Best Music Videos Since 2010

The 2010s have produced some of the best music videos of all time. These are the best from each year.


The Youtube thumbnails for “Telephone” (left) and “1999” (right).

The only thing that can make a great song even greater is an amazing music video to go along with it. There have been many fantastic ones since 2010. Here are some of the best.

2010: Telephone – Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé

Starting off, Lady Gaga brings us one of her most iconic videos. This collaboration with Beyoncé further established her as an avant garde-meets-pop superstar as she transitions from scene to scene in increasingly more ridiculous outfits. From a bikini made of crime scene tape in a prison to a Thelma and Louise-like final scene in giant cowboy hats covered in sheets, this video is a wild ride through and through. However, the video ends with a “to be continued…”, and we have yet to see a part two.

2011: Last Friday Night (TGIF) – Katy Perry

The next video, directed by Marc Klasfield, shows Katy Perry as a stereotypical nerd going to the raging house party that’s depicted in the song. The video is set in the 1980s and that becomes very apparent with the big hair and bright neon everywhere you look. The fun party vibe of the song is easily matched by the humorous, exciting visuals making this video a necessity to watch.

2012: Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jespsen

“Call Me Maybe”, a song that took the world by storm and quickly became inescapable. This bop, by criminally underrated artist Carly Rae Jepsen, has a video based around a girl who becomes hopelessly infatuated with her attractive landscaper. Throughout, she desperately tries to get his attention in a variety of ways before finally he approaches her with her band performing the song in a garage. Then the twist of the century occurs when she thinks that he is going to give her his phone number, BUT he actually gives it to her male guitarist.

Gays: 1 Carly Rae: 0.

— Abby Bonner

2013: Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus really proved that Hannah Montana was dead when she released her controversial video for her heartbroken ballad, “Wrecking Ball”. This video shows Miley in an artificially constructed concrete room with a sledge hammer and the titular wrecking ball. We see her in a white tank top, underwear, and work boots as she walks around with the sledgehammer with up-close shots of her face crying interspersed. The climax of the video comes when we see Miley, fully nude, riding atop the wrecking ball as it swings back and forth, destroying the walls, putting very literal imagery of the lyrics in the song. Absolutely absurd, but still a fun time to watch.

2014: Ain’t It Fun – Paramore

This surprise hit by punk rock turned pop rock band, Paramore, features the three members as they set out to break the world record for most world records broken in a music video. We see them successfully performing the record for most vinyls smashed in 1 minute, fastest time to smash 30 clocks with guitars, and many more. The silly nature of the video combined with the bubbly vibes of the music make for an unforgettable, entertaining time.

2015: Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift

Next, a little love needs to be shown to Taylor Swift’s sultry ballad “Wildest Dreams”, directed by long time collaborator Joseph Kahn. While this spot could have easily gone to other amazing Swift videos of 2015 like “Blank Space” or “Bad Blood”, this video brings a bit more magic with something missing from lot of more recent music videos, a storyline. The video takes place in the 1950s and depicts a movie being filmed in Africa where 2 toxic lovers have a tumultuous affair, ending when the movie is done filming. At the movie’s premiere Taylor’s character sees her former flame with his wife and, overcome with emotion, flees the theater and escapes in a car as the last chorus is belted out. The dramatic feeling of the song is easily matched by the video and is a must see if you missed it.

In my professional opinion, Taylor Swift’s big teeth stole the show.

— Rachel Maile

2016: Lemonade Visual Album – Beyoncé

Yes, this is not a single music video. In fact, this is an hour long collection of 11 music videos. Divided into chapters, each one features Beyoncé reciting poetry by young poet, Warsan Shire. The eleven chapters fit with emotions of each song being  “Intuition”, “Denial”, “Anger”, “Apathy”, “Emptiness”, “Accountability”, “Reformation”, “Forgiveness”, “Resurrection”, “Hope”, and “Redemption”. The visual album tells the story of a woman betrayed and cheated on by her husband, as she struggles to come to terms with it and make the choice to work towards redemption. Intriguing visuals littered with biblical imagery and homages to African-American culture make the entire experience gripping and heart wrenching.

2017: New York – St. Vincent

This song served as the lead single for alt-rock/indie darling St. Vincent’s 5th studio album, Masseduction. The video we are treated to is consistent with her typical eccentric style with a brightly colored, warped version of New York City. We see her everywhere from singing into a microphone that is topped with salad greens on fire, to lying on a purple couch with a swan. What does any of this mean? Does it mean anything? I have no idea, but this eye catching video is not one you should skip out on.

2018: 1999 – Charli XCX feat. Troye Sivan

Last, we have another underrated singer, Charli XCX, with her throwback single “1999”. In this collaboration with Troye Sivan she truly does take us “back to 1999” with a video dripping in nostalgic imagery. We see Charli in several iconic outfits from the 90s from being dressed as all 5 of the Spice Girls, to Steve Jobs, to TLC, to Rose from Titanic while we see Sivan as Eminem and Justin Timberlake. There are so many more references that couldn’t possibly all be listed here. This video is definitely “All That” and deserves a watch.

Hopefully, this list was able to provide you with some fun music video suggestions or reminded you how much you loved them in past.