Xtina adopts a classic pinup look in this sexy homage to swing. Can't decide between Aguilera as a blonde, brunette or redhead? In the opening sequence she performs in each shade simultaneously, offering a side-by-side-by-side comparison. And her swing has zing: "He's a one-stop shop, makes the panties drop. / He's a one-stop shop, makes my cherry pop."
GYM CLASS HEROES
Already famous for a Supertramp sample, this time the band nicks jermaine Stewart's "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off." Fortunately, the boys harness the melody but adopt the opposite sentiment, advocating that girls unharness their clothes. The frontman wins a game of strip poker, leading to a shower scene. One downside: Panic! at the Disco dressed as furries.
Screen siren Scarlett Johansson is certainly a step up from the video cheesecake of the 1990s. The spot plays like a short film, which explains why it won an MTV Video Award for best direction. We tip our cap to the wardrobe department for putting Johansson in a black bra and white dress for the pool scene.
Whether in fishnets, leather or nothing more than silver paint, Rihanna is a babe. The song (and the video) was one of this year's guilty pleasures, and the artist's successful singing in the rain led her to brand her own line of umbrella-ella-ellas. If only she and Sherwin Williams would team up for a body-paint line.
SHAKIRA AND BEYONCE
Recipe for a steamy video: Take the two most bootylicious women on the pop charts, dress them in tight clothing and have them gyrate in a dry-ice fog. What really puts it over the top is clever editing that gives the illusion the two belly dancers are morphing into each other. The effect may look as if it's from a sci-fi flick, but it's damn sexy. i