All month long we’ve celebrated the contributions of women in music history. From songwriters and performers to trailblazers and executives, we commemorate the impact these powerful ladies have had in a largely male-dominated industry. As we close out Women’s History Month today, join us in honoring these badass babes one more time and count down 10 of our favorite leading ladies’ fiercest music video moments:
1. “Born To Shine” & “Run For Your Life” – Big Grams
Phantogram front-woman Sarah Barthel doubled as one of the creators of this animated short for super group Big Grams’ “Born To Shine” and “Run For Your Life”. The video shows the trio traversing an alternate reality while being threatened by a host of vices and temptresses. Needless to say, animated Sarah is just as kick-ass as real-life Sarah.
2. “Kamikaze” – MØ
This video gives us classic bad-girl rebellion. MØ drag-races, rides a motorcycle, and is chauffeured around on a sofa-turned-chariot as she leads the pack of a predominantly male crew. Way to put a tomboy twist on it, MØ.
3. “Empire” – Shakira
Shakira lets her inner rock chick out in the music video for 2014’s “Empire”, co-written by Reservoir/Reverb’s Ina Wroldsen. Shaki literally fights fire with her fierceness, dancing unharmed while flames engulf her beautiful white wedding dress.
4. “Bad Girls” – M.I.A
The chorus to “Bad Girls,” co-written with Reservoir hit-maker Danja, says it all: live fast, die young, bad girls do it well. Shot in a dusty, desolate landscape in Morocco, the video features M.I.A. ever-casually filing her nails atop a fast moving car. Upon its release, the LA Times described “Bad Girls” as a “lady gangsta fantasy”, and we couldn’t agree more.
5. “Till The End” – Lucy Rose
In “Till The End”, Lucy Rose joins the Boiler Room ladies football club, taking to the field against an all-male rival squad. Of the concept, Lucy Rose says, “the inspiration for the video came from my love of football which I’m pretty sure I inherited from my dad.” In keeping with her passion for gender equality, she hopes the video will inspire young girls to play and enjoy the game.
6. “Explosions” – Ellie Goulding
In the video for “Explosions”, co-written by Reservoir/Reverb writer John Fortis, Goulding reveals exclusive live footage from her 2013 The Halcyon Days Tour, proving that beyond the dazzle of electrifying lights and special effects, her raw energy is what makes her the kick-ass performer we love to watch on screen and off.
7. “4 Minutes” – Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
What can’t Madonna do? In the Danja cut “4 Minutes”, the pop music trailblazer teams up with Justin Timberlake to try to save the world by song’s end. Not only is their chemistry undeniable, but Madonna’s sick dance moves and age-defying physique leave us in awe.
8. “Aliens” – Ina Wroldsen
In “Aliens”, Wroldsen name-drops other fab females, calling attention to their strengths with lyrics like “Werk it like Rihanna, Sing it like Adele.” What’s more badass than women supporting other women?
9. “Sober” – P!nk
In the official live video for “Sober”, P!nk dazzles with her stunning aerial acrobatic skills, doing flips and tricks high above the arena audience. If that wasn’t impressive enough, her flawless vocals never miss a beat. Goddess.
10. “The Streets” – Camille Jones
Jones perfects her power strut in the video for “The Streets”, which is no surprise given lyrics like, “I walk the streets at night to get you off my mind.” This woman is on a mission and everyone better get out of her way.