2015 Music Video Year in Review

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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.

I Love Miley Cyrus: Explained

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I love Miley Cyrus.  She’s one of my favorite human beings.  Most people probably think that’s crazy.  Well you know what?  I think you’re crazy.  

If you do wonder why she is one of my favorite human beings, here’s my list.

I like her music.  

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Honest statement: BREAKOUT is one of the best teeny bopper albums ever.  So there’s that.  BANGERZ is one of my favorite pop albums in recent years.  It’s incredibly energetic, sexy, and all-around fun.  There are many people who hate her for her music.  There were also a lot of people who thought Madonna would impregnate their children through the TV screen.  If you don’t like her music, then don’t listen to it.  

#freethenipple

tumblr_msv0ysp4kL1qa42jro1_1280We’ve all seen Miley Cyrus naked.  We’ve seen her make lewd gestures and references.  Shock and awe, baby.  I respect the shit out of it.  If that confuses you, I encourage you to watch my film, EAT, which chronicles the life of a young woman who eats her own flesh.

Art should never be safe.  That’s boring.  The Beatles weren’t safe.  Nirvana wasn’t safe.  NWA was dangerous as fuck.  Pushing the boundaries causes people to pay attention, and paying attention leads to progress.

“It’s like, I know you’re going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I’m going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you.”

As I said above, if you don’t like it, then just ignore it.  Why are you looking in the magazine at the naked pictures if they offend you so?  If you’re concerned about how it will affect your kid, why don’t you talk to them about it?  Why are you relying on Miley Cyrus to teach your kids how to be a good person?  That’s not her job, bro.

Peace, Love, and Avocados

I was born in 1987.  During my formative years as a chubby, pale, four-eyed kid, there wasn’t much variety in the way of female role models.  Fashion trends relied heavily on flat stomachs and flawless stems.  My favorite females looked starved, and the whole lot claimed virginity until their sex tapes started to leak.  Young celebs spent most of their money on drugs, and few survived without at least a few trips to rehab
and a bankruptcy claim.  But I guess they kept their clothes on, right?  

Miley is 6 years younger than me, anbilly-ray-miley-1024d things were pretty similar for her as a teen.  She was one of the perfect teen role models.  And she made a lot of money doing it.  Now she’s a multi-millionaire, and she can do what she wants.  At 22 years old, Miley Cyrus is worth roughly $160 million.  She has a healthy relationship with her family – Billy Ray produced one of her new songs and Mama Trish helps Miley take out her dread extensions when she’s sick.  In 2014, Miley started a non-profit organization to help homeless youth, and has spent the last few years dedicated to bringing awareness and tangible support to homeless and LGBT youth in America.    

Just as importantly, Miley is Miley.  She dyes her armpit hair, she loves being naked, her boobs are small, and she doesn’t like to shower.  And she loves you, no matter what.  People think young girls need role models who practice perfection and promote ladylike etiquette.  They think girls seeing their idols without clothes on will cause them to walk the streets dressed for the club.  I think girls need to see other girls loving themselves.  That’s it.  I needed to know that I should love my body.  I needed to know that someone could be popular and successful without fitting into the current mold.  That’s why I think Miley is a good role model.  No matter how much shock and awe she throws out, she walks the earth with a giant heart, and a noble cause.

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