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Britney Spears Will Make You Go Crazy With This 1999 Tune

(This part of the “Song Lyrics Sunday” hosted by Jim at A Unique Title For Me. The theme is “Crazy”, which why I picked Britney Spears in this post. Anyone is free to participate! The rules for the challenge are at the end of this post.)

It is the final week of 2019! The final days of a decade! So many things happened in this decade: musically and not musically. Yet, 2019 marks the anniversaries of debuts of artists like ARASHI, 3LW, Real McCoy, and others. Its also a celebration of albums and songs that were released 10, 20, or even 30 years ago. One of these songs is Britney Spears with her 1999 hit “(You Drive Me) Crazy”.

The Summer of 1999

Aaaaah, the summer of 1999! I would have to say that was one of the best summers I have ever experienced in all my life. I just turned 10 before summer vacation, ready to take on the world with my Beanie Babies, Tamagotchis, and Pokemon. I remember watching the MTV trendy countdown show TRL (Total Request Live) to see what were the top songs of the day. It was important as there were constant debates on who was the best during lunchtime conversations and summertime hangouts at the local playground. Who was better? *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys? Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera? Nick Carter or Justin Timberlake? Oh, the angst of a preteen girl’s heart!

1999 was also the year that I started my own music collection. Before then, I would just listen to whatever my mom played on the car radio. It was either The Police, The Beatles, Phil Collins, Genesis, or the two songs that she loved from the Batman Forever soundtrack. I love what my mom played, but it was time to start my own collection. The first CD in my collection was actually Sailor Moon & The Scouts – Lunarock. I still love that album to this day!

Britney Spears’s “(You Drive Me) Crazy”

Britney Spears on the set of the music video for "(You Drive Me) Crazy"

“(You Drive Me) Crazy” was released by Britney on the first day of summer in 1999. It was used as the theme song for the teen flick You Drive Me Crazy with Melissa Joan Hart, who was best friends with the singer, and heartthrob Adrian Grenier. Hart and Grenier are featured in the music video below as cameos. (Fun fact; Britney would go on and appear in Melissa’s show Sabrina the Teenage Witch to promote the song).

The song was written by Jörgen Elofsson, Max Martin, Per Magnusson, and David Kreuger. That is a lot of songwriters/producers on one song! Jörgen Elofsson is a Swedish songwriter that wrote songs like Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This”, Agnes & Björn Skifs’s “When You Tell The World You’re Mine” (the song for Princess Victoria’s wedding), and Namie Amuro‘s “make it happen” (with AFTERSCHOOL). Max Martin has written many hit songs for artists like Katy Perry, Taylor Swift (“Shake It Off”), and *NSYNC. David Kreuger has written songs mostly for Eurovision. Per Magnusson has written for British groups like Il Divo and Westlife.

Britney Spears in "(You Drive Me) Crazy" music video

The mix that is featured in the music video is the Stop Remix. I like this version better than the version because the remix version is more danceable and upbeat. It also has an edge to it. The original version was tame with minimal synthesizers and a drum kit. However, the Stop Remix features more instruments like a rhythm guitar and an electric guitar. I love the electric guitar dive around the 1:27 mark, it’s so crazy and cool. I also felt like Britney’s vocals are more fuller in the remix, especially around in the chorus. Maybe because it was processed a little more than the original or they added more backing vocals to the mix.

“(You Drive Me) Crazy” is my favorite Britney Spears songs, especially the Stop Mix, because it is upbeat, danceable, and has an edge to it. What do you like of “(You Drive Me) Crazy”? What is your favorite Britney Spears song? Tell me in the comments!

Lyrics to Britney Spears’s “You Drive Me Crazy”

Baby, I’m so into you
You got that something, what can I do?
Baby, you spin me around, oh
The earth is moving, but I can’t feel the ground
Every time you look at me
My heart is jumping, it’s easy to see
Loving you means so much more
More than anything I ever felt before

You drive me crazy, I just can’t sleep
I’m so excited, I’m in too deep
Whoa, crazy, but it feels alright
Baby, thinking of you keeps me up all night

Oh, oh

Tell me you’re so into me
That I’m the only one you will see
Tell me I’m not in the blue, oh
That I’m not wasting my feelings on you
Loving you means so much more
More than anything I ever felt before

You drive me crazy, I just can’t sleep
I’m so excited, I’m in too deep
Whoa, crazy, but it feels alright
Baby, thinking of you keeps me up all night

Crazy, I just can’t sleep
I’m so excited, I’m in too deep
Crazy, but it feels alright
Every day and every night

You drive me crazy (You drive me crazy, baby)
I’m so excited, I’m in too deep
Whoa, crazy (You make me feel alright)
Baby, thinking of you keeps me up all night

You drive me crazy (You drive me crazy, baby)
Yeah, yeah
Whoa, crazy, but it feels alright
Baby, thinking of you keeps me up all night
Baby, thinking of you keeps me up all night

The Rules

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. Jim Adams

    I have always liked this song, thanks for sharing it.

  2. Jade Li

    She had her 15 minutes of fame and made the most of it. Good song for the times. Great choice for the prompt!

    1. aisasami

      I feel sorry for the girl as she had to grow up in the limelight. Although most remember her for her music from the late 90s, she was on “Star Search” when she was little (and lost) and she was also the youngest member on the New Mickey Mouse Club (on Disney Channel). And when that ended, she was signed up to be in a girl’s group led by Lou Pearlman.

      Britney has talent and drive, but she just had a hard transition between childhood and real adult life. And, being a music star didn’t help. (Christina had problems too, and bounce back. Britney has bounced back too. I love “Womanizer”)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Felicia Denise

    NICE classic share and excellent background!

    Happy New Year from one music lover to another! 😊👍🎉

  4. Britney just takes me back into past. Amazing how music brings back memories. 😀

  5. Renee

    I totally love the song back in the day. You brought back a lot of memories

  6. Traci Edwards

    I never got on the Brittney Spears train though I know many, many people were crazy about her music.

  7. Neely

    Still my fav Britney song all the years later! I love her haha

  8. Stephanie

    Oh my gosh, I loved Britney! She was really popular when I was in middle school, so I was just the right age. I have a playlist that’s all my 90s music and it has a lot of Britney on it.

  9. Holly Lasha

    I was a HUGE Britney fan back in the day! This song was on repeat many, may times when I was doing homework or hanging with friends!

  10. Lulu

    I used to love Brittany, her songs and performances. Thanks for the memories.

  11. Maysz

    My Friend is a huge fan of Britney Spears and I’m a 90’s kid so this song Reminisce my good old days!

  12. Fransic verso

    I was listening to her most of the time and liked her songs because she has a good tune and well music.

  13. Angela Campos

    This is a great song! I always like her catchy tunes and she’s a great dancer too!!

  14. Angela Tolsma

    I haven’t thought of this song in ages! It was one of my sneak songs and I enjoyed it lots that summer

  15. Joanna

    I was 11 in the summer of ’99 and I remember how big Britney was at that time. She was on the radio, on MTV, in the magazines, everywhere knew her and everyone danced and sang her songs.

  16. Carriann

    Britney Spears was great back then. I’m sure she still is I just never hear much of her.

  17. Katy

    Wow it’s amazing when you realize that Britney’s career has spanned across generations now haha. Sure brings back the days!

  18. Megan

    I remember that song – it was a fun one! And *NSYNC was my very first concert ever!

  19. katrina Kroeplin

    i remember seeing britney in concert when i was in high school. it was a fun concert for sure.

  20. Thuy

    Britney Spears was my favorite pop princess while growing up

  21. Christa

    I can’t believe this came out so long ago! I remember listening to it on the radio. Lol. I’m in Las Vegas and would totally go see her show. It would be so fun!

  22. Dominique Brooks

    I remember this song — I was a huge fan of Britney’s music in the late 90s early 2000s. Great to dance to and great dancing in the videos! I was a dancer so that matters to me!

  23. Marjie Mare

    OMG, I feel so proud, for once, I know one song and one singer. I love Britney Spears.

  24. Cherry

    I really liked Britney and her songs, especially at the beginning of career. Thanks for sharing the lyrics! 🙂

  25. Nikhila

    Cool post. I haven’t heard this one, I’m gonna add this classic to my playlist.

  26. Lily

    This brings me back to my early teens! I was 13 when this song came out omg music was so much fun in 1999 and Britney was the Queen of Pop!

  27. Jackline A

    In the early 2000 Brittany Spears was on repeat for me. I use to love that song.

  28. Hairstyles

    Thanks for another great article. Where else could anybody get that kind of info in such an ideal way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

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