It's time to talk about Halsey. The 20-year-old pop artist is rising to fame at record speed, and when you check out the music video for her song "Ghost," it won't be hard to see why. The video features a passionate, romantic relationship between two women set to Halsey's pulsing though lightly meloncholic beat, and Halsey herself isn't shying away from her bisexual identity. She talked candidly about her many identifiers with the New York Times earlier this month, and her openness and honesty is just as evident in her music. Halsey's debut album Badlands comes out on August 28th, and it's definitely one we'll be awaiting eagerly. Of course, "Ghost" is one of many fantastic videos featuring lesbian/bisexual imagery and we'd like to take a moment to applaud the collection, as well as side-eye those who use queer female imagery for seemingly exploitive purposes. But hey, at a certain point representation is representation, right? There's truly a lot to love here, a lot to question, and a lot to sing along to loudly regardless of our feelings. There are certainly some interesting videos in the world with some narratives (and lesbians) you may have never expected your favorite songs to have. Enjoy!
1. "Ghost" - Halsey
Bright colors, swelling pop beats, and genuine sensuality. "Ghost" is doing all the right things.
2. "Girls Like Girls" - Hayley Kiyoko
Hayley Kiyoko, another new young artist on the music scene, won us over with this beautiful and tear-jerking portrayal of young love going through tough times. This one was definitely a winner.
3. "She Keeps Me Warm" - Mary Lambert
Oh, who doesn't love Mary Lambert? And who can stop themselves from singing that chorus right along with her? "She Keeps Me Warm" is pretty much a classic, and this video did it all sorts of justice.
4. "Another Story" - The Head and the Heart
Why do good music videos make us cry so often? In "Another Story," Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellasario plays one half of a young couple in the '50s/'60s-ish that suffers a terrible tragedy and leaves us with many emotions. Maybe make sure a tissue's available before pressing play on this one.
5. "Timebomb" - Tove Lo
Tove Lo's already great song got even better when the video showcased several couples, including a lesbian one, experiencing all sorts of intense feelings on a beach. We didn't expect to be so blown away by this video when it was released, yet here we are watching it over and over again.
6. "Cool for the Summer" - Demi Lovato
Once again, like in Timebomb, all sorts of couples are shining equally. Everyone's living their best life in this rockin' video for Demi's summer single, and that's totally cool with us.
7. "I Want to Be In Love" - Melissa Ethridge
Did you think this list would happen without Melissa Ethridge? Of course not. This video mostly ends up being about Jennifer Aniston and her eyeliner's quest to find the right man, but on the journey she meets many adorable gay girls who dance and party it up happily together. Did you really need to find that man, Jennifer? Everything seemed pretty great where you were already!
8. "I Don't Do Boys" - Ellektra
This video is hysterical for a few reasons. A) subtlety is dead and buried in this song and B) the narrative seems to be that those 'crazy lesbians' bring beer and corrupt all the innocent women. However, this video is nothing if not blunt and honest, not to mention wildly riddled with lesbian imagery. Trust her, she does not do boys. Ellektra also seems to make these kinds of videos a lot, so hey, we'll take them.
9. "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey
Good lord, what is with these sad videos where cute couples take pictures/videos of each other and then one of them dies? Can this trend stop being a thing, because these music videos are just getting us too emotional. Who knew this was part of the narrative behind Lana Del Rey's 2013 single either? That might not have been her original intention with the song but it's working here, even if it's crushing us.
10. "Le Disko" - Shiny Toy Guns
This is a pretty weird video, but at the core of it seems to be the story of a young woman in a dystopian future just trying to find her place in the world, or at least in this futuristic mostly-lesbian sex club. She gets close to romance, but then ultimately the night is ruined by people rejecting her and, worst of all, a sexy arachnid-woman who may or may not eat the men in the club. Either way, the protagonist is adorable and we really we were pulling for her, until we got distracted by the crazy arachnid-woman. But what actually might be the weirdest thing about this video is the need to censor the phrase "loaded guns." Mmkay, youtube censorship, you do you.
11. "All is Full of Love" - Bjork
If the option exists to include a video of lesbian robots making out to Bjork, then it has to be included. Obviously. This is actually an oddly captivating video and maybe even a bit romantic. These robot ladies are having a pretty sensual experience, and Bjork's making things seem pretty lovely all around. Who knew the future was so bright for queer robots?
12. "Te Amo" - Rihanna
It's hard to tell what this song is about more; Rihanna realizing she may have feelings for this woman, or Rihanna realizing she really needs to brush up on well known Spanish phrases. Either way, it's actually quite a sexy video, even if Rihanna's doubt about what "Te Amo" means becomes a little distracting. But it's more about the confusion these advances are bringing than annoyance or disgust that they're happening. We'll take it.
14. "Me Against The Music" - Britney Spears ft. Madonna
It's hard to tell what's most awkward about this video. Is it the underground bar they're in that seems like a massive splinter hazzard? Is it the glaring lack of chemistry between Britney and Madonna? Is it everything Madonna is doing with that cane? If there was supposed to be chemistry here, it's lost on us, just like Madonna was on Britney in the end.