Urban Dictionary funnily defines ‘womanizer’ as a “guy who makes zillions of women think he is in love with them and that he is the best guy in the universe but never know he is making 12774763836543 other women think that too” and that is indeed the subject matter of Britney Spears’ second ever #1. She plays a female protagonist who warns the man that she’s aware of his intentions: “Boy, don’t try to front I know just what you are […] You’re a womanizer, baby”. Spears further described the song as a girl anthem.
The hit’s home album, Circus, was considered by many the pop singer’s true comeback. Although previous year’s Blackout had its fair share of successful hits in Gimme More and Piece of Me, it was still released during a dark period of drug addiction and scandals for Britney. “Circus is a little bit lighter than Blackout” she told MTV in an interview.
The new direction helped as Womanizer became her first chart-topper in 10 years, following the debut Baby One More Time. Joseph Kahn also returned as the director for the video, previously known for Stronger and the Grammy-nominated Toxic. The scenes that feature Britney covering her naked body in a sauna were both a nod to Toxic and a response to the attacks she received over the past few years about her weight.
Womanizer spent 1 week at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by T.I.’s Whatever You Like.