Music keeps me sane. 2015 was an excellent year for music and 2016 is looking to be even better. To accompany said awesome music, there were some equally awesome videos. This isn’t an all-inclusive list, but it’s the short version of my favorite videos of 2015.
Big Sean – One Man Can Change the World
As I said to Jimmy in a text just the other day, I can’t listen to this song without getting emotional. I can’t help it. It gives me all the feels.
Demi Lovato – Cool for the Summer
Sexiest video of the year right here. I’m still not over this video and it came out 6 months ago. 2015 was the year of Demi Lovato and her awesome hair flips.
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
I stopped talking shit about people on social media because I don’t need that negativity in my life, but let me take a moment to insert one opinion – The last two Taylor Swift videos were terrible. We’re talking “Out of the Woods” and “Bad Blood” – nobody cares about the Out of Africa one. I could write essays about each, but I lack Jimmy’s motivation. I just feel like Taylor Swift and Joseph Kahn are riding a wave of being able to do whatever they want and need some constructive criticism. Those wolves look terrible, bro, and Bad Blood could’ve been saved by taking out the thirty five titles that appear throughout. But I digress. My point is, Blank Space is a goddamn MASTERPIECE. Song AND video. Blank Space should be studied, it’s so beautiful – artistically and technically. So pull it together, Dream Team. I expect something better in 2016.
Rihanna – BBHM
Drool. Rihanna killed it this year and she didn’t even release an album. Just this perfect little parcel of a video – and some awesome shoes and socks. This video got a lot of attention from film folk who write-off Rihanna because she makes them uncomfortable and/or they’re dumb. Rihanna directed this video!? Yeah fools, meet Rihanna. She’s conquering the world. And probably showing her tits.
Tove Lo – Timebomb
I dedicated a whole post to Tove Lo earlier in 2015 because I have such a crush on her. This song is everything. One day, when I pay an exorbitant amount of money to put this song in a movie, I will weep, knowing it was totally worth it.
Kacey Musgraves & Willie Nelson – Are you sure?
Pageant Material is one of my favorite albums of all time. Yes I said ALL TIME. I get teary whenever I listen to it all the way through. It gives me all the feels, and I will listen to it for the rest of my life. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but Willie and Kacey definitely ranks up there.
Carly Rae Jeppsen – I Really Like You
Shocker of the year right here. I never would’ve guessed that Carly Rae Jeppsen would come back with a really decent album, two or three great singles, and one of the best videos of the year. Tom Hanks, you guys! Mic drop.
Lana Del Ray – High by the Beach
Couple of things: Beautiful song. Beautiful video. Funny video. I also just wanna get high by the beach.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown
There are few songs that get released that get me as excited as this song did. To me, this song (and accompanying video) is like the most fun ride you’ve ever been on. It blows me away that it didn’t get more attention. It should’ve been shoved down our throats. Whatever, America. Whatever.
Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself
Oooh girl, you got skillz. This EP is kinda awesome and I hope she keeps going. Let us not forget this little lady is an Oscar winning actress. DAMN, GINA.
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
Because this song rules.
Alessia Cara – Here
Next time I’m invited to a party, I’ll respond with my regrets and a link to this video.
CHVRCHES – Empty Threat
This song gets me REAL dancey.
Missy Elliott – WTF
This was the most exciting thing ever. Like getting an old friend back. But a supa dupa fly friend who drops sick beats and has a knack for finding young dance talent.
Hotline Bling – Drake
I love this video. Drake holds a special place in my heart. I watched Degrassi: The Next Generation as a thirteen year old, and never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that little Jimmy would turn into this fuckin’ guy. He won me over long ago with his dreamy voice and his unwavering confidence in all he does, including solo dancing til he drops.
Marina & the Diamonds – Blue
I fell hard for Marina and the Diamonds this year. She has three albums now, and to me, they’re all perfect. This song and video make me instantly happy. I can’t imagine a world without Marina now, and I hope she’s around for a long, long time.
Meghan Trainor – Dear Future Husband
Clearly Meghan Trainor has a style, and I can’t help but love it. I have to laugh to keep from crying when I see a million think pieces about how sexist and anti-feminist this song/video is. I can’t. I don’t read said think pieces, mind you, because oh my god, are you shitting me? My fellow women, you have got to CHILL OUT. Not everything is an attack on your rights as a female. You see a pretty blonde in a dress loving life and it’s like there is an implant in your brain that yells, “NOOOO. BURN YOUR BRA! TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP!” To which I say, no! I feel pretty in my makeup.
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
2015 was the year of the Biebs. This guy hit a hundred home runs this year despite that bare ass photo incident. This song is enough to make me like Ed Sheeran and I am not an Ed Sheeran gal. It’s the third or fourth great song Biebs had this year. Plus he’s looking great. Congratulations, buddy. I honestly can’t believe you recovered from your former self. Respect. (P.S. Justin Bieber just dropped trou on an ancient Mayan ruin. Baby steps…)
The Weeknd – The Hills
One of my favorite moments of the year was watching Kanye dance in the aisles while The Weeknd performed at the VMAs. I fought liking this guy for a while, but you can’t deny how many solid jams he has.
Sia – Elastic Heart
I can’t believe this video came out this year. 2015 was awesome. I love everything about this video. I think it’s pretty. What’s up, Shia?
Adele – Hello
It’s good to have Adele back. I really have missed her with her voice and her adorable personality and her accent and her perfect eye makeup.
Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz – Dooo It!
John Mayer said it best: This album is the work of a whack genius.