“Toxic” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears from her fourth album, In the Zone. It was released on January 12, 2004, by Jive Records as the second single from the album.
“Toxic” attained worldwide success, reaching the top-five in fifteen countries, while topping the charts in Australia, Canada, Hungary, Norway and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it became her first single to peak inside the top ten in almost four years.
As of January 2011, “Toxic” has sold 12,000 physical units and 1,537,000 digital copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is her sixth best-selling digital single in the country.
“Toxic” earned Spears her first Grammy at the 2005 ceremony in the category of Best Dance Recording, and gained her credibility amongst critics.
“Toxic” was ranked at number fourteen on Stylus Magazine’s Top 50 Singles between 2000 and 2005.
In a 2005 poll conducted by Sony Ericsson, “Toxic” was ranked as the world’s second favorite song, only behind “We Are the Champions” by Queen.
The song was also included on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born list by Blender.
Pitchfork listed the song on The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.
“Toxic” was listed on several others end of the decade lists; at number forty-seven by NME, forty-four by Rolling Stone and seventeen on The Daily Telegraph.
In May 2010, Spears revealed through her Twitter account that “Toxic” was her favorite song from her catalogue.
Not only is Toxic my favorite video by the Queen, it’s also my favorite video of all time AND favorite song of all time.