The Best Music Videos Of 2018 (So Far)

6 June 2018, 17:13 | Updated: 7 June 2018, 11:20

The Best Music Videos Of 2018
James Wilson-Taylor

By James Wilson-Taylor

From Troye to FOB and everything in between, let's round up all of the finest vids of the year.

Another year, another shedload of impressive "visuals" to accompany all your favourite bangers. But which clips have really made YouTube explode under the weight of their undeniable awesomeness?!

Throughout 2018, we are gonna be putting together our ultimate collection of the finest music video of the year for your personal viewing pleasure. We're not saying it's definitive, but we're not NOT saying it's definitive.

Take a look below at all the best music videos of 2018 so far:

1) Troye Sivan - 'My, My, My'

Black and white realness with a wind machine powerful enough to knock you off your feet, Troye ushered in his new era in real style.

 

2) Kim Petras ft Lil Aaron - 'Faded'

More glam costumes and set changes than a Christmas panto. Plus that rap break on a rooftop is pretty damn cool if you ask us.

 

3) Fall Out Boy - 'Expensive Mistakes'

Packed full of fan references and with a working FOB-themed phoneline to boot. Bonus points for bringing back Patrick's 'Dance Dance' outfit too.

 

4) Ariana Grande - 'No Tears Left To Cry'

Ariana's must anticipated return to music was accompanied by what is probably her most visually stunning video yet. Directed by Dave Meyers (who also spearheaded Kendrick Lamar's award winning 'Humble' video), it's easy to see how the visuals are so strong. This interesting new direction signals an exciting new era for Ari, hopefully an era where she'll finally get her dues.

 

5) Bruno Mars ft Cardi B - 'Finesse (Remix)'

Colourful,  with a killer dance routine, and absolutely driiiiiiipping in 1990s nostalgia.

 

6) Drake - 'Nice For What'

Drake's ode to female empowerment in the digital age is both refreshing and important. It helps that the song is a bop, and the video features a range of women owning their femininity and being absolute baddies. Nice one Drizzy.

 

7) Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA - ‘All The Stars’

All the aesthetic beauty of ‘Black Panther’ combined with Kendrick’s signature progressive music video visuals make this team up between SZA and Kung Fu Kenny a work of art in itself.

 

8) Kali Uchis - ‘After The Storm' ft. Tyler, The Creator, Bootsy Collins

This video features animated cereal boxes, Tyler The Creator dressed up as a front lawn and a hibiscus adorned wig that would make Valentina and her Diana Ross look quake in her boots.

 

9) MNEK - ‘Tongue’

Is this the song of the year? Probably. But with an equally smooth video that goes OFF just at the right moments, this is also a hot contender for video of the year.

 

10) Drake - ‘God’s Plan’

me: *adds Drake to this list* *God's Plan Starts Playing*

 

11) Panic! At The Disco - ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’

Seriously what was the budget for this?! Special effects on 10, Brendon murdering a bunch of people, an mysterious key storyline and a secret link to previous music videos make this a comeback video we can analyse, gif and bop to in equal measures.

 

12) Migos - ‘Walk It Talk It’ ft. Drake

Come for the ‘Soul Train’ references, stay for Drake’s epic lacefront.

 

13) Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake - ‘King's Dead’

Yes, this is the second time both Kendrick and a song from the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack have made the list. But may we present exhibit A: Kendrick eating corn on the cob in a palm tree.

 

14) Pale Waves - ‘Heavenly’

Pale Waves live up to their moniker with this super stark, high contrast monochromatic video (bar Heather’s electric blue eyeliner and piercing eyes) that serves Madonna ‘Human Nature’ teas.

 

15) Iggy Azalea - ‘Savior’ ft. Quavo

Has Iggy been listening to Hopeless Fountain Kingdom?! But regardless of coincidental or not thematic crossovers, this neon dripping visual pays a damn good homage to Luhrman's iconic 'Romeo and Juliet'.

 

16) Billie Eilish - lovely (with Khalid)

Two of the most soulful voices collide on this dark and cinematic bop. The visuals are truly *Monique Heart voice* S T U N N I N G and perfectly integrate surreal visual effects to create this seemingly one shot masterpiece.

 

17) Doja Cat - ‘Go To Town’

What’s going on here? We’re not 100%, but there sure are a lot of… cat references. So weird it works.

 

18) Fall Out Boy - ‘Church’

Dare we say, they took it to CHURCH on this one. Also where can I get a neon coffin?!

 

19) Paramore - ‘Rose-Colored Boy’

The weather forecast is sunny with a chance of Paramore.

 

20) Lil Yachty - ‘COUNT ME IN’

Self proclaimed ‘king of the youth’ hits us with a sun tinged video feating a cameo from Bhad Bhabie and a great selection of overalls.

 

21) Years & Years - ‘Sanctify’

Years & Years returned with a high concept, futuristic, dystopian album promo campaign that sees ‘Sanctify’ get a video that’s both visually stunning and poignant in its story narrative. Extra points for Olly’s killer chair-ography.

 

22) Janelle Monáe – ‘Make Me Feel’

The music video that broke twitter the most in 2018. Top YouTube comment : ‘THIS VIDEO MAKES MY BISEXUAL SENSORY SYSTEM GO INTO FULL OVERLOAD’

 

23) Janelle Monáe - 'PYNK'

 

Just when you're starting to think Janelle's previous video for 'Make Me Feel' might have been too subtle in its references, here comes Janelle and her girl crew wearing vagina trousers. A visually stunning ode to female cunnilingus.

24) Shawn Mendes - In My Blood

What could initially be written off as an overly simplistic video is elevated by its clever use of special effects and utilisation of one shot camerawork. The subtle references to Shawn's flower covered album artwork and lyrics throughout make 'In My Blood' a powerful watch.

25) Christina Aguilera - Accelerate

While 'Accelerate; received mixed reviews as a single, the public were unanimously agreed that Xtina's new aesthetic for this era is ON POINT. What greater move than to be known of your heavy make up looks and controversial outfits, to then return with nothing but a bare face and attitude?! ICONIC.

25) Childish Gambino - This Is America

Donald Glover Beyoncé'd this drop straight out of nowhere. The song alone is great but the video... we were honestly not ready.
This brave and brazen video dares to broach the issues that America is facing at the moment, in a way that stays with you long after the song ends.
Truly, how many times have we seen someone who stars in a Disney AND Star Wars film also square up so directly to such controversial issues not to mention in such a thought provoking and intelligent way?! We love a woke king.

26) KYLE - Playinwitme feat. Kehlani

The category is 90s Blind Date x Fresh Prince Of Bel Air realness. We wanna go on a surfing date with Baelani now.

27) Troye Sivan - 'Bloom' 

Troye is the very definition of serving looks in this music video, which is a 4 minute visual feast of colour and couture. 'Bloom' finds Troye reaching a new artistic peak and we're stanning all over again.

28) Tove Lo - bitches ft. Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant, ALMA

The remix of Tove Lo's ode to unapologetic female pleasure sees Tove Lo, Charli, Icona Pop, ALMA and Elliphant turn their hand to sex therapy for a straight couple. Highlights include ALMA's acting, the return of 'it's Charli baby' and Tove Lo instructing a man how to... ahem correctly use his tongue. This is not simply a music video, it's a public service announcement.

29) Tyler, The Creator - OKRA

WARNING: This video may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.

The video for 'OKRA' makes use of tight shots on Tyler spitting his lines against split screens of wide shots in highly saturated , lucid landscapes and setups. Just in case 2017's 'Flower Boy' gentle and nuanced album made you forget, this is proof Tyler can also still go HARD.