Pop queen Beyoncé’s 2016 release track Formation has been named as the best music video of all time by Rolling Stones.
The Queen Bay’s latest recognition has just topped all of her others awards and honors. As on Aug 1, Rolling Stone released its list of the 100 greatest music videos of all time, Beyoncé took the number one spot on the list with her video for Formation.
The publication ranked 100 of the greatest videos of all time in honor of MTV’s 40th anniversary and named Johnny Cash’s Hurt as its number two pick. The list followed by Madonna’s Vogue and This is America by Childish Gambino.
Pop legend Michael Jackson rounds out the top 10 with Billie Jean. At the same time, Beyoncé’ also successfully managed to appear on the list three other times including, at number 12 for Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), number 29 for Apes*** off her collaborative album with husband Jay-Z and at 66th spot for Lady Gaga’s Telephone, which she is featured.
“If Beyoncé’s self-titled visual album established her as one of the greatest artists of all time, her surprise-released ‘Formation’ video (and ensuing album Lemonade) marked her as one of the most important,” Rolling Stone declared.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the video drew inspiration from seminal Black figures in history and also addressed the “historical impact of slavery on black love, and what it has done to the black family,” as Matsoukas described it to The New Yorker in 2017.
Watch the song here.