Greatest late '90s pop princess: Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears? | The Tylt
Greatest late '90s pop princess: Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears?
Britney Spears swiftly cemented herself into a pop culture with her very first single and music video for "...Baby One More Time." The legendary video shows a 17-year-old Britney dressed as an innocent, but not-really-so-innocent school girl with on-beat dancers behind her. Teen idols were huge in movies, TV and music in the late '90s and early 2000s. Hence, the high school backdrop was perfect for a teenage pop anthem.
"...Baby One More Time" became a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, and made Britney a star. Her debut album of the same name also went #1 and sold more than 14 million units in the U.S. alone—making the album Diamond certified.
Brit's career has had ups and downs, but she has longevity too. She continues to sell out arenas, and can still churn out top-selling albums. Many consider her the princess of pop—right under the Queen of Pop, Madonna.
Christina came out in mid-1999 with her lead single "Genie in a Bottle" off of her self-titled debut album. It became her first of three #1 hits from the album. She followed with "What A Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)." Her debut is certified Platinum 9 times over. Not quite as many units as Britney, but Christina's voice and critical acclaim made up for that.
Christina beat out Britney at the 2000 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist. Fitting because Christina is considered the better artist, while Britney is a pop entertainer. Christina continued to reinvent herself and push her vocal abilities with each album with much success. Many consider her a great crossroads of music artist and entertainer. And besides Fred Durst and Eminem, who poked fun at her and Brit in the late '90s, critics still consider Christina a well-respected vocalist.