Britney Spears Reflects On Recording Debut Single '…Baby One More Time' Nearly 20 Years Later


This fall will mark the 20-year anniversary Britney Spears' first single, "…Baby One More Time," the track that turned the then teen singer into a star. Speaking with the Guardian recently, she looked back at the beginning her career in pop music.

“Wow, that went quick," she said the past two decades. "It was such a fun and crazy time, it was a bit a blur.”

"…Baby" was ficially released in October 1998, a few months ahead Spears' debut album the same name, and became a No. 1 hit.

“The whole song is about that stress that we all go through as teens. I knew it was a great song. It was different and I loved it, but] I don’t think you can anticipate how a song is going to be received," said Spears, who traveled to Stockholm to record the track with songwriter and producer Max Martin.

“I remember being so in awe Stockholm," she said that trip. “I was out there for, like, 10 days, but we were so busy in the studio I didn’t have time to go out and explore on that first trip.”

Spears added, “I think Max is a genius. It all just came together and felt right. In my opinion Max is the greatest songwriter all time.”