Katy Perry is one of the most watchable pop stars of the modern era, with a plethora of iconic music videos to her credit. As a special Valentine’s Day treat, she released a brand-new track and music video, a collaboration with German DJ and songwriter Zedd called “365.” Directed by Warren Fu, the video depicts Perry as an artificially intelligent android who tries to seduce Zedd.
Watch Perry’s new video below, and then revisit the top 10 Katy Perry music videos that are as much fun to watch as they are to listen to.
If this song isn’t stuck in your head just by the title, that’s on you. This empowering ballad from her 2014 album Prism almost immediately became a feminist power anthem, and the video is currently the ninth most watched Youtube video of all time. Filmed in the lush Los Angeles County Arboretum and featuring live and CGI animals, it’s been called the “good kind of cheesy” like a Saturday morning adventure serial. Oh oh oh!
This quintessential “summer song” is from Perry’s third studio album, 2010’s Teenage Dream, and it’s everything you could want in a pop anthem. Featuring additional lyrics by Snoop Dogg, the video takes place in Candyfornia, a mashup of the board game Candyland and “Alice in Wonderland.” The title’s spelling was not changed because of the Beach Boys song of the same name; it was an homage to Alex Chilton, whose group Big Star had had a hit with “September Gurls.”
From 2017’s Witness album, Perry takes to the basketball court with Nicki Minaj for a little more than a pickup game — it’s widely believed that this was part of Perry’s ongoing music feud with Taylor Swift and a response to Swift’s hit “Bad Blood.” Swift waited until this song dropped before making her entire back catalog available on Spotify, which promptly outsold “Swish Swish.” Nice move!
I Kissed A Girl
The song that pretty much put Perry on the international radar, this 2008 release from the album One of the Boys caused more than its share of controversy just from the title alone. Religious groups have protested the song’s message — pretty tame compared to other, more explicit music — and Perry has since said she would have rewritten some of the more problematic lyrics if she had written it today. The song has sold over 4.7 million digital copies, and the video has over 157 million views on YouTube.
One of Perry’s biggest hits from her third album Teenage Dream, “Firework” won a Best Pop Solo Grammy Award and Video of the Year at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Perry has said this is her favorite single from the album; she noted how hard it is to make an anthem that’s empowering but not “cheesy” but that this would be her choice. Is it your anthem too? Have a look!
This song (featuring Kanye West) dropped after Perry took to Twitter to ask her fans which one they wanted her to release next as the fourth single off her Teenage Dream album. It was an excellent choice and became one of 2011’s biggest-selling songs, placing fourth according to Billboard. The video features Perry as an alien arriving on a post-apocalyptic Earth. The song lyrics are full of innuendo and double-entendre, which only got more risqué when a version of the song was released featured an additional verse by Kanye West.
The third single from 2013’s Prism album, this dark, supernatural offering — described as a “Southern rap-techno pop” mashup — has Perry warning a potential love interest not to fall in love with her, because, well, she’s a witch. The video, however, has some of the most gorgeous costume eye candy of all her videos, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video. It’s not hard to see why.
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
An obvious homage to John Hughes’ teen films of the 1980s, the video to this song is just as infectiously catchy as the song itself. Featuring half the cast of “Glee” and a very meta-reference cameo by Rebecca Black — whose viral hit “Friday” ruled YouTube for an entire summer — the video hearkens back to the classic MTV days of yore. It’s a retro love letter with a modern twist. The song itself became Perry’s fifth No. 1 single off of 2010’s Teenage Dream, earning her a place in music history as the first female artist to have five No. 1 singles from one album, and only the second person in history to do so, after Michael Jackson accomplished the feat with 1987’s Bad.
Waking Up In Vegas
The inspiration for this song was a prank Perry pulled on her family and manager in 2008 — she went to Vegas and pretended to get married, complete with staged wedding pictures and a fake marriage license. The song itself was powerful enough that she got signed to a new label and significantly boosted her image after her previous single failed to catch on. Filmed in Vegas, it has the feel of a Nevada Tourist Board ad… which is not a bad thing at all!
This song was released on its own, not as an album single, and was adopted as an unofficial Olympic anthem during the 2016 Summer games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. NBC featured the song in many of its promos for the broadcast. Considered a spiritual successor to “Roar,” the video itself, featuring gorgeous Brazilian locations, is just as breathtaking.