The Singles Collection

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Second greatest hits CD still sells plenty of sex.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The insatiable fascination with sex and fame threaded throughout this record seem more like a cry for attention from an insecure girl than the sign of a confident young woman.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

While Brit has cleaned up her personal act somewhat over the past couple of years, she's still a long way from her sweet and innocent Mouseketeer days.


Classic Britney: nothing super graphic, but plenty of innuendo: "Three is a charm, two is not the same / I don't see the harm, so are you game?" 


The word "bitch" crops up.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional talk of smoking and drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though THE SINGLES COLLECTION features songs from Britney Spears' earlier, less risqué days, it also includes more explicit tracks from recent years -- including her latest single "3," which is all about sexual threesomes. The sex talk is never  graphic, but there's plenty of innuendo, as well as talk of smoking and drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written bywillowfaierie December 9, 2009

great for toddlers

I teach a daycare, and the kids dance to that music.
Teen, 13 years old Written byFathomT July 19, 2015

Her voice is questionable: her influence is undeniable

Common Sense Media hates Britney Spears. Yes, her voice is usually overprocessed and kind of weak. But her music is often catchy and she has left her stamp on p... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWil Adams June 14, 2012

You'll Love This Album

I don't think any 13-year-olds will be exposed to anything they've never heard before on this album. I think Britney is a remarkable performer no matt... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE SINGLES COLLECTION is the second greatest hits record (or third, if you count 2005's B in the Mix: The Remixes) from Britney Spears in the last five years -- not bad for an artist who's barely out of her mid-twenties. The latest compilation contains remasters of some of the same classic tracks on the former My Prerogative greatest hits album, including "Oops! I Did It Again," "Baby One More Time," and "Toxic." It also sports hits from more recent years, such as "Gimme More," "Piece of Me," and "Circus," along with Britney's latest number one single, "3" -- her ode to the sexual threesome. The track list parallels the singer's personal life, with the more carefree and fun songs from early in her career giving way to the tunes with sordid sexual themes that have characterized her career in recent years.

Is it any good?

Britney Spears is not just a singer, she's a brand -- known (and loved) for everything from her dancing to her image -- so she can't be judged on the merits of her lackluster vocals alone. Problem is, plenty of other brand-name artists do everything else Britney does, too, only they do it better. For example, Madonna may not be the best singer, either, but her daring image overhauls have resulted in songs that reflect a more intriguing variety of musical styles. And while Lady GaGa has also released her fair share of dance tracks, she infuses them with powerful vocals and more musical interest than Brit's ubiquitous synthesizer. Compared to tunes from these and other creative and talented counterparts, Britney's formulaic songs sound less appealing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Britney Spears' troubled personal life. Why would a girl like Britney, who seems to have everything anyone could ever want, have so much trouble finding happiness in her life?

  • What are other ways to get attention besides engaging in risky behaviors?

Music details

  • Artist: Britney Spears
  • Release date: November 20, 2009
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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