100 songs of the decade: Work Bitch – Britney Spears

 100 songs of the decade: Work Bitch – Britney Spears

Written by: Britney Spears, will.i.am, Otto Jettman, Sebastian Ingrosso, Derek Weintraub, Anthony Preston and Ruth-Anne Cunningham
Produced by: Sebastian Ingrosso, Otto Knows, will.i.am and Anthony Preston
Album: Britney Jean
UK release: November 2013
UK chart peak: 7

Is Work Bitch incredible or utterly, utterly horrible? I still haven’t decided! But on the sheer strength of the GREATEST POP LEGEND OF ALL TIME saying “go call the po-lice, go call the gov-er-nor”, it’s on the list.

Britney Spears launched her, er, “most personal” album campaign with this ludicrous banger, which followed the huge worldwide success of Scream And Shout and the well-received clubby vibe of Femme Fatale. will.i.am’s in charge, and he’s kitchen-sinking the fuck out of the production.

It’s A LOT, obviously, but it’s uproariously good fun, and there are certain points where Brit really does sound like she’s having a blast. It may have been the start of a doomed era, but it’s still – it has to be said – iconic.

  • 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 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


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