America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, has been all over our news feeds this week. When she’s not winning eight music awards in one night, she’s starring in a star-studded, neo-noir music video.
If you still haven’t seen the ‘Bad Blood’ music video, you’re missing one of the most talked about pieces of pop-culture this year. T-Swizzle is joined by superstar BFFs Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, GiGi Hadid, Ellie Goulding and Cara Delevigne just to name a few. The country cutie has definitely come a long way since she stole our hearts with “Teardrops on My Guitar” in 2006.
In honor of Swift’s new badass alter ego, Catastrophe, Verge has compiled a list of our eight favorite femme fatale fronted music videos of the decade.
- “Telephone” – Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
Who doesn’t love a female duo powerhouse? Gaga and Queen Bey come together for this short film about two hardcore chicks who break out of prison and combat any and all male obstacles. Bonus, they do it all while looking beyond fantastic. Sounds like girl power to us.
- “Chandelier” – Sia
Sia doesn’t need to be dressed like a dominatrix to make a statement. She doesn’t even need to show her face. This polarizing video got a lot of backlash from the public. Some didn’t understand it, while others were appalled at Maddie Ziegler’s lack of clothing. Regardless of your position on the issue, this video elicited such a strong response from the general public that it’s hard not to consider it powerful.
- “Love Bites (So Do I)” – Halestorm
It’s hard to find any girls more hardcore than the girls of rock ‘n roll. Lzzy Hale is no exception. As lead woman of the band Halestorm, Lzzy proves she’s a force to be reckoned with. Her powerful vocals and guitar skills speak for themselves. Female rockers are here to stay, and they’re here to play.
- “Toxic” – Britney Spears
What’s a power-female list without the queen of pop? Whether she’s wreaking havoc on an airplane or jetting around on a motorbike, it’s impossible not to feel empowered after watching this video. Plus, we’re pretty sure this video played a bit of inspiration for “Bad Blood.”
- “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea
Another power female duo, Iggy Azalea and Charlie XCX are über fierce. Say what you will about the Aussie, but this video is gold. Give us a remake of Clueless and a catchy beat and we’re on board.
- “Hard” – Rihanna
Nobody does HBIC quite like bad girl RiRi. Don’t believe us? Watch this video of her commanding a group of soldiers in an army hard hat and masking tape pasties. We dare you not to feel like a boss afterwards.
- “Wannabe” – The Spice Girls
This almost doesn’t need an explanation. These girls invented “hoes before bros.” It’s the perfect happy-go-lucky video. Five best friends hit up a posh party in London, cause shenanigans, then leave. I would argue that this video is an important piece of feminist culture. Boys may come and go, but friendship lasts forever. Zigazig ah.
- “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” – Beyoncé
There, are you happy, Kanye? But in all seriousness, there’s a reason Bey is featured in two different spots on our list. The woman sure knows how to make a music video. She single handedly glorified the black leotard, and I dare you to find anyone else who can make dancing in a plain white room look so fabulous.
If that’s not enough to get your bad bitch blood pumping, then we don’t know what will.