Was Britney the most influential artist of the decade?

britney spearsDid Britney Spears define the aughties? (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

OK, so it probably wasn't Brit-Brit. But it might have been! She filled Verizon Center back in 2001 and again in 2009 -- and rarely left the headlines in between. If Britney wasn't our most influential pop star of the decade, who was? Vote in the poll below, then join Chris Richards and David Malitz to discuss the decade in music at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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You're missing someone: Juanes. He hasn't crossed over to English (yet), but he was the guy who opened the World Cup. There was a great Latin music station when I moved to DC--La Mega, later converted to part of Snyder's sports network. Introduced me to some great artists: Juanes, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Ozomatli, among others.

Shakira does some great work, though nothing beats "Tengo La Camisa Negra" for me.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 15, 2009 7:49 PM

No Coldplay/Chris Martin? Hey, they dols out the VCenter more than Mizz Spears. Of course, so did Springsteen....and U2.

Hmm, we seem to have been invaded by some rabid fanboys/girls.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 16, 2009 9:05 AM

One could argue that Britney was the most influential person of the decade, let alone artist. Just like a butterfly flapping its wings that eventually causes a hurricane, Britney cheating on Justin Timberlake cause a lot of dominoes to fall afterwards. They broke up, JT got mad, and wanted to get edgier. (And also dropped one of the best revenge songs ever) So he then pulls that stunt with Janet Jackson at the superbowl. The FCC gets lots of complaints, and the conservative sector gets all riled up. This gives the country a big push to the right, causes live TV to just about vanish (everything is on a delay now), and gets the 24 hour news cycle humming. This all gives President Bush some steam, he gets he programs passed, backlash, rinse repeat.... Interesting when you think about it.

Posted by: catalogbohemian | December 16, 2009 3:11 PM

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