With some killer collaborations, excellent debuts and long awaited returns, 2018 has been a brilliant year for music. But alongside the stellar tunes we’ve all been listening to on repeat, there has been a host of truly excellent music videos. From the highly-politicised return of Childish Gambino, to The 1975 truly reclaiming the art of a good music video with the accompanying clips from ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, we’ve been truly spoilt. Here are the best videos of the year.
Dua Lipa – ‘One Kiss’
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s 90s house bop came with an accompanying trippy video. Directed by the award winning Emil Nava, the vibrant vid featured Dua Lipa in front of a series of flamboyant, tropical backdrops in retro garms. Basically what would happen if your trendy pals Instagram aesthetic came to life, in the best possible way.
The 1975 – ‘Love It If We Made It’
The music videos from The 1975’s ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ have shown the band truly reclaiming the art , but the most powerful has to be ‘Love It If We Made It’. As Matty Healy lyrically addresses all that’s wrong with the world, the accompanying visuals only serve to further the frontman’s words. We see a shot of Milo Yiannopoulos as Healy tells us “Saying controversial things just for the hell of it,”, images of the plastic crisis, Grenfell, and the hugely upsetting photo of three year old Alan Kurdi. Poignant and emotive, it’s was a visual triumph.
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Four Out of Five’
Heavily influenced by Stanley Kubrick, Alex and co’s video for ‘Four Out of Five’ is a brilliantly eerie watch. In it we see Alex wandering around the corridors of Castle Howard in scenes reminiscent to ‘The Shining’, and later as he walks through the very ‘A Clockwork Orange’ Munich Marienplatz station. A fitting visual accompaniment to the band’s bold new sonic direction.
Japanese House – ‘Lilo’
The Japanese House’s video for ‘Lilo’ is truly heartbreaking. Starring Amber Bain’s real-life ex-girlfriend Marika Hackman, the stunning visuals heartbreakingly run through the breakdown of a relationship, with added poignancy given the song is about Bain and Hackman’s relationship. A total tear-jerker.
Childish Gambino – ‘This Is America’
Donald Glover’s Hiro Murai-directed music video for ‘This Is America’ is a blistering triumph. The visceral clip sees Glover and his entourage of young dancers running through the latest dance crazes, juxtaposed with moments of violence. Making a statement about America’s problems with gun violence, ‘This Is America’ was the highly politicised video was a triumph.
The 1975 – ‘Sincerity Is Scary’
Matty Healy described the video for ‘Sincerity Is Scary’ as “good bowl of soup levels wholesome.” And he was correct. The gorgeous video is a treat, stuffed full of easter eggs, boasting some delightful dance routines and all looking visually beautiful. In the need for some warm fuzzies? Watch, and watch again.
Janelle Monáe – ‘PYNK’
2018, the year that gave us Janelle Monáe’s absolutely excellent vagina trousers. An unabashed celebration of pussy power, Janelle Monáe’s video for ‘PYNK’ is brilliant. Starring frequent collaborator Tessa Thompson, it sees the duo joined by a group of other women in the desert, celebrating the female body.
Ariana Grande – ‘thank u, next’
After weeks of teasing, the music video for ‘thank u, next’ ignited an internet furore once it was released. Referencing a host of early noughties chick flicks, we see Grande repurposing the ‘Mean Girls’ burn book to write wholesome messages about her exes, and Grande getting her nails down at the ‘Legally Blonde’ salon (with Jennifer Coolidge appearing in her orginal role as Paulette). With cameos from Troye Sivan, and Kris Jenner as Mean Girls'”cool mom” Mrs George, it was a cameo filled treat.