Baby One More Time chords by Britney Spears


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Baby One More Time | Chords + Lyrics (capo 3)


Intro

| N.C (G Am) | Am | Am (G Am) |
Oh, baby, baby.
| Am | Am (G Am) |
Oh, baby, baby.

Verse 1

| Am | E |
Oh, baby, baby, how was I supposed to know.
| C | Dm E (G Am) |
That something wasn’t right here?
| Am | E |
Oh, baby, baby, I shouldn’t have let you go.
| C | Dm E (G Am) |
And now you’re out of sight, yeah.

Bridge 1

| Am | E |
Show me how you want it to be.
| C | Dm E (G Am) |
Tell me, baby, ’cause I need to know now, oh, because.

Chorus 1

| Am | E |
My loneliness is killing me (and I).
| C | Dm E |
I must confess I still believe (still believe).
| Am | E (G5/F G5) |
When I’m not with you I lose my mind.
| C | Dm E (G Am) |
Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.

Verse 2

| Am N.C | E |
Oh, baby, baby, the reason I breathe is you (oh, yeah).
| C | Dm E (G Am) |
Boy, you got me blinded.
| Am | E |
Oh, pretty baby, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do.
| C | Dm E (G Am) |
It’s not the way I planned it.

Bridge 2

| Am | E |
Show me how you want it to be.
| C | Dm E (G Am) |
Tell me, baby, ’cause I need to know now, oh, because.

Chorus 2

| Am | E |
My loneliness is killing me (and I).
| C | Dm E |
I must confess I still believe (still believe).
| Am | E (G5/F G5) |
When I’m not with you I lose my mind.
| C | Dm N.C |
Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.

Re-Intro

| Am | Am (G Am) |
Oh, baby, baby (oh).
| Am | Am (G Am) |
Oh, baby, baby (yeah).

Breakdown

| Am | E | C | Dm E |
Oh, baby, baby, how was I supposed to know?
| F | G | Dm | F G |
Oh, pretty baby, I shouldn’t have let you go.
| Am | E | C | Dm E |
I must confess, that my loneliness is killing me now. Don’t you know I still believe.
| F | G | Dm7 | F G G#dim7 |
That you will be here and give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time

Chorus 3

| Am N.C | E |
My loneliness is killing me (and I).
| C | Dm E |
I must confess I still believe (still believe).
| Am | E (G5/F G5) |
When I’m not with you I lose my mind.
| C | Dm E |
Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.

Chorus 4

| Am | E |
I must confess (my loneliness) that my loneliness (is killing me).
| C | Dm E |
Is killing me now (I must confess). Don’t you know I still believe (I still believe).
| Am | E (G5/F G5) |
That you will be here (when I’m not with you I lose my mind).
| C | Dm E | Am N.C |
And give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.


Baby One More Time | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

| N.C (Bb Cm) | Cm | Cm (Bb Cm) |
Oh, baby, baby.
| Cm | Cm (Bb Cm) |
Oh, baby, baby.

Verse 1

| Cm | G |
Oh, baby, baby, how was I supposed to know.
| Eb | Fm G (Bb Cm) |
That something wasn’t right here?
| Cm | G |
Oh, baby, baby, I shouldn’t have let you go.
| Eb | Fm G (Bb Cm) |
And now you’re out of sight, yeah.

Bridge 1

| Cm | G |
Show me how you want it to be.
| Eb | Fm G (Bb Cm) |
Tell me, baby, ’cause I need to know now, oh, because.

Chorus 1

| Cm | G |
My loneliness is killing me (and I).
| Eb | Fm G |
I must confess I still believe (still believe).
| Cm | G Ab Bb |
When I’m not with you I lose my mind.
| Eb | Fm G (Bb Cm) |
Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.

Verse 2

| Cm N.C | G |
Oh, baby, baby, the reason I breathe is you (oh, yeah).
| Eb | Fm G (Bb Cm) |
Boy, you got me blinded.
| Cm | G |
Oh, pretty baby, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do.
| Eb | Fm G (Bb Cm) |
It’s not the way I planned it.

Bridge 2

| Cm | G |
Show me how you want it to be.
| Eb | Fm G (Bb Cm) |
Tell me, baby, ’cause I need to know now, oh, because.

Chorus 2

| Cm | G |
My loneliness is killing me (and I).
| Eb | Fm G (Bb Cm) |
I must confess I still believe (still believe).
| Cm | G Ab Bb |
When I’m not with you I lose my mind.
| Eb | Fm N.C |
Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.

Re-Intro

| Cm | Cm (Bb Cm) |
Oh, baby, baby (oh).
| Cm | Cm (Bb Cm) |
Oh, baby, baby (yeah).

Breakdown

| Cm | G | Eb | Fm G |
Oh, baby, baby, how was I supposed to know?
| Ab | Bb | Fm | Ab Bb |
Oh, pretty baby, I shouldn’t have let you go.
| Cm | G | Eb | Fm G |
I must confess, that my loneliness is killing me now. Don’t you know I still believe.
| Ab | Bb | Fm7 | Ab Bb Bdim7 |
That you will be here and give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time

Chorus 3

| Cm N.C | G |
My loneliness is killing me (and I).
| Eb | Fm G |
I must confess I still believe (still believe).
| Cm | G Ab Bb |
When I’m not with you I lose my mind.
| Eb | Fm G |
Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.

Chorus 4

| Cm | G |
I must confess (my loneliness) that my loneliness (is killing me).
| Eb | Fm G |
Is killing me now (I must confess). Don’t you know I still believe (I still believe).
| Cm | G Ab Bb |
That you will be here (when I’m not with you I lose my mind).
| Eb | Fm G | Cm N.C |
And give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.


Baby One More Time chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Baby One More Time + TAB T

If you want to dumb the chords of Baby One More Time down, you could say: it’s just VI – IIIx – IV – II – IIIx on a loop forever.

Thinking in the key of Am, using a capo on fret 3, you’d get these chords:

| Am | E | C | Dm E |

However, on closer inspection, you’d then miss the signature riff that happens at the end of bar 4 and during the intro, a quick GAm, or VVI.

Above I’ve put this in brackets whenever it appears as it’s so quick, like this for the verse:

| Am | E | C | Dm E (G Am) |

Perhaps the intro is the best place to start in order to fit these chords in, here they are in TAB, adjusted to be played on just one acoustic guitar:

Baby One More Time chords and TAB intro

The little dot you find above the chords on beats 2 and 4 means play this short, so dampen just after you played it.

Members get TAB for how to incorporate these two chords into the verse and bridge as well.

In the chorus, once repeated, we add a G5/F and G5 instead of the riff as the vocals go “…give me a”. These chords are adjusted for the acoustic one-guitar arrangement, if you’re in a band, just play FG, or without a capo, AbBb.

These are minor details but they do make the tune what it is. They take you from happy amateur to pro.

Baby One More Time’s breakdown chords move away from the chord progression altogether as it repeats, like this first:

| F (IV) | G (V) | Dm (II) | F (IV) G (V) |

This is followed by the man progression (without Am – G at the end), like this:

| Am (VI) | E (IIIx) | C (IV) | Dm (II) E (IIIx) |

On the last line, we get a final twist as we yet again start on F (chord IV) but then change it, like this:

| F (IV) | G (V) | Dm7 (II) | F (IV) G (V) G#dim7 (#Vdim7) |

To see all these ideas make complete sense on the acoustic guitar, you need TAB.

The more I study Baby One More Time’s chords and play along with the original recording, the more impressed I get, this is a perfect pop song!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson with TAB for every section (members only): Baby One More Time, guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.


Baby One More Time was Max Martin’s first big hit!

Swedish pop producer Max Martin is the most successful songwriter of all time if success is measured in #1’s. Only John Lennon can match him as he also has 25.

Considering Max Martin is still going, he most likely will win this category soon.

First out of the blocks was what we see above, …Baby One More Time in 1998. This tune was first offered to Backstreet Boys and TLC, both turned it down.

Before Max Martin got to work with Britney Spears, he had huge success with several Swedish pop acts including Army Of Lovers, Leila K, Rednex, E-Type, Ace Of Base and most famously, Irish boyband Backstreet Boys.

Although it was Britney and …Baby One More Time that made Max Martin a worldwide recognised pop producer/writer.

Here’s the complete list of Max Martin’s #1 hits:

  1. Baby One More Time (1998) – Britney Spears
  2. It’s Gonna Be Me (2000) – NSYNC
  3. I Kissed a Girl (2008) – Katy Perry
  4. So What (2008) – Pink
  5. My Life Would Suck Without You (2009) – Kelly Clarkson
  6. 3 (2009) – Britney Spears
  7. California Gurls (2010) – Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
  8. Teenage Dream (2010) – Katy Perry
  9. Raise Your Glass (2010) – Pink
  10. Hold It Against Me (2011) – Britney Spears
  11. E.T. (2011) – Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
  12. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (2011) – Katy Perry
  13. Part of Me (2012) – Katy Perry
  14. One More Night (2012) – Maroon 5
  15. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012) – Taylor Swift
  16. Roar (2013) – Katy Perry
  17. Dark Horse (2013) – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
  18. Shake It Off (2014) – Taylor Swift
  19. Blank Space (2014) – Taylor Swift
  20. Bad Blood (2015) – Taylor Swift
  21. Can’t Feel My Face (2015) – The Weeknd
  22. Can’t Stop the Feeling! (2016) – Justin Timberlake
  23. Blinding Lights (2019) – The Weeknd
  24. Save Your Tears (2021) – The Weeknd and Ariana Grande
  25. My Universe (2021) – Coldplay and BTS

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