By Christopher Rosa
Last week marked the 15th anniversary of Britney Spears‘ first solo concert tour. You’ve already seen our nostalgia-inducing trip down memory lane, where we compared shots from her …Baby One More Time Tour (1999) and her current Las Vegas residency Britney: Piece of Me. But what about all the good stuff in between—the tours, television appearances and surprise shows that made our Britney-loving hearts skip several beats? What are Brit Brit’s greatest performances of all time?
We had a ton of material to choose from—it has been more than a decade, after all—but we whittled down the list to 15 signature performances that encompass what we all love about Britney: Theatrics, amazing choreography and (from time to time) solid vocals. In these clips alone, we see Britney tangling with a python, flying in the rain, playing whack-a-mole and—oh yeah!—kissing Madonna. Yeesh! We’re tired just thinking about it.
Take a look at our choices and let us know in the comments below what Britney performances make your spirits soar. And yes, “all of them” is an acceptable answer.
15. “Break the Ice,” 2013-2014’s Britney: Piece of Me (Las Vegas Residency)
Britney’s dancing in her current Vegas show is a little…meh. However, our girl gets a random burst of energy during her rendition of “Break the Ice,” and the results are flawless. Danceney is back! (Well, for about 2 minutes.)
14. “Everytime,” 2004’s The Onyx Hotel Tour
Not particularly known for her live vocals, the world takes a deep breath whenever Britney drops the playback and attempts to sing. We were pleasantly surprised with “Everytime” back in ’04. Brit does have a lovely voice when she tries.
13. “Piece of Me,” 2009’s The Circus Starring: Britney Spears
Considered her comeback tour, Britney is in full “caged animal” mode for this version of “Piece of Me.” Literally. She’s in cage. Oh, and she flips her hair about 10,000 times (all perfection).
12. “Gimme More,” 2011′s Femme Fatale Tour
While her 2007 MTV Video Music Awards performance will forever remain “Gimme More’s” pièce de résistance, Britney’s 2011 version is a satisfying treat. The Egyptian-inspired dancing highlights Brit’s best on-stage features.
11. “Stronger,” 2001’s American Music Awards
Britney hosted the AMAs in 2001, but she did take a 4-minute break to wow us with the best live version of “Stronger” ever. The rock-influenced sound and choreography make this performance explode.