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15 Of Beyoncé's Most Iconic Music Videos

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    September 4 is Beyoncé's birthday but we're celebrating early. This year, we give praise to the ultimate Virgo with a list of her 15 best videos. It's no small feat to make this list: Queen Bey has over 50 videos to her name at this point, including several new ones from her visual, self-titled album from the end of 2013. Bey has been speaking to us through images for years now.

    One thing we noticed is that she's got a signature style to which she often returns: the performance fashion video. Beyoncé loves nothing more than a good fashion-forward video, with different dresses and hairstyles. But where most pop stars stick to a few looks, Beyoncé will work in 12. Looking back through her career, it's amazing how many trends she's been ahead of. She was doing early '60s revival before Mad Men was a thing ("Get Me Bodied"), she was post-industrial before Kanye became Yeezus ("Diva"), and made her own feminist Mad Max before Fury Road ("Run The World").


    In short, Beyoncé doesn't follow the trend. She sets it. See for yourself, as she does it all over her best music videos.



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    15. "7/11"

    The timing of this video was perfect; it came just when we needed a look into the real life of Beyoncé after a long stretch of her seemingly perfect and curated life. This iPhone quality video that captures her wilding out in hotels with her dancers, wearing sweats and granny panties and singing about "that alcohol" made everyone fall back in love with the idea of being Bey's bestie. It looks like fun.

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    14. "Deja Vu"

    A forgotten piece of awesome from back in the day, this video created the template for that Beyoncé fast-change-fashion video that became her signature style. The collaboration with Jay Z was completed before they were married andcaptures the franticness of an early relationship. The quick camera cuts and her extra-flushed looking cheeks should have been a clue for us all.

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    13. "Heaven"

    Warning: this story of female friendship, told through flashbacks, will make you tear up. "Heaven couldn't wait," Bey sings in a Catholic church. Bey's videography has a lot of romance, a lot of tales of broken hearts and sexual desires. This trip down a different lane is important, because it adds layers to her that aren't about being political or about a romantic interest.

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    12. "Me, Myself & I"

    So if you're going to do a broken heart video, why not tell the story in reverse? The effects in this video were way ahead of their time, as was the stunning lime green gown she wore.

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    11. "Countdown"

    This video sparked off a massive conversation, first in which people tried to decode the massive number of pop culture references in it. That was followed by a debate about whether she'd stolen, appropriated or just mashed up elements of work by a Belgium choreographer. The end result is a genius mish mash of a century of American culture.