Plenty of new music has dropped within the first two months of 2022, signaling a trend in accompanying music videos to go along with the release of debut singles. With interesting visuals and storylines, 2022 has been a year for artists’ creativity to constantly be on full display and prove the significance of their visions.
So far, here are some of the best music videos of the year:
“The Joker and The Queen” - Ed Sheeran ft. Taylor Swift
Nine years after their first collaboration, “Everything Has Changed,” Sheeran and Swift surprised fans everywhere with this new duet, serenading one another yet again about the way love can allow for someone to open up to the one they love even if it is a treacherous and frightening prospect. “The Joker and The Queen” music video puts an emphasis on this theme, showing the evolution of a relationship, ironically the exact same one from their previous music video, and how a bond between two people can withstand even the hardest of challenges.
“she’s all i wanna be” - Tate McRae
This homage to Chorus Line shows McRae as a struggling dancer trying to fit in amongst the crowd at an audition, comparing herself to the other girls around her. In a metallic navy blue workout outfit paired with fishnet tights and leg warmers, McRae looks as if she’s actually from the 1980s. With winged eye-liner and a high ponytail, the singer wishes to be the girl that everyone admires and wants to be, giving listeners insight into her insecurities.
“Coconuts” - Kim Petras
Petras’ viral Tik Tok anthem finally got the music video listeners had been waiting for, with the exquisite and light-hearted choreography that the singer had promised to reveal. The video itself shows Petras in an orange corset and bright blue metallic mini skirt and a ‘70s-inspired green screen of flowers, and of course, coconuts. Her background dancers complete the overall vibe of the video, making viewers want to bob their heads up and down the whole time as she sings of summer days and warm temperatures.
“King” - Florence + The Machine
After the release of High as Hope in 2018, Florence + The Machine are back with the lead single “King” which seems to be the precursor for a forthcoming album. The music video dropped recently on Feb. 23 and portrays Florence Welch herself as a healing goddess who is aware of her own faults and past failed relationships. With an exquisite use of colors, symbolism and choreography, this is by far one of the most captivating videos to be seen so far this year.
“Oh My God” - Adele
Of course, Adele had to give us the black and white classic music video look for “Oh My God,” which was a striking track off her recent album 30. In this music video, Adele is seen in what almost looks like a parallel to the video for her smash-hit “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” as she is seen in a similar ballgown and pin-up hair-do. This may be the singer at her most laid-back and carefree as she sways to the beat and stares at her reflection with a smile on her face.