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In 2017, music saw the arrival of new superstars like Lil Uzi Vert, Dua Lipa, Cardi B, and Khalid. This year also saw the return of megastars like The Weeknd, Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, and Fergie. 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 2017, Kaboom! Magazine have compiled all of our favorite music videos of the year and created Kaboom! Magazine.com “100 Most Explosive Videos of 2017!”
“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 2017 continuing with No. 100-50…….
100. Lexy Panterra “So Good” Feat. Demarco
Starting off our countdown this year is social media twerk queen Lexy Panterra with her dance video “So Good” featuring Demarco. “So Good” was a mega smash in 2017, amassing over 2.8 million views on YouTube.
99. Demi Lovato “Sorry Not Sorry”
Commercially, Sorry Not Sorry has reached the top ten in the United States, Australia, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as the top 20 in Canada, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Portugal. The track was also certified platinum in the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It received a nomination for 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in the “Song of the Summer” category. The video surpassed 100 million views in September 2017, making Lovato’s twelfth Vevo-certified video.
98. Kendrick Lamar “Humble.”
Kendrick Lamar’s upward rise sees him achieve infallibility… or at least that’s the connection we’re invited to make in light of this year’s outstanding HBO miniseries “Young Pope.” The irony continues with a recreation of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, featuring Kendrick in you-know-who’s seat, all of it interspersed with self-portraits in convex mirrors, flaming hair, minimalist choreography, and Photoshop critiques. Kendrick can do it all; the rest of us can sit down, be humble.
97. G-Eazy “No Limit (Remix)” Feat. A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, French Montana, Juicy J, & Belly
This reworked version released earlier this month, and starred the likes of French Montana, Juicy J and Belly with Cardi B and A$AP Rocky, who were already on the first cut. In the new video, the musical all-stars come together to turn up alongside a few dancers who join in on the fun. Seemingly stealing the show, Juicy J takes you back in time with a nod to the track “Slob on My Knob” within his own verse.
96. Taylor Swift “Ready For It?”
Ready For It” with some nude sci-fi clips, and now that the full thing is here, it does not disappoint. If you’ve seen Ex Machina, then some of this is going to look familiar. Also directed by Joseph Kahn, the man behind her world-stopping, if short-lived No. 1 comeback single “Look What You Made Me Do,” the clip sees Tay going even darker than the zombiepocalypse of every iteration of Taylor that her first new video included.
95. BHAD BHABIE “These Heaux”
Dropping her first music video this year, the visuals for the debut single features Danielle Bregoli cruising in a Bentley past a mob protesting against her. The rapper has also set herself up nicely for the headlines as she throws shade at the youngest Jenner, showing a Kylie look-alike having injections inserted into her lips and butt.
94. Big K.R.I.T. “Keep The Devil Off”
Since leaving the majors (Def Jam) in 2016, Big K.R.I.T. has stayed low but kept firing with some top-tier tracks and verses. He returns with a video for a new offering, “Keep The Devil Off.” Directed by Alex Nazari, social media star KidaTheGreat stars in the monochrome clip as he tries to stave off the negative influences surrounding him and his community. It’s hard not to catch the Holy Ghost multiple times while watching this.
93. Keeva “Whiskey”
Sit down by your nearest piano and pour yourself a good glass of good music from Keeva. Whiskey is about a break up Keeva was going through at the time, directed by London based videographer Treve Jackson-Hicks. The track is formed of major piano chords and Keeva’s thoughtfully paced vocal which is at once low and intimate, yet full-blown and open in what’s essentially one of the most gorgeous choruses of 2017.
92. Dirty Heads “Vacation”
Collective, Dirty Heads unleash the visual to their single “Vacation,” which features a cameo from Dennis Haskins (TV sitcom, ‘Saved By The Bell‘). The Wayne Isham and Ryan Ewing co-directed video sets the tone for their sixth studio album which was released in 2017.
91. Don Benjamin “Enough” Feat. DeCarlo
The “America’s Next Top Model” alumni isn’t really new to the rap scene. He actually had a cute buzz going on within the Los Angeles Hip-Hop scene before being a contestant on the hit reality show. It was actually probably the smartest move of his career to appear on the Tyra Banks-produced series, it garnered him a lot more attention. With the looks and swag he has hands down become the heartthrob of Hip-Hop. Don Benjamin single “Enough” featuring DeCarlo. Benjamin raps over the smooth, mid-tempo Willie Donut-produced track and speaks of the ups and downs in relationships.
90. G-Eazy “Shake It Up” Feat. E-40, MadeinTYO, & 24hrs
Just listening to the song featuring E-40, MadeinTYO & 24hrs is great, but that’s not enough because of the top notch visual. Kick it with the crew as the take a strip club and invert that ish like we in outter space. From the Bay to the Universe we out.
89. Young Thug “Homie”
Fancy camerawork alert! Young Thug is on fire this year, through seemingly little influence of his own, and the dizzying, violent world of “Homie” is another win for the rapper.
88. Buddy “Find Me”
Buddy and Kaytranada released their joint Ocean & Montana in 2017. The lead single, “Find Me,” which sees Buddy reflecting on life and his familial relationships since garnering a bit of success, has gotten an amazing video to pair with it.
87. Snow Tha Product “Waste of Time”
The track in itself has to be one of Snow’s best for 2017. The vibrant DJ Pumba production has Snow flying through the track lacing in and out of sing song flows to the rapid bars Snow is known for. The video sets her opposite a significant other who she has some heated words for on Waste Of Time.
86. Desiigner “Outlet”
Directed by Desiigner and Grant Curatola, the New York rapper and French footballer set things off in an empty stadium to the tune of the Vinylz-produced track. Additionally, the video is in collaboration with adidas as Desiigner and Pogba are seen sporting adidas’ MUFC Manchester away jersey and other three stripes gear.
85. Ryden “The Recipe”
LA based producer/songwriter/lyricist Ryden has been garnering a lot of parallels lately to Missy Elliott for her range of abilities with production and rapping. The Recipe, Ryden’s latest single, perfectly showcases those abilities with Ryden’s signature raw, real rap flow and her anthemic, classically tinged production.
84. Kap G “I See You” Feat. Chris Brown
Chris Brown and Kap G take Vegas by storm in their gorgeous video for I See You and it’s making us want to take an impromptu trip to Sin City. I See You is from Kap’s mixtape SUPAJEFE, and the whole thing is smoking if you haven’t checked it out yet!
83. Wale “My Love” Feat. Major Lazer, WizKid, & Dua Lipa
The My Love video finds Wale, WizKid and Dua Lipa partying it up on a mesmerizingly beautiful beach, surrounded by equally beautiful women moving to the rhythm of the infectious, Major Lazer-produced track. In between the dancing and shots of the beach, we see flashes of animated lights flash across the screen, matching up with the bright colored bikinis rocked by the models in the video.
82. Kyle Denmead “Lies”
Emerging artist Kyle Denmead premieres the brand visual for his track “Lies” which is the first installment of Kyle Denmead’s EP Bad Love. The colorful visuals go along with the synth driven track.
81. Ty Dolla $ign “Love U Better” Feat. Lil Wayne & The-Dream
the L.A. native links with Lil Wayne and The-Dream for “Love U Better” off BH3. The track is a banger, finding the trio singing and rapping about being the better man for a cutie they have their eye on.
80. Camila Cabello “Havana” Feat. Young Thug
Ooh, na, na. Camila Cabello stars in the cinematic video for “Havana,” the Young Thug-assisted single off her highly-anticipated solo debut, The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving.
79. Anthony Russo “California”
California is the kind of radio jam that paints a picture in your mind, but Russo makes it easy for you and set that picture in motion with a beachy music video that’s pure teen dream. This is the California fantasy everyone’s dying to live.
78. Aminé “REDMERCEDES”
Aminé subverts rap video tropes by flipping racial dynamics in a video that makes fun of white liberal racists who would talk about equality from one side of the mouth while stereotyping minorities from the other.
77. Dua Lipa “New Rules”
Dua Lipa’s electropop breakup anthem “New Rules” went viral the second its highly GIF-able video was uploaded to YouTube—and for good reason. To represent the song’s message of female support and friendship in the face of romantic strife—“Don’t let him in/Don’t be his friend”—Lipa’s carefully choreographed clip uses dancers to physicalize a voice of reason. The money shot occurs midway through, when Lipa and her pastel-robed ladies brush each other’s hair in a train and then flip their heads in sync, like a glorious Pantene wave.
76. OneInTheRest “Jiu-Jitsu” Feat. Chris Brown
Up-and-comer OneInThe4rest steps into the spotlight with his infectious pop/R&B banger “Jiu-Jitsu,” featuring Chris Brown. He already written hits for Trey Songz, Robin Thicke, with Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Big Sean and Tyga. So writing pop smash for himself come like second nature to him.
75. Post Malone “Rockstar” Feat. 21 Savage
Despite the single being called “Rockstar,” the Emil Nava-directed video is more reminiscent of Kill Bill, as there’s a lot of martial arts-inspired swordplay going on throughout. Hey, it’s 2017: music videos haven’t correlated with its songs in a while.
74. K Camp “Good Problems”
K Camp has came through with a banger for your summer playlists, Good Problem. The track is produced by Bobby Kritical and Musik Major X, and finds K Camp spitting smooth bars over a laid back bounce. It’s not exactly one for the streets, but “Good Problem” seems to understand and embrace the targeted demographic; there’s no doubt this one will pop off in the clubs.
73. Paloma Ford “Waves” Feat. Dave East
In her most provocative visual yet, rising singer Paloma Ford fulfills fantasies with rapper Dave East in the freak video for Waves. The two catch each others eye outside the Pink Motel before Ford portrays a stripper. She seduces the cameras showing off her curvaceous figure while pole dancing in a gentleman’s club.
72. Logan Paul “Outta My Hair”
Social media star Logan Paul adds more music to his already gigantic empire with his new music video “Outta My Hair” with special guest appearance from Bella Throne, Lauren Elizabeth, and Hailee Bobailee. The video has already amassed more than 33 million views on YouTube.
71. Rayven Justice “Why Me”
Rayven ask himself how he keeps involved in these crazy situations in the video Why Me. One thing is always for sure when it comes to Mr. Justice, beautifulful women follow.
70. DNCE “Kissing Strangers” Feat. Nicki Minaj
The rap queen links up with DNCE in the group’s video for Kissing Strangers.
69. Kali Uchis “Tyrant” Feat. Jorja Smith
Along with a pastel pink blazer with exaggerated shoulder pads and larger-than-life frames by RETROSUPERFUTURE, the decade-jumping aesthetic is complete. Rounding off the music video are some dance numbers against a expansive space dipped in vibrant shades of blue, purple, pink and orange – think “Hotline Bling” on psychedelics.
68. Migos “T-Shirt
Is Quavo about as good at directing visual epics as The Revenant auteur Alejandro G. Iñárritu? Maybe: Even Chance the Rapper says this video deserves an Oscar nod. Collaborating with the British artist DAPS, Quavo takes all the fun parts of The Revenant—fur coats, campfires, gorgeous mountain vistas—and subtracts all the gritted-teeth and super-serious drama to make something just about as grandly beautiful (and a trillion times more watchable).
67. Cierra Ramirez “Faded” Feat. Baeza
Off her EP Discreet, which dropped in 2016, Faded transports listeners into a world filled with Coachella-like vibes and hot nights at the club you and your friends will never forget.
66. Lil Dicky “Pillow Talking” Feat. Brain
In 2015, Lil Dicky dropped a video for the single “Save That Money,” which ironically was one of the cheapest music videos made in history. According to Dicky he didn’t spend a dime, and actually netted $600 because of the product placement he exchanged everything for. In a twist of irony, the rapper has now released one of the most expensive music videos of all time… well, the 49th most expensive video of all time, for the single “Pillow Talking,” from his debut album Professional Rapper.
65. Janine “Don’t Love Me”
You may remember Janine as the artist formerly known as Janine and the Mixtape. Though revamping her stage name (which was inspired by her love for basketball and the iconic And 1 mixtapes), the New Zealand-born soul singer entered 2017 with her heart-tugging visual for “Don’t Love Me.” In the Phillip Lopez-directed visual, a round of pick-up turns into a game of love as Janine calls out her lover for playing himself in their relationship.
64. French Montana “Unforgettable” Feat. Swae Lee
Ranking as high as Number Five on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and selling seven million albums worldwide, French Montana’s “Unforgettable” single with Swae Lee has definitely been the biggest hit for the Moroccan-American artist. For the visuals to the single, Montana flew to Uganda after stumbling upon a video of African kids dancing barefoot in rocky, mud terrain while watching his favorite African artist Cheb Hasni on YouTube. Originally born in Morocco, Montana felt right at home while shooting for the music video.
63. Candice “Dutty Boy”
Following in the foot steps of stars like Madonna, Paula Abdul, and Jennifer Lopez. Dancer turned incredible singer Candice has officially launched her music career with the release of 1st music video entitled Dutty Boy.
62. Jazmine Sullivan “Insecure” Feat. Bryson Tiller
Jazmine Sullivan and Bryson Tiller head to Inglewood in the video for their “Insecure” collaboration off the show’s Season 2 soundtrack.
61. Iggy Azalea “Mo Bounce”
Iggy told rolling stone that this track was “probably the most fun record on my album,” while adding, “I’ve thought a really long time about what I’ve wanted to put out… I was going to say something super serious and then, I don’t know, I’ve been in such a good mood lately.” She also pointed out that “I just wanted to twerk in a video! Like I’m single. I wanna have a good time.”
60. SZA “Drew Barrymore”
SZA’s intimate and defiant song “Drew Barrymore,” taken from her excellent album Ctrl. The visuals come courtesy of Dave Myers, who delivered another dreamlike vibe for his work on “Humble” for SZA’s labelmate Kendrick Lamar. Yes, the real Drew Barrymore shows up for a brief second, but it’s hardly a highlight next to the video’s surrounding scenes, depicting a rabbit hole plunge into good times with friends, spanning seasons.
59. Kehlani “Good Life” Feat. G-Eazy
Living the good life with fellow Bay Area native G-Eazy in the video for their new collaboration off the soundtrack to The Fate of the Furious. Blending in scenes from the upcoming film in the Fast & Furious franchise, G-Eazy is seen rapping in the streets and partying with friends. Lani joins the party and sings the infectious chorus and bridge in front of some colorful sports cars.
58. Fifth Harmony “Down” Feat. Gucci Mane
Guwop joined the renowned girl band in a video that finds the ladies posted in a seedy motel as Gucci Mane lays out his verses by the staircase. Watch and in case you haven’t heard, congrats to Gucci Mane who officially went platinum for the very first time in his career in 2017.
57. Kacy Hill “Like A Woman
You know that feeling when you want to pleasure yourself in the back of a bus while it’s pouring rain outside? So does Kacy Hill. Her video for the synthy “Like a Woman” is good, clean, erotic fantasy fun.
56. Calvin Harris “Feels” Feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, & Big Sean
Calvin Harris has brought back Katy Perry, Pharrell, and Big Sean to film the music video for the song. Rather than taking place in the same tropical backdrop, Harris instead decided to bring the band to a retro-styled studio complete with bright neon lights and an assortment of different instruments. The video shows all four members wearing 1970s-styled clothing, tying in the entire old-school vibe for both the visual and the track itself.
55. Fergie “Love Is Blind”
What happens when a Barbie-like doll seems to find the worst kinds of romantic partners? She becomes a serial killer, of course! It’s a funny way to tell a dark story about disappointing men, and the over-the-top violent effects add to its poignancy.
54. Chris Brown “Privacy”
The neon-colored, dance-filled music video starts off in a Casino where Brown is walking and performing stylized dance moves on the tables, then entering an elevator, a lady catches his eye. Once following her into a room, he is transported on the stage with other superpower like dancers. The music video for the song was directed by Brown and shot in Los Angeles.
53. Radiohead “Lift”
Radiohead’s 20th-anniversary OK Computer reissue was highlighted by this video for long-lost fan favorite “Lift.” Unafraid of literalism, director Oscar Hudson places Thom Yorke in a metal box and throws a lifetime’s worth of ensemble characters and set designs at the exasperated frontman, who’s just desperate to get to the bottom floor. Radiohead don’t sound like this song anymore, and the world has changed dramatically. But when Yorke gently sings to himself, “So lighten up, squirt,” and the doors close on his well-adjusted, present-day self, you remember that it is still possible for some things to change for the better.
52. Khalid “Young, Dumb, & Broke”
The 19-year-old El Paso singer’s album American Teen is one of 2017’s most impressive debuts. “Young Dumb & Broke” is one of its many relatable jams about that exciting period of overlap between adolescence and full-blown adult life, and its easygoing bounce reminds me of Frank Ocean in one of his beachfront dazes. The music video set in a high school featuring many celebrity cameos, beginning with Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell) and ending with Wayne Brady, with others including rapper Buddy, Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei, and Kenan & Kel’s Kel Mitchell in between.
51. DJ Khaled “I’m the One” Feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne
Models Alexa Lawrence and Iryna Ivanova and Quavo’s fellow Migos members, Offset and Takeoff, make cameo appearances in the video. The video was filmed at a luxury mansion, erroneously reported to be Khaled’s own. Eif Rivera, named “Hip-Hop’s Favorite Music Video Director” by XXL, directed the video. As of December 2017, it has received over 890 million views on YouTube.
50. Jay-Z “Moonlight”
It’s a Friends parody that gets dark in a hurry, with Jerrod Carmichael having a self-reflective moment that exposes what seem to be insecurities about both his and Hova’s careers (with special guest star Lakeith Stanfield!). Somehow, Jay-Z’s series of videos associated with 4:44 are flying somewhat under the radar despite being some of the rapper’s best work, so make sure you don’t sleep on the king of rap.
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