01/16/2013 08:58 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Britney Spears When She Was Singing '...Baby One More Time' (PHOTO)

Either by choice, or simply through osmosis, every American living in the 1990s knew the lyrics to Britney Spears' megahit "...Baby One More Time." Spears is easily one of the biggest pop icons of all time, and spent most of the late '90s and early aughts turning out hit after hit. With a permanent place in the tabloids (be it for her controversial marriages, breakdowns or crazy wardrobe choices), this diva has cemented her place in history.

In this 1999 photograph we see an innocent-looking Spears (she was only 18 years old at the time), smiling for the camera. Her brown locks and makeup-free face render her almost unrecognizable (today her blonde hair has become her signature). The Louisiana native's glowing complexion and striped tank top remind us of her days singing chart toppers like "Lucky" and "Oops!... I Did It Again." We miss the old Brit.

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Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images/Dave Allocca

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