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Top 20 Music Videos of 2015

michael persallEach year, our favorite artists give us music to enjoy…and, more often than not, some amazing music videos to go along with it.

At Planet Stereo, music videos are one of the top things we get asked to cover, and most of the time, that’s fine by us! This year, the normal “Top 15” list had to be extended to 20! There were just too many amazing videos to choose from! Check out our picks below and let us know in the comments what your favorite music videos were this year!

 

1. Highly Suspect – “Lydia”

Highly Suspect’s official video for their single “Lydia,” from their album, Mister Asylum. It really is filled with incredible visuals, and was filmed entirely underwater…in one take! It’s beautifully shot, and Marina Kazankova (the girl in the video) does an incredible job. And hey, the song has been nominated for a Grammy!

2. Sam Smith – “Writing’s On The Wall”

Considering that this video was teased relentlessly, its release was like a moment from the “Hallelujah” chorus. The video is stunningly cinematic, much like the track itself…and of course, it helps that Sam Smith can do no wrong and that the track is for a Bond film!

3. Tillian – “Satellite”

Animated by John Howe, “Satellite,” is both a wonderful, unique video, and a definite stand-out for the year!

4. PVRIS“White Noise”

I cannot praise PVRIS enough; there’s just too much talent to even begin to try. And the video for “White Noise,” which pays homage to the horror film Poltergeist, is excellent.

5. New Found Glory – “Vicious Love (ft. Hayley Williams)”

Not only is this video incredibly funny, but it features guest vocals (and an appearance) from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams (a.k.a. the Future Mrs. Chad Gilbert). The track itself is incredibly catchy, but the video is both comedic and full of great Halloween ideas.

6. The Maine – “English Girls”

Yet another clever video! The Maine’s video for “English Girls” shows the members of the band on a pretty crazy night out, leaving everyone wondering: Who did John O’Callaghan wake up next to?

7. Marianas Trench“One Love”

There’s something about Marianas Trench’s music video for “One Love” that is so 2003…in the best possible way. The track has a powerful sound, and, when added with the great visual, how could you not love it?

8. Adele – “Hello”

Adele is back, and she came back with a simple, “Hello.” The video broke the records set by Taylor Swift’s VMA-premiered “Bad Blood,” and is stunningly pieced together.

9. Lady Gaga – “Till It Happens To You”

Lady Gaga’s new Grammy-nominated track, “Till It Happens To You,” is an extraordinary song with a strong presence. The video brings the song and the scary statistics about sexual assault on college campuses, to life. The song is from The Hunting Ground film, which is available now: http://bit.ly/1E6XAFl The video warns that there are triggering, graphic scenes depicted, and I will reiterate that now: TRIGGER WARNING. This video contains graphic images that may act as a trigger for some people.

10. Ella Henderson – “Mirror Man”

The soulful track is powerful, memorable, and the video is just as strong. Ella Henderson’s vocals are golden.

11. Bring Me The Horizon“Throne” (…and “True Friends,” just for the storyline.)

The Game Of Thrones vibes from this video are all there, and the quality is unreal. The editing is perfect, with everything timed excellently.

12. Panic! At The Disco“Emperor’s New Clothes”

The makeup and cinematography of this video are…wow. I mean, Brendon Urie becomes a devil.

13. All Time Low“Something’s Gotta Give”

This was easily one of the best videos of the year, no questions asked; it’s funny, it has zombies (zombie makeup!), and, of course, a catchy track to go along with it.

14. DIVIDES “Echoes Fade”

My favorite thing about this video (and all of DIVIDES’ recent videos)? They’re all made in-house. The band filmed and edited the whole thing, and it’s extremely impressive. “Echoes Fade” is the kind of video that you just find yourself mesmerized by, and rightly so.

15. Taylor Locke – “Call Me Kuchu”

“Call Me Kuchu” is soulful, and reminiscent of classic rock. Inspired by the documentary of the same name, the song and video come together in a stunning metaphor; shedding light on the lack of basic human rights in Uganda, where being gay is considered criminal. The music video, directed by art/editorial photographer Logan White, acts as a satire, featuring Dr. Kuchu, a turn-of-the-century magician and snake oil profiteer.

16. Michael Persall“The Move”

The Move,” an upbeat tune that perfectly captures a sweet courtship, all the while showcasing some of Persall’s enviable vocal talents. The indie-pop/rock single is radio worthy, with perfect timing, a happy-go-lucky charm, and a fantasy appeal, as seen in the music video.

17. Hands Like Houses – “I Am”

“I Am” is a video that proves “a little goes a long way.” It is so simply put together, but carries such a weight visually (and musically). It’s truly minimalism at its finest.

18. Halsey – “New Americana”

This video has the post-apocolyptic edge that I imagined Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” would have. It helps that the song is ridiculously catchy.

19. Set It Off – “Ancient History”

Set It Off have released some pretty cool videos recently, but “Ancient History” works so well with the whole time-travel kind of thing (very fitting for the year of Back To The Future). 

20. Jade The Moon – “U Take Care”

Jade The Moon’s “U Take Care” video has a stunning, haunting feel to it. The video, written and directed by Chad Rook, is wonderfully symbolic, working well as a metaphor for the effects of love and hurt. With soaring vocals, the electro-pop track is sensational.

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Sam Smith Premieres Spectre Theme Song “Writing’s On The Wall” Music Video

sam smith spectreSam Smith has made us wait a lot recently.

He made us wait to find out if he was singing the new 007 theme for Spectre.

He then made us wait for the song itself.

And then he teased us with the music video.

The good news is, the wait is over. Sam Smith just released the brand new music video for “Writing’s On The Wall,” the new theme song for the latest addition to the 007 franchise, Spectre.

The video is stunningly cinematic, much as the track itself is, and gives a hint at where this latest Bond film is headed. You can watch the video below.

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15 Songs From September ’15 You Have To Hear

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September…Otherwise known as “The Month Before Halloween,” or “The Beginning of Pumpkin Spice Latte Season.” Whatever you call it, September churned out some amazing new music. From the new 007 theme song to Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift’s 1989 in its entirety, this month has been an interesting one in the world of music. Check it out!

1. “Gone”JR JR

Looking for a tune to make you smile? This is it. It’s got this adorable sound, but a very triumphant spirit. This is the kind of song that makes you want go on a drive and sing loudly. It’s what you should be dancing around your room to this, singing into a hairbrush, using chopsticks as drumsticks, or playing air guitar to, no matter who you are. Plus, the video is epic.

2. “Smile”Jasmine Jordan

Jasmine Jordan has a beautiful voice, and with passionate storytelling, “Smile” is a breath of fresh air. I love the jazzy instrumentals. The track reminds me of Corrinne Bailey Rae, if I’m honest.

3. “Die Trying” – Jule Vera

Just wow. “Die Trying” is a hauntingly beautiful song, and the video’s post-apocolyptic theme just adds to how memorable it is. Jule Vera is poised for massive success.

4. “Through Your Eyes” – Michael Jayson

Michael Jayson’s piano-driven single, “Through Your Eyes,” is full of rich instrumentals with cinematic quality, and some stellar bass. It also features wonderful lyrics and an upbeat tone, resulting in an infectious optimism that provides a whisper of encouragement.

5. “Into The Rest” – Avion Roe ft. Kellin Quinn

The first official release from the band since they announced that they’d signed with Epitaph Records, and it’s glorious. Bonus points for Kellin Quinn joining in. Seriously, if you haven’t already been in love with Avion Roe for a while, you will be now.

6. “One Love”Marianas Trench

This track is so amazing and incredibly catchy. I have to say that I was completely floored by Marianas Trench when I heard “One Love.” It’s emotional, vibrant, and rich in instrumentals…as well as flawless vocals. I just keep playing this on repeat, and I recommend you do the same!

7. “Epic Love”Todrick Hall

This infectious new electro-pop single is infectious, and the music video is incredible. Referencing some of the great love scenes/movies from great films, Todrick Hall just proves time and time again why he won the Internet…and theater…and television…and, oh, hell, the world.

8. “Alive” – Sia

Sia’s incredible vocals make me happy. She has this quiet power about her that is just awe-inspiring, especially on an underdog anthem like “Alive.” Considering National Suicide Awareness Week and International Suicide Prevention Day all fall in September, I feel like the release of this track had A+ timing.

9. “KI/SS” – REMMI x CAPPA

CAPPA and REMMI, along with producer Foldy, collaborated on a mash-up of the pair’s two tracks, “Killin It” and “Star Spangled.” The mash-up is incredible and a total ear-worm! The two songs flow so nicely together, it’s almost difficult to imagine why they’d ever be apart!

10. “Powers” – Lostboycrow

So I stumbled across this gem on Soundcloud, and there is no going back. Not only is it instrumentally stunning, but it builds and just has this gorgeous sound that beautifully showcases some well executed vocals. Honestly, this song should be all over the radio.

11. “Here (Vincent Remix)” – Alessia Cara x Vincent

Talk about catchy as hell. I love a good remix as much as the next person, and this is a damn good remix, and I already liked Alessia Cara’s tongue-in-cheek track. Of all the sing-along tunes of September 2015, this is a major one, especially on a day when you’re feeling particularly badass.

12. “Can’t Control The Weather” – Fairground Saints

The multi-talented group that is Fairground Saints have already proved how epically talented they are (time and time again), but this single will remind you. You know, just in case you momentarily forgot.

13. “On My Mind” – Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding’s new sound is strangely entrancing. There’s something about “On My Mind” that just pulls you in and has you kind of bobbing and singing along. Plus, the video is gold. Who wouldn’t want to ride a horse into a building like a badass?

14. “Writing’s On The Wall” Sam Smith

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The new 007 Spectre theme song we’ve all been waiting for by the magnificent human being that is Sam Smith. Seriously, if his vocals don’t make you melt, you are made of stone. Anyway, the new theme song is beautifully cinematic, if not utterly haunting, so you need to check it out.

15. “Victorious”Panic! At The Disco

The single is a sports-worthy anthem. If you’re looking for a clever #winning song, Brendon Urie has done it once again and answered your prayers. In typical Panic! At The Disco fashion, “Victorious” is theatrical, catchy, and just awesome.

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Sam Smith Teases New Music Video for “Writing’s On The Wall”

sam smithSam Smith just dropped a brand new teaser for the “Writing’s On The Wall” music video. The track, the latest 007 theme song, is one of the most highly anticipated tracks of the year. The music video will be premiering in a few days.

Watch the teaser below.

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Gabrielle Aplin Covers Sam Smith for BBC Radio 1

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British singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin covered Sam Smith‘s “Money On My Mind” for BBC’s Radio 1 Lounge, and it is wonderful. You will recall that Aplin gained popularity by publishing acoustic covers of songs on YouTube, so she’s no novice to the cover game.  Check out the beautiful rendition of the track below:

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Sam Smith Confirms 007 Theme, “Writing’s On The Wall”

sam smithJust hours after Sam Smith provided the subtle-as-a-knife hint that he recorded the theme for the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre, the singer has confirmed that he will perform the latest 007 opening credits song, entitled, “Writing’s On The Wall.” The song was co-written by Smith and Jimmy Napes (“Stay With Me”), with Disclosure also tweeting that they provided “additional production” on the track.

“This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible lineup of some of my biggest musical inspirations,” Smith tweeted Tuesday morning. “I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Smith had denied any involvement in the Spectre theme back in July, but now, following his announcement, even posted a pre-order link to purchase his Bond theme as a CD or vinyl single, both of which are backed by an instrumental version of the track. “Writing’s on the Wall” is set to debut on September 25th.

“Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for Spectre and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time,” Spectre producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement.

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Will Sam Smith Be Singing The New 007 Theme?

sam smithSam Smith has just about confirmed the hope many fans have been holding onto: that he will sing the theme tune for the new James Bond film, Spectre.

The singer tweeted a picture of a finger with a ring featuring the movie’s logo. Having previously denied any involvement in the project, this seems to be a nod to the opposite direction, although the film doesn’t come out until October. Back in July, Smith had told Capital FM he was “definitely not” doing it, saying, “I’m being deadly serious. I think I would know by now. I heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it.”

Despite Goulding’s postings of photos of herself leaving Abbey Road Studios, this ring looks like the sign we’ve all been waiting for.

The film will be directed by Sam Mendes, who also worked on 2012’s Skyfall (you know, the amazing movie with the incredible theme by Adele?). The film also features the return of Daniel Craig as 007, as well as Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, WWE wrestler David Bautista, and Sherlock star Andrew Scott.

Check out the poster for the film below, as well as Sam Smith’s teasing tweet!

Now look at the official logo:

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Sam Smith Makes History

sam smithSam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour has officially made history (and not just for being amazing). The singer’s debut album has been in the UK Top 10 for 67 weeks in a row, the longest unbroken run of any debut album. It hasn’t left the top 10 since it’s May 2014 release, when it debuted at number one with opening sales of 101,000.

Smith breaks the record previously held by songstress Emeli Sande, with her debut album, Our Version of Events. The record comes a day after Smith performed at the BBC Radio Theatre in London, where he said it would be the last time he would be playing the album live, and that the next time he performs a full show in England, it will be with his second album.

“What can I even say to this? I am completely and utterly moved and overwhelmed at this achievement,” Smith said. “I am forever thankful to my team, but most importantly to the British public for making this happen and buying my album. […] This moment is one to tell the grandkids and maybe their grandkids.”

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In The Lonely Hour has sold 8.5m copies worldwide and was the only album to sell one million in both the UK and US last year.

Congratulations Sam Smith!

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15 SONGS FROM MARCH ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

Here we go again! 15 tracks you HAVE to hear for March 2015…and the accompanying music videos you have to see. This month, we’ve got some amazing new releases from some of the best artists. As the months go by, it’s getting harder to pick just fifteen.

Anyway, check out some of these amazing tracks below:

1. All Time Low “Kids In The Dark”

This just encompasses everything I believe music to be about: escaping your problems, and finding unity in the middle of the crowd. Add in how catchy this song is, and I don’t think you can go wrong.

2. Trophy Wives – “Threshold”

It’s a fast-paced track that just makes you want to bounce around like a crazy person, and the chorus comes in brilliantly. The vocals remind me of 2009/2010 punk, when the harder chord progressions and screamo undertones started to really come in.

3. Set It Off – “Ancient History”

The song itself is catchy and cleverly pieced together, and then you add this video which seems to hint at Adam Sandler’s Click, had I actually found that movie as enjoyable as this…

4. Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down (ft. John Legend)”

This was my favorite track on Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, so when he released as a single, I was thrilled…and now he’s added John Legend?? Granted, some of the beloved theatrics is gone, but it’s still impeccable, and this video for Red Nose Day is so beautiful.

5. Hands Like Houses – “I Am”

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the pure power of this track? Yes, okay, wonderful.

6. The Maine – “Miles Away”

Another single from American Candy, and it’s wonderful. Kicks off the album as the first track, with a sing-a-long quality.

7. Cordelia & The Buffalo“Free”

There are no words to express how much I love this single; soulful vocals, ethereal instrumentals…magic.

8. Light You Up“All We’ve Ever Known”

This makes 14-year-old me extremely happy. It’s anthemic, catchy, and powerful.

9. PVRIS “White Noise”

Another play on the movies, this time tackling Spielburg’s Poltergeist with a top 40’s worthy twist.

10. Youth League – “Young/Old”

A perfect introduction to the new Cardigan Records signees, showcasing just what they’re capable of.

11. Cajsa Siik – “State of Low”

A stunning new track, filled with harmonies, and ethereal instrumentals. The song radiates quality and sophistication.

12. Ella Henderson – “Mirror Man”

Soulful track, visually stunning video…you can’t go wrong.

13. Meg Myers – “Sorry”

Looking for a break-up anthem for the month? This is it. Meg Myers has an enchanting way about her, and it’s completely underrated.

14. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”

Wonderful instrumentals, stellar vocals, and a new way at writing about the initial “bar approach.” It’s gorgeous.

15. Shawn Mendez – “Life Of The Party”

This was a great track that popped up towards the end of last year and now there’s finally a video. It effortlessly fuses the melodics of an indie act with the booming lyrical style of a top 40’s anthem.

BONUS, because why not:

BriBry w/ Dodie – “You’re Alright”

Leon Bridges – “Come Home”

Oh Honey“Sugar, You”

Mariana’s Trench – “Here’s To The Zeros”

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VIDEO: Cris Cab – “Fables”

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Cris Cab released his new video for “Fables,” which you can stream below. You may recognize Cab’s name from his time he spent touring with Pharell Williams in the fall, playing arenas throughout Europe. He’s even shared the stage with acts like Grammy-winning Sam Smith, Lorde, Tegan & Sara, Fall Out Boy, Mariah Carey, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Bastille, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, and Iggy Azalea. Cab’s song “Paradise (On Earth)” as also recently selected by LeBron James to appear on the soundtrack for NBA2K.

The video for “Fables” stars Aarika Wolf (model/Calvin Harris’s girlfriend) and Drama (MTV’s Fantasy Factory).

 

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