Monday, February 02, 2009

Britney Single: Born to Make You Happy (1999)

Britney Spears "Born to Make You Happy"

Release: November 27, 1999

1. Born to Make You Happy (Radio Edit)
2. (You Drive Me) Crazy (Jazzy Jim's Hip-Hop Remix)

Producer: Kristian Lundin
Writer: Andreas Carlsson, Kristian Lundin

UK Singles Chart: #1 (2 weeks)

"Born to Make You Happy" was Spears' first European only single, It was also the first second single from, ...Baby One More Time, not be produced by Max Martin. Written by writers Andreas Carlsson and Kristian, the original take of the song was high sexual, making Spears feel uncomfortable singing -- the commercial version of the song was edited heavily to suit Spears and her targeted audience. I've always wanted to know how sexual the initial lyrics were because the lyrics we all know show no signs of alleged indecency.

"Born to Make You Happy" was released into selected European territories, It's never been disclosed why it wasn't released in America, I've always thought it was because the song sounded very European, however it still secured a hit for Spears. The song topped the UK Singles Chart for 2 weeks, giving Spears her second #1 in the country, selling 305,000 copies. It also made it into mostly every top 10 in Europe. At the end of 2000, the song was 32nd best selling song in the UK.

With it's slick piano chord bassline and synth soaked beat, "Born to Make You Happy" has always been one my favorite Britney songs, probably at this point in time, her best song since "...Baby." The song's accompanying video was futuristic, featuring a daydreaming Spears, contemplating on her lover, just like the majority of her videos, this also featured a dance segment, a very robotic one on a Titanic styled ship with back up dancers.


ww_adh said...

While I don't dislike "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart," "Born to Make You Happy" is clearly superiour. It should have been the fourth US release, and would have given Brits a bigger hit if it had been.

J.Mensah said...

you really think so? I always thought it would've flopped because it sounds so european.

ww_adh said...

Well, all the Jive pop music from the late '90s sounded European--Swedish specifically--so I think it would have done fine. "Believe" was the #1 hit of 1999 in the US.