‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’: Cryptic Meaning Behind Britney Spears’ 90s Hit, Revealed

By Ivy Candelaria | 2 years ago
‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’: Cryptic Meaning Behind Britney Spears’ 90s Hit, Revealed
PHOTOGRAPH: Instagram/britneyspears |

Taking its literal meaning, Britney Spears’ hit song “Hit Me Baby One More Time” may not have that much of a positive insinuation—but what does it really mean? Read on to know more, because the mystery has finally been revealed.

With the song’s catchy tune and Spears’ young fan base, it was not unknown that a lot of the fans singing along to it, did not have a slight idea what it meant. E! News reports that over the years, many mothers might have felt guilt-ridden about allowing their young children sing and dance along to lyrics pleading for physical violence.

Also Read: HOW DID BRITNEY SPEARS’ OUTFIT FALL APART DURING ‘PIECE OF ME’ VEGAS SHOW?

Worry no more, as author John Seabrook recently released a compilation on the pop industry, called “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory”, which reveals some much-needed actuality to Spears’ song.

According to the book, the song, which was penned by Swedish songwriters Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, was prearranged for the young Spears because it was believed she could produce a huge hit out of it—and true enough, she did.

The book further explains that the main inspiration of the song was the story of a girl undergoing a breakup. The lyrics were alleged to suggest a love-struck adolescent begging for the ex-boyfriend to call her back. Yes, CALL. Consider it some sort of language barrier, but the Swedish guys understood the word “hit” was American slang for “call.”

Also Read: ADELE VS. MILEY CYRUS, BRITNEY SPEARS VS. CELINE DION: WHO’S WINNING?

Contrary to popular belief that had been stuck to us for quite a number of years, instead of hypothetically disseminating troublesome domestic patterns, the song is really just about something that every despairing single woman has experienced—anticipating for a callback from a certain special someone.

It may sound silly that parents worried about their children singing along to a “bad” song but at least every thing has been cleared up.

Does all this talk make you feel like reminiscing? Here’s the music video for the hit song:

Also Read: POP STAR BRITNEY SPEARS GUEST STARS ON ‘JANE THE VIRGIN’ SEASON 2 EP 5

Photo Source: Instagram/britneyspears

About the author

Visiting entertainment sites was a daily activity for Ivy as it was a major stress reliever for her. What's the next best thing than finally working for one, right? Epic TV series and movie marathons had the same effect as well.A Communications graduate and now a future social worker who can't seem to stay away from writing, she is also a firm believer in wanderlust and hopes to explore as many places as she can.Follow her as she takes you through the hottest entertainment trends with Movie News Guide.