The concept of a lyric video is simple. Artists come out with an official audio track with lyrics before the release of their actual video. But what’s the point, you ask? We have no idea. Fortunately for the artists, their creative teams have wised up and started making lyric videos that are wildly creative and entertaining to distract from the fact that they’re pointless. Here are 15 brilliant lyric videos that will exceed your expectations.
Find out what Katy Perry did for her 30th birthday before singing along to “Birthday” below.
“Birthday” by Katy Perry
Katy Perry throws a super sweet birthday extravaganza with lyrics written in frosting and decorated with sprinkles.
“One Foot” by FUN.
FUN. takes one foot literally in front of the other to follow a spiraling trail of lyrics.
“Mmm Yeah” by Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull
Austin Mahone rocks out in a huge fro and platform heels. This is one of the few cases in which the lyric video is way better than the real one.
“Don’t Stop” by 5 Seconds of Summer
Watch 5SOS fight crime as comic book super heroes.
“Really Don’t Care” by Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato surprised these lovely Lovatics in Brazil during her “Really Don’t Care” shoot and the fan reactions are priceless.
“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
Follow Justin Timberlake on an afternoon drive before he prepares to take the stage.
“I’m Out” by Ciara featuring Nicki Minaj
It wouldn’t be a Ciara and Nicki Minaj lyric video without obnoxious pink font, wads of cash and big butts.
“We Are Never Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
If Taylor Swift’s diary decided to come to life, this is exactly what it would look like.
“Problem” by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
In case you haven’t memorized the words to “Problem” already, here are the lyrics sprawled across Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s face.
“Money On My Mind” by Sam Smith
This lyric video really gets its message across. Watching a whole bunch of numbers spazz on a screen reminds viewers how important it is to pursue what you love or else everything can feel chaotic and meaningless.
“Picasso Baby” by Jay Z
This “Picasso Baby” lyric video is a true work of art.
“Payphone” by Maroon 5
Maroon 5 takes on a Dragon Ball Z-esque comic strip that’s kind of confusing but strangely captivating. We can’t stop watching it but we don’t know what’s going on.
“Shot Me Down” by David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey
This intense Roy Lichtenstein inspired animated video is just as dramatic as the lyrics.
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii
These scenic views are the perfect backdrops for this song.
“FUCK YOU” by Cee Lo Green
This lyric video is genius. There’s no need for anything fancy, just “FUCK YOU” in big bold letters.
[Photo credit: Capitol Records, Fueled by Ramen, Big Machine Records, Chase/Cash Money Records]