Nowadays musical artists release their new singles with an accompanying music video. Some music videos may have even led to some controversies while others are so great to look at that you can’t stop watching them!
As you may have noticed they include references to pop culture, pay homage to movies or icons, have a gripping plot, cool costumes, incredible CGI and visuals, etc. that make them very enjoyable. From Lil Nas X to Megan Thee Stallion, this year saw many artists breaking ground with their visuals. We’ve compiled a list of music videos (in no particular order) that have entertained us well in 2021!
MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ is stunning from the very beginning to the end. The twenty-two-year-old rapper says: “In life, we hide the parts of ourselves we don’t want the world to see. We lock them away. We tell them, ‘No.’ We banish them. But here, we don’t,” in a voiceover. “Welcome to Montero,” (the fantasy island named after himself) Lil Nas X concludes the intro.
The music video wherein he freely embodies his sexuality was accompanied by a note that Montero Lamar Hill (Lil Nas X) wrote to his younger self. The ‘Old Town Road’ hitmaker takes on the role of different alter-egos inspired by history and mythology. It included the star making out with an alien version of himself. Lil Nas X also has a Marie Antoinette-inspired stoning, and lap dance with the Devil!
The music video included some ethereal visuals straight out of a dream and the fans were here for it allll! It is written by the rapper himself and directed along with Tanu Muino. The ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ music video also went on to win three MTV Video Music Awards including one for ‘Video of the Year’, one MTV Europe Music Award, and an American Music Award for ‘Favorite’. It has also been nominated at the 64th GRAMMY Awards (2022 GRAMMY Awards) for the ‘Best Music Video’.
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Good 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo
Directed by Petra Collins, ‘good 4 u’ is the third single off Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album Sour. The singer channeled 2000s pop-rock and the song quickly became an angsty break-up anthem that I couldn’t stop singing nor escape as it became a smash hit!
Its music video gave everything it was supposed to with Rodrigo drawing inspiration from Megan Fox’s iconic role as Jennifer Check in Jennifer’s Body. Moreover, the track itself has a very reminiscent sound of Paramore and Avril Lavigne! We see Olivia feel everything we go through after we are left heartbroken – only make it ten times dramatic.
The star puts on long, black, latex gloves before going to the grocery store to buy gasoline, dances in a cheerleader uniform (from Princess Diaries) and sets a bedroom on fire. Rodrigo concludes the video by swimming in a lake without any remorse in her eyes for having committed arson. It was amazing to see Olivia channel this character in the ‘good 4 u’ music video in contrast to ‘driver’s license’ and ‘deja vu’.
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Streets – Doja Cat
Since the song was a viral hit on TikTok, Doja Cat paid homage to the silhouette challenge built around the song in the ‘Streets’ music video directed by Christian Breslauer. The music video is like a fantasy film which begins with a taxi driver stuck in traffic staring out at a mannequin while Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” plays in the background and as the song transitions into Doja’s ‘Streets’ the mannequin transforms into the rapper playing a red-light dancer shown in silhouette.
However, it is revealed at the end of the video that it was all just a figment of the taxi driver’s imagination. In reality, Doja is sitting in the can as the taxi driver’s passenger but in his imagination she seduces him. The star dances with him before trapping him in a giant, literal spider web, and in another fantasy sequence, Doja snuggles up on a couch with a male mannequin before the entire room is set on fire.
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Thot Shit – Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Thot Shit’ is an absolute bop, so obviously, the Hot Girl released an accompanying music video with it. It was directed by Aube Perrie and we see her alter ego Tina Show exact revenge on a hypocritical senator.
In the video, we see an older white senator posting a sexist comment on Megan’s ‘Body’ music video while at the same time being turned on by the visual and unzipping his fly. Megan and her Hotties then put him in his place by tracking him everywhere – from a bathtub to slamming him with a garbage truck and sewing his mouth into a vaginal shape!
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Kiss Me More – Doja Cat feat. SZA
Doja Cat’s ‘Kiss Me More’ music video has been directed by Warren Fu and the visuals are out of this world for real. The duo’s dreamy collab has a dreamier video wherein an Earthling astronaut portrayed by Grey’s Anatomy actor Alex Landi crash lands on a peachy and pink foreign planet in another galaxy where Doja Cat and SZA reside.
While exploring the new territory, the astronaut watches Doja Cat and SZA regally posing as part of the terrain, and the pair rendezvous with him. But just like the star’s ‘Streets’ video, the conclusion of the video tells a different story. It is later revealed that Doja and SZA lured him into their silky lair which is not what appeared to the viewers before. They captured him and trapped him in a video game.
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Wild Side – Normani feat. Cardi B
Normani’s stylish video for ‘Wild Side’ sees the singer in different settings donning glorious and fashionable attire. Directed by Tanu Munio, in this video Normani effortlessly glides through a series of dance numbers. These smooth and beautiful numbers have been crafted by her longtime choreographer, Sean Bankhead.
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Ungodly Hour – Chloe x Halle
The sister-duo Chloe x Halle never misses! Both their visuals and vocals are phenomenal and similarly, the sisters stun in a series of futuristic, extraterrestrial-inspired ensembles such as latex bodysuits, sequined gowns, mesh and pearl-embellished numbers, and more in their music video for ‘Ungodly Hour’ – the title track off their album of the same name. Alfred Marroquín directed the ‘Ungodly Hour’ music video in which the singers serve magnificent looks that also include a range of accessories.
My Universe – Coldplay x BTS
Coldplay’s ninth studio album ‘Music of the Spheres’ features BTS – the global superstars on their track ‘My Universe’, and they also released an accompanying video for the same. Helmed by Dave Meyers, it is set in the distant galaxy of ‘The Spheres’ where music is forbidden.
However, BTS, Coldplay, and an alien supergroup called Supernova 7 unite via hologram to defy the ban in the video wherein ‘My Universe’ is sung in both English and Korean. Both groups sing about the endless possibilities of love which makes you fall in love with the song as well as its visuals! In the video, the three different bands sing and defy the ban from different planets while DJ Lafrique unites them via a holoband on her alien radio ship as they are hunted by the silencers.
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I Bet You Think About Me – Taylor Swift feat. Chris Stapleton
Directed by Taylor Swift’s friend and actress Blake Lively, we see Swift go rogue at an ex’s wedding in the new music video for ‘I Bet You Think About Me’ which is also Lively’s directorial debut. The song is a vault track from her recent re-release of her album ‘Red’. The accompanying video stars Actor Miles Teller as the ex-turned-groom. Teller’s character watches Taylor hopelessly (obviously regretting all of his romantic decisions). Swift wanders and saunters through the ceremony.
We see a goofy side of the star in the video wherein she tastes the cake early (basically destroys it), gives a wild toast and teaches the kids table the most clever way to flip someone off, and also looks elegant wearing a wedding gown and a similar beautiful gown in red. Furthermore, there’s even a quick cameo from the ‘All Too Well’ scarf, making an addition to the Taylor Swift Cinematic Universe. The ‘I Bet You Think About Me’ video also features a cameo from The National‘s Aaron Dessner.
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Chlöe – Have Mercy
One half of the sister duo Chloe x Halle’s Chloe embarked on a solo career in music and released a single ‘Have Mercy’ accompanied with a video directed by Karena Evans. The video features Chlöe as a modern-day Medusa and also sees a couple of cameos.
She seduces men into a sorority house before turning them into stone. The video delivers incredible visuals as well as fashion moments. It has an amazing choreography while Bree Runway, Rome Flynn, and Beyoncé’s mother – Tina Knowles (the star is also Beyoncé’s ultimate protégé!) make an appearance.
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These were only ten of the many music videos and visuals that we thought were incredible! Comment below your favorite music videos of 2021!