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Jennifer Lopez’s Music Video Evolution From Y2K Star To Reigning Legend

A triple threat in the truest sense of the word.

The world was introduced to Jennifer Lopez as an actress, dancer, and singer, and throughout her decades-long career she hasn’t strayed far from her roots. She’s always found ways to incorporate her talents in her music videos — whether through a dance break or a dramatic plot line. Below, we rounded up the best videos in her catalog that prove she’s a triple threat in the truest sense of the word.

“If You Had My Love” (1999)

J.Lo is an online spectacle that the world can’t stop watching in this eerie and very ‘90s music video that kicked off her solo music career.

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“Waiting For Tonight” (1999)

J.Lo celebrates the Y2K technological collapse by going to a rave in the rainforest because she has her priorities in check!

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“Love Don’t Cost A Thing” (2001)

Everything about this video screams the early ‘00s, from the glitzy aesthetics, to her sun-kissed make-up, to a dance breakdown against a hyper-perfect CGI beach backdrop.

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“Play” (2001)

The absolute looks being served in this entirely CGI-ed, galactic fantasy-themed video... the pop girls today could never.

“Jenny From The Block” (2002)

Oh the cyclical nature of time... In which Bennifer (who are infamously and newly back together) unsubtly put on a show for the paparazzi.

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“I’m Glad” (2003)

Tired: This is an impeccable recreation of Flashdance. Wired: This is impeccable propaganda for J.Lo’s abs!

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“Get Right” (2005)

We lose track of how many characters J.Lo plays in this bizarre visual that’s a bit like a music video within a music video.

“Qué Hiciste” (2007)

Jennifer Lopez is a mysterious woman on the run in this dramatic visual that ends with her setting a car ablaze in the desert.

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“Papi” (2011)

What would you do if a magical cookie caused every man in the world to fall madly in love with you? If you’re J. Lo, you’ll look mildly inconvenienced before joining them all in a flash mob!

“On The Floor” ft. Pitbull (2011)

J. Lo absolutely loses it on the dance floor in the visual for “On The Floor,” the song that kicked off her Pitbull era, and that is her most-watched video to date.

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“I Luh Ya Papi” ft. French Montana (2014)

In which J. Lo lounges around a mansion and a yacht “objectifying men.” We are watching respectfully!

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“Booty” ft. Iggy Azalea (2014)

Perhaps J.Lo’s most controversial video upon release, “Booty” shows just how far the cultural discourse around butts has evolved since then.

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“Dinero” ft. DJ Khaled, Cardi B (2018)

Every artist has their opulent video moment, and in hers, J.Lo slinks around her cavernous home with a pet ostrich.

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“In The Morning” (2021)

In her most recent video, Lopez dives into her childhood imagination as she transforms herself into a mermaid and a fallen angel.

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