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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. 24-1…….
24. DJ Khaled “I Got The Keys” Feat. Jay Z & Future
With all the keys to unlock the No. 24 spot on the countdown, DJ Khaled continues his career 2016 with his epic music video for “I Got The Keys” featuring Jay Z and Future along with cameos from the biggest names in hip hop.
23. Ella Mai “She Don’t”
A breakout star from the DJ Mustard camp shines bright at No. 23. Ella Mai is a very strong woman who doesn’t take crap from anybody including Ty Dolla $ign. Watch her diss and dismiss her cheating boo in “She Don’t.”
22. Black Eyed Peas “#WhereIsTheLove”
A new version “#WHERESTHELOVE” by The Black Eyed Peas featuring The World was released on August 31, 2016, in collaboration with a great number of artists within the music industry. The proceeds of the charity single went towards educational programs.
21. Bryson Tiller “Exchange”
R&B newcomer of the year lands on the No. 21 spot on our countdown thanks in part to his amazing music video “Exchange.” YouTube personality Symphani Soto plays Tiller’s love interest in the video.
20. Beyoncé “Sorry”
The song’s lyrics revolve around the protagonist dealing with betrayal of a companion with a woman. Due to the numerous allegations featured in the song, media linked its subject matter to the singer and her spouse, Jay Z. It debuted and peaked at number eleven on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song’s music video is part of a one-hour film with the same title as its parent album, Lemonade. The video was nominated for Best Choreography at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to “Formation”.
19. E-40 “Slappin” Feat. D.R.A.M. & Nef The Pharaoh
Bay Area legend honors the No. 19 spot on our countdown. E-40 continues to crank out hits year after year and 2016 is no different with the track “Slappin.”
18. “Sucker for Pain” Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft X Ambassadors
The song was released as a single for the motion picture soundtrack for Suicide Squad. In North America, the song reached number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
17. DNCE “Toothbrush”
The song was written by DNCE member Joe Jonasalongside Ilya Salmanzadeh, James Alan Ghaleb, and Rickard Göransson and was produced by Ilya. The music video features model Ashley Graham as Jonas’ love interest, the video has received praise for presenting a body-positive image.
16. G-Eazy “Order More” Feat. Starrah
Earning another spot on our countdown at No. 16, G-Eazy enjoying the company of women at a house most of the video. Marty Grimes also makes an appearance. The video was shot at James Goldstein’s mansion and features Goldstein.
15. Fergie “M.I.L.F.$”
Selling the cow for the No. 15 spot on our countdown, BEP’s singer released “M.I.L.F.$” as the lead single from Fergie’s upcoming second studio album “Double Dutchess.” The music video for “M.I.L.F. $” was conceptualized by Fergie and filmed with director Colin Tilley in Los Angeles. Set in a candy-colored town called “Milfville”, it features Fergie with a group of famous mothers, including Ciara, Chrissy Teigen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kim Kardashian West, Gemma Ward, Tara Lynn, Devon Aoki, Angela Lindvall, Isabeli Fontana, Amber Valletta, and Natasha Poly as lingerie-clad 1950s housewives. The video has reached over 100 million views on video-sharing website Youtube.
14. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling”
Dancing into the No. 14 is J.T. better known as Justin Timberlake. The single debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100, opening with 379,000 downloads in its first week, marking Timberlake’s fifth No. 1 single in the country, and making it the 26th song on the Hot 100 history to start at the summit of the chart. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” was the best-selling song of 2016 in the US with 2.4 million copies sold. It is nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
13. Mike Posner “I Took A Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)”
It has achieved high chart positions in Posner’s native United States, where it reached number one on both the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart and the Billboard Pop Songs chart. It also peaked at number four on the main chart Billboard Hot 100. The song became Posner’s biggest single, outperforming his debut, “Cooler than Me” (2010), and was later nominated for Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
12. Yo Gotti “Down In The DM”
Sliding into the No. 12 spot on the countdown is Yo Gotti with his social media hit “Down In The DM.” The song has peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Yo Gotti’s first top 40 entry. The video features cameo appearances by Cee-Lo Green, Machine Gun Kelly, YG, Rae Sremmurd and DJ Khaled. Rolling Stone named the remix of “Down in the DM” one of the 30 best songs of the first half of 2016.
11. Zayn “PillowTalk”
Laying down at No. 11 is former One Direction member Zayn with his breakout hit “PillowTalk.” Gigi Hadid and Zayn appear in the clip, which features retro graphics, kaleidoscopic and shattered-mirror effects. The music video finds Zayn navigating a sexual fantasia, with a flower covering a mysterious woman’s genitals and female silhouettes ogling each other, the former played by actress Jodie Turner-Smith.
10. Calvin Harris “This Is What You Came For” Feat Rihanna
The single debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at number three on the US BillboardHot 100, becoming Rihanna’s 21st top-five song and Harris’s second; the song is currently Harris’s highest peaking single as a lead artist. It also reached number one on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, became the 12th number one for Rihanna and Harris’s tenth on sister chart Dance/Mix Show Airplay. and became Rihanna’s 25th and Harris’s fourth chart-topper on the Hot Dance Club Songs Chart. It has reached 1.11 billion views, and is the site’s 32nd most-watched video.
9. Beyoncé “Hold Up”
Slant considered the song the 4th best one of 2016, while Pitchfork named it the 28th best. Billboard ranked “Hold Up” at number 23 on their “100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list. It received two nominations at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Art Direction, winning the former.
8. Travi$ Scott “90210” Feat. Kacy Hill
The video, directed by Hype Williams, follows Scott in plastic action figure-form – as inspired by the album cover – going through the city with a female doll. He proceeds to meet up with a blurry-faced “pornstar from the valley,” and they have lots of doll sex (it’s as awkward as it sounds). But then it gets complicated. Outside, La Flame is roaming the streets and destroying everything is his way, much like Godzilla. It’s up to the other Travis to save the night.
7. Bruno Mars “24k Magic”
The man at lucky No. 7 is no stranger to our yearly countdown. Bruno Mars was quiet for most of 2016, but made made some major noise towards the end of the year with his hit-single “24k Magic.” The video depicts Mars and his friends having a party in a Las Vegas casino, intercut with shots of him riding in a black Cadillac Allanté. The video was filmed at Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
6. The Weeknd “False Alarm”
Giving us his own point of the countdown at No. 6 is The Weeknd with his music video “False Alarm.” The video was directed by Ilya Naishuller, who also directed Hardcore Henry, a 2016 film filmed entirely in a first person perspective. It also stars Norwegian model Kristine Frøseth as a hostage. Due to the graphic violence in the video, a disclaimer was put in the opening, warning that explicit content could advise viewer discretion.
5. Gnash “I Hate U, I Love U” Feat. Olivia O’Brien
The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, the song topped the charts in Australia, a first for both Gnash and O’Brien, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Indonesia, Norway and the United Kingdom. Time was negative towards “I Hate U, I Love U”, writing “Forget the Chainsmokers and Halsey’s chart-conquering smash “Closer”—the most depressingly zeitgeist-defining song of 2016 is gnash’s piano ballad “i hate u, i love u,” with singer-songwriter Olivia O’Brien, which inexplicably rose to the Top 10 of the Hot 100 this year.
4. Desiigner “Panda”
The song was written by Desiigner and his producer Menace. “Panda” was heavily sampled by Desiigner’s fellow GOOD Music label-mate and founder Kanye West, for “Pt. 2”, a song on West’s seventh studio album The Life of Pablo, and inspired a number of remixes. The single topped the US Billboard Hot 100 at the end of April 2016. Billboard ranked “Panda” at number 24 on their “100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list. It was nominated for best hip hop video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
3.Rihanna “Work” Feat. Drake
The two most talked about artist of 2016 came together and created an instant classic worthy of the No. 3 spot. “Work” was nominated for two awards at the 59th Grammy Awards: Record for the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and has been included on several year-end lists. The song reached number one on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Rihanna’s fourteenth number-one single and making her the act with the fourth-most number-one songs on the chart (after The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey). “Work” was nominated for the “Video of the Year” award as the 2016 BET Awards, as well as being nominated for the “Best Female Video” award as the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Time Magazinelisted the video at number eight on their Top 10 Pop Music Videos of 2016.
2. Kanye West “Fade”
The Tidal-exclusive music video premiered at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. The song has peaked at number 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The video features Teyana Taylor and her husband, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. It has also drawn comparisons to a famous scene from the 1983 film Flashdance, which involved dance moves similar to the ones seen in the “Fade” music video.
1. The Chainsmokers “Closer” Feat. Halsey
In the United States, “Closer” became both The Chainsmokers and Halsey’s first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The official lyric video for “Closer” was edited and directed by Rory Krames and it has received over 940 million views. Through the music video, Halsey and Andrew are seen singing and having sex with Halsey in lingerie and Andrew shirtless both in bed, also representing the time they were together. The video ends with Halsey leaving the party in present time, while Andrew follows her outside and then Halsey stops and turns around to see Andrew while they both see each other implying they regretted drifting apart. As of December 2016, the video has received over 100 million views on YouTube.
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