Featuring all the cuties from The Vamps and Stormzy to Rollacoaster faves Tom Daley to Joe Jonas, Charli XCX’s video for summer smash “Boys” flipped sexism on it’s head – FINALLY! Poking fun at the objectification of women in music vids, the visuals served up some much needed guy candy.
7 WONDERS: BEST MUSIC VIDEOS OF 2017
Our picks of the best music vids from the past year.
Charli XCX – “Boys”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
One of the biggest tracks of the year, “New Rules” was the girl power anthem of the year. The video, which was directed by Henry Schofield, was inspired by an image of Naomi Campbell holding another woman on her back in a fashion campaign from the 80s.
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”
Nominated for Best Music Video at next year’s Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar’s video for “Humble” has been one of the most discussed of the year. Directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies, the video is basically an visually aesthetic art-house short featuring an recreation of The Last Supper.
The xx – “I Dare You”
Directed by photographer Alasdair McLellan (who has worked with The xx on numerous projects this year) and featuring the likes of Paris Jackson, Ashton Sanders and Millie Bobby Brown, the video for “I Dare You” is a sunshine flavoured flick with serious 80s vibes, think The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And obvs, the opportunity to witness MBB as an annoying little sister is a must see…
Arca – “Reverie”
Kinda harrowing, kinda chic, Arca’s video for his single “Reverie” sees him as a bloodied matador on strange hoof-like mechanical stilts. Directed by frequent collaborator Jesse Kanda, the video has over a million YouTube views and is basically a visual representation of Arca’s sound; strange yet endearing.
Kim Petras – “I Don’t Want It At All”
“I want all my clothes designer!”…us too, hun! The perfect pink and glittery masterpiece from Kim Petras and director Charlotte Rutherford features our fave cameo of the year… Paris Hilton appearing in billowing smoke, ready to offer up her credit card for Petras to feed her designer addiction. Need we say more? We’re obsessed!
Kelela’s – “LMK”
Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Kelela’s “LMK” feels like a scene straight outta The Matrix. With a seemingly endless collection of wigs and some stellar sets that offer throwbacks to clubs from the 90s, we can’t get enough of Kelela.