Favorite Lana Del Rey Music Video – Readers Poll
As a newcomer in 2012, it's hard to believe that Lana Del Rey already has six official clips in her videography. The music videos that the songstress has released thus far are visual works of art, with deep plotlines, stunning imagery and moody monologues from the theatrical, buxom-lipped beauty.
Although 'Video Games' is technically her first official music video -- a retro-vibed, summery clip that Del Rey shot herself, featuring her friends having fun at the pool, skateboarding, and getting a bit wild -- the world was really introduced to Lana Del Rey with 'Born to Die,' a big budget clip that was filmed at the Palace of Fontainebleau in France.
Like many of Del Rey's video concepts, the nearly 5-minute 'Born to Die' clip features Del Rey as a lonely queen seated on her throne beside her pet tigers. The visuals then cut between the royal setting, where Del Rey wears a crown of blue flowers, to her driving along with her tattooed boyfriend, who she is desperately clinging to despite the fact that they've grown apart. Just as the lyrics suggest, the pair were destined to die, and the video ends with their literal demise.
After setting the bar so high with 'Born to Die,' Del Rey slowed things down for our senses with her 'Blue Jeans' music video. Shot entirely in black and white, Del Rey is pictured swimming in a dark pool of water alongside her lover, the same guy from 'Born to Die,' and a crocodile. Yes, a crocodile, and the daring Del Rey isn't even afraid to take a ride on its back through the blackened H20. The video is another piece on the destructive nature of love, and many scenes allude to the singer's drowning.
'Blue Jeans' was followed by the songstress' clip for 'National Anthem,' a spin on the love story of former President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie O. The clip actually kicks off with Del Rey as Marilyn Monroe, singing 'Happy Birthday' to the prez, played by rapper A$AP Rocky. It then cuts to Del Rey as Jackie Kennedy, with she and her family living out a New England fantasy life in their waterside home. However, as most of her videos do, the clip ends tragically, just as the marriage of JFK and Jackie O. ended with his assassination.
Later in the summer of 2012, Del Rey teamed up with gorgeous actress/model Jaime King for the 'Summertime Sadness' video, a song off of 'Born to Die - Paradise Edition.' Like 'Video Games,' Del Rey uses grainier footage to give the clip a retro, home-video feel. King and Del Rey play lesbian lovers who fall madly in love, but something goes terrible wrong. Both of the women end up taking their own lives, bringing yet another Lana Del Rey music video to a sorrowful close.
Finally, there's 'Ride,' Del Rey's most recent musical masterpiece. The 10-minute, long-form music video has a very cinematic quality, with Del Rey portraying a wayward soul who finds happiness with a gang of burly biker men. She's lost until she discovers life as a transient, saying, "I belive in the person I want to become, I believe in the freedom of the open road. And my motto is the same as ever: I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself -- I ride. I just ride."
Which Lana Del Rey video is your favorite? Click through the links to watch all six of her most official video releases, and vote on the best clip below.