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Britney Spears in Back in the Studio: Remember Her Six Best Breakup Jams
It's 'Breakup Britney,' bitch.
Fresh off a breakup with a no-good, cheating boyfriend, Britney Spears Instagrammed a cute shot over the weekend of herself in the studio, alongside the caption, "Studio today! Yay!” This is a thrilling update from the world of Britney. She's currently still performing her hit show in Vegas, but fans haven't gotten new music since 2013's disappointing project Britney Jean, and many of us need some new tracks to mix into our "Britney Workout' playlist.
While Britney will always be beloved for her syrup-y voice, which provided a large portion of a soundtrack to the dance parties of our teens (and twenties, and thirties), it's a bit of a forgotten fact that some of her best music is the occasional breakup track, a sub-genre that was particularly on display in her earlier work. Her hitting up the studio immediately after a traumatic boyfriend breakup may be painful for her, but it's only a win for fans of her music.
Don't believe me? Reminisce below with six of her best breakup jams, and cross your fingers for more where this came from on her upcoming ninth studio album.
6.) "Shattered Glass"
Never released as a single, this angry, nearly mocking tune off Circus likely represents Spears' current emotional state. Note to Team Spears: Britney-with-attitude is never the wrong path to take.
Also never a single, this song, from Britney, was quintessential of a certain youthful era of the star -- "My way or the highway." A return to that mindset in her music would be as good as an email from her heart.
4.) "Don't Go Knockin' On My Door"
Belonging on the same style playlist as "Cinderella" -- although this one comes off the earlier Oops -- these kind of sassy breakup jams are why Britney Spears is a mainstay in workout playlists. On to the next one.
Off Britney, this track is just the kind of sexy "I've moved on" dance song that fans would love to see more of in her work. While Spears' most recent stuff hasn't been as huge on radio as it was in her millennial pop heyday, a return to this type of sound could be just the thing to bring back now-all-grown-up fans.
No, this isn't a Britney-in-control song, but this tune, another off In The Zone, is a necessary edition to any album dealing with the end of a relationship (and, man, what a companion piece to "Cry Me A River"!).
The powerful, I'm-done-with-your-B.S. single off Oops, I Did It Again is the gold standard in the Britney cannon, and her team should be playing it on a loop in the studio as they consider what's next.