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.