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In 2016, music saw the arrival of new superstars like Desiigner, Tory Lanez, The Chainsmokers, 21 Savage, and Kehlani. This year also saw the return of megastars like The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Drake. It seemed like almost every week; artists from past and present were coming out with a new music videos, easily making them instant legends overnight. To honor 2016, Kaboom! Magazine have compiled all of our favorite music videos of the year and created Kaboom! Magazine.com “100 Most Explosive Videos of 2016!”
“Which new star shinned the brightest?”
“Who was most original?”
“Is this video Overrated or Underrated?”
All these questions and more will be answered as we have ranked our favorite videos of the year starting at No. 100 all the way down to the most explosive video of the year. Checkout which music videos blew us away in 2016 continuing with No. 49-25…….
49. Ariana Grande “Dangerous Woman”
Continuing the countdown at No. 49 is a diva who had another career year. With “Dangerous Woman” debuting at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, Ariana Grande became the first artist to reach the top ten of the chart in the opening charting week with every lead single of her three studio albums. The song has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance. The video surpassed 100 million views on May 18, 2016, making it Grande’s tenth VEVO-certified music video after “Right There” (2013).
48. A$AP Ferg “New Level” Feat. Future
A game changer at No. 48, It was produced by Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and features Atlanta rapper Future. “New Level” has so far peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his highest-charting single. A music video for the song premiered on January 19, 2016 via Noisey. It features cameo appearances by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, Olympic fencer Daryl Homer, and BMX biker Nigel Sylvester.
47. Bibi Bourelly “Sally”
She written massive hits for Rihanna, Usher, and Lil Wayne. Now Bibi Bourelly is a rising star all of her own. In 2016, Bibi created a hit of her own, which led to the No. 47 spot on our countdown. From strip clubs to the streets, “Sally” showcases people from all walks of life and some familiar faces (Little Simz, Jackie Cruz, and Larsen Thompson make cameos) with a common goal: to show who Sally really is.
46. Usher “No Limit” Feat. Young Thug
Why does the greatest of all-time still do it? Because if you’re doing what you love, then it just comes natural. Usher showed that once again he can be successful while still being able to adapt with the times in the form of his 2016 hit “No Limit” featuring Young Thug.
45. Beyoncé “Formation”
Forming around the No. 45 spot, Beyoncé enter her kingdom with “Formation.” The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Melina Matsoukas premiered on the same day as the song itself through Beyoncé’s official YouTube account. It received mixed response for its alleged anti-police stance, which the singer denied, in addition to controversy over documentary footage used in the video. Beyoncé performed it during her guest appearance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show the day after its premiere. “Formation” has been nominated for three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Music Video, and has been included on several year-end lists.
44. DJ Snake “Let Me Love You” Feat. Justin Bieber
DJ Snake finally makes an appearance on our countdown at No. 44. The EDM super DJ enlisted the help of old friend Justin Bieber for the track “Let Me Love You.” Billboard ranked “Let Me Love You” at number 41 on their on their “100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list. The single opened at number-one on Digital Songs with 113,000 downloads, becoming DJ Snake’s first and Bieber’s sixth number-one on the chart.
43. Alessia Cara “Wild Things”
Things get very wild at the No. 43 spot on our countdown courtesy of Alessia Cara. Since its release, “Wild Things” has charted at number fifty on the Billboard Hot 100 and has also attained top-forty peaks in multiple territories including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In Cara’s native Canada, the song peaked at 14, five positions higher than her highly-successful debut, “Here”.
42. Kanye West “Wolves” Feat. Sia & Vic Mensa
Yeezy returns on the countdown at No. 42. Part of a Balmain advert campaign, “Wolves” resonates with the emotional feel of the song as it features Kanye and Kim in tears. The video also features Alessandra Ambrosio, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Josephine Skriver, Kylie Jenner, Sia and Vic Mensa.
41. Big Baby D.R.A.M. “Broccoli” Feat. Lil Yachty
“Broccoli” debuted at number 87 on Billboard Hot 100, It rose to number 65 on the Hot 100 the following week and has peaked at number 5, making it D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty’s first top 5 entry. It is the lead single from D.R.A.M.’s debut studio album Big Baby D.R.A.M.. It was produced by J Gramm. The song was certified double platinum.
40. G-Eazy “Drifting” Feat. Tory Lanez & Chris Brown
Sliding into the No. 40 spot on our countdown is the G that’s making everything look easy. 2016 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for G-Eazy. The California rapper landed a massive crossover pop hit with Bebe Rexha-assisted loner anthem “Me, Myself & I” — reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling platinum. (It’s still the most-played song on pop radio). He also made his Coachella debut, performing to a jam-packed Sahara tent on Day 1 of the festival. One of the highlights of that set was his new single “Drifting,” featuring Tory Lanez and Chris Brown.
39. Benny Benassi “Paradise” Feat. Chris Brown
Chris Brown, is having the absolute time of his life in the new video for “Paradise,” partying it up with gorgeous bikini clad ladies and casually biking along the boardwalk in sunny Hermosa Beach, CA. His partner in rhyme is Italian DJ Benny Benassi, who provides Breezy with the awesome house beat.
38. Snakehips “All My Friends” Feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper
“All My Friends” is the latest effort from the production duo, comprising of 25 year-old Londoners James Carter and Ollie Lee. And since forming after a chance meeting in Hong Kong, they’ve experimented with sounds ranging from disco-infused soul to electronic R&B.
37. Meghan Trainor “Me Too”
Lyrically, the song extends her compositions about self-love and self-empowerment, urging listeners to be more content and confident with themselves. In the United States, “Me Too” debuted at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has since peaked at number 13 on the Hot 100, becoming her seventh consecutive top 20 single, as well as reaching 8 on the Adult Top 40 component chart. It has since reached over 299 million views on YouTube.
36. The Weeknd “Starboy” Feat. Daft Punk
The music video for the song was directed by frequent collaborator Grant Singer, who directed The Weeknd’s previous music videos for “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”. Billboard ranked “Starboy” at number four on their “100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list.
35. Britney Spears “Make Me” Feat. G-Eazy
Commercially, the song reached the top-twenty in Canada, France, Scotland, United States and top forty in Australia, where it charted at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the dance chart. Also charted top ten of the charts of Finland, Hungary and Israel. “Make Me…” debuted at number seventeen on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming her 34th Hot 100 entry and her sixth-highest debut, tying with Spears’ debut single “…Baby One More Time”.
34. Sia “The Greatest”
Greatness shines bright at the No. 34 spot of our countdown. Commercially, “The Greatest” reached the top five in several countries and was awarded with certifications in various territories. The music video was released on 5 September 2016 and has been viewed on YouTube more than 250 million times. Writers from numerous media outlets, including E! Online, Cosmopolitan, Variety, People magazine, concluded that the video was a tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.
33. P!nk “Just Like Fire”
No. 33 enters Wonderland thanks to P!nk. Upon its release, “Just Like Fire” debuted in the top 50 on multiple international singles charts, and has peaked in the top 10 in the United States. In Australia it reached number one in its second week and has also been certified triple Platinum. It is nominated for Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
32. Kent Jones “Don’t Mind”
“Don’t Mind” debuted at number 63 on Billboard Hot 100 for the chart dated May 21, 2016. It peaked at number 8. The song was certified Platinum and turned Kent Jones into an international superstar.
31. Charlie Puth “We Don’t Talk Anymore” Feat. Selena Gomez
It is a tropical house song with dance influences. “We Don’t Talk Anymore” peaked at number nine on the US BillboardHot 100, earning Puth his second top ten single and Gomez her sixth. It has also attained top ten positions in Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain, and reached number one in Italy and Lebanon. The music video premiered on August 2, 2016 on BuzzFeed and was directed by Phil Pinto, featuring Mirella Cardoso as the lead actress. Gomez was unavailable to perform in the video due to her busy schedule on the Revival Tour.
30. Schoolboy Q “That Part” Feat. Kanye West
The song’s music video, directed by Colin Tilley, was released on June 2, 2016. As of December 1 the music video has accumulated over 101 million views making it his most viewed video on his Vevo channel. After the song reached number 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, Kanye West surpassed Michael Jackson with his fortieth Top 40 hit on the chart.
29. Major Lazer “Cold Water” Feat. MO & Justin Bieber
In the United States, “Cold Water” debuted at number two, behind Sia’s “Cheap Thrills”, on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Bieber’s third number-two debut on the chart, passing Mariah Carey’s record to become the artist with the most number-two debuts; he also leads with the most top-two debuts at five. Additionally, “Cold Water” becomes the second top 10 single and highest-charting single for both Major Lazer and MØ in the United States, as well as Bieber’s eleventh top 10 single. Billboard ranked “Cold Water” at number 56 on their on their “Billboard’s 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list.
28. Rihanna “Needed Me”
Wants some more Rihanna? Your wish is our command. Riri returns to the countdown at No. 28 with the music video “Needed Me.” In the United States, the song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Rihanna’s 29th top 10 single on the chart, spending sixteen weeks in the top ten. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by film producer Harmony Korine and premiered on April 20, 2016, in celebration of 420. The video is set in Miami and depicts Rihanna with a gun, riding on a motor bike, before attending a strip club where she kills a man. The song received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance.
27. Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better”
The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Mendes’ second top 10 single. In Canada, the song has peaked at number seven on the Canadian Hot 100, passing “Life of the Party” as his highest-peaking single in his home country. Billboard ranked “Treat You Better” at number 42 on their on their “100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list. The video shows a girl being abused by her boyfriend in various situations, while Mendes hopes to be with her and struggles to understand why she prefers to be in that relationship. The video ends displaying the number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
26. Chance The Rapper “Angels” Feat. Saba
Wearing his signature White Sox cap and dressed in a jumpsuit that features a Chicago flag patch, he soars around a sun-kissed sky, superhero-style, before he lands on top of an an El train, which he rides through the city’s Loop. Meanwhile, Saba raps inside a train car while a bevy of onlookers start a dance party. The video was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
25. Kehlani “Gangsta”
In the video Kehlani is seen in places making multiple references to the “Suicide Squad” movie. She starts lying in a room of broken glass next to the bat Harley uses in the movie, swimming in a pool of water similar to acid Harley dives into, performing aerial acrobatics on the ceiling, dancing in a club for a love interest who looks similar to the Joker with green hair, tattoos and purple clothes and finally meeting that love interest outside. This is intercut with scenes from the movie showing the relationship of Harley and the Joker.
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