#1: Glass & Patron by FKA Twigs
The dreamy and haunting landscape will remind you of a Tim Walker editorial or a throwback to the haunting Frozen video by Madonna back in 1998. While the bass-heavy sounds and subversive visuals (she gave birth to a bunch of dancers for crying out loud) are slightly unnerving, her badass style and sick voguing (skip to 2:15 for this) will keep you glued to your screens.
#2: Bitch I’m Madonna by Madonna
Just consider some of the A-list cameos in David LaChapelle-like colours: Alexander Wang, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Jon Kortajarena, Kanye West, et al. When your music video rivals the front row of a fashion show, it’s more than enough to make it as one of this year’s most awesome MTVs.
#3: WTF (Where They From) by Missy Elliot
Talk about making a comeback. Missy Elliot got us hook the moment she appeared in a sweatsuit made of glass shards with matching lipstick. Another strong look: the Roy Lichtenstein-inspired makeup. Then there is the lyrics of Pharell Williams. Think “Lyrically, I’m Optimus Prime”.
#4: FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney
Fashion photographer couple Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin takes a simple and raw approach directing this music video. The black-and-white video, shot in a square format, is a sleek and refreshing style for Riri, dont’cha think?
#5: Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna
Who sits in a vintage LV trunk all bloodied counting cash? Wears fur in a pool? Rollls around in an Adam Selman tee and Dior vinyl boots? Then tops off all those fashion moments with Quentin Tarantino-style slasher action? The answer: Only Rihanna.
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