9 years ago today, Britney Spears released one of the most iconic singles of her career, Toxic, which to this day is still praised as one of the best songs of the 21st century.
With Toxic, Britney cemented her legacy in the music industry safely securing her place as pop’s princess, and she also gained credibility amongst her peers with the song and supporting album In The Zone.
Fun facts about Toxic:
- Britney won her first Grammy Award at the 2005 ceremony for Best Dance Recording.
- The song reached #1 in six countries – including the UK – and also hit the top spot of Billboard’s Pop Songs and Hot Dance Club Songs charts, respectively.
- In 2005, the song came second on Sony Ericsson’s Word’s Favourite Songs poll.
- The song has been included on many “best of” lists, including NME’s Top 100 Songs of the 00s (#47), and Rolling Stone named the Bloodshy & Avant-produced track as the fourth best single of the decade in 2010.
- In 2010, Britney revealed on her Twitter account that Toxic is her favourite song she’s ever recorded.
- The song’s accompanying music video has won many accolades – such as being named the second best music video of the 00s by Billboard.
Of course, perhaps the best thing that came out of Toxic was the iconic music video that seen Britney sexier than ever, and not playing up to the girl-next-door image she painted earlier on in her career. Directed by Joseph Kahn, the world fell in love with Britney all over again with her blonde locks and diamond-soaked skin.