Christina Aguilera's 10 Best Music Videos

When it comes to providing top of the line vocals, incredible live performances and some of the most iconic songs of the early aughts, there are few artists who can compare to pop legend Christina Aguilera.

But an often-overlooked aspect of the star’s career is her catalog of quality music videos. With 25 music videos spanning her seven studio albums, the star has had some incredible moments in front of the camera, be they perfectly choreographed high-production numbers or stripped-down, emotionally devastating performances.

In honor of her Billboard cover story, here are the 10 best Christina Aguilera music videos, ranked.

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10. “What a Girl Wants”

Kicking off our list is a video featuring Aguilera performing excellently-executed choreography around what can only be described as a late-90s dream set, with pinball machines, flashing signs and giant speakers lining the room. She would reach higher creative peaks, but it’s a worthy contender among her many videos.

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9. “Fighter”

Perhaps one of the star’s strangest videos to date, “Fighter” sees Aguilera in her best all-black gothic getup, shattering a glass box and eventually transforming into a stunning moth queen (We think? Again, this is a strange video). The visuals alone earn this video some cult status, and “Fighter” is undoubtedly one of the singer’s best songs.

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8. “Can’t Hold Us Down”

The video for Aguilera’s feminist anthem “Can’t Hold Us Down” features the singer getting groped by a man on a busy city street, only to result in what ultimately becomes a boys vs. girls dance battle (spoiler alert: the girls win by spraying down their oppressors with a water hose). If the song and visuals aren’t enough for you, Lil’ Kim even pops up to spit her verse at one point, earning this video a safe spot on our list.

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7. “Hurt”

When Christina Aguilera wants to make you cry, she pulls out all of the stops. “Hurt” is one of the icon’s most emotional songs, and the video cranks that up by portraying Aguilera as a circus performer who exchanges family for fame, and ultimately misses the death of her father. It features great acting from Aguilera, and some of her best costumes in any video.

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6. “Candyman”

Imagine being a soldier in the 1940s and having Christina herself show up to put on a show for you. You don’t need to imagine it — the star’s “Candyman” video shows Aguilera singing and dancing (extremely well, we might add) through what appears to be a World War II military base. It’s bright, it’s well put together, and it’s a classic Christina video.

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5. “Lady Marmalade”

This is a complicated video to rank. We can’t place it too high on our list, seeing as it’s not a Christina original and features three other stars to beef it up. But it deserves a spot on the list, because it is one of Aguilera’s most stunning videos — P!nk, Mya and Lil’ Kim essentially operate as an extravagant opening act, because once Christina shows up, she steals the show with her exceedingly-extra vocals and ridiculous outfits.

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4. “Ain’t No Other Man”

Try to watch this video without at least tapping your foot. “Ain’t No Other Man,” arguably one of Christina’s greatest songs of all time, follows the icon as she struts, dances, shakes and shimmies her way through various 1920s-themed clubs and hotels. Its infectious energy is so powerful that before the song is over, you’ll be dancing with her.

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3. “Genie in a Bottle”

The video itself for “Genie in a Bottle” is relatively basic; the camera follows a young Christina through a beachside party, constantly cutting to her and a team of dancers working the song out. But no other video of Aguilera’s had as iconic a moment as when the singer clapped her hands together and snaked her arms upward — the now-famous “genie dance.” For that alone, this video deserves its spot in the top three.

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2. “Beautiful”

Where “Hurt” may have tried to hammer home the song’s emotion a bit too literally, “Beautiful” sticks its landing with grace. Christina spends the entire video in an abandoned apartment singing to the camera, while a number of downtrodden looking people, including a drag queen, a gothic young adult and an underweight young woman, learn to love themselves.

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1. “Dirrty”

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the one and only Xtina. The video for “Dirrty” was Aguilera’s introduction of her hyper-sexualized alter ego, and a middle finger to those telling the singer that she was too racy. With an oiled up Xtina popping and locking her way through an industrial warehouse, beating down a few fighters in the boxing ring, and even flaunting her body in a grungy gym shower, “Dirrty” is far and away Christina Aguilera’s best video... to date.