Another year is coming to an end, which is a great time to look back on some of the best music videos 2021 has had to offer. Music videos have always held our attention. Since MTV hit the airwaves and artists have harnessed the visuals of their music like never before, it’s almost mandatory to release a video that can perfectly channel the aesthetic of a hit single. Today, it’s really not much different, except you don’t have to turn on the TV to watch a music video anymore. These days, you can just open your computer and scroll to YouTube to watch your favorite artists bring their hit songs to life.
Music videos can either solidify what you thought of the song or completely upend the meaning of the song. This year has hosted a ton of great music. In January, we debuted with Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” banger and came to see Taylor Swift earn the right to her own music, which led to the epic 10 minute version and a short film of “All Too Well “. Oh, and this year also hosts some great post-divorce albums like Kacey Musgraves’ one. Star crossed.
To celebrate a year filled with amazing music and accompanying videos, here are the best music videos of the year across all genres.
16. Lorde’s “Fallen Fruit”
In stark contrast to Lorde’s “Solar Power” clip which depicted sunny skies, crisp blue waters, and natural beach vibes, “Fallen Fruit” follows the story, showing how humanity can negatively impact on the environment. . The peaceful beach viewers seen in “Solar Power” are now gone and littered with boats, food abandoned by humans and burnt villages. Lorde walks day and night through abandoned and used land and hops into a car to start anew. In a statement released with the video, the singer said, “Humans do as they do, get greedy, treat the earth with disrespect and strip it of its beauty. There will always be another blank place to start over, right? “
15. “Drunk (and I don’t want to come home)” by Elle King and Miranda Lambert
Elle King and Miranda Lambert are the characters in their music video “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) as the pair can be seen wearing pastel suits, tall wedding dresses, and puff-sleeve bridesmaid dresses. The king said she wrote the song at a time in her life when she was drinking more often So when it came to creating the clip, the goal was to “take the pressure off both for her and for Lambert.”
14. “Meet Me At Our Spot” (Live Performance) by THE ANXIETY, Tyler Cole and Willow
There is something so special about watching live performances of your favorite songs. And the music video for the live performance of “Meet Me At Our Spot” makes you feel like you’re at a concert. Although simple in its delivery, the clip is a total vibe and gives new meaning to daring and indie with Willow’s punk rock outfit and underground landscapes.
13. “Family” by Badflower
Honest, raw and emotional are some of the words that can be used to describe Badflower’s “Family” music video. Leader Josh Katz is completely open about his feelings for his family. As he sings, “I don’t deserve this family / You’re better off without me,” Katz’s bottom plays old family videos of happy and joyous memories, contrasting with his current feelings of being “the hated one”. The clip is perhaps one of the most honest and nude performances of the year.
12. “Up” by Cardi B
Cardi B always brings her A-game when it comes to her wardrobe, dancing, and visuals. And in her music video “Up”, she doesn’t hold back at all. Viewers can see her wearing a wig made up of Barbie doll heads singing parts of the song with Cardi. And who could forget the two plastic pieces, the headband and the glasses she wears sitting on a clear glass table? Anybody. This is exactly why “Up” is one of the best music videos of the year.
11. “Lost Cause” by Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish brings the true essence of a girls night out to life with her music video “Lost Cause”. Eilish lets off steam with her girlfriends as she gets real about a relationship with someone who doesn’t make an effort – a “lost cause.” And there’s no better way to let the details go than with a bunch of your best friends while you all lounge in your pajamas, eat candy, and play games.
10. “MAMMAMIA” by Måneskin
The Italian group kicked off their career after winning Eurovision earlier this year and was nominated for Favorite Trending Song at the American Music Awards for “Beggin”. Måneskin released “MAMMAMIA” in October and accompanied the release of a funny, violent and warning epilepsy video. The clip presents viewers with the various murders that group leader Damiano David endures at the hands of each member of his group. Bassist Victoria de Angelis opens the video alongside guitarist Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Torchio and says, “He’s so boring.” And that involves the night of the events of each member of the group “murdering” their leader.
9. “Simple Times” by Kacey Musgraves
In “Simple Times” by Kacey Musgraves, she gives off Bad girls meets Distraught vibes as she and her gang of girls, starring You star Victoria Pedretti, rapper Princess Nokia and RuPaul’s Drag Race Symone winner, walk through a mall wearing matching outfits and colors. The video looks more like a short film than a traditional music video, and that’s because it is. “Simple Times” is from the film by singer Paramount More Star-Crossed: The Movie. In its February issue of Rolling stone, Musgraves explained Star crossed guides listeners through her divorce in three parties. This is probably why we see the girl gang rob a bridal shop in the clip.
8. “Have mercy” on Chlöe
Chlöe doesn’t hold back in her “Have Mercy” music video, where we see her claiming her trust as she plays Medusa and can’t keep the boys away from her. In an October 15 interview with Genie, the singer explained she wrote the song at a time when people criticized her for “showing her body” for the attention of men. The clip shows the singer reclaiming that narrative, proving that she knows her worth and talent – singing, dancing, and creating unforgettable art, to name a few.
7. “Thot Sh * t” by Megan Thee Stallion
Arrived only seven months after the release of his first album, Good news, Megan Thee Stallion released “Thot Sh * t,” a music video devoted to putting people in their place, especially a member of Congress from Los Angeles who “accidentally” came across rapper’s other provocative song “WAP” and did not approve. So, the clip for “Thot Sh * t” shows the Houston rapper responding to the criticism by twerking on the alleged congressman’s desk and table, hitting him with a garbage truck, and, oh yeah, surgically reshaping his mouth into it. a vaginal form.
6. “Streets” by Doja Cat
As usual, Doja Cat’s “Streets” was all the rage on TikTok long before the clip was released. In fact, “Streets” inspired the TikTok silhouette viral challenge where users start the video in a relaxed state, but as soon as the “Streets” beat drops the video, the video goes through a red filter with the user appearing in. an intimate pose. Let Doja Cat take the challenge in hand and participate in the challenge as well. Just under 30 seconds after the clip begins, we hear the beat drop and see Doja Cat appear behind a red filter – referring to the challenge. No one can explode the trend like Doja Cat.
5. “Butter” by BTS
K-pop group BTS have had a huge year, from releasing their Coldplay collaboration “My Universe” to their hit song “Butter,” it’s no wonder the group have announced an extended hiatus at the moment. . Like any BTS music video, “Butter” is full of choreography that the band members have mastered perfectly. Perhaps the reason for the hype around the single is the meaning of the lyrics, which basically explains how the band members are so charming and melt everyone like butter. And after winning the Artist of the Year award at the 2021 American Music Awards, I would say that seems fair.
4. “Don’t go there yet” by Camila Cabello
Camila Cabello’s “Don’t Go Yet” is filled with bold, bold colors, crisp choreography and extravagant outfits. The clip is designed for a fun moment and highlights Cabello’s Latin roots. In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the singer said she wanted the song to reflect a family affair where she can be free. And from the look of the clip, that’s exactly what she accomplished.
3. Montero (Call me by your name) “Lil Nas X
Inspired by the 2017 film Call me by your name, Lil Nas X released “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” which tells about the singer’s true love life. The clip shows viewers a world where everyone is accepted for who they are and no one is to be banned for their way of life Lil Nas X is wearing all types of outfits for the video, but maybe the outfit that turned heads the most were her kinky black thigh-high boots paired with Calvin Klein underwear while sliding down a stripper pole in hell. The image grabbed so much attention that it won a meme you couldn’t avoid seeing on Twitter.
2. “Bon 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo had a huge year with the release of her debut album Sour. Although the entire album was a bop, “Good 4 U” stood out due to its raw lyrics and haunting music video. Mainly because Rodrigo pays homage to various Y2K essentials like the cheerleader outfit which is a replica of the 2001s outfits. The Princess Diarys. And let’s not forget the subtle references to the 2009 horror film Jennifer’s body when Rodrigo puts on the long black gloves and can be seen in a body of water with glowing red eyes.
1. “All Too Good” by Taylor Swift
As if any other clip could be number one. Taylor Swift put everyone in a frenzy when she dropped the 10 minute version of “All Too Well,” a song that was originally released on her 2012 album. Red. The song is said to be about her three-month relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal in 2010, and despite 11 years since their split, Swift has done anything but hold back. The video dives headlong into rumors as it stars Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink, who we believe are versions of Gyllenhaal and Swift given that the actor’s age differences coincide with those of Gyllenhaal and Swift. in 2010. The video drops many Easter eggs. alluding to their relationship as the infamous scarf, O’Brien’s wardrobe in the short, and the setting for a fall weekend in upstate New York.