With presumably just days or weeks to go before Beyonce‘s sixth studio album drops (right, Bey?), we figured now was as good a time as any to put out a highly subjective ranking of Beyonce’s 10 best music videos. Note that this is solely the videos — while you can never fully separate them from the songs that are playing as much as possible we tried.
Some other caveats: We kept this list solely to solo Beyonce (so no Destiny’s Child), and while Beyonce was killer in Lady Gaga’s “Telephone video, we’re also limiting this to songs she got first billing on. Put on your freakum dress and get ready to argue below.
Beyonce has often discussed how shy she is in private, and has also detailed how the Sasha Fierce onstage persona helped her through the difference between her on- and off-stage personas. Sash Fierce isn’t needed anymore. Off Beyonce, the tune is sexually charged; full of just-barely-concealed innuendos accompanying the new confidence Bey displays throughout. Plus: Neon colors + roller skates!
9. Pretty Hurts
The intro to her opus Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts” is a mediation on the price of beauty and the struggles she and all women go through to remain seemingly perfect in the public eye. It also worked as fans’ intro into experiencing Beyonce, her most emotionally honest work yet.
8. Run the World (Girls)
“To me, power is making things happen without asking for permission,” Beyonce recently told Elle. “It’s affecting the way people perceive themselves and the world around them. It’s making people stand up with pride.” Queen Bey gave herself the crown in her dance-heavy video about women ruling the world.
7. Drunk in Love
The sexiest PSA the institution of marriage has ever gotten, “Drunk in Love” found Beyonce sexed up on the beach in the black-and-white video shoot. Introducing a few Beyonce dance moves (like that windmill), the video is notable for raising the bar on just how seductive a Beyonce video can be — and we’ll never complain about a Jay Z cameo verse.
Beyonce….goofy? Bey showed off a side fans hadn’t often seen before in a video for Beyonce re-release/bonus track “7/11.” The singer took what could have been a throwaway club song and turned it into a get-this-party-started anthem for you and all your girls. Special shout-out to the moment in the video when Beyonce pretends her bare foot is a telephone (video phone?) and talks to it.
5. Get Me Bodied
Beyonce slips on a black and silver metallic number to host the ultimate body roll party. Wallflowers are replaced with dapper dancers as Bey’s sister Solange and fellow besties/ Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams strut beside her, nailing every routine from the Scissor Leg to shaking their derriere and the “Naomi Campbell walk.”
4. Crazy in Love
The Carters follow up their “Bonnie & Clyde” collaboration with the funky “Crazy In Love” duet. In the visual, Bey rocks red heels, denim short shorts and a white tank while dancing her tail off in an industrial landscape. She then strikes a pose amidst flashing lights on the roof of a building before rocking a fitted cap, cropped satin bomber and lowriding, camo-green track pants for a booty popping bonanza. The then-dating power couple also stunt in front of a burning car just before Beyonce’s super sexy fire hydrant shower. *Fans self*
Beyonce fist pumps to her roots for her first post-Beyonce offering. With a cameo from Blue Ivy (complete with baby hair and afro), the braided Southern belle and her fierce, afro’d backup dancers bust a move in the name of #BlackGirlMagic and the Black Lives Matter movement. Bey also points the lens to the people of her native New Orleans and embeds a political message with a shot of a cop car drowning and a young black boy in a hoodie dancing in front of a police squad with their hands up in one of her most powerful videos to date.
While Beyonce was trying to make the Carter household a family of three, she shot this eye-popping visual that included the hot momma in a variety of looks from a bowl cut and flowy black gown to a high bun and flawless*** neon bright eye shadows to a loose button-up (no pants), heels and a head scarf. Even with a bun in the oven, the show-stealer’s choreography was still on point.
1. Single Ladies
A bit of a predictable choice for No. 1? Sure. But the video contains her most iconic choreography, and perfectly highlights what a machine her body can be. It’s hypnotizing to watch, which may help explain why — perfectly timed to YouTube’s beginning few years — fans chose to view it over and over again (along with helpful tutorials), hoping one day they too could dance like Bey.