“Boys” is a song on pop singer Britney Spears’s 2001 album, Britney, and was the fourth single released in the U.S, and fifth single released in countries such as the UK and Australia. It was released during the third quarter of 2002. In the U.S. it became the third single off Britney to miss the top 40 and the second to miss the top 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.
For its release as a single, the song was remixed to become The Co-Ed Remix, and features Pharrell Williams on vocals. The track was featured on the soundtrack for the film Austin Powers in Goldmember.
The music video for “Boys” was directed by Dave Meyers. It starts with an intro showing a guy trying to get into the castle where a party, which Spears is attending, is being held. However, he is stopped by the guards at the entrance. He tells them that the night before, he was “eating Fruity Pebbles with P. Diddy.” The guards still refuse to let him past and he begins to scream at the top of his lungs for Britney. As the music starts, the camera zooms into a room in one of the castle’s towers, where Spears, adorned in a dress and readying herself for a party, is inside dancing with a group of women in white outfits around her. The next scene takes place in one of the courtyards where Spears and a man are sitting at opposite ends of a long table. Following this, Spears walks around a pool, where she spots a man (played by Justin Bruening) swimming around. They begin to interact with each other; at the same time, Pharrell is at the bar with a woman. Spears walks over to him and they begin to talk.Following this, Spears dances with a group of people, including Mike Myers as Austin Powers (the video was used for promotion of the film Austin Powers in Goldmember). Actors DJ Qualls, Jason Priestley and Taye Diggs also make cameo appearances in the video.
The video was retired from the video countdown on MTV’s Total Request Live and was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in 2003 for Best Video from a Film.