We all have our own former Disney star that we call our own. Whether it’s Selena, Demi, Christina or Britney, we’ve followed their transition from the small screen to stadium shows.
This week it was also noted that Britney Spears’ “Lucky” music video turned 15 years old and it got us feeling all kinds of nostalgic.
So in celebration of time here’s in in-depth investigation of our our fave Disney stars’ music then and now.
Beware - Prepare to feel hella old.
Then - "...Baby One More Time"
Released in 1999 (!), what could be more iconic than Britney Spears’ debut single? From the schoolgirl uniforms to that classic piano riff, this is one that, when played today, we still get our groove on to. This doesn’t really make us feel old, just euphoric.
Now - "Pretty Girls"
To say that Spears has had a bit of a tough time is an understatement, but “Pretty Girls” is the singer’s most fun singles in YEARS. From the funny lyrics, the traditional Britney coos and awesome dance routines we’re not ashamed to say we love “Pretty Girls”.
Then - "Genie In A Bottle"
Christina and Brit are the ex-Disney OGs, and “Genie In A Bottle” is a prime example of how far these former mousekateers will go to shake that sugary-sweet image, with Xtina herself has lambasted her early squeaky clean sound. Regardless “Genie In A Bottle” is a total jam.
Now - "Your Body"
Christina took extreme lengths to drop the Disney tag, donning crotch less chaps, making out with girls and generally getting dirrty. Her last true solo single, “Your Body” is a banging pop song about, well, you can guess what.
Then - "I Want You Back" (NSYNC)
Justin Timberlake’s debut single was as part of boyband NSYNC and this is where we start to feel super old. Just look at this video; look at those outfits; and their dance moves!
Now - "Not A Bad Thing"
JT is probably the most grown of all the former Disney stars. He’s not courted controversy like Britney and Christina but has matured naturally, writing hits along the way. “Not A Bad Thing” was the second single from his ambitious double album The 20/20 Experience.
Then - "So Yesterday"
Hilary Duff was the one of the many stars that released music under Hollywood Records, Disney’s own label, tying the music into concerts, TV shows and more. That doesn’t stop “So Yesterday”, released 12 years ago in 2003, from being a major break-up anthem. That guitar, man.
Now - "Sparks"
Unlike the others, Hilary Duff took eight years away before releasing new music in the shape of slinky electro-pop bop “Sparks”. We love this one so much; it even made it into our songs of the year so far.
Then - "See You Again"
While many think that “Best Of Both Worlds” was actually Miley’s first single, it was, in fact, “See You Again”, a pulse-y pop-rock opus that includes the iconic lyric: “You asked what's wrong with me/ My best friend Leslie said "Oh she's just being Miley". Released in 2007, a lot has changed since this moment…
Now - "Adore You"
Miley may have shocked everyone by twerking with foam finger, but in the past 12 months she’s also proved that she’s politically minded and one of the best popstars in the world. Not only was her last album BANGERZ rather good, but Miley’s ‘idgaf’ attitude is refreshing, especially from one of the most famous people in the world. My how she’s grown.
Then - "Burnin' Up" (Jonas Brothers)
Oh my goodness, look how fresh faced Nick Jonas looks in this video. OMG! Also, is that a cameo from a fresh-faced Selena Gomez? Regardless, “Burnin’ Up” is a throwback tune and a half
Now - "Chains"
Now look at Nick Jonas. Look at those arms; that shaved head; those muscles…someone has done some serious growing up. Because we were *maybe* slightly too old for the Jonas Brother’s demographic (didn’t stop us from loving them tbh), Nick’s progression from young man to stud has really got us feeling old.
Then - "Love You Like A Love Song" (Selena Gomez & The Scene)
It might not seem that long ago, but a lot has changed since 2011. However, “Love You Like A Love Song” is still one of the best electro-pop songs we’ve heard. WE just wonder what happened to ‘The Scene”?
Now - "Good For You" (Ft. A$AP Rocky)
From the cute sentiments of the above to the sultry Lana-lite sexiness of “Good For You”, Selena Gomez has transitioned from teen queen to sensual goddess. The visual blossoming in this video is sexual awakening at its finest.
Then - "La La Land"
While the overused tropes of ‘poor me I’m a celebrity’ might be a tad grating, “La La Land” proved that Demi wasn’t going to moulded into any popstar shape, something that still stands today. The faux-teen angst makes us want to go and slam some doors like no one understands us.
Now - "Cool For The Summer"
This new Demi song is officially our summer jam, and it’s got us grooving constantly. A totally different direction, it’s aggressive, sexy and downright dirty. Who doesn’t love a bi-curious banger for summer, eh?