Looking at the Britney Spears discography it is quite evident that the pop superstar’s journey was not all roses. She started out really big, especially with her first two albums. I have been a fan since her Mickey Mouse Club House days, being in the same age group, I literally grew up with my number one idol, Britney Spears.


Britney Spears Discography: All Grown Up

Her 2003 fourth studio album, In the Zone, was not as commercially successful as her first three albums. Though she had more control over this album because she wrote some of her songs and had collaborations with big names in the industry, her fans, including me, wasn’t all too happy with her transformation from a teenager to adult.

This is a dance oriented album and a combination of several music genres, including hip hop, trip hop, and R&B. She did a lot of experimentation here, showcasing a lot of instrumentations from strings, drums, and guitars – thus producing a very different sound from her previous works. We were probably not yet ready for an adult Britney Spears. There were songs about the love for dancing, relationships, empowerment, and sex and masturbation which turned off most of us. It sold only 3 million copies in the US, but it was more successful in the world market with 12 million; but still not as successful as the first which sold over 30 million worldwide.


Britney Spears Discography: Still Produced Hit Songs

While her fourth album didn’t fare well in terms of sales like her previous ones, it still produced worldwide hits like her collaboration with Madonna, Me Against the Music. The songs Toxic and Everytime became huge hits as well. I especially liked Everytime because it was a simple love song and I thought I felt what she was feeling. I’d say that this is one of the most sensitive songs I have heard her sing.


Her Fifth Studio Album

Britney Spears DiscographyBlackout, her fifth album, was released four years after her fourth studio album. This was one of her tumultuous years. She started writing songs in 2003 and noticeably experimented on her sound. In 2004 she got married, much to my disappointment. After she gave birth to her first born, she started recording for this album. She got pregnant with baby number two and eventually filed for divorce towards the end of 2006.

Critics took note that her voice seemed to have been digitally-enhanced. However, the album still received some positive reviews, citing its innovations in production. This is dubbed as a state-of-the-art pop album. In the US, it sold a measly 1 million copies; on the other hand, worldwide she did better at slightly over 3 million. These were very low numbers if we look at how huge her previous albums were.

The song Gimme More, probably the most popular in this album, received mixed reviews – critics were all appreciative of its music but lambasted her vocals.


Despite these major setbacks in her career and personal life, she managed to come up with relatively good albums, and the Britney Spears discography is still tops on my list.