It’s hard to deny summer’s leading position in the running for best season around. There’s the warm weather, breezy drop-top convertibles, icy, cold drinks (you saw that one coming) and, of course, the beach.
While the right summer-inspired songs provide the perfect soundtrack for those fun beach-filled days, the accompanying videos will immediately transport you to the shoreline. You’re in your bathing suit, soaking up rays, sand between your toes, about to hop into the waves, not stuck at your desk.
So to help celebrate summer in all its beachy glory, we’ve put together a list of the The Ten Best Beach-Themed Music Videos of All Time. Head to 7-Eleven, grab a SOUR PATCH Watermelon Slurpee and dive on in.
Christina Aguilera, “Genie in a Bottle”
We’ll never forget her singing to us from the sand and the choreographed dance moves accompanied by baggy orange pants.
Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop” makes this list for the ‘90s beach style alone, but it also brought us to New York’s Coney Island. New York is not known for beaches, but they do exist. Salt-N-Pepa took us there.
Len, “Steal My Sunshine”
Shot between Daytona Beach, FL and Venice Beach, CA, Len’s “Steal My Sunshine” is not only a summer classic but it also gives us a look at similar beach vibes on completely different coasts. Thanks, Len.
Rihanna, “If It’s Lovin’ That You Want”
Between the jet skis and beach belly dancing, Rihanna’s “If It’s Lovin’ That You Want” looks like it was a lot of fun to make. So we have fun watching it.
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls”
This video was too wacky to not put on this list. In true bright and over-the-top Katie Perry fashion, the video starts out in Candy Land and ends up at, well, a candy beach. The addition of Snoop Dogg is the cherry on top so to speak.
Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul, “Baby Boy”
Beyoncé, bikinis and bling. Need we say more?
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams, “Beautiful”
We get transported to Rio in Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams’ video “Beautiful.” In addition to the beautiful beach scenes (the waves and the women), there is that unforgettable Brazilian-colored staircase the two rap from throughout the video.
Destiny’s Child, “Survivor”
Cue the helicopter, you’re about to be dropped on the beach with Kelly, Michelle, and Bey. From crawling around in the waves to the bamboo forest and the sexy army fatigues, this is undeniably one of the best beach productions of all time.
Jennifer Lopez, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”
Jennifer Lopez throws it all away in “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” sparing her white tank and bathing suit bottom (gold, of course). It’s palms, it’s sand, it’s crystal clear water and it’s J. Lo.
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z – “Drunk in Love”
Shot in black and white, the simplicity of this video is what gives it the number one spot. When it comes to Beyoncé (and an appearance by hubby Jay) all you need is a little sand and a smoke machine to make magic. The original dance moves don’t hurt either.