These are the 10 hottest music videos today. Check them out to see the state of the art and what pop music fans are watching.
1. Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass"
20-year-old Meghan Trainor has a breakout hit with her single "All About That Bass." There is a 50s influence in style on both the song and music video, but a throughly contemporary attitude about female empowerment. She has experienced some backlash from those who are thin, but a close hearing of the lyrics indicates everyone should be proud of their body shape.
2. Weird Al Yankovic - "Word Crimes"
With the backdrop of the music from Robin Thicke's #1 smash hit "Blurred Lines," Weird Al Yankovic takes on the abysmal state of grammar usage today, particularly in online writing. The kinetic typography music video was created by Jarrett Heather. Reportedly, the clip required approximately 500 hours of work to put together.
3. Colbie Caillat - "Try"
Colbie Caillat delivers a powerful inspirational message in this song and music video for the world's women. She sings, "Take your makeup off, let your hair down, take a breath, look into the mirror at yourself, do you like you cause I like you." The music video shows a wide range of beautiful women first with makeup and hairstyling and then later showing their natural beauty without enhancement.
4. Sia - "Chandelier"
The music video for Sia's Billboard Hot 100 breakthrough as a solo artist features the young dancer Maddie Ziegler, a star of the reality TV series Dance Moms. The clip was directed by Sia and Daniel Askell. The dance was choreographed by Ryan Heffington who has worked on more than 10 different music videos and appears on the reality show RuPaul's Drag Race.
5. Demi Lovato - "Really Don't Care" featuring Cher Lloyd
Filmed at this year's LA Pride Parade, Demi Lovato's music video kicks off with her stating to protesters, "You don't have to hate 'cause my Jesus loves all!" Ryan Pallotta, who directed Demi Lovato's well received "Neon Lights" clip, put together this music video. It is a colorful celebration of the LGBT community.
6. Maroon 5 - "Maps"
Maroon 5 take us on an emotionally intense thrill ride in this music video. It tells a gut-wrenching story of the consequences of a relationship in crisis. The clip was directed by Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg and is the rare music video that strongly enhances the emotional impact of its song.
7. John Legend - "You & I (Nobody In the World)"
8. Aloe Blacc - "Hello World (The World Is Ours)"
Aloe Blacc's new single "Hello World (The World Is Ours)" was heard during 2014 World Cup festivities in a version featuring David Correy. Now he has put together his own music video which is a powerful statement about stereotypes and the resilience of people in the most difficult circumstances. Shane Drake is the director.
9. Royksopp and Robyn - "Do It Again"
In the words of Swedish pop singer Robyn posted to YouTube, "This video stirs up a feeling of chaos which is what we talked about quite a bit when we wrote ‘Do It Again’.... Life takes you to a critical point and even though it might not make you happy, when it´s over, you want to go back." The black and white cinematic clip was directed by Dane Martin de Thurah, who put together James Blake's celebrated "Retrograde" video, and was filmed in Mexico.
10. Jenny Lewis - "Just One Of the Guys"
Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis is the former lead vocalist of the group Rilo Kiley. She has released two well-received solo albums. Acid Tongue, her most recent, reached #24 on the album chart. "Just One of the Guys" is the first single from the new album The Voyager. The music video, directed by Jenny Lewis herself, includes Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson, and Tennessee Thomas sporting track suits and mustaches.