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Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

2008        Beyoncé


9.38/108 ratings

directed by:
Jake Nava


Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) is shot in black and white and choreographed by JaQuel Knight. The video features Beyoncé as her alter ego Sasha Fierce, dancing against a plain white background with two female look-alike backup dancers. Towards the end of the video, she flashes her wedding ring that camouflages with her glove. It's one of the most iconic videos of all time.


genres:

Dance-pop
R&B


top lists:

Insider's Most Iconic Music Videos of All Time
Parade's Best Music Videos of All Time
VMA Video of the Year
VMA Video of the Year Nominee

Artist’s Take:

“Out of all my videos, it was the least expensive and took the least amount of time. And it ended up being the most iconic. I absolutely didn’t expect that.” – Beyoncé

Critics’ Takes:

“Beyoncé doesn’t need anything but an empty room in this one. It’s all about the dancing. It’s all about the leotard. It’s all about the fierceness. And it’s epic.” – Jennifer Cady, John Boone, E!

“Beyonce has given us, finally, a dance craze that requires little more than the deployment of jazz hands with a wrist twist, thus inspiring countless episodes of behind-the-wheel above-the-waist breakdowns and an unfortunate number of full-body dance-floor takeovers. Not least because she had one of the best videos of all time.” – Frannie Kelley, NPR

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