Despite the fact that MTV's programming centers around catfishing and teen moms these days, it's still a big event when an artist releases a music video. Remember when Taylor Swift teased "Bad Blood" for a week before debuting it during the opening moments of the Billboard Music Awards? (Swift is pulling a similar stunt on New Year's Eve, when she plans to drop the video for "Out of the Woods" on ABC.) Or when Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé ignited a GIF storm after releasing a joint clip ("Feeling Myself") that's still only available for viewing on Tidal? While kids these days don't need a cable destination to keep up with their favorite artists' releases, the Internet has helped ensure that the art of music video making hasn't completely gone by the wayside — and boy, are we grateful.
Knowing how quickly these things can go viral, musicians got extra colorful, creative and, at times, cinematic with their videos in 2015. From designer wardrobes to supermodel castings to some very extreme beauty looks, many of the clips released this year provided us with a heavy dose of style inspiration — or, in some of the weirder cases, appreciation. Join us as we take a look back at the music videos that caught our eye sartorially over the past 12 months, and feel free to sing along.
Adele may only wear one outfit throughout the entire, heartbreaking video, but her beauty look is as on point as her voice. The contouring, the cat-eye, the brows... it's just all so good.
Calvin Harris and Disciples: "How Deep Is Your Love"
In concept, this video is very boring. But when you take one of the most beautiful, well-loved models in the world, put her in a slip dress and have her dance around a fancy California pool party, it's impossible for the resulting footage to be anything less than hot.
Drake: "Hotline Bling"
Never before has a turtleneck sweater been such a huge object of Internet fanfare. Kudos to you, Drake, and your glorious self-awareness.
FKA Twigs: "Glass & Patron"
Whether you understand what's going on in FKA twigs's videos is no matter — it's impossible to deny that she's one of the most creative, distinctive artists on the scene today. From the funky beauty looks to the avant-garde, genderless wardrobe, this clip really caught our eye on the style front. It even involves a twisted runway show of sorts, complete with some very impressive Vogue-ing.
Grimes: "Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream"
The reluctant pop star really brought the weird with her looks in this video, but we like it. Whether she's wearing a sherbet orange Marie Antoinette gown or an oversized gangster suit, Grimes somehow makes it work. That's talent.
Justin Bieber: "Sorry"
While Justin Bieber — he of the Calvin Klein contract and certified membership to the Balmain Army — doesn't even appear in this video, the New Zealand ladies behind it bring style in spades. Their brightly colored streetwear, repurposed jerseys, oversized jeans, killer sunglasses and badass accessories made for the best kind of '90s hip-hop throwback.
Kanye West: "Only One"
North West + a fur-trimmed parka and duck boots = the happiest Kanye. Try not to melt over this one.
Madonna: "Bitch I'm Madonna"
Yes, this video is cheesy as hell, but the wardrobe is chock-full of Moschino, and Alexander Wang makes a lively appearance, so we'd be remiss not to include it.
Missy Elliott: "WTF"
In 2015, Queen Missy Elliott graced the pop culture world with her presence after a long hiatus. Her comeback video was as wonderful as we'd hoped, complete with a disco ball suit (and matching bejeweled lips!), sports-inspired separates, giant hoop earrings, futuristic sunglasses and, a Missy favorite, shiny, plastic rain gear. Supa dupa fly, indeed.
Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé: "Feeling Myself"
Two of the sexiest ladies in the game teamed up for this mega music video... that can only be viewed in full on Tidal. (Well, not if you have above-average Internet sleuthing skills.) Filmed in and around Coachella, it involves all of the necessary elements to create a Tumblr sensation: One-piece swimsuits, oversized furs, pool floats, plenty of '90s references and, yes, a lot of cleavage. One caveat, though. Just because Nicki and Beyoncé seem to be wearing their festival wristbands as accessories does not mean that you should.
Rihanna: "Bitch Better Have My Money"
This 7-minute clip is jam-packed with epicness, including every single ensemble that RiRi, her crew and her captive wear throughout. (How few fucks does Rihanna give? She wears fur in a pool!) Although the best scene involves the singer totally naked covered in dollar bills and blood, but we digress.
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney: "Four Five Seconds"
This video, shot by Inez and Vinoodh, looks vaguely like a vintage Gap denim ad, but we're here for it.
Taylor Swift: "Wildest Dreams"
Sure, this video doesn't involve a list of cameos that reads like the Models.com Top 50, but it does feature Swift wearing some gorgeous pieces by Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano, J. Mendel and more.
The Weeknd: "In The Night"
The clip for The Weeknd's latest single may be violent, but it's highly stylized (thanks in part to by director duo BRTHR) and it stars the singer's babe of a girlfriend, Bella Hadid. See if you can spot the studded Alexander Wang creepers.