BEST & WORST: NSFW music videos

November 5th, 2012

After Daniel Bedingfield strips down naked in his new video Secret Fear and flashed us a very NSFW look at his penis, the Internet’s been abuzz over what nudity is acceptable in music vids, and what isn’t. For Bedingfield’s benefit, we’ve found some of the best and worst NSFW videos to learn from.

BEST

1. Christina Aguilera, Dirty (2002)

It’s almost shocking looking back at this video, especially since it used to be played in the daytime television – but who doesn’t Even though she is surrounded by numerous sweaty half naked men, Christina’s lack of an outfit seems to be covering so much, but still managing to show way more than you need to see.

2. Kelly Rowland, Lay It On Me (2011)

Here’s Kelly playing with a Slinky; here’s a guy who (possibly) has a hard-on; some very dodgy foot worship – with all that inneundo, Rowland piles on a large elephant to hammer home the point. On the other hand, who wouldn’t love sitting on a chair made of roughly 10 live male bodies?

3. Ciara ft. Justin Timberlake, Love Sex Magic (2009)

This video is the perfect combination of moderate nudity and sexy dancing without being way too much for viewers to handle. Yes, we just put the words “moderate” and “nudity” together. Ciara keeps it class by sticking to the rules of no more than two areas of skin showing. If her stomach and a little bit of cleavage are out her legs are covered, to avoid way too much flesh being exposed.

WORST

1. D’Angelo, Untitled (2000)

Even though the camera stops just at the right point to avoid seeing actual penis, zooming in on a nude man touching himself up gets pretty awkward if you’re watching a friend or a family member. Initially hailed as a triumph of the female gaze, this video loses its sex appeal pretty fast once you consider that D’Angelo suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of the vid.

2. Ne-Yo, Lazy Love (2012)

Ne-Yo’s already known for having raunchy videos but this is probably his most inappropriate one to date. The general interpretation of lazy love is eating junk food in bed with your loved one for an entire day while watching Great British Bake-Off reruns. Thanks for ruining that illusion, Ne-Yo.

3. Raindrops, Jeremih (2009)

It’s very hard to make videos with strippers and poles tasteful (remember Showgirls, that bastion of good taste?), but this was clearly not one of those attempts. Jeremih took this one a little bit to far, which is probably why this video can’t be found on his own YouTube anymore.

Words: Tracy Kiryango

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