9 of the greatest ensemble music videos
It’s no secret that celebrities have crazy schedules. They often have to travel for work, wake up early for on-call hours, and juggle numerous projects simultaneously. These schedules are often so crazy that they threaten their personal relationships. Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s relationship ended because they struggled to balance their relationship with their work schedules.
Some celebrities’ schedules are so crazy that entire projects have to be put on hold to wait for them to be free. The highly anticipated third season of HBO Euphoria may not be released until 2024 because zendaya is fair this reserved and busy. However, some artists have managed to find times when some of the most in-demand celebrities are free to star in an elaborate music video. Keep reading to revisit some of the greatest ensemble music videos of the past few decades.
9/9 Bad Blood – Taylor Swift
In 2015, Taylor Swift managed to bring together some of Hollywood’s biggest names for her “Bad Blood” music video. “Bad Blood” stars Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, Hayley Williams, Karlie Kloss, Jessica Alba, Ellen Pompeo, Mariska Hargitay and Cindy Crawford (and that’s not even a complete list!). The video also features Kendrick Lamar, who was the featured artist for the video version of the song.
8/9 Freedom! ’90 – George Michael
George Michael’s music video for “Freedom! ’90” featured some of the most iconic models to date. Models Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz all lip-synced to what has become one of George Michael’s most recognizable songs. Speaking of the music video’s lasting impact, Cindy Crawford said, “[The video] coincided with the model’s “birth” and brought music and fashion together in an exciting way.”
7/9 Nice for what – Drake
Drake decided to do his Clip “Nice For What” all about powerful women in entertainment. The video opens with actress and director Olivia Wilde, then shows a shot of ballerina Misty Copeland. The video also stars Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi, Jourdan Dunn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Zoe Saldaña, Rashida Jones, Emma Roberts, Syd, Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta, and Michlle Rodriguez.
6/9 I’m upset – Drake (again)
Drake was on a roll in 2018. Longtime Drake fans know he started his career as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: the next generation. Drake, aka Aubrey Graham, shocked Degrassi fans when he staged a Degrassi reunion for his video “I’m Upset”. The video features many cast from the beloved series, including Nina Dobrev, Shane Kippel, Jake Epstein, Christina Schmidt, Andrea Lewis, Melissa McIntyre, Sarah Barrable-Tishauer, Jake Goldsbie, Miriam McDonald, Lauren Collins and Cassie Steele.
5/9 Girls Like You – Maroon 5 (Feat. Cardi B)
Maroon 5 also decided to honor powerful women in their video for “Girls Like You.” Gal Gadot, Millie Bobby Brown, Ashley Graham, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Rep. Ilhan Omar and more starred in this video. Adam Levine even offered a helping hand to retired gymnast Aly Raisman, who revealed that she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar. At the end of the video, Adam hugged his wife Behati, who joined him with their baby.
4/9 Thanks, Next – Ariana Grande
Ariana’s “thank u, next” video not only pays homage to some of the biggest films of the early 2000s, but it also features some of Ariana’s super famous friends. Colleen Ballinger, Troye Sivan, Kris Jenner and Victoria Monét all starred in the video. legally blonde Jennifer Coolidge and Mean girls’ Jonathan Bennett and Stefanie Drummond have all referenced their previous roles. Finally, Ariana’s old Victorious co-stars Elizabeth Gillies, Daniella Monet and Matt Bennett also joined her for the video.
3/9 Boys – Charli XCX
Over the years, Charli XCX has released several hit songs, and her song “Boys” was no different. Not only is the song super catchy, but the music video also features some of the most famous men in the entertainment industry. Joe Jonas, Charlie Puth, Cameron Dallas, Sage the Gemini, Mark Ronson, G-Eazy, Aminé, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, wiil.i.am, Khalid and more are featured in this fun video song .
2/9 MILF$- Fergie
Continuing the theme of female empowerment, Fergie’s video for “MILF$” celebrates some of Hollywood’s most famous moms, aka “Moms I’d Like to Follow.” Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Devon Aoki, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ciara, Gemma Ward and a few other model moms all starred in the video. In the video, the moms strut around “MILF Ville” and give the famous “Got Milk?” ads.
1/9 WAP – Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion
In August 2020, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s video for “WAP” solidified the song’s status as a hit. The video featured Kylie Jenner, Normani, Rosalía, Rubi Rose, Mulatto, and Sukihana. Much like Fergie’s “MILF$,” the lyrics and video for “WAP” empowered women to take back control of their sexuality.