The Meaning of "Hit Me Baby One More Time" Has *Finally* Been Explained

Now if only someone could figure out a definition for "Hot as Ice."

If you've spent the last 17 years wondering what Britney Spears meant when she sang "hit me baby one more time," good news, because the mystery has been solved. It is not, as many concerned college professors have believed for years, about domestic violence. It turns out the Swedish guys who wrote it just didn't understand American slang! Phew. In his book The Song Machine (opens in new tab), author John Seabrook says the team behind "...Baby One More Time" just wanted to come up with a fun way to say "call me." 

And there you have it. Somewhere Christian Grey is removing every Britney Spears song from all of his playlists. 

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