The Crazy Meanings Behind Your Favorite Top 40 Songs

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“…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears

Crazy Song Meanings


Seventeen years after Britney Spears debut single “…Baby One More Time” changed the world, Billboard finally learned what the chorus means. Fans have long believed that “hit me baby, one more time,” was some type of kinky S&M metaphor or a weirdly blunt reference to physical abuse, but its really just another reason we should all be grateful for Google Translate. The song’s Swedish writers Max Martin and Rami Yacoub thought “hit” was American slang for “call.” “…Baby One More Time” was originally titled “Hit Me Baby (One More Time),” but Jive Records thought it sounded a little abuse-y and removed “Hit Me.”

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