Rihanna's got over 50 videos to her name, so there's quite a selection to choose from

By Alex Heigl
August 22, 2016 05:00 PM

Rihanna is set to pick up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards for her 10-plus-year career in music videos. According to Wikipedia, she’s appeared in 52 music videos since her debut single, “Pon de Replay” came out in 2005. She’s frequently worked with directors Anthony Mandler and Melina Matsoukas, and has developed a videography that’s as beautiful as it is provocative; a good reflection of the singer herself.

So ahead of this year’s VMAs, we’re taking a look back at Rihanna’s videography and cherry-picking some of our favorite moments, via GIFs, of course.

1.

via GIPHY

(“Pon De Replay”)

Ah, yes, the brief period in which dancehall moves infiltrated American clubs, mostly by virtue of this and Sean Paul videos. It was a simpler time.

2.

via GIPHY

(“If It’s Lovin’ That You Want”)

It’s obviously loving that we want, Rihanna. Especially from you.

3.

via GIPHY

(“SOS”)

Infinite Rihannas? You mean just enough Rihannas.

4.

via GIPHY

(“Unfaithful”)

First time in my life I’ve ever been jealous of a worn-out old theater chair.

5.

via GIPHY

(“Umbrella”)

Probably the perfect GIF, Rihanna or not.

6.

via GIPHY

(“Take a Bow”)

I look so what right now? I’m sorry, Rihanna, I was lost in your eyes.

7.

via GIPHY

(“Disturbia”)

At this point, “crime lord” would be a really good pivot for Rihanna.

8.

via GIPHY

(“Rehab”)

If you’re going to watch one finger on a grainy, eternally-looping short video clip, make it Rihanna’s.

9.

via GIPHY

(“Run This Town”)

“Crime lord” or “benevolent dictator.” Whichever she feels more like doing. We’re cool either way.

10.

via GIPHY

(“Rude Boy”)

This makes my knees hurt just looking at it, but the “Rude Boy” video is full of so many treats, I’m gonna sneak in another one below.

11.

via GIPHY

Told you.

12.

via GIPHY

(“What’s My Name”)

Never before have I so much wanted to be both a lock of Rihanna’s hair and every one of the fingertips on Drake’s right hand, simultaneously.

13.

via GIPHY

(“S&M”)

Rihanna has gone through many, many hairstyles, but this one is definitely top five.

14.

via GIPHY

(“All of the Lights”)

If someone’s gonna upstage Kanye, it’s statistically likely to be A) Beyoncé, Rihanna or God. She definitely did in “All of the Lights.”

15.

via GIPHY

(“We Found Love”)

The “We Found Love” video definitely has some messed-up parts, but it also has Rihanna gleefully bouncing around in an American flag bikini/vest combo, so … we’re pretty okay with that.

16.

via GIPHY

(“Diamonds”)

I would watch close-ups of literally any part of Rihanna’s body.

17.

via GIPHY

(“Fourfiveseconds”)

God, the eye roll that launched a thousand ships.

18.

via GIPHY

(“American Oxygen”)

In the “fewer clothes for Rihanna vs. more clothes for Rihanna debate,” I would generally side – as she usually does – on the “fewer” side, but the combination of American flag and leather jacket here really works for me. (And Rihanna.)

19.

via GIPHY

(“BBHMM”)

If there’s another GIF from “BBHMM,” I don’t want to hear about it.

20.

via GIPHY

(“Work”)

Man, I could probably just put the whole “Work” video in here and call it a day.

21.

via GIPHY

(“Work”)

Okay, one more. Just for the smolder.

22.

via GIPHY

(“This Is What You Came Here For”)

We came here for you, RiRi. Well, and your giant laser room. But mostly for you.

23.

via GIPHY

(“Kiss It Better”)

Even Rihanna’s back sets an impossibly high beauty standard for the rest of us to live up to. Make sure to catch her back, whatever amazing outfit (or seven) that she decides to turn up in, and the rest of her body parts on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the MTV Video Music Awards, when Rihanna collects the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Advertisement


EDIT POST