Throughout 2022, our favorite artists were consistently giving us amazing new music and visuals that are still living in our heads rent-free! So with the year winding to a close, we at The Honey POP wanted to give a shoutout to some of our favorite visuals from the past 12 months. Without further ado, here are THP’s favorite music videos of 2022!
BLACKPINK – ‘Pink Venom’
We were already stoked for BLACKPINK’s comeback with the pre-release single ‘Pink Venom’ this summer, but we got even more excited when rumors started swirling that the music video would get the biggest budget of any YG Entertainment video. And as soon as we saw that hypnotic opening shot of Jisoo playing a geomungo in a luxurious cage, we knew we were in for a treat. Later shots of Jennie strutting in front of a monster truck, Lisa jamming out in a pyramid, and Rosé shredding a guitar by a gorgeous stained glass window kept our jaws dropping! And that ending shot of the girls dancing in a pool of water, like the ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’ performance from THE SHOW? Chef’s kiss. This video went “straight to [our] dome” and will stay there for the foreseeable future. – Madison Murray
BTS – ‘Yet To Come’
‘Yet To Come’ means so much to ARMYs for many different reasons. Not only is it one of the newest tracks from the incredible BTS anthology, but the music video gathers many props and references to all the group’s previous eras, connecting with elder and baby ARMYs alike and making us emotional with the throwbacks. It’s living proof that BTS keeps evolving and growing while holding our hands and telling us that the best is yet to come. Our favorite thing to do while watching this video is to identify all the different details! – María Solano
Charlie Puth & Jungkook – ‘Left & Right’
A pop bop obviously needed a banger music video, and it did not disappoint! Charlie & Jungkook did a fantastic job of creating a great video that we have to watch on repeat! The colors are absolutely gorgeous, and the song’s storyline of constantly having someone in your mind is truly reflected here. We love this collaboration, and we’re so glad the visuals are fun and entertaining, just like the song! ‘Left & Right’ is truly one of our favorite videos of the year! It’s so addicting and so fresh! – María Solano
Dove Cameron – ‘Boyfriend’
After blowing up on TikTok, fans were excited for Dove Cameron to drop the sultry and dreamy tune so they could enjoy it in full. Then anticipation for the ‘Boyfriend’ music video began to build and Dove delivered. In a tale just as beautiful and delightfully dark as the single, we’re gifted with incredible visuals and steamy romance. Taking us through a night out, she lays eyes on a beauty across the club and quickly puts on the charm. And trust us, we understand. Dove was absolutely serving eyes and looks. It’d be impossible to resist!
Throughout the night, the two galavant through the town illuminated in a grungy blue/green hue that ultimately sets the mood. Dove’s amazing chemistry with her co-star sells the video as a whole and gives it that flare to set it over the edge. It was off the charts! ‘Boyfriend’ is the entire package. Is it any wonder we’re obsessed? – Jordan Mallory
Five Seconds Of Summer – ‘Me Myself & I’
We don’t really have to say this, but we will, because 5SOS deserves all the recognition: They’re the kings of music videos! And this was yet again proven by the ‘Me Myself & I’ video in May. We loved how each member was spotlighted by being shown alone with their instrument, and the special effects were so cool. The boys’ outfits changing in a flash was such a cool way to express the meaning of ‘Me Myself & I’ and once again, 5SOS has literally never missed with a music video! – Taylor Alexis Heady
FLETCHER – ‘Becky’s So Hot’
It was only fair that the song that broke the internet did the same with the music video! Fletcher is known for her iconic music videos (‘Bitter,’ we’re looking at you!) and therefore, fans expected nothing less with the video for name-dropper ‘Becky’s So Hot.’ This music video, which co-starred Bella Thorne, became a highlight among a string of other amazing highlights in 2022 for the singer-songwriter. From sold out tours, to her debut album, to re-releasing her old EPs with new remixes and the fan-fave, much-requested ‘F*** You For Ruining New York City For Me,’ 2022 pretty much belongs to Fletcher and ‘Becky’s So Hot’ must be mentioned! – Taylor Alexis Heady
Halsey – ‘So Good’
Halsey’s hair has been violet, pink, and even a fluorescent rainbow, but perhaps the most prominent color in their self-reflection is blue. Going back to their Badlands era when ‘Colors’ was fleshed out, it’s so poignant to who Halsey was back then and the unhealed wounds she had to work through to get herself to where she is now. So it’s no wonder that it played a massive role in the music video for ‘So Good,’ a song that tells the story of the time apart from their now-boyfriend Alev Aydin (who’s also the director), knowing that they’d be wonderful together despite their current circumstances. The thing about those circumstances, though, is that they’re ever-changing, and Halsey does a splendid job of showcasing that by flicking between their younger and older self.
Playing with meta, she draws us into another music video set, where actress Sora Connor portrays their younger self. It also features Charlie Oldman as Alev’s younger self, and model Tatiana de Campos Ringsby as the girl he was with before his path led right back to Halsey. Tatiana is in a stunning scene in the music video with Alev. She’s whooshed off the couch, replaced with a cam recorder that visually shows real-life memories between him and Halsey all through the raw lyric, “When you left, I bet you held her body closer, and I was hopin’ you would tell her it was over.” While she was thinking about him when they weren’t together, he was doing the same no matter what it looked like. Someone’s ghost can be so haunting that the universe will push you back together, even if it takes a minute. – Rachel Finucane
Harry Styles – ‘Music For A Sushi Restaurant’
Released by Harry Styles in November, ‘Music For a Sushi Restaurant’ is easily one of the most memorable and unique music videos that we have seen this year! The video shows Harry as a merman-like creature that is captured by fishermen, using his impressive vocal and singing capabilities to dissuade them from eating him, at least for a while…. Honestly, we’re starting to think that Harry just really likes fish, as he also showcased a very fish-centric narrative in the ‘Adore You’ music video. However, the fish from that video met a much better fate than fish-Harry, eventually being served and eaten in the restaurant.
We seriously weren’t expecting this kind of video from Harry, but it perfectly captures the fun and lighthearted nature of the song. This music video is certainly not one we’re going to forget any time soon and we can confidently say that we will never be visiting Gill’s Lounge. Rest in peace, fish-Harry! – Trinity Zammit
Måneskin – ‘Supermodel’
You don’t have to be a Eurovision fan to have heard about the Italian rock band Måneskin. After winning the song contest in 2021, they were propelled to worldwide recognition and ‘Supermodel’ was their first single of 2022. The song itself is the epitome of modernized glam rock, with the music video taking a more eerie tone that truly fits Måneskin’s overall aesthetic. It kicks off with a shot of a burning car and an unnamed blonde crawling across asphalt for a purse, before she is waking up in a bathtub in the aftermath of what appeared to be a raging house party. In the house, she finds the purse from the opening scene, but is caught by the band’s bassist Victoria De Angelis.
The camera then travels to lead singer Damiano David waking up in a corner and then reuniting with the rest of the band – first drummer Ethan Torchio and then guitarist Thomas Raggi. The group reconvenes with Victoria and then goes looking for the blonde. She leads them to a party with everyone wearing masks that seem to belong at the Carnival of Venice, which is a fun nod to their Italian roots! The band catches up to the girl and gets in a struggle trying to get the purse from her, which she eventually keeps, and then the music video ends with her getting in a car crash and crawling towards the red purse. The music video is gritty, and interesting and tells its story so well that it feels like you’re watching a short film, not a 3-minute song’s music video. – Christa
Meghan Trainor – ‘Made You Look’
Whether you’re wearing Gucci, Versace, or another non-designer brand that us peasants can afford more easily, there’s a decent chance you’ve been drawn to look at Meghan Trainor’s latest mega-hit, ‘Made You Look!’ Thanks to its viral success on TikTok and its ridiculously catchy hook, this song has been absolutely everywhere in 2022 and the music video deserves the same rampant acclaim. ‘Made You Look’ is Meghan at her brightest and most fun, playing a movie star with some cameos from the likes of Jojo Siwa, Scott Hoying of Pentatonix, and even her husband, Daryl Sabara. We can’t wait to look on as both ‘Made You Look’ and Meghan Trainor get even more attention! – Madison Murray
NMIXX – ‘DICE’
The tears we now shed when we hear “NMIXX, change up” aside, ‘DICE’ always gets us thinking outside of the box and jamming out around our rooms pretending we can do that spin move from the dance break. NMIXX really brought their concept to the next level with this effervescent video, taking us right to the middle of their imaginative MIXXTOPIA with bright colors, Alice In Wonderland-esque sets, and… a bunch of cats? We’re still theorizing what that last one means, but we’ll just use it as an excuse to keep rewatching. Every moment of ‘DICE’ is as eye-catching as a kaleidoscope, and we’ll happily be sucked into NMIXX’s “infinite universes” anytime. – Madison Murray
Post Malone & Doja Cat – ‘I Like You (A Happier Song)’
A song as cheerful and airy as ‘I Like You’ deserves an equally sunny music video, and that’s exactly what Post and Doja gave us! “Come join me in the wonderful world of love,” a woman beckons in the beginning of the clip, and we’re instantly transported to a colorful meadow and tiny house where Post is painting. Doja appears as his muse, wearing an ethereal floral look that we haven’t stopped thinking about, and they wind up becoming the cutest pair of best friends of all time. Doja hands Post some flowers, Post gives Doja a piggyback ride, and they make us jealous that we didn’t get invited the whole time. ‘I Like You’ celebrates all stages, forms, and looks of love in a technicolor dreamland that’s guaranteed to boost your mood with every single rewatch! – Madison Murray
Taylor Swift – ‘Bejeweled’
Taylor Swift blessed our ears with ‘Bejeweled’ in late October with the release of her flawless Midnights album, and it’s since seen viral success on TikTok as well as the spotlight as the record’s second single. Loosely following the Cinderella narrative, the ‘Bejeweled’ music video invites us into a fantastical world that, like the song’s title, is dripping with jewels and grandeur.
Featuring Laura Dern and the Haim sisters, the ‘Bejeweled’ video shows Taylor playing the role of “house wench,” being forced into servitude by her evil stepmother and step-sisters. Throughout the video, we see Taylor transform from the house wench into a dazzling royal, eventually winning over the Queen and ghosting the Prince so that she could keep their castle for herself. House wench Taylor is the definition of a girl boss and we get more obsessed with every re-watch. This is such a fun music video and it is the perfect companion to the masterpiece that is ‘Bejeweled!’ – Trinity Zammit
Wow, what a year for music! What were your favorite music videos this year? Did your faves make our list? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And for more recaps of the 2022 music scene, click here.