Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week press “play” one more time on ‘Baby One More Time’ – the inaugural #1 hit of pop megaforce Britney Spears. The lead single from her debut album of the same name, the song – originally written for (but later passed on by) TLC – launched the then-unknown teen into the pop stratosphere upon its late 1998 release. Accompanied by a heavily choreographed and (later) iconized schoolgirl outfit and sassy shimmy to match, the Max Martin-mixed cut shot to #1 on the Hot 100 this week in 1999. Bumping Brandy‘s ‘Have You Ever’ from the top spot, the tune would enjoy a short, but impressive run atop the chart and even more impressive run in the history books. As of 2016, with over 10 million copies sold, the song remains one of the best selling ever!
Now, get into this week’s ‘Chart Rewind’ below and see what other familiar faces you see in the top 25: