The Best Music Videos Of 2016

  • Posted 18 months Ago

We’re kicking off our best of the year music selections with our favourite videos of 2016. It’s been a pretty great year for the wonderful medium, so as well as watching the twenty videos we’ve picked out below, make sure you go back and explore all of our Music Video Monday and standalone Music Video posts from the past 12 months.

We’ll start off by mentioning the masterpiece that is Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. All of the videos from the record could be on this list, but we’ve limited ourselves to just one, and we’ve gone for "Hold Up". It’s one of only a few standalone videos to be released from Lemonade, and it’s absolutely glorious.

Other big name videos on our list include Kanye West’s celebrity orgy "Famous" together with Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim’s real funny unofficial version, Frank Ocean’s Tyrone Lebon-directed video for "Nikes", Radiohead’s stop-motion animation for "Burn The Witch", ANOHNI’s Naomi Campbell-starring clip for "Drone Bomb Me", the little homies video for Kendrick Lamar’s "God Is Gangsta" and David Bowie’s powerful visual for "Lazarus".

They are joined by other magnificent videos from the likes of Lil Yachty, Lost Under Heaven, Angel Olsen, Mitski, NxWorries, The Avalanches, Solange, Mick Jenkins and Jamie xx.

And there’s more still - Francis and the Lights’ video for "Friends" featuring Kanye West and Justin Vernon instantly put a smile on our faces, Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard starred in a touching video from PUP and music video master Michel Gondry surprised The White Stripes with a new clip for "City Lights".

We've also picked out Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson's trippy series of lyric videos for Bon Iver's new album 22, A Million.

Watch all of them below and enjoy! Our best of 2016 albums and playlist are coming real soon.

PUP - Sleep In The Heat
Directed by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux

Lil Yachty - 1 Night
Directed by Goldrush

Lost Under Heaven - I&I
Directed by Ebony Hoorn & Florian Joahn

Frank Ocean - Nikes
Directed by Tyrone Lebon

Francis and the Lights - Friends ft. Bon Iver and Kanye West
Directed by Jake Schreier

Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me
Directed by Angel Olsen

Mitski - Happy
Directed by Maegan Houang

NxWorries - Link Up
Directed by Calmatic

Kendrick Lamar - God Is Gansta
Directed by the little homies

The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
Directed by Greg Brunkalla

Solange - Cranes In The Sky
Directed by Alan Ferguson & Solange Knowles

The White Stripes - City Lights
Directed by Michel Gondry

Beyoncé - Hold Up
Directed by Beyoncé & Jonas Åkerlund

Mick Jenkins ft. BADBADNOTGOOD - Drowning
Directed by Nathan R. Smith

Kanye West - Famous
Directed by Kanye West
*Watch Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim’s unofficial version here.

Jamie xx - Gosh
Directed by Romain Gavras

Radiohead - Burn The Witch
Directed by Chris Hopewell

David Bowie - Lazarus
Directed by Johan Renck

ANOHNI - Drone Bomb Me
Directed by Nabil

Bon Iver - 22, A Million Lyric Videos
Directed by Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson
*Watch all of the lyric videos from 22, A Million here.