It has been covered by many artists, making it one of the most covered songs by Spears. The song's cowriter, Cathy Dennis, recorded the demo for the song.
After the introduction repeats the hook four times, Spears sings the first two verses, each one followed by the hook. After singing the bridge, she sings the chorus. Spears sings the third verse and then the chorus. Following a break she sings the chorus twice and closes the song with an outro.
It was directed by Joseph Kahn. It portrays Spears as a secret agent of some sort. She's a flight attendant on a concorde-like airliner, who after receiving a phone call, pushes an overweight man into the lavatory and French kisses him. Spears pulls the face of the man off, revealing a handsome man portrayed by model Matthew Felker, and steals his wallet and a key. Spears is then shown in Paris, in a black pleather catsuit and with wavy red hair, and is picked up by Tyson Beckford on a Ducati 999. The pair drives to a factory, where she uses the key to steal a toxin and passes through a series of security measures. Spears then scales a building, now in a superhero-style costume and with black hair, and enters the apartment of a former lover, played by actor Martin Henderson. They make out and Spears pours the toxin in his mouth, killing him. After planting a kiss on him, she jumps off the balcony, landing back in the airplane in her original attire, and winks at the camera before returning to her duties as a flight attendant. The video closes as it began, with birds flying behind the aircraft.
The Music video contained many Toxic references. For example, the toxins that Britney stole were poisonous thus making them Toxic. Also, the factory which Britney broke into was called Toxic Industries, shown on a large sign above the entrance Britney broke into and the Airliner company Britney worked as a flight attendant for was called Toxic Air.
The video is intercut with sequences of Spears with hundreds of Swarovski crystals glued to her body, wearing only a G-string. It took nearly nine hours for makeup artists to glue the crystals to her body. During filming of the sequence, only director Joseph Kahn and Visual effects supervisor Chris Watts were there to shoot; other crew members had to leave the room.
Chris Watts was awarded the "Best Visual Effects in a Music Video" by the Visual Effects Society for his work on Toxic.
The music video debuted at number one on MTV's Total Request Live. It spent sixteen days at the top of the countdown and was retired after fifty days on the program. The video was nominated in four categories at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, Best Female Video, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, and Video of the Year.
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A mix by DJ Sat One featuring a rap by Bahamadia (who some confuse with Penelope Magnet, a writer and background vocalist on the In The Zone album) which is considered by some to be official; however, it's not a commissioned release and is in fact a bootleg.
DJ Yiannis completed a bootleg tribal mix of his own, as well.
There are a further two remixes, the first nicknamed "Toxic Rhythm" released in the UK on the club circuit, involving rap style lyrics. This is an unofficial remix produced by Edinburgh DJ John Marr and as such can only be found on P2P file-sharing networks. The official title for this remix is John Marr - Toxic Rhythm. The second was released on MTV Mash Up and is a mix of Usher's "Yeah" with Spears' "Toxic".
The song is used for a commercial for Chuck in Warner Channel Latin America. The song's chorus and a part of second verse can be heard.
Derrick Barry, a twenty-four year-old finalist on America's Got Talent, impersonated Spears on "Toxic", receiving much applause from the judges and the audience.
Mandy Moore guest starred in an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play", playing Tabitha Vixx, a Spears'-parody. She sings her latest song, "Troublelistic", which goes to the same tune.
The song is covered and played in NBA Live 2008 on the Xbox 360.
A cover version of this song is featured in the game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2.
Professional wrestling tag team the Olsen Twins (Colin Delaney and Jimmy Olsen) used a slightly modified version of this song as their entrance music.
"Toxic" is Spears' fourth top-ten single in the U.S. reaching #9 on the Hot 100 chart. The single also experienced strong downloads, and became her first number one on the Hot Digital Tracks (it was the 4th most legally downloaded song of 2004); The single ranked at forty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End chart for 2004.
"Toxic" became one of the biggest worldwide hits of 2004, and reached the top three or number one in nearly every country it charted in.
On the ARIA Chart in Australia, it went to number one, knocking Jamelia's "Superstar" off the top and being replaced by "Yeah!" by Usher. It ended up being one of the best-selling singles of the year.
The single also became a huge success in the UK, selling 105,000 copies in its first week of release and debuting at number one, charting ahead of Kylie Minogue's "Red Blooded Woman" which entered the chart at #5. The chart battle between the two divas was highly popularized in the UK. Ironically, the song had originally been offered to Kylie for inclusion on her 9th studio album Body Language, but she turned it down. "Toxic" sold a total of 268,000 copies in the UK and became the 9th best selling single of 2004. In the United States the single sold over 500,000 downloads and 500,000 CD singles. It has been certified Platinum. The single sold 5,355,000 copies worldwide in 2004 alone, making it the 5th best-selling single of that year.
In New Zealand, Toxic debuted in the chart on February 11, 2004 at number forty-one, being the second highest entry of that week. The next week it moved up only three places before shifting up a further eight places in its forth week. In its fifth week Toxic entered the top twenty coming in at number nineteen. The song then rocketed up to number three in its sixth week on the chart. The song stayed there for two weeks before it moved up one more place to number two in April where the song peaked and stayed for another 2 weeks, being held off the top spot by Eamon's Fuck It (Don't Want You Back). Toxic was certified Gold in its tenth week and stayed on the chart for twenty-four weeks, eleven of them being in the top ten. Toxic also ended up at number eleven on New Zealands Annual Top 50 Singles Chart for 2004.
The single ended the year as the 26th most played song in Latin America.
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