney plays a schoolgirl in this video as she dances to the hip beats of the teen-pop genre song. The song continued to redefine pop songs, especially during a time when Backstreet Boys and NSYNC dominated the charts.

Oops I did it again

Another chart-topping song Oops!… I Did It Again, was released by Britney in 2000. The song is about the frugality of romantic relationships and how Britney is just there to have fun and listen to music unbelievable. The song and album were a huge success, which sold over 10 million copies.

Toxic

The song’s intro is inspired by music used in Indian films, as many listeners across the country may have guessed. However, it was Britney and her team’s creative Western fusion with the music that made the song an earworm all the more. Toxic was part of Britney’s 2003 album In The Zone, which sold nearly three million copies.

give me more

Giving the Generation its Epic Intro It’s Britney, bitch! The singer delivered one of the brightest opening lines in pop music history. From one of the defining records of the 21st century, Spears’ fifth album, Blackout. Gimme More is a teary eyed dance number.

Stronger

Part of her 2000 album Oops!… I Did It Again, Stronger is where Britney claims her autonomy. Throughout the verses of the song My loneliness no longer kills me, I am stronger than yesterday. The song is empowering and something that members of the Free Britney Movement would be proud to hum.

I wish Britney a happy birthday!

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