This Old School Flashback Battle was inspired by a Facebook thread between a few friends of mine including Dave- a recent guest host on our Homorazzi show. What started as a conversation about Selena Gomez concert tickets (don’t get me started) quickly evolved to the age old debate… Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera? While I find both ladies talented in their own right *cough* Christina is better *cough*, it always fascinates me how passionate people are about either artist. Brit lip syncs, Christina is fat, Spears is crazy, Aguilera is a bitch, the list goes on. That may be all true, but one thing they have in common is both made splashy debuts with their first albums.

While Spears’ …Baby One More Time sold more albums than Aguilera’s self-titled album (14 million compared to 9 million domestically), X-Tina notched more chart toppers than Brit (three compared to one). Christina’s album ranked No. 23 on Billboards 2000s decade chart, ahead of Britney’s ranking of No. 81. To be fair, Spears released hers in the 90s and ranked No. 29 on the 1990-99 decade chart as well.

When it comes to critical acclaim, Christina holds a slight edge. Her powerful pipes helped upset Britney by surprising everyone at the Grammys by winning the Best New Artist Award. In the end, all that doesn’t matter. It’s all about the fans. Regardless of how you feel about each singer today, revisit the singles from each debut album and try to be impartial in determining which ex-Mouseketter had the better first effort.

Old School Flashback Battle: Who Made A Splashier Debut?

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Britney Spears ‘…Baby One More Time’

…Baby One More Time

Peak Position: 1

Sometimes

Peak Position: 21

(You Drive Me) Crazy

Peak Position: 10

From the Bottom of My Broken Heart

Peak Position: 14

Christina Aguilera ‘Christina Aguilera’

Genie in a Bottle

Peak Position: 1

What A Girl Wants

Peak Position: 1

I Turn To You

Peak Position: 3

Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)

Peak Position: 1

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As much as I like both ladies, I have to give the edge to Christina. All four singles were solid hits and are still enjoyable to listen today. What are your thoughts on each album? Who were you rocking out to, back in the day? Sound off below.