We are now in the third round of the competition in our Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years! From now until December 2, Britney Spears’ hottest, sexiest and most iconic videos are battling it out for the title of Best Britney Video of All Time. We know that this is not an easy decision to make, which is why we are here to help! We will be taking a look back at several of Ms. Spears’ videos throughout the years to get insight from directors, set visits and Britney herself.
Next up is Britney’s video for “Me Against the Music.” The video, which barley edged out “(You Drive Me) Crazy” in the second round, faces off against “Hold it Against Me” for a spot in the final four. This video had Britney team up with the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna. The two play a cat-and-mouse game in the video, teasing not only the viewers, but each other as well.
“Madonna is an icon of an earlier generation, and then Britney of the newer generation,” director Paul Hunter told MTV News in 2009. “She was at her peak at that point, so it was a challenge to kind of bring both of the worlds together.”
The video, which was the lead single from Britney’s 2003 album In the Zone¸ shows off some of her sharpest dance moves and teases us with near repeat of their VMA kiss, which is where this collaboration came together.
“I was in the middle of rehearsals for the VMAs and I played her the song, and she was like, ’That’s your first single, right?'” Britney said. “I was like, ’Yeah, hopefully.’ She was like, ’I really like it.’ I was like, ’Really?’ I was like, ’Well, you wanna do it with me?’ She said, ’Yeah.'”