Don't hold it against us, but it's hard to let a Britney Spears anniversary slip by without commemorating it in some fashion – and today (Jan. 29), we're celebrating 10 years since "Hold It Against Me" topped the Billboard Hot 100.
Previewing her seventh album Femme Fatale (which might be runner-up to Blackout as Best Britney Album yet), "Hold It Against Me" was a smash out of the gates, debuting at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and making Britney, at the time, just the second artist in the chart's history to debut at No. 1 more than once (Mariah Carey was the first to do so). Hey, that's just how she rolls.
With a pounding industrial dance beat and throbbing synths fading in and out, "Hold It Against Me" is a decidedly early '10s production; the impact of EDM on mainstream radio was undeniable at this point, and this banger comes locked and loaded with the requisite dubstep-influenced breakdown that seemed inescapable at the top of that decade. But even if that particular segment comes across as a bit of a checklist to-do item, Spears herself sounds invested in her vocal performance, easily sliding into the role of rave queen. No surprise there: Her instinctive ability to sound sensual and detached at the same time was a perfect fit for a genre that felt simultaneously hedonistic and mechanical.