A Brief History of Significant Others Starring in Each Other’s Music Videos

Cady Lang

Looking for a way to prove your sincere affection for your significant other? Why not try taking your relationship to the next level by having them star in your next music video? It’s a method that celebs have been using for decades now. For some, this has proven to be the ultimate way to ensure longevity—just look at Beyoncé and Jay Z, who’ve shared more than a decade of love and music video appearances together. For others, a music-video cameo has been just another romantic interlude (RIP, Bennifer, but bless you, J. Lo, for giving us Ben Affleck in the “Jenny from the Block” video for posterity), but also a great way to always remember the good times.

See the 16 best couples in music videos, below, and prepare to feel all the feels.

“Jenny from the Block”—Jennifer Lopez ft. Ben Affleck: Let us never forget the glory days that were early ’00s Bennifer—and since Jennifer Lopez featured Ben Affleck very prominently in her “Jenny from the Block” video, it’ll be hard to, especially that scene where he unties her bikini bottoms with his teeth—meow!

“Uptown Girl”—Billy Joel ft. Christie Brinkley: Joel’s popular song about a downtown boy trying to woo a wealthy “uptown” girl became an instant classic, especially since the inspiration came from him dating two such girls, supermodels Elle Macpherson and Christie Brinkley (who would later go on to become his wife for nine years).

“Bound 2″—Kanye West ft. Kim Kardashian West: Kimye’s music video instantly became a viral hit, thanks to its kitschy theme and, of course, a very naked Kim Kardashian riding backwards on a motorcycle, spawning some memorable parodies, most notably, Seth Rogen and James Franco’s hilarious reprise.

“All of Me”—John Legend ft. Chrissy Teigen: As if John and Chrissy weren’t already the epitome of relationship goals, John took it upon himself to pen a song inspired by his muse, which gave us the most romantic video of all time. The couple actually met on the set of his “Stereo” video, but this one is the ultimate ode to the woman he loves.

“November Rain”—Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose ft. Stephanie Seymour: It’s only fitting that one of rock n’ roll’s buzziest couples would have a music video to match. Seymour’s turn as Rose’s music video wife-to-be (they dated for a very exciting and tumultuous period of time) is damn near iconic, with that shorter-than-short wedding dress and her undeniable chemistry with Rose.

“Drunk in Love”—Beyoncé ft. Jay Z: While Bey and Jay have always collaborated (’03 “Bonnie and Clyde”! “Crazy in Love”!), there’s no denying that “Drunk in Love” somehow trumps their other collabs. Chalk it up to that sheer dress, that dance, or the sound-bite-worthy track (surfbordt, surfbordt), but we all want to be drunk in love after watching this video.

“You and I”—Lady Gaga ft. Taylor Kinney: Gaga met her now-fiancée on the set of this 2011 video; they became a couple shortly thereafter.

“Cupid’s Chokehold”—Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy ft. Katy Perry: Before Katy Perry became the pop goddess that she is today, she was Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy’s girlfriend and was featured prominently in the video for the group’s 2005 hit, “Cupid’s Chokehold.”

“Body Party”—Ciara ft. Future: If there was ever a cautionary tale for featuring a significant other in your video, this should be it. Ciara’s “Body Party” is an ultra-sexy look at the then-couple’s love story—fast-forward three years and one baby later, and Ciara and Future are embroiled in an epically dramatic lawsuit battle. Take note, love doesn’t always last forever, but music videos are for all time.

“Pillowtalk”—Zayn Malik ft. Gigi Hadid: Gigi Hadid has a thing for musicians, and it seems that these musicians have a thing for putting her in their videos. Gigi appeared in ex Cody Simpson’s video, “Surfboard,” and directed ex Joe Jonas’s band’s video for “Cake by the Ocean,” but her greatest girlfriend appearance to date has probably been in Zayn Malik’s first solo single post–One Direction, “Pillowtalk.”

“So What”—Pink ft. Carey Hart: While Pink’s husband has appeared in more than one of her music videos, perhaps the most memorable is “So What,” which was made while the two were separated and deals with their breakup with Pink’s signature humor.

“Stimulated”—Tyga ft. Kylie Jenner: While Tyga and Kylie maintained that they were just “friends” while she was still a minor, this music video pretty much confirmed the obvious.

“In the Night”—The Weeknd ft. Bella Hadid: The Weeknd’s moody and darkly seductive video for “In the Night” was a perfect fit for his model girlfriend, Bella Hadid. We’ll say this for the Hadid sisters—their romantic entanglements have brought us some damn great music videos.

“Bye Bye”—Mariah Carey ft. Nick Cannon: The world’s ultimate diva announced her relationship with boy toy Nick Cannon with her music video “Bye Bye.” While most didn’t think that the May-December romance would work out, it produced a marriage, twins, and six years of Nick and Mariah that we’ll never forget.

“Animals”—Maroon 5’s Adam Levine ft. Behati Prinsloo: Quite possibly the creepiest video ever, “Animals” features Adam Levine as a creepy stalker / butcher and wife Behati Prinsloo as the object of his affection, which culminates in very bloody sex. Mmmkay.

“All Eyes on You”—Meek Mill ft. Nicki Minaj: Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj’s relationship was under major speculation for most of 2014, but they confirmed that it was the real deal with this steamy video.

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