But this year, with big-stadium concerts put on pause and many live performances kept to a minimum, artists were left with new material but nowhere to showcase it-and many of them channelled all of their energy into traditional music videos again. Videos became a refreshed opportunity for artists to bust out a fashion moment and unleash their wildest imagination. And thank god for it-it kept us entertained!
One of the biggest and splashiest was Beyoncé’s visual album, Black Is King, which featured several different music videos-each equipped with high fashion. In “Already,” for instance, the singer sports a custom cow-print Burberry corset designed by Riccardo Tisci and a crescent-print bodysuit from Marine Serre. We also saw this incredible range of looks from Lady Gaga in Chromatica’s “911”, in which she declares a fashion emergency wearing surreal ensembles by Alexander McQueen, Diego Montoya, and more. And no list of 2020 music videos would be complete without discussing Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP.” The bodycon looks by Nicolas Jebran and Mugler made the rap diva’s hit a visual feast. (Plus, who could forget that unexpected Kylie Jenner cameo in head-to-toe leopard print?).
It wasn’t just music’s finest leading ladies leading the style charge, either. Harry Styles continued to bring his fashion A-game. In his “Watermelon Sugar” video, he sports a groovy assortment of exciting menswear brands, including Gucci, and Bode. BTS also delivered the fashion drama in their “Dynamite” video, complete with a colorful (and coordinated) wardrobe.
Below, all that and more of this year’s most-stylish music videos.
“Already” - Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer
“XS” - Rina Sawayama
“Do It” - Chloe x Halle
“Midnight Sky” - Miley Cyrus
“Dynamite” - BTS
“WAP” - Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
“911” - Lady Gaga
“Hit Different” - SZA feat. Ty Dolla $ign
“TKN” - Rosalía and Travis Scott
“Therefore I Am” - Billie Eilish
“Watermelon Sugar” - Harry Styles
“How You Like That” - BLACKPINK
“Levitating” - Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby
“Yo Perreo Sola” - Bad Bunny
“Positions” - Ariana Grande
“Cardigan” - Taylor Swift
“Own It” - Rico Nasty
“La vita nuova” - Christine and the Queens