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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. 49-1…….
49. Haim “Want You Back”
Haim move east down Ventura Boulevard at 7:46 in the morning. Este, Danielle, and Alana are straight-faced, and the street is deserted for at least a mile behind them. Meanwhile, their choreography is bedroom-mirror-level good, the kind you do when you’ve listened to a song so much you now are in love with the hi-hat sound or the backup vocals more than the chorus. But their commitment to these gloriously amateur moves is total and complete. It is the cellular essence of Haim: serious, but not really.
48. Katy Perry “Bon Appétit” Feat. Migos
Katy Perry has been in the spotlight long enough to feel like a piece of meat passed around by various chefs and handlers in preparation for public consumption. She takes the concept literally in this video. Had Migos not interrupted the narrative by inserting non sequitur rap video stereotypes right in the middle, this might’ve moved up a few notches, but it still offers enough grotesquely compelling visuals to earn a place among the year’s best.
47. Jacquees “B.E.D.”
Jacquees’ randy ballad “B.E.D.” soared up the charts in 2017. Jacquees is the latest signee to Cash Money Records, the label that helped turn Drake and Nicki Minaj into stars. He was raised near a number of rappers who have taken over the airwaves in recent years, including Migos leader Quavo and Rich Homie Quan; both of whom he met at a young age. Thanks to Jacquees’ precocious talent, there was never much doubt that he would also go into music.
46. Futuristic “Wave”
Social media favorite rapper made a lot of major moves in 2017. Futuristic releases his music video that had Instagram going crazy entitled Wave.
45. William Singe “Rush”
He became famous by covering some of your favorite artists biggest hits, but in 2017 William Singe shares some of his new material to fans. Rush was one of the most heartfelt songs of the year and proved that William could be a force all of his own.
44. Mario “Let Me Help You”
So, there’s plenty of gas left in the tank of Mario’s career. The singer/actor worked on his new album Paradise Cove in 2017. He also released an amazing island video for his track Let Me Help You.
43. Maroon 5 “What Lovers Do” Feat. SZA
SZA joins Maroon 5 on a magical adventure in their fantasy-filled video for What Lovers Do.
42. Lorde “Green Light”
The artist Louise Bourgeois once wrote, “To unravel a torment you must begin somewhere.” If the torment is the push-and-pull purgatory of a doomed relationship, the video for Lorde’s “Green Light” is a most perfect starting point. It exists at some dream-nexus of Kate Bush or Robyn dancing on their own and French New Wave director Agnès Varda capturing the freedom of solo woman wanderers. But really this video is a monumental document of Lorde’s expressive style of modern dance. She twirls and laughs alone in a bathroom, on the street, on top of a car—maybe she is dancing in her head the whole time. It’s all a glowing vision of how romantic it can feel to be alone in public, the power and high you can siphon from that.
41. Ella Mai “Lay Up
DJ Mustard protégée Ella Mai heads to a private island in the music video for her new single, “Lay Up.” The track is a single off the London-born singer’s CHANGE EP. Released in 2016, it was Ella’s first project under Mustard’s 10 Summers imprint.
40. Tyler, The Creator “Who Dat Boy”
Tyler, the Creator has always fashioned himself as a grand designer rather than a mere musician—it’s right there in the name, after all—and the opening sequence of the stylish, self-directed visual for “Who Dat Boy” shows the aftermath of one of his more explosive experiments. With half his face blown off, Tyler barely stumbles to the home of A$AP Rocky, who in turn dons surgical scrubs and gets his Frankenstein on. The mixed feeling of horror and amusement you get from Tyler’s newly mismatched face, which looks a little like an evil Action Bronson, dominates the rest of the visual, which feels like a mission statement. The Tyler, the Creator you knew is dead and gone; long live Tyler, the Creator.
39. J Balvin & Willy William “Mi Gente” Feat. Beyoncé
Mi Gente is the gift that keeps on giving. Originally released as “Voodoo Song,” Willy William called on J Balvin for a bilingual remix and scored a worldwide hit. The song then got even bigger when Beyonce agreed to ride the wildest beat of 2017 in the name of charity. This remains the ultimate party anthem.
38. Action Bronson “Let Me Breathe”
Action Bronson possesses a remarkable ability to present himself as a crazy-like-a-fox idiot savant, which will either endear him to you completely, or completely repel you. He’s charismatic, in any case, with a keen sense of how to entertain in pop-song-length time. In “Let Me Breathe,” Action Bronson knows exactly what he’s doing when he says he has no idea what he’s doing — he’s allowing you to enjoy the absurdity of watching old men dance and fight over a woman twice their size.
37. Cory North “Poppin Off”
When you have appearances from The Breakfast Club and social media star Fat Boy Reese in your music video, you’re a big deal. Cory North had all of that and some in his 2017 music video Poppin Off.
36. DJ Carisma “Bad Gals” Feat. Honey C., Mila J, & Dawn
Baby Carisma takes center stage in her mom DJ Carisma’s new music video “Bad Gals” with special cameos by Honey C, Dawn, and Mila J.
35. Big Sean “Moves”
Sean visual for “Moves (produced by Fuse of 808 Mafia). Follows a color palette similar to his video for Bounce Back,” Sean Don shows off his two-stepping abilities.
34. Tinashe “Flame”
Flame was released as the intended first single from her sophomore studio album Joyride. Lyrically, Flame talks about trying to save a relationship. The song was chosen as a theme song for WWE’s WrestleMania 33.
33. Bibi Bourelly “Ballin”
What do you do when you’re ballin’? You grab a few friends, roam around the city of New York and shoot a video to one of the realest songs ever made. Well, at least that’s what Def Jame singer/songwriter Bibi Bourelly did. She’s a true hustler in the Corey Wash directed video.
32. THEY. “What They Want”
The visual from THEY off of their debut album ‘Nü Religion: Hyena,’ is full of camera tricks and smart loops.
31. Jeremih “I Think Of You” Feat. Chris Brown & Big Sean
The song features guest appearances from Chris Brown and Big Sean. It is the lead single from his fourth album Later That Night. The song contains a sample of Montell Jordan’s 2000 song Get It On Tonite.
30. Young Thug “Wyclef John”
“I don’t have anything close to what I’d planned,” director Ryan Staake admits near the start of this sly exploration of desperate resourcefulness. “So, I’ll just explain how this video fell apart.” What follows is an assemblage of footage from a shoot gone astray because Young Thug himself never bothered to turn up. We see models cruising the streets of L.A. in Power Wheels; models smashing up police cars; a child dressed as a cop. As any semblance of narrative logic unravels in real time, it’s all annotated with a series of illuminating cue cards, à la “Pop Up Video,” becoming an ode to process. The seams of Young Thug become the subject. His decision to do nothing—to just not show—becomes a stroke of creative genius, turning this unlikely video into a meditation on power, failure, irreverence, nihilism, and pure anarchy.
29. N.E.R.D “Lemon” Feat. Rihanna
You want to know what’s really subversive? Casting Rihanna in your comeback single’s video and having her appear for only 30 seconds, just to shave someone’s head. N.E.R.D’s return exceeded all expectations, and the accompanying video for “Lemon” is no exception. Showing us ‘Tutorial No. 1,’ the visual eschews all of the A-listers involved and shoehorns its gaze on the forceful choreography of its androgynous protagonist, pumping their way through a nocturnal arcade. We don’t know really know what’s going on, but why would we want to?
28. 2 Chainz “It’s A Vibe” Feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, & Jhené Aiko
The Pretty Girls Like Trap Music cut It’s a Vibe features appearances from Ty Dolla Sign, Trey Songz, and Jhené Aiko. 2 Chainz welcoming us to the vibes from the comfort of a lounge that looks like it makes amazing drinks.
27. Big Sean “Jump Out The Window”
Directed by Lawrence Lamont, the visual finds Sean encountering a glitch in the matrix as he’s suddenly shifted into a SNES-esque video game reality—with a goal of ultimately saving the girl from a villain with a Kim Jong-un-styled haircut. There all sorts of nods to some of your favorite video games, but still, no jumping out of any windows.
26. Missy Elliott “I’m Better” Feat. Lamb
Putting her spin on the current wave in hip hop, the legendary artist basically takes a dookie on the trap rappers of today by taking their style and making it better. Flows on top of flows, Missy still getting busy at 45.
25. Kendrick Lamar “DNA.”
Playing the part of a very bad cop, Don Cheadle interrogates a handcuffed Kendrick Lamar in this surreal clip, trying to mess with the rapper’s head. “You know what DNA stands for?” Cheadle crows, “Dead Nigger Association.” Things look bleak for the rapper, who is dressed in full kung-fu regalia, until Cheadle presses a button, reversing the head trip and putting Kendrick in control. One of the great actors of our time going bar for bar with the greatest MC of our time is spectacle enough to make the video memorable. But its legacy is cemented when Cheadle is eventually killed off, leaving Kendrick as the one true Kung Fu Kenny.
24. Zedd “Stay” Feat Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara and Zedd go on a cinematic adventure that bends time and space like Inception in the Tim Mattia-directed video for their hypnotic collaboration, Stay.
23. Ariana Grande “Everyday” Feat. Future
The visual finds the two artists performing while bystanders hook up around them, in public. The single is off of her latest album, 2016′s Dangerous Woman.
22. SZA “Love Galore” Feat. Travi$ Scott
Two words best describe the visual to SZA’s “Love Galore:” PURE. SEX. Sure Travis Scott is set to play hubby to a daughter of America’s true first family, but the power of this video makes you start shipping a SZA/Scott union immediately, even if one of them meets a very grisly end at the hand of the other. Sure the scenes in the bedroom are titillating, but the raw beauty of this video comes when it’s just SZA, Scott and a dazzling array of monarch butterflies in the studio, the camera inching in on each breath and undulation of their smooth bodies. We’re not getting flustered, you are.
21. Vince Staples “Big Fish”
Already one of the best video artists of his generation, Vince Staples continues his balance of apocalyptic and dreamlike imagery with ‘Big Fish’. The rapper sits in a luxury boat slowly sinking into the ocean, maintaining his trademark steeliness as shark fins circle around. Its final image of Staples floating underwater as a giant gold fish is as absurd as it is haunting.
20. Charli XCX “Boys”
Objectification of men in a music video? HOW DARE SHE. Charli XCX, who co-wrote Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” before breaking out as a solo artist, comes in hot with a parody that features a very sexy pillow fight between two of the titular boys. It’s the rare work of social criticism that maintains a keen sense of fun.
19. Mike Darole “Hello” Feat. RJ & Compton AV
Bay Area star Mike Darole welcomes himself back to the rap game in the form of his music video Hello featuring RJ and Compton AV.
18. The Chainsmokers “Paris”
One last drop of juice squeezed out of their amazing 2016 album Memories, The Chainsmokers took us on one last ride in their video for Paris. Some woman is desperately sad, that much is true. The ‘Smokers seem to be slightly sad, too, but mostly they’re just walking through a field in Los Angeles.
17. Danny Brown “Ain’t It Funny”
it’s directed by that Jonah Hill. The format may not be the most original idea in the world — how many ’80s and ’90s sitcom parodies have come out in the age of “Too Many Cooks”? — but the darkness of “Ain’t It Funny” is so unsettling that you may feel compelled to find help for Danny Brown. He smokes crack right there in the living room next to Gus Van Sant (who plays “Dad”)! He pisses on the family photos as Gus Van Sant walks in! He drinks from a 40 of something called “Danny Brown”! This video turns addiction into a short horror film, not bad for less than four minutes.
16. Sia “Free Me”
Sia‘s “Free Me” tackles an unbelievably weighty subject, so she had to pull out some Hollywood heavies to help her make the lift. In the video, Zoe Saldana plays an expectant mother who has just been told she has HIV. In a voice-over by Julianne Moore, it’s revealed that Saldana will pass the disease onto her unborn child if left untreated.
15. DJ Battle “Down Town” Feat. Lexy Panterra
Lexy Panterra teams up again with DJ Battle for his new music video “Downtown.” The video features Lexy dancing/twerking all around the mansion and desert before she heads out for a night of fun to a DJ Battle beat.
14. Luis Fonsi “Despacito” Feat. Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee took Despacito to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 by calling on Justin Bieber,Despacito, which was the top YouTube music video of the year in more than 50 countries, broke the all-time record for views just 204 days after it was released.
13. Kendrick Lamar “LOYALTY.” Feat. Rihanna
The video a “standout track that allows Kung Fu Kenny and Bad Gal RiRi to address allegiance from a variety of angles. The song was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018.
12. Kent Jones “Sit Dow” Feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Dicky, & E-40
We The Best’s Kent Jones had himself another hit in 2017. The Miami native was joined by E-40, Ty Dolla $ign and Lil Dicky in the visuals for his latest single Sit Down, off his previously released mixtape, Too Much Too Soon, which dropped in 2016.
11. Jay-Z “The Story of O.J.”
Now that the Juice is officially loose, Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” somehow takes on added depth despite the fact that there are approximately 13,763,982 hours of documentary and fictional adaptation footage available about the O.J. Simpson case. As with all things O.J., “The Story of O.J.” only uses Simpson as a jumping off point, a symbol. By reminding the audience of the horrible racist caricatures presented in children’s cartoons, Jay-Z’s new single helps paint a fuller picture of the violent, despicable legacy of slavery in America. Generations of children were inoculated with the kind of playful stereotyping present in cartoons like Dumbo. I’ve long considered Jay-Z to be a cynic, and maybe there’s an element of that side of him in this video… but he’s not wrong, especially considering the next entry on this list.
10. Logic “1-800-273-8255” Feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid
Message of 2017 has to go to none other than Logic. He dubbed 1-800-273-8255 the most important song he ever wrote in a tweet accompanied by official statistics from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. On the day of its release, according to the statistics provided, the Lifeline received the second-highest daily call volume ever at that time — over 4,573 calls. Logic, Cara and Khalid performed the song together at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 27, which included many suicide attempt survivors — wearing tees with the Lifeline’s number on them — joining the artists on stage.
9. Lil Uzi Vert “XO Tour Llif3”
It peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Lil Uzi Vert’s highest-charting single as a solo artist and second top 10 entry overall after his feature on “Bad and Boujee” with Migos. Billboard considered it the fifth-best song of the year. Spotify recognized the song as one of the most streamed tracks of the summer of 2017 in the US. The official video has received over 130 million views on YouTube as of December 2017.
8. Taylor Swift “Look What You Made Me Do”
Whatever your feelings about T-Swift are, you have to admit she’s self-aware. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the video for her first single off this year’s Reputation, in which she plays versions of herself and her famous frenemies (Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, etc.). The video, like the song, is designed to provoke the haters, but its mishmash of aesthetics is too thoughtful to dismiss as merely a troll job. You can’t quite imagine, say, Kanye West demonstrating a similar willingness to poke fun at his own reputation, can you?
7. N.E.R.D. & Future “1000”
Fighting between Confederates and Union loyalists, racial violence, police brutality, Nazi symbolism — past is present in 2017. N.E.R.D resurrects themselves to hammer home the point and close the book on a turbulent year.
6. Post Malone “Congratulations” Feat. Quavo
The track peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming his highest peaking single on the chart, surpassing the number 14 peak of his debut hit, “White Iverson”, until it was again surpassed by his track “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage, which peaked at number one. The song has so far received over 610 million YouTube views worldwide.
5. Chance The Rapper “Same Drugs”
The song comes off of Chance’s popular project dubbed Coloring Book which was positively received by many. Presenting an intimate aesthetic, Chance receives assistance from a muppet-type character who provides background vocals. The video is also delivered with a nostalgic grain for a retro feel.
4. Cardi B “Bodak Yellow”
Nobody could be realer than this Bronx queen, strutting into all our hearts with her bad-ass anthem “Bodak Yellow,” walking tall in bloody shoes and making her money moves. Cardi is like a hip-hop Jarvis Cocker – she appears out of nowhere as a fully formed perfect pop star, always quotable, striking the right pose, because she’s a grown-up who’s had years to rehearse for her moment. She puts her hand on her hip, when she dips, you dip, we dip.
3. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
It is the highest charting single in the United States from Mars’ studio album 24K Magic, surpassing the single of the same name by reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s also received remixes, featuring artists including Gucci Mane, PartyNextDoor and Alan Walker. As of December 27, 2017, the video has been viewed more than 1.1 billion times.
2. The Weeknd “I Feel It Coming” Feat. Daft Punk
Sticking to the retro energy of preceeding Starboy visuals, Abel travels to another world to meet up with Daft Punk to perform what’s probably the best song on the album.
1. DJ Khaled “Wild Thoughts” Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
Joining past No. 1s videos from Chris Brown (Fine China) and Childish Gambino (Sober), DJ Khaled caps off 2017 with the smash anthem Wild Thoughts featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. The song of the summer contender boasts everything you’d expect from a collaboration between the three artists involved, plus a heavy sample of Carlos Santana’s Maria Maria.
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