Should Have Been Bigger: Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body”
In this franchise, we look back on songs that deserved a little more love and attention.
Things were looking up for pop legend Christina Aguilera in 2012. After a rough album rollout and cancelled tour in 2010, the Stripped siren was rejuvenated by her tenure as the sole female judge on NBC’s The Voice and ready to reclaim her spot at the top of the charts. Xtina went for the safe bet by teaming up with prolific hitmaker Max Martin for the project’s lead single, “Your Body.” After playing with electro-pop on Bionic, the pop icon returned to her roots on a glorious pop anthem about casual sex. The stars were aligning for a comeback hit, but it never quite happened.
“All I want to do is love your body,” Christina powerfully belts over driving bass and sweet synths. Her voice resonated with confidence and the dance-pop production was tailored for radio and dance floors across the globe. The track received a rainbow-filtered music video that revels in ratchetry and finds the “Dirrty” diva seducing and murdering hot guys. Rocking a variety of scanty costumes and 2012’s trendiest Kool Aid colored hair, the songstress then takes it to the club bathroom for her raunchiest hook up (and some glitter blood).
What went wrong? Well, Christina spent a lot of time reflecting on her previous LP in interviews, referring to it as ahead of its time. (Which it was). Also, the only performance it received was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and that made use of office supplies for instrumentation. Not cute. Although the track received positive reviews from fans, it fizzled on the charts. As Legend X is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming 8th LP, we can only pray that it contains a cut as thoroughly iconic as “Your Body.” Revisit the glorious anthem below.