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(You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix)
Album: ….Baby One More Time
Year: 1999

Britney Spears is infatuated with the hottest guy at school in the red-hot "(You Drive Me) Crazy (Stop Remix)."

Fiery drums and Spears' shout of "crazy!" opens the single, setting a gingery tone.

In the first verse, she says she's interested in him. He's charismatic, popular, and oh so dreamy. She can’t concentrate on the teacher's lecture while in class. When she sees him in the hallway, she bumps into people.

"Baby, I'm so into you/You got that something, what can I do/Baby, you spin me around/The earth is moving, but I can't feel the ground."



In the pre-chorus, she says that when he casually glances her way, her heart pounds and she blushes. It's obvious to everyone around her that she has a crush on him.

"Every time you look at me/My heart is jumping, it's easy to see."



In the chorus, she says thinks about possible conversation starters while trying to sleep. She can't wait to accidently walk past him after every class. If he doesn't like her back, she will be inconsolable for weeks. But she likes the fun of it.

"You drive me crazy/I just can't sleep/I'm so excited, I'm in too deep/Oh, crazy, but it feels alright/Baby, thinking of you keeps me up all night."



In the second verse, she fantasizes him taking her aside during lunch. Then, he will say that he’s had a crush on her for the longest time. He wants to be exclusive. She wants him to flirt with her or drop hints that he likes her. Otherwise, all the hair-flipping and talking about the teacher’s hair piece will be nothing.

"tell me, you're so into me/That I'm the only one you will see/Tell me, I'm not in the blue/That I'm not wasting my feelings on you."



In the pre-chorus, she says that when she stares him, she can't contain herself.

"Every time I look at you/My heart is jumping, what can I do."



The chorus is sung again.

In the bridge, Spears exclaims "oh” and “yeah!" She urges people to sing along with her. Then, she demands everyone to stop. There's a quick pause. Then, the record scratching of her "oh yeah's" gradually gets louder.

"You drive me crazy/Sing it, oh, crazy, yeah/Yeah!/Stop!"



The chorus is sung twice.

The bridge and chorus lyrics are combined together for an abbreviated chorus section.

“"Sing it/Crazy/Crazy, oh, yeah/You drive me crazy, but it feels alright/Baby thinking of you keeps me up all night."



Spears is like, so in love! Like, the other day she was chatting with her girlfriends on MySpace about her almost brush of his shoulder in the fifth period. It was, like, unreal. And his hands are so long and tough-looking!

The song is for pre-teen girls hungering for the hot jock senior and it doesn’t make any excuses for its silliness.

Spears' vocals are enthusiastic and determined (though it’s artificially crafted by Pro-Tools.) But like most dance songs, her voice isn't the focal point. It's the beats.

Martin's remix is well-done. He removed the original Backstreet Boys instrumentation and made the percussion sparkly and glittery. He changed the bridge around, taking out the 80s electric guitar. He replaced it with the record scratching and the "stop" section, which is brilliant. It's punchier and feistier than the original could’ve hoped.

"(You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix)" is insatiable and has relentless energy.

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