It’s time for the Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years, MTV News’ celebration of all things Britney to honor the pop star’s 30th birthday! In the lead up to the big day, we’re asking you, Brit’s most loyal fans, to help us decide which video from her legendary career is your favorite by participating in a winner-take-all tournament. MTV News’ resident Britney experts assigned 30 of Britney’s videos seeds and put them up against one another in a series of single-elimination match-ups. Fan voting will determine which of her amazing clips is named the fan-favorite. So vote now and vote often for your favorite video. The winner will be announced on December 2 – Britney’s 30th birthday!
“Hold It Against Me” vs. “Me Against The Music”
Another insanely close call! Another early Britney clip falling to a newer video. You guys are seriously rallying hard around your favorite Britney videos.
Sure, “Me Against The Music,” with its fantastic dancing, high production values and Madonna appearance, is technically a better video, but here in the MTV Newsroom we were certain that nostalgia would rule the day and “(You Drive Me) Crazy” would sweep Round Two right out from under “Me Against The Music.” Wrong! Like the competitions between “Everytime” and “Lucky” and “Criminal” and “Lucky,” this was, essentially, another 50/50 runoff, but in the end when the final numbers were tallied, “Me Against the Music” was the one left standing.
That means it will square off in the Elite 8 against the video for the lead single from Britney’s most recent album, Femme Fatale. In one of Round Two’s stronger victories, the futuristic video for “Hold It Against Me” took down Britney’s VMA Video of the Year-winning “Piece of Me.” Given the support “Hold It Against Me” received in Round one of Britney Spears: 30 Videos For 30 Years,” we’re actually not that surprised the video performed so well as part of the Sweet 16.
“Toxic” vs. “I’m A Slave 4 U”
Finally, a bracket runoff that panned out exactly as we expected!
Listen, the videos for “Circus” and “Womanizer” are fantastic (heck, “Womanizer” is itself a VMA winner for Best Pop Video), but it just wouldn’t have been right if the legendary clips for “Toxic” and “Slave” didn’t make it to the Elite 8. (Of course, we would have said the same thing about “…Baby One More Time” – but that’s just us!) “Slave” bested “Womanizer” 61.61 percent to 38.39 percent, while “Toxic” triumphed over “Circus” with the largest victory in the second round – 67.41 percent to 32.59 percent.
The only thing is … That puts two of our absolute favorite Britney videos up against each other in the Elite 8, meaning one of them won’t make it into the final four! So which will it be, Britney fans? Do you love “Toxic” or is “I’m A Slave 4 U” more your jam? Vote below.