Last year, we ran a super-sized competition to determine the greatest pop song in modern history, from the ’80s to today. Now, we’re back — and this time, it’s all about honoring the best and boldest in music videos.
Taylor Swift made the seamless transition from country-leaning pop act to straight-up pop superstar with the release of her massively successful album 1989. She followed that up with a number of music videos, but the visual for “Blank Space” proved to be the most compelling. Swift successfully poked fun at the media-assigned image of her as a relationship obsessed psycho, and she looked stellar doing it — stabbing motions, golf club pummeling, implied murder and all.
Rihanna may never drop her eighth studio album Anti but we’ll always have her past work to reflect on, and the music video for “We Found Love” is a good place to start. With its intense visuals depicting a whirlwind (and, let’s be real, toxic) relationship, the video reflects the chaotic sound of the track itself. And with all its dramatics (that voiceover! Rihanna vomiting streamers! Surprise tattoos!), the video immediately appealed to the Tumblr subset of Rihanna fans and the rest of the world quickly caught up.
We’ve presented the videos, now the choice is yours. Be sure to vote for Taylor Swift or Rihanna in the poll below. You can vote once per hour until the poll closes on December 1 at 5PM EST. Get to it!
Rihanna is missing all the good times she has spent with her former boyfriend Chris Brown despite her recent romance rumors with Travis Scott. According to Hollywood Life, the “BBHMM” singer is having a “weak moment” for Brown, giving rise to speculation that she might be looking to rekindle her romance with him.
“Despite hanging with Travis [Scott] and doing her own thing, Rihanna still follows Chris’ every move,” a source told Hollywood Life. “She Instagram stalks him and seeing him giving out Thanksgiving turkeys really warms her heart. It’s s--- like that that drives her crazy. She misses that sweet side of him. If she were with him right now, it would be on. Besides, the holidays are her favorite time of the year. She’s spent many holidays with Chris before and he’s the best at it! She misses all that warm and fuzzy stuff they use to do and she definitely misses their cuddling sessions.”
The source reportedly added: “She’s having a weak moment for Breezy and she’s doing her best not to act on it by calling him and making something happen.”
Brown and Rihanna split in 2013 after the “Loyal” singer was charged for domestic violence and briefly served time for physically abusing the latter.
The Barbadian singer has recently been linked with rapper Travis Scott after they were spotted together on several occasions.
“I wouldn’t say the word love has been used but they are getting there,” another source told Hollywood Life. “The relationship between the two is going great. They really like each other and have mad respect for each other. Rihanna is happy because Travis makes her happy, he provides he with no BS and she loves it!”
However, Rihanna and Scott have not yet publicly addressed the dating rumors.
Meanwhile, Brown recently opened up about relationships during an interview on Hot 97’s "Ebro in the Morning" show.
"I think for me a public relationship is only good for certain things," the R&B singer said. "It's only good for people's approval. It's not what I'm trying to do. I'm not going to get with a girl just because society says 'Look how cute they look and this and this.'"
Brown also talked about his relationship with ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, who broke up with him after she discovered he had fathered a child with model Nia Guzman.
The 26-year-old also spoke about his feud with Tyson Beckford after the model snapped a photo with Tran just months after she called off her longtime relationship with Brown.
“That was me being insecure,” Brown said, about his decision to publicly threaten Beckford on Instagram. “I was in my feelings because at the top somebody wasn’t giving me the responses that I would like. I took it upon myself to be an a------.”