Cover art may not seem as important now in the digital streaming age where most people probably don’t consider it, but back in the day, the cover art was sometimes more important than the music itself. Britney Spears’ 2001 eponymous album is one of those instances. While the record is stellar and contains some of her best songs, this artwork is probably her most memorable (aside from Circus, that’s her next best, in my opinion). Her first two releases featured very pretty and posed photos of her, where she came off as well put together and were incredibly visually appealing. But this time around, I think this was meant to be the opposite. Objectively speaking, I don’t think this was supposed to be as photoshoot-like as the other covers were. Here we see her sitting on a porch of what appears to be a run down home, with an old mattress in the background. It’s also extremely edited, with the blue background, Britney herself colored in yellow, and a magenta gash behind her. But the colors compliment each other so well, and the dreamy inspired font goes perfectly with the theme of the record. The rest of the photos included on the artwork also feel like candid shots, which is refreshing to see from a pop star. This cover was such a creative step in the right direction and is one that is still timeless to this day, not seeming like it was produced in the early 2000’s, unlike many other records during the time.