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The Best Music Videos of 2021 (To Now)

What were the top music videos of 2021? Here are our favorites!

by

Nick Joseph

September 13, 2021

Music videos are a great way to showcase talent, create an aesthetic, and introduce the audience to a new artist. For most people the also happen to be really fun way to see artists evolve!

What kind of music videos make our list? Big ones with millions of views? Artistic ones? Indie ones? It depends on how memorable the scenes are.

Music Videos by Month

July
August
September
November
December

Released in July 2021:

INDUSTRY BABY
by Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow

This is the new rap music video for INDUSTRY BABY by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow.

The song is about people who are in the industry, like rappers, ballers, social media influencers. It's also a celebration of the work that goes into getting to this point in life. And it's not just about rapping or making money - it's about how hard you have to hustle to get there.

Motley Crew
by Post Malone

Post Malone hits the race track in his new video for “Motley Crew,” which features a cameo from Mötley Crüe founding drummer Tommy Lee.

The Cole Bennett-directed clip was filmed at the Auto Club Speedway , as Post Malone and his very own “motley crew” race on the professional course. The video features appearances from NASCAR stars Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace, alongside musicians Big Sean, French Montana, Kerwin Frost, LoveLeo, SAINt JHN, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, Pressa, Trinidad James, Tyla Yaweh, and Lee himself.

Don't Go Yet
by Camila Cabello

The music video shows "the type of carefree, close-quarters family gathering, featuring many of Cabello's actual family members, including her father, sister, and cousin".

Two days prior the song's release, the intro of the music video was shared on Cabello's social media which, according to her, featured "some Easter eggs". Can you guess what they are?

Wild Side
by Normani feat. Cardi B

When this song was released, many people wrote that 'Wild Side' sampled the Aaliyah track 'One in a Million'. They noted the music video and single incorporated many elements similar to the original 90s track. However, an attorney for Blackground Records, the label in possession of Aaliyah's masters, revealed that they were never approached by Normani to clear a sample. With that said, both the Aaliyah estate and the original producer (Timbaland) have given their nod of approval.

By the time that Cardi B had first heard the demo for 'Wild Side,' Normani had already been in rehearsal for three weeks in preparation for the song's elaborately-choreographed music video, courtesy of choreographer Sean Bankhead. However, Cardi's late entrance onto the project didn't stop her from bringing the song to life "by simply doing what Cardi does best.

NDA
by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish even used it as the title of this song, which finds her detailing fleeting love and her struggles to adjust to fame. On the track, Eilish recalls an encounter with a stalker, and buying a secret house to hide away. When she invites a "pretty boy" over, she gets him to sign a NDA on his way out.

Stay
The Kid LAROI ft. Justin Bieber

The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s collaboration “Stay” spends yet another week atop the Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs Chart, pulling in 218,000 song units from August 20th through August 26th. It's hard to pinpoint the genre of this one - is it pop? rock? something in between?

Truth
by Jungle

Carried by the punk-infused energy, 'Truth' and it's accompanying music video is filled with danceable and energetic throughout. The music video for 'Truth' was directed by J Lloyd and Charlie Di Placido and shot in one continuous take. Panning right-to-left, revealing different characters and rooms. Each character has their own style creating a fun and captivating story.

Class War
by She Drew The Gun

She Drew the Gun is a band from Wirral, England, fronted by singer/songwriter Louisa Roach. In 2016, they won the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent competition. Their music is described as psych-pop and is known for its political lyrics.

Released in August 2021:

I Go
by Peggy Gou

Electronic artist Peggy Gou andSeoul-based illustrator Inji Seo, known for her neon-streaked, body-positive characters collaborated, to craft this beautifully colored journey from sea to outer space. In the video you'll find a cartoon version of Gou, in what looks like a Sailor Moon costume, commandeering a ship that also doubles as the nightclub for her crew.

Secrets
by Magdalena Bay

The pop duo Magdalena Bay hit us with some vintage online themes like the Windows XP background and the awful infomercials of the 90s. Inspired by their Web 1.0 obsession, both members dive fully in to a dated digital world. Taking part in strange scenarios inside of infomercials, World of Warcraft and other randomness feels like Brittney Spears meets vaporwave.

family ties
by Baby Keem / Kendrick Lamar

This is a must watch - from start to finish. It's a non-stop energy packed video with some of the most interesting editing we've ever seen. It's a mix and mash of visual elements that somehow feel great together. Each scene has captivating visuals that keep you from looking away, resembling something from a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
by Elton John, Dua Lipa

What happens when you get two of the greatest pop starts of their generations? You guessed it - hits. This timeless gem, remixed by PNAU is surely a dance classic that will go down in the record books for it's sing-along friendly vocals and seamless duets. Elton John and Dua Lipa created a disco classic that feels familiar and ready for the dance floor. We're going to be singing this one for a while!

Pepas
by Farruko

Say what you will about the song or video - it's a hit and it kind of nails a rave mixed with your Burning Man fantasies. The video is a non-stop party from start to finish... go figure with the name of the song translating to "pill".

Not so subtle but if you've ever been to a rave you can probably understand why. This party anthem comes at the end of the summer but proves that it doesn't matter when you come out with a jam, the people will be ready.

Don't Be Shy
by Tiësto feat. Karol G

Masters of their craft EDM super-producer Tiësto and Colombian Pop sensation Karol G teamed up to create a rather unique blend of sounds. Dutch legendary DJ/producer Tiësto shows once again that his tendency is to blur the lines between various genres. Featuring a bouncy dance beat and Karol G's lusty vocals (but now in English!) this is might be a first for many. Surprisingly Tiësto admitted in an interview, with Zane Low on Apple Music 1, that this was his first time that he's worked with a Latin artist. Another surefire summer hit! 

Rumors
by Lizzo feat. Cardi B

Lets call this one a visually stimulating call for self-empowerment. 'Rumors' is Lizzo's clapback to the criticism she's received online. Although the song is rather underwhelming the Greek god theme is rather compelling channelling real goddess energy while twerking on clouds.

Don't Go
by Skrillex, Justin Bieber & Don Toliver

Skrillex continues annihilating 2021 with another hit - this time with Justin Bieber & R&B rising star Don Toliver. The track comes with a video in which Bieber, rocking dreadlocks, becomes encased in gold. With major rock vibes,


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