Fall Out Boy “Young and Menace” & Britney Spears “Oops!…I Did It Again” – Remix

I’ve found a lot (and I mean, A LOT) of Britney Spears remixes whether it be with her own songs or other artist’s songs and this one has got to be in my top three favorites. I don’t even remember how I came across this, but I do remember initially thinking “This is going to sound weird”. And it did sound weird, but in the absolute best way possible. This combination of songs is interesting because Britney Spears 2000 hit “Oops!…I Did It Again” is loved by so many and is incredibly timeless, while “Young and Menace” by Fall Out Boy released in 2017 is a song that I have read way too many negative comments about. Nonetheless, I enjoy both tracks equally and although they do appear to be polar opposites at the surface level, I find them to fit together sonically very well. This mix is organized in such a way that was completely unexpected because while most mixes incorporate just the lyrics of one song with the instrumental of another, this one took it a step further. The lyrics of each song fit together like a puzzle, with some of the best parts being in the first verse with “Kill me twice like my name was Britney, bitch” and the laugh from Britney’s “Gimme More”. The chorus is another outstanding feature on here, which is composed of an altered, heavily electronic version of the “Oops!” chorus that matches the “Young and Menace” chorus. The bridge also features a snippet from the into to “I’m A Slave 4 U” which actually is the perfect touch to tie the whole thing together, despite it not being from the original track. Sonically, there is a wonderful balance of the early 2000’s dance pop beat with the alternative/ experimental electronic rock that melts together so easily and creates a genre of music I didn’t even know I needed. The entire three minutes uses enough of each song to compliment each other instead of just layer into each other and that’s what really makes this stand out. It’s not just borrowing one part of one song and using it in another; it’s incorporating the most compatible parts of both songs and the most notable aspects of each to create a new idea.

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