2021 is drawing to a close and we can only remember how spectacular this year has been for music – which has seen the return of Adele, Lorde and several other big names in contemporary music (not to mention the prolific releases by Taylor Swift with re-recordings of ‘Fearless’ and ‘Rouge’).
After browsing through the best albums and top songs of the past twelve months, it’s time to wrap up our special articles with the top ten music videos of 2021 – from Lil Nas X’s stunning blasphemy with “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” even the evocative theatricality of Billie Eilish with “NDA”. Remember, we didn’t include any musical movies in the list, which is why you won’t find Halsey’s incredible “If I Can’t Have Love I Want Power” production among our list. choice.
Watch it below and tell us which was your favorite video:
Olivia Rodrigo became a scary celebrity after making her debut in the music business with the great album ‘SOUR’ and the multiple singles that helped her jumpstart her career and win countless awards in such a short time. . The music video for “good 4 u,” which accompanied this era of Rodrigo, is proof that a small budget can create magic – and the main narrative centers around an immersive and shocking revenge story.
9. “EASY ON ME”, Adèle
Six years after breaking countless records, Adele is finally back on the phonographic scene with the much anticipated ’30’, sort of closing one of the most difficult phases of her life: divorce. And of course, that comeback couldn’t exist without a flawless music video for lead single “Easy On Me”, directed by iconic Xavier Dolan in an elegant story of resilience and nostalgia.
Billie Eilish also made a comeback in 2021 with the release of her long-awaited 2nd studio album “Happier Than Ever”. Loaded with wide publicity and a considerable number of music videos, the best of them emerge in the form of “NDA”, whose electro-dark atmosphere is perfectly translated by cinematographic symbolism and by its own setting. Eilish scene. And the amazing thing is that, according to reports, the clip was shot in one take and without any visual effects or stunts.
7. “DRIVING LICENSE”, Olivia Rodrigo
Rodrigo gained notoriety with the acclaimed single “Driver’s License,” which not only captured the attention of critics and audiences alike, but became the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. And the clip pays homage to the beautifully designed ballad. by the singer-songwriter, bringing together elements of the teen-indie genre and guided by a sober and very functional photography.
6. “SOLAR POWER”, Lord
One of the most anticipated comebacks of 2021 was Lorde’s with the album ‘Solar Power’ and, despite having divided specialist reviews for not living up to expectations and the iconic ‘Melodrama’, released in 2017, the singer’s own era and New Zealand songwriter delivered some stunning visuals – as we see in the title track, whose austere imagery simplicity is what makes it inviting and full of subliminal messages.
5. “ALL GOOD (TAYLOR’S VERSION)”, Taylor Swift
After commissioning her first music video in 2019, Taylor Swift embraced this new facet of her career with enviable affection and, with the re-release of ‘Red’, took the opportunity to give fans everything they wanted: the musical film of one of the most beloved songs of his career, “All Too Well”. The short film stars Dylan O’Brien, Sadie Sink and Swift, and revolves around each stage of a romantic relationship.
4. “VENUS FLY TRAP”, MARINA
MARINA not only brought the best album of her career to life with “Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land”, she had a very clear vision of the visuals that would accompany this incredible and vibrant time. It should come as no surprise that the fun, emulating “Venus Fly Trap” video is on our list because, in addition to the skillful hands of Weird Life, it is an ode to Hollywood cinema and references countless classics. – from “A Hora from Nightmare” to “Mission Impossible”.
Directed by Christian Breslauer and produced by Andrew Lerios, the music video for “Industry Baby” is a slap in the face as are the verses that accompany it. Paying homage to classics like “A Dream of Freedom” and “Escape from Alcatraz”, here Lil Nas X is sentenced to five years in prison for his homosexuality and, in power at Montero State Penitentiary, hatches a plan to get himself. to free.
2. “MONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)”, Lil Nas X
Sparking shock and controversy on the part of the most conservative, “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” is an inexcusably LGBTQIA + song – and of course the music video, directed by Lil Nas X and Ukrainian director Tanu Muino, would not be. no different. . Making multiple references to stories from Greek, Catholic and Roman mythology, each sequence emerges as a different picture show, washed down with an exuberant color palette and incredible costumes.
1. “KISS ME MORE”, feat of Doja Cat. SZA
Doja Cat caused a stir with the release of his highly anticipated second studio album, “Planet Her”, which was critically acclaimed and became one of the most-listened to productions of 2021. And “Kiss Me More” is the song that sets it apart. abstract. of the singer-songwriter, both in regards to the clip and the interpretation shared with the incredible SZA.
The video in question was released in March of this year and brought Warren Fu to the presidency, borrowing pages from productions such as “Oops! … I Did It Again”, by Britney Spears, and “Lost on Mars” to talk about it. ‘an astronaut who crashes on an unknown planet. Doja Cat and SZA, posing as the goddesses of this world, guide him on his journey through inhospitable territory – but like others before him, the astronaut is lured into a trap. The gorgeous construction draws on brilliant pastels, futuristic sci-fi costumes, and an enchanting penchant for whimsy.
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