From “Dirrty” To “Hurt,” Christina Aguilera’s 10 Best Videos
There is no denying that Christina Aguilera has delivered some timeless videos over the course of her career. Since launching on the scene as a blue-eyed pop princess in the late ’90s, she has established a legacy as one of pop’s constantly evolving icons. From youthful ingenue to sexy siren, retro pin-up and dazzling diva, she’s gone through countless incarnations. As we inch closer to the release of Xtina’s highly anticipated new album, Liberation, it feels like the perfect time to reflect on her videography.
We’ve compiled a list of Christina’s 10 best music videos below.
10. “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)” – 2000
Few videos perfectly capture the aesthetic of the early ’00s better than Xtina’s classic “Come On Over (All I Want Is You).” Between the chunky highlights, belly-baring crop tops and heavily choreographed dance breaks, it is a dose of pure joy.
9. “Hurt” – 2006
Back To Basics introduced a different side of the pop princess as she embraced a throwback vibe and ditched the ass-less chaps and dark hair in favor of her now iconic red lip. With its vintage circus styling and dramatic plot, the “Hurt” video tells a heartbreaking story of loss.
8. “Fighter” – 2003
Rise up, Goth-tina. Linking up with director Floria Sigismondi, the pair created a dark and dangerous world for the “Fighter” visual. Bursting out of a restrictive phone booth, Christina and a crew of broken-down ballerinas leave a mark on anyone who gets in their way to freedom.
7. “Can’t Hold Us Down” – 2003
Uniting with Lil Kim for the female empowerment anthem, the divas hit the streets and demand respect in the vibrant “Can’t Hold Us Down” video. Serving fierce looks and all sorts of confidence, they face off against a group of men for an epic battle.
6. “Your Body” – 2012
Femme fatale and queen of the double wide, Christina is on a mission in her “Your Body” video. Extracting revenge on the male species with a series of gruesomely campy murders, she is an unstoppable force. From her rainbow hair and neon looks to the promise that no men were harmed in the making of this video, it was an instantly iconic release.
5. “Genie In A Bottle” – 1999
There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about the video that started it all for the Bionic hitmaker. Featuring some of her most iconic choreography to date and introducing the world to the pop star, “Genie In A Bottle” will go down in history as one of the defining moments of the ’90s.
4. “Not Myself Tonight” – 2010
In 2010, Christina proved that she was definitely still dirrty. Draping herself in her best BDSM gear and diamonds, the pop provocateur sowed her wild oats and paid tribute to Madonna’s “Express Yourself” in her deliciously raunchy “Not Myself Tonight” video. Delivering some sexy choreography and kissing all the boys and the girls while wearing a leather bodysuit, the Lotus legend surely left a lasting impression with her underrated release.
3. “Candyman” – 2007
If one pop icon is good, three is even better as proved in the retro “Candyman” visual. In it, a blonde, brunette and flame-haired version of the siren perform for a horde of soldiers. Showcasing some classic choreography and playful costuming, fans will never forget the Back to Basics anthem.
2. “Dirrty” – 2002
After establishing herself as one of pop’s sparkling princesses on her debut album, the hitmaker celebrated the birth of her sex-positive alter ego, Xtina, in her “Dirrty” video. Pairing her ass-less chaps with a striped bikini top, she took over an underground fight club. Rolling around in the middle of the ring with a horde of dancers before flooding the locker room for another dance break, the forever iconic visual is one of the single best things to come from the early millennium.
1. “Beautiful” – 2002
Following the sexed-up excesses of “Dirrty,” Christina’s Stripped follow-up highlighted a more intimate side of the diva. The Linda Perry-penned ballad features an empowering message, which was directly translated over to the Jonas Åkerlund-directed visual. Highlighting members of the LGBT community amongst other embattled groups, the timeless release will live on in history as one of the defining moments of the pop star’s career.