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Three Minutes of Writhing
A Music Video trope, frequently done with female solo artists, but also with dozens of male R&B/pop performers. It involves them dancing about in a skimpy outfit for the entirety (or vast majority) of the video.


  • Beyoncé's. The video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" anyone? How about the videos for "Crazy in Love", "Drunk In Love", or "Baby Boy"?
  • Kelly Rowland. The video for "Motivation" is quite the steamy affair. The videos for "Ice", "Kisses Down Low" and "Comeback" are quite erotic aswell.
  • Name a Mariah Carey video. Any Mariah Carey video. "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" in particular.
  • Since clearly the gamers are stepping up Bayonetta would like to writhe for you.
  • "Bo$$" by Fifth Harmony.
  • Britney Spears. The video for Toxic is notable for having long sequences of Spears literally writhing and nothing more, wearing only a layer of Swarovski crystals.
  • Though none of the actual musicians do it themselves, Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell's "Blurred Lines" video involves them dancing with three female models in Stripperific attire (or in the explicit version, no attire) who are doing this.
  • Madonna was an early pioneer for overtly sexual music movements in videos. This made a comeback in the video for 2008's "Celebration".
    • Madonna was also a pioneer in doing this live. See her 1984 MTV VMA performance.
  • Kylie Minogue has done this for a while.
  • This is pretty much why the Pussycat Dolls exist.
  • For some literal writhing, as well as Playing to the Fetishes, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is not immune.
  • For another male example: Yoshiki Hayashi. "White Poem," either PV or live. BDSM is involved, to an extreme degree in the PV (suspension hooks and whips) and to a lesser but real degree in the live.
  • Played straight in Taylor Swift's "The Story of Us" music video, where the camera frequently cuts from the main storyline to Swift singing in the library, squirming against a wall.
  • Rihanna, "Umbrella".
  • Shakira is particularly famous for shaking her hips. The "Beautiful Liar" video is noteworthy, because it's three minutes of writhing with Beyonce. Then of course, there's "Hips Don't Lie".
  • The White Stripes' video for I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself, which consisted entirely of a scantily-clad Kate Moss performing a pole dance.
  • Queen Adreena's 'I Adore You' contains much writhing by scantily-clad vocalist Katie-Jane Garside, but it is of an unnerving quality.
    • And FM Doll is nothing but that. Writhing about whilst looking like she's been dragged through a bush backwards and is currently having a panic attack is just what Katie-Jane Garside does.
  • Rare Male Example: Morrissey's "November Spawned A Monster". a pretty odd choice because the actual song is about the plight of a disabled woman, and midway through the song an actress, apparently portraying said woman, starts letting out terrifying unintelligible cries. This makes sense if you're paying attention to the lyrics, but if you're too busy watching Morrissey suggestively writhe around rock formations in a desert while wearing tight pants and a mesh v-neck shirt, it just seems inexplicable. When the video appeared on Beavis And Butthead, Beavis commented "quit whining, go out and get a job and some good clothes... and another thing, stay away from old rocks!"
  • Christina Aguilera, especially during her "Dirrty" phase.
  • Have you forgotten Gillian Anderson in the Extremis video by Hal?
  • Parodied by Felicia Day and the cast of The Guild in "Do You Want To Date My Avatar", which is basically about cybersex.
  • Mocked mercilessly in the Jewel video "Intuition" which includes fake TRL quotes like "Her voice sounds so much better in that outfit!"
  • In the 80's, we had Tawny Kitaen writhing around in numerous Whitesnake videos. This was parodied when Kitaen appeared in the video for Bowling For Soup's 1985.
  • Olivia Newton-John subverted this trope in "Physical", by replacing it with Three Minutes Of Flexing instead: her video is set in a gym, in which she and some fat guys work out, the latter being transformed into some Grade-A beefcake for the final chorus. Still lots of bodily contortions and skin, but at least there's a pretense of plot.
  • Quite a few videos by Lady Gaga. For example, Just Dance. And Telephone.
    • "Bad Romance" uses the trope in a disturbing context. "Alejandro" uses it completely straight, but with men rather than women.
  • The video for "Call On Me" by Eric Prydz notoriously consisted entirely of busty women doing eroticised aerobics in Stripperiffic gymwear.
  • Used to interrogate a POW in Rudenko's "Everybody".
  • Another male example, Take That had a fair bit of that in their 90s videos
  • Fergie's primary role in the Black Eyed Peas (My Humps, anyone?). She tends to do it when she goes solo too (Fergalicious is especially guilty).
  • Scott Weiland in the Stone Temple Pilots' "Sour Girl" spends the video twisting his bare torso while Sarah Michelle Gellar drapes herself over him like a scarf.
  • Parodied in "Pop Song" by Jon Lajoie. The video is pretty much a bunch of girls dancing with little pieces of Jon and some backup dancers:
    Shake that ass girl my rhymes are gettin lazy lazy,
    The things I'm talking about have nothing to do with the song baby,
    But it don't matter won't you show me that thong baby?
  • The video for Florence + the Machine's cover of You've Got The Love.
    • She writhes a fair bit in Drumming Song too. On the floor too.
  • Miley Cyrus' music videos for Can't Be Tamed, Who Owns My Heart, Party In The USA, and We Can't Stop. Especially the last one.
  • R&B singer Ciara, especially in the Ride video where in one scene she wears nothing but a slingshot bikini with a long fur coat over it.
  • Another male example would be the R&B group H-Town. Whom more or less danced like male strippers.
  • Nicki Minaj's videos usually qualify. Especially notable is the video for "Massive Attack", which takes this trope literally and has a bunch of double jointed soldiers writhing.
  • Literally done by Sharon den Adel in most of Within Temptation's music videos, although she prefers elaborate gowns to skimpy outfits. See "Ice Queen".
  • Male R&B singer Genuwine. Take "Pony", for example.
  • The woman in the video for the Warrant's "Cherry Pie".
    • Her name is Bobbi Brown. She dated the lead singer of Warrant for a while, after achieving slight fame on the 1980's talent show "Star Search". Her talent was being pretty... literally.
  • Rather darkly parodied by SebastiAn's "Love In Motion" video, which applies this trope to a 10 year old girl.
  • Ellie Goulding's "Lights" video. Gyrating around in a short dress? Check.
  • Elen Levon is basically Australia's reigning queen of this trope.
  • The dancers in Kid Cudi's "Day n Nite (Crookers Remix)" video, which include a cop turned S & M stripper.
  • Rapper Brian P had a video where a oiled up dancer pretty much does this in front of his Pimped-Out Car fully nude. The dancer in question was pornstar Sydni Capri though.
    • In fact many porn videos start out this way as a pseudo rap video intro for the rest of the movie.
      • It's called a Tease. And there's now a actual adult video award category for it
  • The "car wash" video for Khia's "My Neck, My Back", which uses the Bowdlerized version of the song, is actually bawdier than the original, which had the uncensored song.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen in the video for Owl City's "Good Time", though this one's far tamer than most.
  • Hyuna's part in "Oppa is Just My Style" is pretty much this, in stark contrast to PSY's... interesting movements.
  • Cabin Crew's "Star to Fall" combines this with Busby Berkeley Numbers.
  • Nomansland - 7 Seconds. Complete with the main character wearing a double-slitted miniskirt, possibly Vapor Wear.
  • Akon's "Sexy Bitch" features dancers in bikinis. Todd in the Shadows says that it's borderline pornography.
  • Chris Isaak's "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing", featuring Isaak watching French model Laetitia Casta.
  • Neon Hitch's "Fuck U Betta". Enough said.
  • Nelly Furtado got into this during her "Loose" phase, most notable in "Promiscuous" and "Maneater". She's a bit more tame than most examples on this list, however.
  • Jennifer Lopez, particularly in "On the Floor" and "Love Don't Cost a Thing".
  • Katy Perry's "California Gurls".
  • Ashley Jade's Let Me Be Your Fantasy. By the way, she was seventeen at the time.
  • A lot of rap videos feature this. Even if the rapper himself doesn't, there is usually a large number of models hired specifically to do this in the video, often in Stripperific attire.
  • Austra's "Beat and the Pulse" is a lesbian example. Bonus for the dancer baring her left breast.
  • Spear Counterpart: Minus all the jet fighter footage, the music video of "Danger Zone" stars with Kenny Loggins singing in a bedroom, then landing on his bed, then writhing around until the song climaxes (and apparently, him too.) The Ho Yay apparently was too powerful to stay in the film itself.
  • Inna's Be My Lover is just a starter. Her videos have done this trope to various degrees ever since Hot, her first hit single, and started to get more stripperific with Deja Vu. J'Adore consists of her doing an erotic gym workout in a one-legged one-strapped bodysuit. Wow takes the trope to more surreal territory. In Your Eyes continues the trend further, with a nude leotard, burlesque pole dancing in translucent lingerie, Underboobs, go-go dancing in the rain, and a barely-concealing minidress with metallic thigh high boots.
  • The Vengaboys' Rocket To Uranus.
  • Kerli does this in the dance segment of "Zero Gravity", wearing a miniskirt and thigh-high platform boots.
  • "Nobody's Perfect" by Islandrocks. Reminiscent of "Call on Me", albeit slightly tamer.
  • Most dancehall reggae videos are like this. There will usually be girls shaking their butts, in extreme cases doing handstands and splits while doing so.
  • In the Zod-only music video for "Distraction", Doug Walker was kind enough to make it this. Lots of self-groping, and in a leather outfit no less.
  • Being a show that uses a lot of pop music, Glee tends to have a few musical numbers like this. One such example is Rachel's dimly-lit, sexually-charged performance of "Oops! I Did It Again" in the second Britney Spears tribute episode.
  • Unusual for a goth band, Project Pitchfork has this in "Carnival".
  • Rita Ora, especially "I Will Never Let You Down".
  • The video for "Gorilla" by Bruno Mars features a pole dance by Frieda Pinto.

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