I consider Normani’s 2019 ‘Motivation’ possibly the greatest video of all time. As I wrote in a post after first seeing it, it is a “mesmerizing display of grace and athleticism.”
If you choose to read that as code for “Normani is a goddess, and this video depicts her writhing seductively in various states of undress,” that is up to you.
I’m calling it on August 30. Normani’s ‘Motivation’ is the best video of 2019. It’s one of the summer’s best songs, too.
Camila Cabello is the Fifth Harmony alum who has had the most solo success to date, but Normani will be hot on her heels with this infectious track that nods to the R&B/pop songs of the late 90s and early 00s, with a video that recalls Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love’ and Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’.
Normani might be my favorite former member of Fifth Harmony to watch, but Camila Cabello is the one I most like to hear.
Her 2018 debut album, Camila, was a real gem, featuring the hit ‘Havana’ and a bunch of mellow pop songs that never got the radio play they deserved. Her follow-up, 2019’s Romance, didn’t live up to its predecessor but nevertheless suggested she wouldn’t be a one-hit wonder.
Khalid’s debut album American Teen was one of 2017’s musical highlights, and its laid-back appeal is perfectly summed up in the video for second single ‘Young Dumb & Broke.’
The clip features the carefree last day of high school (a time from which the 19-year-old Khalid is not far removed), following a wonderfully diverse group of students as they hang out and enjoy the fleeting moments between childhood and adulthood.
In the Hot 100’s #4 spot are the ladies of Fifth Harmony, whose last hit (‘Worth It’) made it to #12 on this list. Their latest effort, ‘Work From Home,’ has been climbing. Could it reach the top spot?
Based on the title, I figured this might be a track about the trend toward telecommuting, particularly popular among Millennials who are interested in work-life balance. But no, it’s about sex.