This past year we’ve seen great music comebacks, brilliant newcomers, and consistent hit makers. Everyone knows that it takes more than just one person to make a chart-topping song. You need a songwriter, a singer, a band, a recording studio, the list goes on and on. When it comes to music videos, we expect them to be the same caliber as the song itself, some flatline while other blow our minds. Here are the top 10 videos of 2014!
Sam Smith really burst onto the scene this year with hits like “Stay With Me” and, of course, his vocals on Disclosure’s blockbuster hit “Latch.” You could definitely say that I am jealous of his singing. I am a woman and he can hit notes that I can’t even imagine. I love this song, particularly because it highlights a feeling that almost everyone has had: not being to let go of someone you love, even though it’s clearly a one-way street. The presentation is phenomenal and I love Dianna Agron’s portrayal of the scorned wife. Now Sam may or may not be Kim Kardashian’s “good friend,” but he’s definitely earned his stripes this year and I don’t see him stop cranking chart-toppers any time soon.
Honestly, I hadn’t even heard of 5SOS until they opened for the One Direction show I attended this summer (no shame in my game), but I was blown away that these Aussies not only sing live, but play instruments too! I love this video because it gives me nostalgia of back in the day when boy rock bands played instruments and made music videos of them just messing around with their friends. Hopefully this trend will keep going so that I can continue reliving my teen years.
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 2, 3. If this song doesn’t get stuck in your head, you’re lying. Sia is famous for lending her voice to David Guetta’s hit track “Titanium,” but this gem is one all her own. The weirdest part about this video isn’t that it features a girl in a wig dancing like a nut job in a dilapidated building, but that is some matches the beauty of the song. Fun fact: that crazy and super talented dancer is none other than Maddie Ziegler, arguably the most talented dancer on Lifetime’s hit show Dance Moms. Everyone knows that Maddie is Abby Lee’s favorite show-stopper, but apparently she’s Sia’s, too, who personally reached out to the pint-sized ballerina via Twitter to be the star of her video.
It’s been a while since Maroon 5 has been on the scene. Sure, Adam Levine is always where the models are, but the band hasn’t released a hit in few years. I love this video because it’s imagery matches the grit of the song lyrics (but is a bit creepier). The idea of some creepy butcher stalking a beautiful woman and taking black and white photos on an old school SLR brings a new breath to the song. I bet they saved a boat load on talent, though. That beautiful woman is none other than his new wife and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Behati Prinsloo.
I am the last person to recommend this song to anyone with ears, maybe because I take serious umbrage to the butchering of the iconic “I Like Big Butts” by Sir Mix-A-Lot. But you can’t deny that this video is iconic, maybe not in the best of ways, but iconic nonetheless. Everything about this video is entertaining, especially that incredibly awkward lap dance with Drake at the end.
Normally EDM videos make little to no sense, but I really like this one. It show cases all of the artists on the track, while keeping with the neon feel that this, and many other EDM songs, give the listener. It’s clear you don’t need to bust the bank to make a good video when the talent is exceptional and you have a decent computer.
Little Mix isn’t exactly my favorite band, but you gotta love the British ladies (a la Spice Girls) getting down. All of their songs are about girl power, which is just great because the world needs plenty more of that. This British, all-female group gained it roots in England, and it may remind you of a certain British boy band. It makes sense because the blondie in this group is engaged to none other than One Direction’s Zayn Malik. I am also digging the dance routine to this number and the very grungy, military feel (though Perrie looks ridiculous with white cornrows.) This call-to-action tune is all about girls getting together to take over the world, which, honestly, isn’t a half-bad idea.
Ok, so butts were clearly the theme of the year, but this is one of my absolute favorites. The music video is so-so and in line with just about every rap video: pools, scantily clad women, and Snoop Dogg, but the lyrics are where it’s at. He manages to describe butts as planets, demonstrate how to clap your cheeks in a fashion that you can play a song, and ensure that he can make you famous on Instagram. Nice to have you back in the game, Jason, we’ve missed you.
There was no way that Eminem wasn’t going to make this list. It’s been years since Eminem released an album and this past year, the Marshall Mathers LP II has blown up the charts. Rightfully so, I consider Eminem to be the king of rap (sorry Kanye). One of the many reasons why I love Marshall is that he is so brutally honest in his music. This song addresses his relationship with his mother, which many of his songs have, but this time it’s an apology. He even addresses his song “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” and how he never wants to hear that song again. The video is of Eminem watching a video of his life and reflecting on his regrets. His mea culpa is made even better with the supreme vocals of Nate Ruess from Fun.
The whole world was not-so-patiently waiting for T. Swift’s new album and, like always, the superstar did not disappoint. 1989 is superb and, because Taylor is merely one year older than me, I subsequently feel like I am doing nothing with my life. This video is amazing, not only does it feature a super hot model, the lyrics of the song are perfection. Taylor, once again, gets in front of the media that constantly makes fun of her dating life by making the video all about being a crazy vixen. It’s unclear if the girl is actually this crazy, but who cares, the video is amazing. The Taylor train is clearly not stopping, so y’all better hop on board.