10. Britney Spears “…Baby One More Time”

Coming in at Number 10, fresh off her 3 wins at last week’s MTV VMAs, is Britney Spears  with “…Baby One More Time,” released in 1998.  Though Britney is known for her personal life more than her work these days, her pop impact is undeniable.  We still wouldn’t be all up in her laundry and nose if it was not so.

Even though I’d be throwing up CA if pop princesses were gang leaders, I can admit that between “…Baby One More Time” and “Genie in a Bottle,” the former is a far better video introduction.  I think Baby Jane has better videos later on in her career.  Britney’s was the skirt looked up around the world.

Though she didn’t invent the school-girl-Lolita act, Britney definitely refined it.  The “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” concept defined her image and ignited her appeal way before she released the song in 2002.  This seems to have remained her mantra to this day and “…Baby One More Time” was just the first syllable.