Ah, December. The year is coming to an end and frankly speaking, we’re not sure if we’re ready to welcome 2017 just yet because we spent too much time watching videos on YouTube to be doing anything productive.

Love it or hate it, the music industry saw some pretty interesting music videos this year. From Japanese comedian Pikotaro’s “PPAP” (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) to Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (Seeb Remix), 2016 has been one heck of a musical ride. So before we bid the year adieu, here are YouTube Malaysia’s top 10 trending music videos of 2016:

1. Aiman Tino – “Ku Rela Dibenci”

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Born in Kuala Kubu Bahru, 18-year-old Aiman Tino (real name Mohammad Aiman bin Yusri) made his debut this year with his debut single, “Ku Rela Dibenci”. Written and composed by his parents, the emotional track expresses the pain of a man who was cheated on by his lover. The music video went viral on social video and at time of writing, it has received more than 25 million views.

2. Projector Band – “Sudah Ku Tahu” 

If you loved rock jiwang, Projector Band’s “Sudah Ku Tahu” is the song for you. Formed in 2013, the band consists of 5 members – Iskandar Zulkarnain Shafin (vocalist), Razif Zainuddin (guitarist), Ahmad Khusairi Saferi (bassist), Safiq Zainuddin (drummer), and Isnaidi Eidham Razali (guitarist). Inspired by Razif’s previous relationship, “Sudah Ku Tahu” is a song about a man leaving his girlfriend who cheated on him. Sounds familiar?

3. The Chainsmokers – “Closer” ft. Halsey (Lyric video)

This song needs no introduction. Produced by The Chainsmokers, “Closer” is the American DJ duo and Halsey’s first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is also featured in the group’s latest EP (extended play), titled “Collage”, alongside other hit singles such as “All We Know”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, and “Setting Fires”.

4. Gamma1 – “Jomblo Happy”

Gamma1 is an Indonesian band that consists of members Ana (drummer), Alung (guitarist), Pandi (bassist), Nilam (vocalist), Heri (vocalist), and Panji (keyboardist). Their song, “Jomblo Happy”, literally means a happy single (person) and it is a light-hearted song about well, being single.

5. DNCE – “Toothbrush”

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Starring DNCE’s frontman Joe Jonas and Ashley Graham, the steamy music video for “Toothbrush” shows a couple having pillow fights, going on night outs, and tangled up in the sheets. The highly addictive song is about that stage of the relationship where you start leaving your toothbrush in the other person’s house. Aww <3

6. JESSICA (제시카) – “FLY” (Feat. Fabolous) 

It’s easy to see why Malaysians love former Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung’s debut track, “Fly”. Featuring American rapper Fabolous, “Fly” is a fun song about encouragement and never giving up. The music video is also full of colours and it features some of Los Angeles’ beautiful sights.

7. BTS (방탄소년단) – “Save Me”

The boys of BTS have been receiving a lot of love this year so it’s no wonder their music video for “Save Me” made it to the Top 10. The song is the 3rd music video released for their special album “Young Forever” and it shows BTS dancing to the song in an empty piece of land, making it different from their past videos which usually has melancholic themes.

8. Galantis – “No Money”

Galantis’ “No Money” is one of this year’s most popular EDM track and it is the Swedish duo’s first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video starts off with a young girl stitching a picture of the the group’s Seafox in a jacket while humming to the song. She paints her face like an animal and competes with another girl in dancing.

9. Jennifer Lopez – “Ain’t Your Mama”

Jennifer Loper is “Ain’t Your Mama”. Written by Meghan Trainor, Theron Thomas, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Gamal “Lunchmoney” Lewis, Henry “Cirkut” Walter and Dr. Luke, the pop song is influenced by Latin tunes and reggae beats. It is an anthem for female empowerment and it includes lyrics like “I ain’t gonna be cooking all day, I ain’t your mama”. The video ends with a flashmob-like dance sequence, with J.Lo taking the lead.

10. Maroon 5 – “Don’t Wanna Know”

Featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” puts a light-hearted spin on drinking in order to dull the pain of losing a former flame’s love and having to deal with the jealousy that follows. The music video shows the members of the band dressed in cute costumes, much to the delight of fans.

Which is your favourite music video? Let us know in the comments box below 🙂

Featured image: iTunes/ The Chainsmokers/ Coridel Entertainment

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Estee Ang
Love new experiences and the colour purple. Did I also mention that I am obsessed with K-pop as much as I am with food?