Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Either way, they were something to watch, and this year that was not something to be taken for granted. Even if the insider references to influencer culture mean nothing to you, Larray's effervescent impudence makes this lesson unforgettable.
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Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Since concerts were canceled for the majority of the year, music videos became even more vital than usual in Making videos was one of the only ways that artists could build worlds around their songs and connect with fans beyond the music. And since everyone was stuck at home, we were a captive audience for anything they threw at us. Looking back on the past 12 months of music videos, there was no singular trend that dominated the year. Some videos set out to capture the reality of the world as it existed in , and others attempted to provide viewers with an escape. There were successful no-frills, DIY videos, alongside blockbuster visuals that made the most of big budgets. Some were hilarious, and others were heartbreaking.
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This year has been the ultimate roller coaster, tossing our emotions around for sport. Here are ten videos that provided a necessary escape from all the unpredictability. Co-directed by Yoram Savion and the reggae singer herself, it compares the Julie mango to precious love. Sevana opens the video fully nude, wearing only her glistening bronze skin and a larger-than-life, Diana Ross—inspired Afro. Back in February, French singer-songwriter Christine and the Queens released a surprise EP titled La Vita Nuova, which was accompanied by a short film of the same name.
Narrowing down any kind of list of music videos usually means separating the meaningful expressions of musical ideas from the flashy gimmicks. But it works the other way, too. Some of these will be easier to match to this calendar year than others, but each of them take a distinct stylistic approach to the songs they complement. Whether simple, elaborate, or in that area in between, these are all reminders that — at least when it comes to music — still had plenty to offer:. The ending is perfect combination of those two idea, a seemingly sweet swan song, followed by a disturbing, disgusting, and violent coda, wrapping back around to a sweet moment shared between artist and audience.