Rihanna became the latest pop star to show off their naughty side with a stripper-chic music video for “Pour It Up.” The raunchy vid features her expert pole dancing skills, acquired from lessons with a pro pole-choreographer. Although just a beginner, Riri took charge like a champ! The video got us thinking about other artists who’ve taken to the pole over the course of their career. From Britney Spears to Beyonce, we’ve chosen ten of the very hottest. Head down below and see how they rank!
10. “Hands Tied” by Toni Braxton (2010)
Braxton busted out some pretty nifty ribbon work before heading over to the pole. It can’t be easy to work it to a slow jam like this, so we offer her some serious props.
9. “Party In The U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus (live at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards)
Impressive form, but minus points for not actually being a proper “music video.” And also for doing it in front of children.
8. “Wow” by Kylie Minogue (2008)
The glowing pole definitely helped liven up the pretty basic steps.
7. “Turn Up The Night” by Heidi Klum (2012)
Not the most memorable song, but the supermodel really sold it with her dancing!
6. “Gimme More” by Britney Spears (2007)
We probably would have ranked Brit’s moves even higher if the super-cut video didn’t give us motion sickness.
5. “Suga Mama” by Beyonce (2006)
Queen Bey pulls double duty in this vid, playing both the dancer and the sketchy guy at the club!
4. “Buttons” by The Pussycat Dolls (2005)
Sure, it’s horizontal. But hey, it’s still a pole.
3. “Work” by Kelly Rowland (2008)
Another glowing pole! It looks like the Destiny’s Child is getting jiggy with a light bulb, but we’re into it.
2. “Rabiosa” by Shakira (2011)
The title means rabid, and we found ourselves going loco for the Columbian beauty’s dancing skills.
1. “Pour It Up” by Rihanna (2013)
Riri got her moves down pat by studying with pole dancing pro Nicole “The Pole” Williams. She’s a good student, that’s for sure!
“I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” by The White Stripes (2003)
The prior entries feature the artist themselves pole dancing to their song. But supermodel Kate Moss’ turn in this Sofia Coppola-directed vid is so intense that we just had to include it!
“Crazy” by Aerosmith (1994)
Same with Liv Tyler’s trip to the pole, made all the more impressive when you consider that it’s for her dad’s music video…
[Photo: Columbia/Rihanna’s Instagram/Jive/Epic Records]