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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.



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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