The Definitive Ranking Of All Of Nicki Minaj’s Music Videos

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63. “High School” feat. Lil Wayne (2013)

Director: Benny Boom

The whole video is PRETTY CREEPY, if you ask me, because isn’t Wayne supposed to be Nicki’s, like, older brother figure?? Watching them get all hot and heavy is like watching your parents have sex.

Highlight: Nicki’s butt cleavage.
Lowlight: Just all of the Nicki/Wayne love scenes. It was awkward for them. It was awkward for us.

62. Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., “Give Me All Your Luvin’” (2014)

Director: MegaForce

Nicki and M.I.A. play cheerleaders to Queen Madonna.

Highlight: Thank god for Nicki’s verse.
Lowlight: The rest of it.

61. Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj, “2012 (It Ain’t The End)”” (2010)

Director: Erik White

Basically your standard club video, and its saving grace is Nicki.

Highlight: Nicki.
Lowlight: Jay Sean.

60. Waka Flocka Flame feat. Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Flo Rida, “Get Low” (2012)

Director: Benny Boom

Once again, Nicki outshines both her counterparts in both the song and video, her attitude and hair flips saving what would otherwise be a pretty amateurish video.

Highlight: Nicki’s epic hip thrust at the end.
Lowlight: The girl sneakily dancing behind Waka Flocka’s couch.

59. Meek Mill feat. Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, French Montana, “I B On Dat” (2013)

Director: Will Ngo

Nicki upstaging everyone as usual.

Highlight: Nicki looking soooo bored by the other guys’ verses.
Lowlight: Just a whole bunch of standing around.

58. “Check It Out” feat. will.i.am. (2010)

Director: Rich Lee

A pseudo-futuristic ode to “Japanese anime culture,” which actually features Korean writing and a spoken intro.

Highlight: The dancers did their thing, I guess?
Lowlight: Um, why use Korean characters in an ode to Japanese culture?

57. Diddy-Dirty Money feat. Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, “Hello Good Morning” (2010)

Director: Hype Williams

Nicki joins Diddy for a joyride in the video for his short-lived group.

Highlight: Blue hair don’t care.
Lowlight: The video all feels more 1999 than 2011.

56. Young Money, “Roger That” (2010)

Director: Phenom

Young Money’s take on Sin City meets Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Highlight: Nicki makes the best Jesisca Rabbit.
Lowlight: There is no actual Nicki Minaj comic book :(

55. Rich Gang feat. Lil Wayne, Future, Birdman, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj, “Tapout” (2013)

Director: Hanna Lux Davis

Who wouldn’t want to watch a video where Paris HIlton and Christian Milian play burgling partners-in-crime?

Highlight: Nicki looking like a full-on goddess on a pedestal.
Lowlight: Why couldn’t Nicki join in on the bandit action?

54. Sean Garrett feat. Nicki Minaj, “Get It All”

Director: Gil Green

Sean Garrett tells the story of his school yard crush through the years.

Highlight: Nicki shows up at the school gym to turn all the teenage boys’ heads.
Lowlight: Where’s jr. high Nicki??

53. “Up In Flames” (2013)

Director: Grizz Lee

Nicki raps in the studio and by some candles on a piano while some dudes BMX ride around.

Highlight: Nicki in the studio is always an exciting prospect.
Lowlight: But really, what’s going on with the BMX riders??

52. DJ Khaled feat. Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, “Take It To The Head” (2012)

Director: Colin Tilley

The crew performs in a BART station that’s falling to the ground and going up in flames.

Highlight: Nicki looks like a bizarro Goldilocks.
Lowlight: Nothing really happens.

51. Yo Gotti feat. Gucci Mane, Trina, Nicki Minaj, “5 Star (Remix)” (2009)

Director: Rage

Classic Baby Nicki outshining the rest.

Highlight: The Nicki-isms begin!
Lowlight: They couldn’t get a stack of bills that didn’t look like a stiff brick?

50. 2 Chainz feat. Nicki Minaj, “I Love Dem Strippers” (2012)

Director: Benny Boom

A strip club anthem that’s nearly equal opportunity.

Highlight: Nicki’s boss ass bitch-ness.
Lowlight: Flip the script, let’s ogle some men, too

49. Usher feat. Nicki Minaj, “Lil Freak” (2010)

Director: Anthony Mandler

Nicki plays a madam of sorts in Usher’s underground “freaky” playground.

Highlight: Nicki getting all up in a girl’s face.
Lowlight: What actually is going on in this video, though?

48. Chris Brown feat. Nicki Minaj, “Love More” (2013)

Director: Chris Brown

Chris Brown directs the video for his wobbly dance track, in which he drives Reno 911’s Nick Swardson to the club.

Highlight: Nicki making fun of Chris behind his back.
Lowlight: It takes a full 3 minutes and 12 seconds for Nicki to grace the screen.

47. DJ Khaled feat. Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Future, “I Wanna Be With You” (2010)

Director: Colin Tilley

Your standard club anthem, smoke, mirrors and all.

Highlight: Nicki alternating between Marilyn Monroe glamour and Queens toughness.
Lowlight: She disappears for the last 1/3 of the video.

46. Young Money feat. Tyga, Lil Wayne, Nicki MInaj, “Senile” (2014)

Director: Colin Tilley

Young Money stars in a loopy, zany video that features the Jabbawockeez.

Highlight: Seeing Nicki back with her mentor Weezy and lil bro Tyga.
Lowlight: Nicki’s “Chola Barbie” look.

45. David Guetta feat. Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Where Them Girls At (2010)

Director: Dave Meyers

David Guetta’s zany videos never make any sense, but Nicki tries her best to keep it together.

Highlight: Nicki’s sleek London bob.
Lowlight: David Guetta’s goofy bubbles carrying the song around town.

44. Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj, “Beauty And A Beat” (2012)

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Directors: Justin Bieber, Jon M. Chu

Nicki joins the Biebz during his water park dance party.

Highlight: Nicki clearly making Justin look like a little boy out of his element.
Lowlight: Justin trying to grind up on Nicki. Noooooooo.

43. “Your Love” (2010)

Director: Director X

Nicki plays a samurai-in-training who falls in love with her master, fights for his love, and then dies.

Highlight: The unexpected plot twist.
Lowlight: Just all of it, really – enough with the Asian appropriation, guys.

42. “Freedom” (2012)

Director: Colin Tilley

Biblical imagery abounds in this Noah’s Ark-featuring video that’s much more subdued than Nicki’s usual choices.

Highlight: The gradual transition from black-and-white into color is stunning.
Lowlight: A little uneventful and boring?

41. Alicia Keys feat. Nicki MInaj, “Girl On Fire” (2012)

Director:Sophie Muller

Nicki joins Alicia for her special “Inferno” version of her powerhouse ballad.

Highlight: Nicki looks stunning against the background of glowing stars.
Lowlight: But they basically just copy/pasted Nicki’s part into the old video.

40. Mavado feat. Nicki Minaj, “Give It All To Me” (2013)

Director: Grizz Lee

Nicki reps her Caribbean roots in the dancehall superstar’s beachside romp.

Highlight: Nicki proudly waving her Trinidadian flag
Lowlight: Such a cloudy day, though :(

39. Keyshia Cole feat. Nicki Minaj, “I Ain’t Thru” (2010)

Director: Benny Boom

Nicki joins Keyshia Cole for a joyride in a Bentley and a girls’ night out in the club.

Highlight: Nice change to see Nicki laughing and getting her dance on with her girls.
Lowlight: The song is kinda boring?

38. Wale feat. Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, “Clappers” (2013)

 

Director: Benny Boom

It was time Nicki joined a twerk anthem.

Highlight: Nicki’s magnificent booty pop.
Lowlight: Wale.

37. Willow Smith feat. Nicki Minaj, “Fireball” (2011)

Director: Hype Williams

Nicki joins fireball Willow Smith for a girl power mix that brings together two dynamic, big personalities.

Highlight: Nicki showing affection to the younger generation.
Lowlight: Her CareBear dress seems out of place.

36. Busta Rhymes feat. Nicki Minaj, “#TwerkIt” (2013)

Director: Director X

Nicki dons a captain’s hat and wines it out in Busta’s dancehall-inspired banger.

Highlight: Nicki’s hips don’t lie.
Lowlight: Busta’s shape-shifting head is pretty freaky.

35. Mario feat. Nicki Minaj, “Somebody Else”

Director: Alexandre Moors (2013)

Nicki puts Mario in his place after catching him two-timing her.

Highlight: Nicki’s steely, unrepenting gaze.
Lowlight: Mario possibly dead (?!) on the top of a car.

34. David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On” (2012)

Director: Sanji Senaka

David Guetta creates his own Nicki Minaj doll/robot-come-to-life in a steampunk world.

Highlight: Nicki actually makes a convincing steampunk!
Lowlight: The other jealous dolls are really fucking creepy.

33. “Fly” feat. Rihanna (2011)

Director: Sanaa Hamri

Nicki and RiRi walk through a post-apocalyptic landscape and Nicki fights ninjas.

Highlight: Nicki and RiRi sharing the same screen.
Lowlight: They basically just walk around the whole time.

32. B.o.B. feat. Nicki Minaj, “Out Of My Mind” (2012)

Director: Benny Boom

B.o.B. and Nicki act out in the psych ward.

Highlight: Nicki’s Roman unhinged.
Lowlight: Pretty insensitive to the realities of actual people in mental hospitals, though.

31. “Right By My Side” feat. Chris Brown (2012)

Director: Benny Boom

Nicki and Nas play love interests in this R&B ballad doing normal couple things: shopping around town, sitting on park benches, arguing, making up, kissing.

Highlight: Nicki and Nas hugging throughout the video – all of the ~feels~.
Lowlight: Chris Brown.

30. Mariah Carey feat. Nicki Minaj, “Up Out My Face” (2010)

Director: Nick Cannon

The first and last time we’d see Nicki and Mimi as friends.

Highlight: It gave us this epic gif.
Lowlight: If only things were this simple again – why can’t our divas just get along?

29. French Montana feat. Nicki MInaj, “Freaks” (2013)

Director: Eif Rivera

The debut of Nicki’s pastied-boobs look she’s been rocking lately, as well as her chair-grinding.

Highlight: We’ll never sit on a chair the same way again.
Lowlight: French is not a very good hypeman, you guys.

28. Nelly feat. Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, “Get Like Me” (2013)

Director: Colin Tilley

Nelly’s minimalistic jam gets the perfect, sleek video.

Highlight: Nicki’s swagger.
Lowlight: Pharrell’s hoodie.

27. “Did It On ‘Em” (2011)

Director: DJ Scoob Doo

A DIY video with plenty of backstage moments that offer a glimpse into Nicki’s crazy year.

Highlight: Nicki’s cute backstage moments with her fans.
Lowlight: Shots of Nicki’s magazine covers feel repetitive.

26. Lil Wayne feat. Nicki Minaj, “Knockout” (2010)

Directors: Jeff Panzer, Dwayne Carter

Weezy and Nicki take it to the boxing ring in a video shot completely in front of a green screen.

Highlight: Nicki’s 1-2 pink power punch.
Lowlight: Is that a fruit roll-up she’s eating??

25. “Pills N Potions” (2014)

 

Director: Diane Martel

Nicki shows off her new soulful, vulnerable direction in a pared-down and surreal vid.

Highlight: Nicki cradling The Game’s head in her arm.
Lowlight: The Beats Pill product placement is so, so, so bad.

24. Sean Kingston feat. Nicki, “Letting Go (Dutty Love)” (2010)

Director: Little X

Nicki joins Sean Kingston in a dancehall in Jamaica for a breezy, feel-good video that’ll make you want to start swaying your hips along with it.

Highlight: The featured dancers’ mesmerizing moves.
Lowlight: More dancing from Nicki, please!

23. DJ Khaled feat. Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz, T-Pain, “All I Do Is Win” (2010)

Director: Dayo and Gil Green

A classic posse cut video that established Nicki as a true boss.

Highlight: Nicki’s flawless wink.
Lowlight: Product placement off the wazoo.

22. Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj, “Bottoms Up” (2010)

Director: Anthony Mandler

Nicki’s alter-ego Roman Zolanski is in full effect in Trey Songz’s dark, sex dungeon video.

Highlight: Nicki’s spastic and terrifying taunts.
Lowlight: Trey Songz chilling on a chair.

21. Ludacris feat. Nicki Minaj, “My Chick Bad” (2010)

Director: Taj Stansberry

Nicki channels Freddy Krueger in Luda’s weird concept video.

Highlight: Nicki’s syncopated rapping is the perfect match for the choppy editing.Lowlight: Luda’s role in the video is pretty confusing — he’s supposed to be a movie director? Whut?

20. “Come On A Cone” (2012)

Director: Grizz Lee

Her Minajesty goes lo-fi in this DIY video that shows her rapping all over town.

Highlight: Nicki rapping her face off as a crew of her rap peers look on in awe. Bow down.
Lowlight: Two minutes and 29 seconds is way too short.

19. Big Sean feat. Nicki MInaj, “Dance (A$$) Remix” (2011)

Directors: Mike Waxx, Mike Carson

Big Sean’s infectious song gets an ass-tastic video to go along with it.

Highlight: Uninterrupted shots of Nicki’s glorious twerking
Lowlight: The Grey Goose product placement is more than a little overt.

18. “Pound The Alarm” (2012)

Director: Benny Boom

Shot in her native Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki held open auditions for the video, which pays homage to the island’s festivals and carnivals.

Highlight: Nicki in full-on carnival wear. (If only RiRi would have joined her!)
Lowlight: Maybe a little too similar to “Starships”?

17. “I Am Your Leader” feat. Cam’ron, Rick Ross (2012)

Director: Colin Tilley

A David LaChappelle-esque video that captures the zaniness of Nicki’s universe.

Highlight: The dinosaur head mounted on the wall, breathing fiery smoke.
Lowlight: Rick Ross is shirtless all the time, sure, but at the dinner table?

16. “Starships” (2012)

Director: Anthony Mandler

This video is one of those things that’s so batshit insane that you have no idea what’s going on, but you just can’t look away.

Highlight: Vibrant, electric colors that basically have the video doubling as a lightshow substitute.
Lowlight: Co-opting native Hawaiian tribal dances to worship herself?

15. YG feat. Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, “My N***a (Remix)” (2014)

Director: Motion Family

Nicki and Co. take on the West Coast anthem of the moment.

Highlight: Nicki’s understated but ever-intimidating stunting.
Lowlight: More please.

14. Birdman feat. Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, “Y.U. Mad” (2011)

Director: Gil Green

Nicki channels her inner Weezy as she dresses up as her mentor – dreads and all.

Highlight: Nicki’s spot-on impression of Wayne’s slouchy posture and hand gestures.
Lowlight: Nicki rubbing up on Wayne’s chest. Just, no.

13. “Moment 4 Life” (2010)

Director: Chris Robinson

For all the Drake-Nicki shippers out there, this video was a dream – a fairytale that brings the two together to imagine what would happen if they really did get married.

Highlight: Nicki’s spoken scene with her godmother, her alter ego Martha Zolanski.
Lowlight: A little awkward if you prefer to see Nicki and Drake as brother and sister.

12. “Va Va Voom” (2012)

Director: Hype Williams

This trippy fairytale has Nicki playing various princesses – from Snow White to Sleeping Beauty – as well as the evil queen.

Highlight: Nicki as the badass queen who lures the Prince.
Lowlight: Nicki playing a damsel in distress.

11. “Stupid Hoe” (2012)

Director: Hype Williams

Williams creates a surreal, technicolor world that is a perfect match for Nicki’s bizarro rapping and the song’s loopy beat.

Highlight: All of Nicki’s candy-colored makeup looks.
Lowlight: Beware if you’re prone to seizures.

10. Ciara feat. Nicki Minaj, “I’m Out” (2013)

 

Director: Hanna Lux Davis

Ciara and Nicki do their take on Michael and Janet’s “Scream” and it’s pure candy for the eyes.

Highlight: Ciara. Nicki. Synchronized. Twerking.
Lowlight: Not. Enough. Synchronized. Twerking.

9. “Right Thru Me” (2010)

Director: Diane Martel

Nicki’s first official video that really showcased her more natural, soft side.

Highlight: Nicki talking to her guy in bed – who hasn’t felt that frustrated during pillow talk?
Lowlight: The love interest’s super awkward acting in the beginning intro.

8. Lonely Island feat. Nicki Minaj, “The Creep” (2011)

 

Director: Akiva Schaffer

It’s kind of weird to see Nicki in plainsclothes, but she makes an awesome nerd and proves she can do full-on comedy just as deftly as her more dramatic alter egos.

Highlight: Nicki T-Rex’ing during the Creep dance.
Lowlight: It takes a full 1:37 to get to Nicki’s part.

7. “Lookin’ Ass” (2014)

Director: Nabil

Nicki’s return to rap ushered in a new era in her career: sleek, minimal, and modern.

Highlight: Nicki’s ponytail game.
Lowlight: I don’t know, I just can’t with guns anymore.

6. “Beez In The Trap”” (2012)

Director: Benny Boom

After the exaggerated cartoonish-ness of “Stupid Hoe,” this video was a refreshing return to a simpler Nicki – in full-on bad bitch mode.

Highlight: Nicki proves ladies get their money and enjoy it, too.
Lowlight: Wish she had flipped the strip club trope completely – where are the male dancers at?

5. “The Boys” feat. Cassie (2012)

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Cash Money/Republic

 

Director: Colin Tilley

Nicki and Cassie romp around a candy-colored town and eventually torch a barber shop full of men. Because ban men.

Highlight: Nicki and Cassie getting touchy-feely in this gender-bending, queer-positive video.
Lowlight: Nothing. Except maybe more scenes with Cassie and Nicki together.

4. Young Money, “Bedrock” (2009)

Director: Dayo

This video served as an introduction of sorts of Nicki to the greater America, as her Barbie alter ego we came to know and love.

Highlight: Nobody else could say “Maybe it’s time to put this pussy on your sideburns” and make it sound so adorable.
Lowlight: Drake’s “sushi roll” line.

3. “Massive Attack” feat. Sean Garrett (2010)

Director: Hype Wiliams

Nicki’s music video for her first Pink Friday single is also her most underrated.

Highlight: Nicki’s hypnotizing body-rolling in the bushes.
Lowlight: Tarantulas.

2. Kanye West feat. Jay Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, “Monster” (2010)

 

Director: Jake Nava

The song that made Nicki a bona fide star also introduced the world to her alter egos, and she held nothing back as she dove into each role in the haunting video.

Highlight: Nicki’s batshit crazy interrogation of herself.
Lowlight: Kanye in bed with some dead women.

1. “Super Bass” (2011)

 

Director: Sanaa Hamri

Nicki’s most colorful and charming video, it’s impossible to watch this one without your heart bursting from joy. It’s got everything: dancing; gorgeous, fantastical backgrounds; godly-looking men with washboard abs; and blacklight grinding.

Highlight: When Nicki bursts into a huge smile, it’s enough to make your knees turn to jelly.
Lowlight: Nicki throwing what looks like Pepto Bismol on a dude.

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