Pop music always has been somewhat of a competition among sexy female singers. Who is the sexiest, who will show a bit more the next time, who will leave almost nothing to the imagination… Does it help their career? Does it lower their credibility? Tough to say. A bit of both, probably. One thing for sure, is that they got noticed. The millions of views on YouTube prove it.

In an interesting blog post on CBC’s music website from 2013, Andrea Warner notes that among the richest stars in music, male and female acts don’t get rich using the same path. “Women’s inequality is a pervasive theme in all cultures. (…) In fact, of the eight women on Forbes’s list, five have made at least one naked music video in the last seven years. Of the 17 men on the list, only Justin Bieber has made a naked music video, and he was simply shirtless”.

Here are a few pop hits where female singers got nude. We’ll try to go chronological. And we’ll put only the first video of artists that are constantly nude in their clips (like Gaga, per example). If you think Britney or Miley are the first ones or the raunchiest, think again! The list starts in 1985.

Note: many of these clips, if not all, are NSFW.

GRACE JONES – Slave To The Rhythm

Song from 1985

 

MYLENE FARMER – Libertine

French redhead pop sensation born in Montreal shocked the variety world in 1986 when the long version of her clip for Libertine was in fact a short movie by Laurent Boutonnat showing decadence at its best. Miss Farmer isn’t the only female nude in this clip.

 

SABRINA – Boys

In this song dating back from 1987, Italian singer and model Sabrina Salerno has a “hard time” keeping her white bikini top on…

 

GUESCH PATTI – Etienne

In this 1987 video clip for the first hit “Etienne”, singer Guesch Patti strips.

 

MADONNA – Erotica

Video uploaded in Sept 2013, song from 1992
Uncensored version viewed 744K times

 

ALANIS MORISSETTE – Thank U

Video published on Feb 25, 2010 – song from 1998
21 million views

 

t.A.T.u – Beliy Plaschik (White Robe)

song from 2002

Beliy Plaschik (White Robe) t.A.T… par heloise2311

BJÖRK – Cocoon

In this song from 2002, Iceland-born singer Björk seems to be nude but is wearing a white bodysuit.

 

BRITNEY SPEARS – Womanizer

Video published Oct 24, 2009 – song from 2008
123 million views

 

P!NK – So What

Video published Oct 24, 2009 – song from 2008
148 million views

 

MATT & KIM – Lessons Learned

Video published April 21, 2009
3 million views

 

LADY GAGA – Bad Romance

Video published Nov 23, 2009 – song from July 2009
622 million views

 

NATALIE IMBRUGLIA – Want

Video published Sept 14, 2009
1,8 million views

 

ERYKAH BADU – Window Seat

Video published April 2, 2010
10 million views
Mrs Badu mentions being inspired by Matt & Kim’s videos at the start of her clip.

 

KATY PERRY – California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)

Video published on June 14, 2010
166 million views

 

HOLLY VALANCE – Kiss Kiss

Video uploaded Sept 4, 2010
3,5 million views

 

KELLY ROWLAND – Down For Whatever (feat. The WAV.s)

Video published on Oct 19, 2011
13 million views

 

RIHANNA – Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)

Video published on Feb 12, 2013
398 million views

 

MILEY CYRUS – Wrecking Ball

Video published on September 9, 2013
766 million views

 

JANET JACKSON – Everytime

Video published on Nov 22, 2013
459K views

 

 

Number of streams as of May 2015

 

 

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