Modern music videos that incorporate dance are rare. Singers bop around in the visuals to their own songs, but rarely do they integrate dance routines— rather, good dance routines. With Sia’s “Chandelier” or pretty much any of Beyonce’s videos as the standard, we’re giving you ten modern music videos with choreography so dope, they deserve a second look.
Sia invited Maddie Ziegler to dance for her once again in a music video released earlier this month. In case you missed it, watch Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf duke it out in a cage in the video for “Elastic Heart.”
“Gold” by Chet Faker
Not only will Chet Faker make you drop your panties, he’ll make you want to roller skate in synchronized fashion down a dark, empty road.
“Marilyn Monroe” by Pharrell Williams
The visuals for “Gust Of Wind” and “Come Get It Bae” incorporate choreography as well, but Pharrell’s “Marilyn Monroe” video comes out on top.
“New Flame” by Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross
Usher and Chris Brown are among the few who can both sing and dance. We can’t say the same for Rick Ross, but we can say that, between Usher and Chris Brown, the choreography in this video is on point.
“tw-ache” by FKA twigs
FKA twigs’ background in dancing often shines through in her music videos. In the video for the remixed version of her song “Ache,” twigs twirls and bends her body in ways that both confuse and intrigue us.
“Busy Earnin'” by Jungle
Neo-funk act Jungle recruited a dance crew to choreograph to “Busy Earnin”” off the band’s self-titled debut album, Jungle.
“I’m Out” by Ciara feat. Nicki Minaj
CiCi is known for her dance moves as well as her voice, and she puts in work in the visuals to her track “I’m Out.” Catch her do the hand jive in the middle of the video.
“Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake and his posse pay tribute to the King of Pop by recreating the videos for “Bad,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” and more.
“Good Kisser” by Usher
Who said Usher was washed? He’s still got moves — always has, always will. More than that, he makes it look easy.
“She Knows” by Ne-Yo
Can anyone else work a pole like the women in Ne-Yo’s video? Don’t answer that.
“Thievery” by Arca
Arca, a producer whose track record includes Kanye West’s Yeezus, put out this video for his song “Thievery” a few months ago. The entire video is a female freestyle twerking.