5. “Toxic,” 2003 ABC Special
“Toxic” is a Britney concert staple, but rarely does she do it with this much oomph. The dancing is tight, her hair is blonde and free-flowing and when she puts on her blindfold, we’re on the edge of our seats. Where’d ya go, B? We don’t see you! #magic #science
4. “Like a Virgin/Hollywood” with Madonna, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot, 2003’s MTV VMAs
This may have been an homage to Madonna, but our eyes (like always) were on Britney. Sure, Brit Brit was the only one lip-synching (allegedly), but her hair flips make up for it. And the fact that her kiss with Madge was the only one that mattered was (and still is) everything.
3. “…Baby One More Time,” 2001-2002’s Dream Within a Dream Tour
The outside comes inside for the finale of Britney’s mesmerizing Dream Within a Dream Tour. Rain pours all over Britney as she bounces around the key-shaped stage to an up-tempo rendition of “BOMT.” Oh, and then takes flight. BOOM.
2. “Oops!…I Did It Again/Satisfaction,” 2000’s MTV VMAs
Britney channeled Michael Jackson for her second VMAs performance, where she ripped off her black suit to reveal a barely-there flesh-colored ensemble. The crowd went crazy when then 18-year-old Britney stared right into their souls and said, “Oooh! I did it again.” YES SHE DID.
1. “I’m a Slave 4 U,” 2001’s MTV VMAs
What’s a girl to do to shake her pigtails image? Wrap a yellow python around her neck and writhe around the Metropolitan Opera House stage to her Neptunes-concoted hit song, apparently. And the results are #iconic.
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