Music has always been a remedy to the soul, especially in fleeting moments when you need a quick escape, pick-me-up or want to get your creative juices flowing. (Bonus points if there’s a captivating music video to accompany your current go-to tune.)
While we’re in awe of the newest music that’s out there, we’re taking a step back and looking at the latest tracks with music videos that fondly pays homage to the fabulous moments in pop culture history and the simpler, familiar times we’ve missed.
1. Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Filmed in January and released this May, Harry Styles proclaims his latest MV is ‘dedicated to touching’ and gives us a flashback to the times where we could freely bask under the sun, dress up and get together with the people we love.
2. Hayley Williams – Dead Horse
Giving us a flashback to the Paramore era, Hayley Williams is as electric as ever in this music video and continues to be a force to reckoned with. Constantly evolving as an artist, Hayley shows us that she’s come face-to-face with her personal traumas that have been weighing on her over the last ten years.
3. Lady Gaga ft. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
If you’re looking for the perfect music video that will turn your frown upside-down, this one’s it. Dynamic duo Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are definitely serving us what we believe is the ultimate dance track of the year. Plus, we can’t help but notice a tinge of Gaga’s The Fame influence in this track that we love.
4. FINNEAS – Let’s Fall in Love for the Night
While most of us are familiar with Billie Eilish‘s record-breaking tracks that stirs up all sorts of emotions, we can assure you that her older brother FINNEAS will do the same and is a performer to watch too. If you’re a romantic at heart and adore films like La La Land, we’re definitely sure that you’ll be keeping this song on replay. Touching lyrics, a heartfelt serenade and mini-dance sequences – what’s not to love?
5. Chloe x Halle – Do It
Giving us Aaliyah and Beyonce vibes, this Gen Z sister-duo is giving us life with their exceptional music video filled with fire vocals, flawless dance moves and utterly, fashionable moments.
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6. Katy Perry – Daisies
Remember the days when Katy Perry‘s pop ballads would play endlessly on the radio? Well, if you’re wondering about the songstress, she’s recently released a new song, Daisies, that will bring you back to those times. While the single is quite underrated, Katy Perry’s message of finding strength and believing in yourself is absolutely empowering. The music video is just as beautiful, featuring pregnant Katy basking amongst nature both in a flattering summery dress and even, in the nude.
7. Dua Lipa – Break My Heart
Besides being a style tastemaker and rising pop-princess, Dua Lipa continues to prove she’s not just a one-hit-wonder. While this track is now three months old, we can’t help but include this one to the list as we dig the 2000s vibe, slick dance moves, impeccable outfits and how Break My Heart is yet another one of her upbeat dance anthems that will stick in your head.
8. AURORA – Exist For Love
Giving us Old-Hollywood glamour and a special kind of otherworldliness, AURORA continues to shine brilliantly with her siren-like vocals and demeanour in her first proclaimed love song that celebrates how all of us exist for love.
9. Rina Sawayama – XS
A newcomer to the music scene, British-Japanese artist Rina Sawayama‘s single XS is not just your typical alternative/indie earworm; the song disguises itself as a tongue-in-cheek social commentary on the landscape of capitalism in our world today. We love the whole concept and its groovy vibe, and can’t wait to see more of what’s to come from this incredible singer.
10. Adam Lambert – VELVET
Sending us back to the ’70s, Adam Lambert‘s VELVET is the ultimate feel-good track this summer. Plus, we’re absolutely loving the video that looks like it could be a Marc Jacobs or Gucci fashion lookbook.
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