Popology Now’s Top Music Videos Of 2016
One of the most exciting things about pop music is the visual that accompanies a single or certain track. Perfected by legends like Michael Jackson and further developed by his many heirs, it’s become one of our favorite things about the genre.
It’s no secret that the art of the music video has really given way since the start of 2010 and that only several artists can be counted on when it comes to produce eye-catching, thought provoking visuals that require the viewer to think or push the genre forward just a bit.
Sometimes, it’s not even that deep. A striking, high fashion or simple black & white visual can do wonders for complementing a song that desperately needs it.
So here we are again. Below are our top 15 music videos of the year – in no specific orders. Each one, great in their own way. Sit back, enjoy, and let these clips take you somewhere else for a brief period of time.
dumblonde – ‘remember me’
It’s been a quiet year for these two, but at least we got one visual that was completely different from their others to kick off 2016.
Fifth Harmony – ‘Work From Home’
It was the biggest video of the year, and for good reason. The blueprint (minus the lack of chemistry) that all future girl groups should follow.
Years & Years ft. Tove Lo – ‘Desire’
Despite the lack of Tove Lo (hate), ‘Desire’ tore down the taboo of sexuality and fetish like never before.
Rihanna – ‘Needed Me’
Literally never need to get shot, but if we had to Rihanna can be the one to do it after watching this Harmony Korine directed clip.
Janet Jackson – ‘Dammn Baby’
Sometimes, you just need an icon to come through and show them all how it should be done.
Jennifer Lopez – ‘Ain’t Your Mama’
Because the best J.Lo videos are the ones when she can dance, sing, and act. Plus the look at the end…
Kanye West – ‘Famous’
Thankfully, someone wasn’t completely PC and decided to be controversial (for better or worse) this year.
Fergie – ‘MILF $’
Did anyone else take a cold shower after this video or…?
Kanye West – ‘Wolves’
It may not be an “official music video”, but there’s something striking about a biblical Kim & ‘Ye weeping in all that Balmain.
Tinashe – ‘Superlove’
Hannah Lux Davis needs to direct and conceptualize all of Tinashe’s videos for ‘Joyride’.
Kanye West – ‘Fade’
Thanks Kanye for making us realize that Teyana Taylor is total body goals.
Fifth Harmony – ‘That’s My Girl’
At least the last time that they were truly five was this Mad Max, Charlie’s Angels inspired girl power clip.
Zara Larsson – ‘Ain’t My Fault’
We haven’t seen a 17 year old blonde pop star in this much control since 1999…
The Weeknd – ‘False Alarm’
This is what music videos should be like. Shocking, fast-paced, action-packed, adrenaline inducing.
Britney Spears ft. Tinashe – ‘Slumber Party’
Britney finally got her groove back. Her best music video in years.