2017 gave us a multitude of breathtaking, boundary-breaking music videos, each one memorable and commanding in its own unique way. From the glorious neon lights of Kelela’s “LMK” to the luminescent tones of N.E.R.D & Rihanna’s “Lemon”, the music videos of 2017 lit up the dark, chaotic year with brilliant power. Modern Girls compiled just a few of our favorites for your viewing pleasure as we ring in the new year. On this list, you’ll find something for everybody – from the the lovers, to the self-lovers, to the interdimensional dreamers. Just sit back, relax, and press play.
For those whose first love is themself…
“Truth Hurts”, Lizzo. Director unlisted.
“I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch.”
For those with a Lynchian lease on life…
“Modern Woman”, Tennis. Video by Luca Venter and Kelia Anne.
“I think I might have made it real.”
For those who are always busy thinking about boys…
“Boys”, Charli XCX. Directed by Charli XCX and Sarah McColgan.
“I was busy dreaming ’bout boys…”
For those who wanted to see what happens when you let Rihanna shave your head…
“Lemon”, N.E.R.D & Rihanna. Directed by Todd Tourso and Scott Cudmore. Choreographed by JaQuel Knight. Performed by Mette Towley.
“The truth will set you free. But first, it’ll piss you off.”
For those who dream in another dimension…
“The Gate”, Björk. Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang. Garments designed by Alessandro Michele.
“My healed chest wound transformed into a gate where I receive love from, where I give love from…”
For those whose minds inhabit both the 90’s and the future…
“LMK”, Kelela. Also directed by Andrew Thomas Huang.
“Let me know. It ain’t that deep.”
For those who loved Kelela’s “LMK” video so much that they need another in the same vein…
“Cyber Stockholm Syndrome”, Rina Sawayama. Directed by Anoushka Seigler.
“Happiest whenever I’m with you online…”
For those who need that extra reminder that he’s just not worth it…
“New Rules”, Dua Lipa. Directed by Henry Scholfield.
“Don’t pick up the phone. You know he’s only calling ’cause he’s drunk and alone.”
For those in need of wholesome content…
“Deadly Love”, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Directed by Charlotte Gainsbourg. Featuring Dev Hynes.
“You are my thing, I’m my own shadow. You are my little hurricane.”
For those with a taste for death, magic, and revolutionary VR effects…
“When You Die”, MGMT. Directed by Mike Burakoff and Hallie Cooper-Novack.
“Don’t call me nice! I’ll eat your heart out!”
For those who want to see two of the greatest visionaries of our generation collaborate…
“The Weekend”, SZA. Directed by Solange (!!!).
“My man is my man is your man…”
For those who relish in the surreal…
“Reverie”, Arca. Directed by Jesse Kanda.
“Y no sabe llorar. Ábreme.”
For those who always have a back-up plan…
“Wyclef Jean”, Young Thug. Directed by Ryan Staake and Young Thug.
“I do lie. Yeah, I do.”
For those who fight back…
“Without Love”, Alice Glass. Directed by Floria Sigismondi.
“Am I worth it or am I worthless? And will I ever figure it out?”
For those who… well, we’ll just let this one speak for itself.
“Ponyboy”, SOPHIE. Directed by SOPHIE and Nicholas Harwood.
“I am your toy, just a little ponyboy.”
“HUMBLE.”, Kendrick Lamar. Directed by Dave Meyers and the Little Homies.
“Sit down. Be humble.”