An empowerment anthem, this song finds Spears singing about how despite her difficulties in love, she continues to get stronger.
Spears refers to her first hit "Baby One More Time" in the lyric, "My loneliness ain't killing me no more."
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This was written by Swedish producers Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. Martin wrote several songs for Spears, including "Baby One More Time."
The song's music video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who later helmed the clip for "Womanizer." It featured Spears in a semi-futuristic world breaking up with her cheating boyfriend. He recalled to MTV News: "For 'Stronger,' she said, 'I would like to dance in a chair and drive in a car and break up with [my] boyfriend. Those are your three elements.' And then, as a director, you go, 'OK, well, how do I make that cool?'"
Kahn added: "I think this video is interesting because it's got a very sophisticated, adult look to it. It's definitely a departure from the sort of candy-colored videos she was doing before, so I always thought this was the transition between Britney the teenage pop star and Britney the sort of diva she became."
For many, the most memorable part of the clip are the dance sequences with the metal chair. Kahn recalled to MTV News: "She pitched it to me as an original concept by herself, but the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of the chair sequence, in terms of how it applies to music videos, was Janet Jackson's 'Pleasure Principle' - the iconic chair sequence in that."
In the video Spears sports some gray eye-shadow which was an aspect that Kahn was insistent upon. "One of the big things I wanted to do here, that I was just obsessed with... I know it sounds really strange, but I wanted her to have gray eye shadow," he said. "And I think it looks really good. I remember when I was looking at the close-ups, Britney goes, 'You're really obsessed with this gray eye shadow!' and I go, 'Yes, absolutely.' But if you look at it, it just makes her eyes pop like crazy."