Ultimate late '90s pop princess: Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?
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Ultimate late '90s pop princess: Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?

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Teen pop wasn't just about boy bands in the late '90s, especially after two divas burst onto the scene like a dynamite—Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The pop stars were constantly compared in their early days, but Christina had the powerhouse vocals and won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2000. Britney is regarded as the Princess of Pop, especially ever since "...Baby One More Time" became the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist. Who's the ultimate pop princess? 👑🎤

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"It's Britney bitch!"

Britney quickly became an icon by cementing herself into pop culture with her very first hit and music video "...Baby One More Time" in late 1998. The video was set at a high school, with Britney is dressed in a private school girl uniform. She was so innocent but not-so-innocent, and that look defined her image. Just look at the Rolling Stone cover with Britney dressed in revealing pajamas (her bra, open top, and pajama shorts) on the phone while holding a Teletubby. See innocent, but not really. 😉

Teen idols were huge in the '80s and '90s across entertainment: movies, TV, and music. But Britney took to the next level with her very first teen pop anthem, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, replacing Brandy's "Have You Ever?"

Her debut album of the same name topped the Billboard 200, selling an estimated 14 million units in the United States. Not only did the album become Diamond-certified, but "...Baby One More Time" became the best-selling album by a teen artist. Her follow-up album "Oops... I Did It Again" also became Diamond-certified and her second best-selling album.

Britney has had ups and downs in her career, especially in the mid-2000s, but has also gone on to become a dance-pop icon, garnering more #1 hits in the late '00s and early '10s.

Her longevity as a relevant pop icon is the reason why many consider Britney the Princess of Pop, alongside the Queen of Pop—Madonna.

"I'm a risk taker..."

Christina Aguilera dropped her lead single "Genie in a Bottle" from her debut album in the summer of 1999, and it became a definitive summertime jam. It also started a long-running rivalry as Xtina became Britney's biggest competitor. While Britney was a showgirl who could dance and perform her behind off, Xtina had a powerhouse voice.

"Genie in a Bottle" became the first of three hit singles from her debut album. "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" also topped the charts in 2000. Britney has two Diamond-certified albums, but Xtina is also a multi-platinum superstar—with her first album selling more than 9 million albums in the U.S. alone. But her voice, her art of reinvention and her critical acclaim made up for that.

Xtina even beat out Britney at the Grammys in 2000 in the coveted Best New Artist category. Many argue the win was fitting, as Xtina is regarded as an inventive music artist and vocalist who takes risks, while Britney is often just dismissed as an entertainer.

Xtina followed her debut with the Spanish LP "Mi Reflejo" and Christmas album "My Kind of Christmas," along studio albums "Stripped" and "Back to Basics"—reinventing herself with each of these conceptual albums.

#TeamBritney because she's earned the honorific title "Princess of Pop" by being a groundbreaking entertainer who is still slaying the pop game!

#TeamXtina because her powerhouse vocals and innate ability to reinvent her sound make her the ultimate pop princess.

Britney followed up "...Baby One More Time" with the summertime hit "Sometimes" and dance-pop hit "(You Drive Me) Crazy." Watch the epic dance music video to "(You Drive Me) Crazy" below.

Watch the music video for the hit single that started it all, "...Baby One More Time." The smash was not only her debut single but also topped the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1999.

Xtina might have released her lead single from her debut album after Britney had already topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts, but "Genie in a Bottle" became the biggest song of the summer in 1999, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks. 

Xtina followed up to "Genie in a Bottle" with more #1 hits like "What a Girl Wants," an uptempo pop hit that shows off her impressive vocal range. Watch the music video below.

Listen to the best-selling album by a teenage artist below. "...Baby One More Time" was Britney's debut album, and began a legacy that will forever be cemented in pop culture.

Listen to Xtina's self-titled debut album, which garnered positive reviews, sold millions of records and won her the Best New Artist award at the Grammys in 2000. Xtina was considered not only as a pop star in 1999 but a true music artist and vocalist.

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