Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout’ Turns Five: Stan & Deliver

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2. Piece of Me: Just because Britney doesn’t sweat over a hot lyrics sheet to come up with her own songs doesn’t mean she can’t deliver a near-perfect summation of how she’s perceived via the perfect pop song. “Piece of Me” nails the media storm around Spear’s famously bleak 2007 with Bloodshy and Avant‘s crunchy, forward-thinking production squawking and whirring all over the track while Swedish-pop queen Robyn coos on backing vocals.

Its single release came at the height of that much-vaunted meltdown but “Piece of Me” is a surly, engaging and sparkling pop single, still one of the spikiest jewels in Britney’s chart crown.