Navy fans will never forget how much a disservice this video was to one of Rihanna's strongest and most definitive songs to date. "Kiss It Better" deserved so much more than the '80s-inspired black-and-white bore.
Just like the song, this politically-charged video was a complete throwaway and was released in the middle of a very frustrating pre-Anti era.
Rihanna had a fine balance of Good Girl Gone Bad in her video with Ne-Yo, where she looked like a sultry '40s vixen while rocking a shorter curly 'do, pearls and a lace bra.
One would think a Rihanna and Maroon 5 pairing would be a win, but the "If I Never See Your Face Again" duet and its accompanying video was more standard than erotic.
While this song is not my favorite, I appreciate its video for displaying Rihanna's raw emotion. It also reminds me of an old-school Calvin Klein campaign, which is cool.
This video may not be her most exciting, but you can't go wrong when you make her stunning modelesque features the focal point.
This gritty, slow-motion clip was directed by cult filmmaker Harmony Korine, so it plays out more like a movie with Rihanna playing an alluring yet cold-blooded gunslinger.
The sky-blue filter on this Philip Andelman-directed video made it such a calming viewing experience, and it was adorable to see the birth of RiRi and Drake's friendship. Plus, "What's My Name?" is one of the singer's best singles to date, so the video will remain memorable.
"Umbrella" was the exciting introduction to the singer's Good Girl Gone Bad era, and the nostalgia video features her longtime friend/collaborator Jay Z, en pointe ballet dancing and that unforgettable silver paint scene.
Anthony Mandler brings it once again with a simpler video for "Rehab" that was all about smoldering aesthetics. Rihanna and Justin Timberlake's sensual chemistry was felt throughout, and it didn't hurt that they both looked like glorified models.
If you ever wondered what Rih would look like as a powerful Avatar-inspired intergalactic creature, the magical IMAX-shot video for "Sledgehammer" answers that for you.
The "Russian Roulette" video (another Mandler classic) came during a heartbreaking time in the artist's life, where she was publicly dealing with the after effects of domestic abuse by then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Seeing the triggering symbolism, allusions to death and violence was like peeking into the darkest corners of Rihanna's mind.
Critics who didn't know any better dismissed it as raunchy, but its stripper and dancehall queen themes are the perfect accompaniments to the "Pour It Up" trap anthem. Rihanna was so committed, in fact, that she took dance lessons from a stripper prior to the video shoot. It's displays the provocative Bad Gal at her finest (and you can't forget that denim thong).
"Man Down" told a story of a fugitive fleeing after she shot a man in cold blood, but no one expected its video to tell such a haunting story. Rihanna got endless flack for "glorifying violence" after killing the man who raped her in the video. But if you dig deeper, you'll realize that she was sending an important message to her young fans. Plus, the visuals (shot in Jamaica) are stunning.
"Na na na, c'mon!" This colorful video was a play on Rihanna's sadomasochist with the media, as she's seen rocking latex and whips. It's also fun to see reporters and tabloid writers like Perez Hilton getting tied up and gagged. And we can't forget that controversial scene of her nearly deep-throating a banana.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas (her first time working with Rih), the "Hard" video found the singer dominating the military way before Battleship ever happened. The eye-catching outfits combined with explosions and machine guns are just wild. That Rihanna reign didn't let up then, and it has no signs of slowing down now.
This video is just so damn pretty (thanks again, Anthony Mandler). It finds Rihanna coming out from the darkness that was Rated R and feeling incredibly blissful with Loud. The video plays more like an effervescent fashion editorial, and it was good to see her so happy again.
Rihanna received her first co-director credit alongside Megaforce for her most controversial, explicit and manic video thus far. The "BBHMM" short film will have you gasping and uttering "WTF" at every turn as the singer and her gangster crew kidnaps her accountant's wife. I'm waiting to see if she has the balls to top this one in the future. There's no secret here: Rihanna remains the baddest (and the bloodiest) in the pop game.
The "We Found Love" video of course snags the No. 1 spot, due to its pop culture impact that rocked the industry. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, it is a drug and toxic love-induced joyride that is reminiscent of popular U.K. series Skins, and films like Drugstore Cowboy. It was an artistically depressing take on Rihanna's relationship with Chris Brown that will never leave your mind.
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