The 10 Best Music Videos of This Year

In the ever-evolving realm of music videos, 2023 proved to be a year marked by a dazzling array of creativity and visual brilliance. As we reflect on the past year's offerings, we are thrilled to present a curated selection of 10 music videos that left an indelible mark on viewers worldwide. From chart-topping pop sensations to emerging talents, these videos captivated audiences with their innovative storytelling and breathtaking aesthetics.

Dua Lipa - "Illusion": Dua Lipa's "Illusion" mesmerized audiences with its tasteful blend of staging and captivating choreography. Directed by Tanu Muino, the video transports viewers into a surreal, elevated pool at the Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc in Barcelon where Dua sings, dances and even hangs on a trapeze ring.

Sabrina Carpenter - "Espresso": Sabrina Carpenter delivered a visual feast reminiscent of old Hollywood films like Roman Holiday with the video for "Espresso". As suitors attempt to woo Carpenter, she speeds off in a boat, more interested in gabbing about the encounters with her friends than pursuing things further. Like the song, it's fun, frothy and carefree.

Ariana Grande - "We Can't Be Friends": Ariana Grande showcased her raw vulnerability in the hauntingly beautiful video for "We Can't Be Friends." The video served as a poignant exploration of love and loss, solidifying Grande's reputation as a powerhouse vocalist and visual storyteller.

Olivia Rodrigo - "Obsessed": Olivia Rodrigo confesses her fascination for her ex's ex in the video for "Obsessed". Rodrigo paces the halls of a beauty competition, strutting past beauty queens sporting sashes claiming to be "miss put him in therapy" and "miss focus on my career." "Obsessed" perfectly embodies the blend of pop punk nostalgia and wry humor that Rodrigo has come to employ alongside diaristic lyrics in her ascent to pop stardom.

Taylor Swift - "Fortnight (Feat Post Malone)": Taylor Swift joined forces with Post Malone for the video for "Fortnight." Swift and Post wander through a white, ever-expanding maze of gurneys and typewriters assumed to be the "tortured poets department" of Swift's imagination. In a way, Swift opts to embody the subject of her writing, sporting a face tattoo and eventually setting the whole place ablaze in a fittingly dramatic crescendo.

Artemas - "i like the way you kiss me": Artemas captivated viewers with the intoxicating visuals of "i like the way you kiss me." Seamlessly blending a celebration of club culture and brutalism, the video offered a cinematic portrayal of young, intense love set against the backdrop of a house party.

Charli XCX - "Von Dutch": In "Von Dutch", Charli XCX struts through the airport in a celebration of youth culture and rebellion that harkens back to her Sucker era. As she breaks the camera, Charli XCX reminds the viewer that they're obsessed with her (and that she can't blame them for that).

Madison Beer - "Make You Mine": Madison Beer sizzled in the sultry, Jennifer's-Body-inspired video for "Make You Mine," With its moody lighting and atmospheric visuals, the video captured Beer's presence and undeniable star power as she plays a terrifyingly magnetic head cheerleader.

Porter Robinson - "Cheerleader": Porter Robinson's "Cheerleader" marks a departure from he synth-based sound that has defined his career in favor of guitar-driven emo pop. Along with the new sound, Robinson champions a new outlook: he reflects with humor about the highs and lows of having a fandom.

Tyla, Travis Scott - "Water (Remix)": Tyla and Travis Scott delivered a slick and seductive spectacle with their video for Tyla's "Water" Remix). The video tastefully transports us to a wet world of Tyla's creation; Travis Scott joins midway through to frolic in the dewy hall of mirrors.

In conclusion, the past year's music videos were a testament to the boundless creativity and visual innovation within the industry. From larger-than-life spectacles to intimate portraits of human emotion, each video on our list captivated audiences with its unique storytelling and visual brilliance, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape. As we eagerly anticipate what the future holds, one thing is certain: the power of music videos to captivate, inspire, and entertain shows no signs of waning.