Let’s be honest: Britney Spears requires no introduction. The singer, dancer, actor and undeniable tabloid fixture has dominated popular culture since she stepped onto the entertainment scene in the late ’90s. December 2 is Spears’ 40th birthday, which means it’s the perfect time to celebrate her lifetime’s worth of achievements thus far.
From the moment she uttered that first breathy “Oh, baby, baby” in her debut single “…Baby One More Time,” the music game was officially changed. Fast-forward to today, and the world’s watchful eyes continue to be glued to Spears’ every move. (Have you checked out her fantastic Instagram presence lately? She’s got more than 35 million followers.)
Spears has more than a few memorable milestones to come out of her decades-long career. In fact, it’s hard to narrow down the influential artist’s standouts. Her lyrics, outfits and even choreography will be burned into the brains of fans forever. We’re taking a look back at a timeline that highlights some of her most iconic moments ever. You want a piece of her? It’s time for a trip down Britney Spears memory lane.
A version of this article was previously published in November 2018.