August 17, 2016


The 10 Best Christina Aguilera Performances From the 'Back to Basics' Era

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To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Christina Aguilera's third studio album, Fuse brings you Remember the Record: Back to Basics at 10, a whole week dedicated to the chart-topping release. Stay tuned for Back to Basics fun all week, and share your memories with us! Start off with an essay reminding you why the LP was a true risk, and our ranking of every song off the album, 10 years later.

It's no secret Christina Aguilera has one of the best voices in pop music history–almost any performance from the songstress is sure to give you chills. Xtina grew up listening to (and mimicking) soul and blues legends, so it makes sense that Back to Basics' throwback R&B flavor resulted in countless amazing live performances during the album's promo run.

We revisited numerous Christina performances from the BTB era, and picked our 10 favorite, presented here in chronological order, because it would be impossible to rank them. Let us know if we missed any of your faves in the comments!

#1"Ain't No Other Man" at MTV Movie Awards (June 2006)

THIS is how you kick off an era! Christina debuted the blaring, funky, DJ Premier-produced "Ain't No Other Man" with this explosive performance at MTV's annual movie awards. The jazzy intro set the tone for the performance and era: When the silhouette of Baby Jane (Christina's BTB alter ego) appeared and belted out that now-famous opening note, it was game on. – Mark Sundstrom, Senior Digital Producer

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