ARTIST: Converge

TRACK: Heaven in Her Arms

ALBUM: Jane Doe

PLAYS: 3,639

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“Anaconda” turns Nicki’s butt into a literal force of nature, causing earthquakes in a jungle setting. After parodying the idea of exoticism by opening on a jungle scene, she shifts into a workout setup with comically small weights. All of these setups make the same point: Nicki’s body is the modern ideal. And because Nicki is spitting rapid-fire jokes the whole time she is onscreen, it’s impossible to feel like she’s been reduced to a mere body.

This is confirmed by what comes next: Nicki squirting whipped cream on her tits, fondling a banana, and then slicing the banana with a maniacal laugh. Cutting up a metaphorical dick onscreen makes it even more clear that the “Anaconda” video is about Nicki asserting her power, not as a sexual object but a sexual subject. Both the suggestive choreography and the song’s lyrics, which recount a series of sexual encounters, double down on the fact that Nicki has all the power here, and that she can show as much of her body as she likes and retain all that power.

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ARTIST: Hozier

TRACK: Take Me To Church

ALBUM: Take Me To Church E.P.

PLAYS: 80,853

ARTIST: Modest Mouse

TRACK: Little Motel

ALBUM: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

PLAYS: 10,443

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