100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 7. Till The World Ends – Britney Spears

 100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 7. Till The World Ends – Britney Spears

Written by: Dr L***, Alexander Kronlund, Max Martin and Kesha
Produced by: Dr L***, Max Martin, Billboard and Emily Wright
Album: Femme Fatale
UK release: March 2011
UK chart peak: 21

At the top of the decade, Kesha took her knack for writing a dance-pop thumper and co-created this absolute belter for Britney Spears: an apocalyptic floorfiller that is, in my view, Brit’s best song of this decade (and one of her three best overall; the others being Stronger and …Baby).

Till The World Ends’ strongest asset is its hands-aloft, scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs chorus, which is why it’s Quite Something that we don’t actually get it until after the second verse, more than two-and-a-half minutes into the damn song. When it comes, though, the payoff is incredible; an almighty life-affirming adrenaline-rush that can only come when pop music is done right.

You know how much I love it? I made an ACAPELLA VERSION(!) an integral part of my first professionally-produced play. Deep and meaningful, or inherently cringeworthy? TIME WILL TELL! But the song itself still stands proudly as a mighty fine piece of musical goodness.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10.
  • See the full list so far here.
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Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.