It’s Day 3 of the End of the Year Countdown! Click Here to start from Day 1 (#50-41).
After watching and reviewing approximately 150 music videos, I have compiled a list of what are, in my opinion, the best K-pop music video to come out this year. This takes into account the song, story (if applicable), cinematography/appearance of the video, wardrobe, and dance (if applicable). The effectiveness of each factor in keeping a viewer entertained as well as how well the different factors balance each other out all equally contribute to my ranking of them in this list.
Every day, for the next five days, I will share with you ten music videos, in order, that I feel were put together with the best care, starting today with #50 and ending with the #1 best music video of 2015 on New Years Eve.
Here are #30-21 of the Top 50 Music Videos of 2015!
#30: GOT7 – Confession Song
Cute, cute, CUTE! The boys of GOT7 are using this music video to help various high schoolers confess to their crushes through an elaborate surprise serenade. From what I can tell, this was all real – as in actual high schoolers surprising their crushes for real – which only makes this even cuter. What makes this even more interesting is that we get to watch the story unfold for several different couples rather than just one.
#29: iKON – Airplane
iKON had quite a year in 2015, debuting with a whopping SEVEN music videos. (I may not like them, but they deserve an award for that alone. I don’t know a single group that has released that many music videos ever within the same year)
Of their several videos, this one takes the cake for me. This song is nice and mellow, and the rapping and singing go along with each other really well. It tells the painfully relatable story of a best friend being left as a third wheel over and over again. I found myself rooting for him as much as I would root for a character in an actual movie. The acting is really great in this. The best friend’s reaction in the restaurant scene when the girls feeds Bobby and not him is priceless.
#28: Jung Yong Hwa – Mileage
After slaving away taking care of the house and kids, house-husbands Yong Hwa and YDG are using their “mileage” points to be able to take a break and go out with friends. It told a story that may be common in the real world, but is hardly ever told in the music industry. They made the video super fun and entertaining. I’m really surprised that Yong Hwa, of all people, is singing about needing a break from his wife and kids, considering he isn’t even married. However it’s interesting to see someone sing about being married rather than dating. I imagine this is what Lee Hwijae’s actual life is like.
#27: Cross Gene – Play With Me
Who else thinks this video screams Panic! At the Disco? The boys of Cross Gene completely took on an interesting cross of insane asylum patients and creepy ringmaster in their portrayal of two asylum patients pining for the love of their nurse. Normally, I would say it may be offensive to imitate asylum patients, but so much of this story is so obviously unrealistic that it can’t even be compared to the real thing. The combination of song, dance, and cinematography makes this video one fun, wild ride.
#26: Jung Yong Hwa – One Fine Day
Usually ballad music videos are given underdeveloped or nonexistent stories, but this video shared such a sweet story between Yong Hwa and his lover. Through flashbacks, we see the progression of the couple’s relationship in a really cute way. The way the video comes together in the end really makes this video stand out compared to others. This is more than the typical reminiscent story. It is deeper and more detailed.
#25: BTOB – It’s Okay
This. This is what a story should have. BTOB pleasantly surprised me with this video. To accompany a beautifully soft song, each of the members took on their own stories of hardship and accomplishment. In just about six minutes, we witnessed seven characters struggle in their efforts to do their jobs. However, each story ended in a positive way, making this a very feel-good video. The best part about this is that nearly all of the happy endings actually made sense.
#24: MFBTY – Bang Diggy Bang Bang
MFBTY came back this year with an amazing album, and this video was a perfect representation of the album as a whole. There is the catchy chorus, skillful raps, and carefree, fun story of Yoon Mi Rae, Tiger JK, and Bizzy just being themselves. MFBTY is by no means a dance group, but watching all of the stepping and shuffling was a nice surprise.
#23: Boyfriend – Bounce
I was just blown away by this video. So much effort was put into the cinematography and wardrobe to make Boyfriend’s fantasy world really believable. Not only did it look good, but the story was also exceptionally creative. It takes the Alice in Wonderland story and completely turns it around. I may not listen to the song or watch the live performances, but this video is definitely one I will be coming back to again and again.
#22: Kim Dong Wan – Du Du Du
Kim Dong Wan impressed me with his unbelievably soothing voice. Both the song and story are just the sweetest. Dong Wan is putting together a video confession for his suspicious “girlfriend,” when in reality it is actually meant for the girl helping him with the video. The whole idea of a video confession is already cute and done really well in this, but they additionally added the twist of turning the story around on the pink girl.
#21 : MFBTY – Fly Like An Eagle
This is probably one of the most motivational videos to come out this year. MFBTY impresses all with their intense song dedicated to being proud and flying high. The wardrobe is especially impressive in this with all three of them looking like royalty of the animal world. Beside images of the three of them ruling the world, we see various people overcoming obstacles and obtaining triumph in their lives.
That’s it for today! I’m sorry I was late today. Check back in again tomorrow for #20-11!
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