The famous line from the chorus of Britney Spear’s first single “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time” was written by a Swedish producer who didn’t speak perfect English. By “hit me”, he really meant “hit me up.”

…Baby One More Time (song)

“…Baby One More Time”

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A 20-second sample of the song’s chorus, features Spears singing “Hit me, baby, one more time!”

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“…Baby One More Time” is a teen pop and dance-pop song that lasts for three minutes and thirty seconds. The song is composed in the key of C minor and is set in the time signature of 4/4 common time with a moderate tempo of 93 beats per minute. Songwriting and production is largely based on previous Cheiron productions, most notably Vannessa Lee’s “Show Me Love” which shows similar song scheme, drum patterns, wah guitars and piano hits. Spears’s vocal range spans over one octave from E♭3 to C5. The song begins with a three-note motif in the ba… Continue Reading (22 minute read)

8 thoughts on “The famous line from the chorus of Britney Spear’s first single “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time” was written by a Swedish producer who didn’t speak perfect English. By “hit me”, he really meant “hit me up.””

  1. tuxedonyc

    Interesting story behind another huge Max Martin hit too- I want it that way by the. Backstreet Boys. He rewrote that song later when his English improved but it’s not nearly as good.

  2. Propman561

    I figured hit me meant bang me.

  3. majorminorminor

    Is popular song Hit Me Up Baby One Time

  4. cferrios

    On the other hand it’s the perfect song of a person reminiscing their past love while playing blackjack.

  5. The_Goop2526

    I think my brain made this conclusion without telling me- that’s what I kinda assumed it meant even though grammatically it doesn’t make sense. Brains are weird.

  6. GusGreen82

    I’m assuming it’s Max Martin. This is also the case for “Cake By the Ocean,” which was a bad translation of sex on the beach. You can hear all about him [here](https://switchedonpop.com/episodes/24-searching-for-max-martin).

    Edit: “Cake By the Ocean” wasn’t produced by Max Martin but by different Swedish producers, Mattman & Robin. The misinterpretation still stands.

  7. TThick1

    I thought it meant “hit me” as in “I’d hit that”

  8. oneplusetoipi

    Reminds me of “Take on me”. Probably is more like what someone would say in Norwegian.

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