Can You Name The 25 Most Popular Music Videos Of 2016

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There's no doubt about it; 2016 was a great year in music. New artists swept the industry while our favorite artists released highly anticipated albums. Beyoncé's album Lemonade shocked viewers with its one-hour film that premiered on HBO. Adele's 25, which came out almost five years after her second album, ultimately received the Grammy and dominated throughout 2016 despite being released in late 2015. Other notable artists included Lady Gaga, Rihanna, blink-182, and Bruno Mars.

2016 also saw the sudden rise of artists who were already making music for years, but were pushed into fame through streaming and social media like The Chainsmokers, Halsey, and Twenty One Pilots. Rap and Hip Hop also continued to rise during the year and new artists emerged into the spotlight. For newcomers, 2016 was a big year because of streaming. These new artists became our favorite artists of the year and are still rocking the charts.

Unfortunately in 2016 the industry suffered three huge losses when David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael passed away. Everyone mourned together but still celebrated these artists' work in many ways including countless covers being released. Bowie's last album, Blackstar, was released only two days before his death and was his final gift to the music world.

Despite these losses, 2016 was a great year for the industry. This quiz honors some of the most popular music videos of this year based on number of views and positive reception. Can you match these stills to what music video they appeared in?

 

Question 1

What twenty one pilots music video is this still from?

Twenty one pilots lent their unique music style to Suicide Squad as the lead single for the movie. The band wrote this song specifically for the movie but wanted it to make sense for their own style. Characters from the movie appear throughout the video as the duo perform in the prison which ties everything together. This song smashed the record for the most consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard's Top Rock Songs list and won best rock video at the 2016 MTV video music awards. What twenty one pilots music video is this from?

Question 2

What upbeat party song is this still from?

This catchy song is the first single and title track of this artist's long awaited third album. The artist called it the "invitation to the party" on his Instagram a few days after the release. The groovy beat samples styles from the 70's and 80's while creating a modern day hit. This video ties in lyrics from the song by showing the luxury life of this crew. Once you hear this song, you'll want to throw your hands up in the sky. What upbeat party song is this image from?

Question 3

What Little Mix video is this still from?

This Little Mix song is a post-breakup anthem towards the ex-boyfriends the girls want to forget about. The single was released soon after the breakup of Little Mix's Perrie and One Direction's Zayn which is believed to be a way to put him in his place. The video shows the girls having a sleepover to help Leigh-Anne with getting past her ex-boyfriend who is portrayed by Sean Paul who also raps in the song. What Little Mix video is this still from?

Question 4

What music video is this still from?

This music video was partly filmed in the same house used in the first season of American Horror Story which helps create the smokey-lit look. The video tells a story of an extended love-triangle between the main character, her mother, a boy, and his father. They all love someone they can't have, including the main character loving the father of the boy who loves her. Her mother also loves the father which adds a deeper level of complexity. What music video is this still from?

Question 5

What energetic dance song is this?

This song was created for the movie Trolls which the artist served as the executive music producer for the movie and provided his voice for one of the lead characters. This upbeat funky song was the best-selling song of 2016 and has three million downloads. Throughout the video, people around the town are dancing to the modern disco song. The artist himself is seen dancing around which was mostly improvised, showing his boy-band dance skills. What energetic dance song is this?

Question 6

What chart topping video is the still from?

This music video features the artists dancing in construction gear at a construction site of a house. The video has been praised for tackling gender roles because of the girls wearing the construction gear and the men working are "the objects." This video has over 1.6 billion views and according to YouTube, it was the most viewed music video of 2016. This song also won the Best Collaboration at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. What chart topping video is this still from?

Question 7

Which Ariana Grande music video is this still from?

This music video became Ariana's twelfth Vevo-certified music video when it surpassed 100 million views in less than a month. It now has over one billion views and is one of the top 70 most viewed YouTube videos. This song is Ariana's third single from her Dangerous Woman album and premiered on Guess's website. The music video shows Ariana leading a spin class on a stationary bike, which she also did in her 2016 MTV video music awards performance. Which Ariana Grande music video is this?

Question 8

Which 2016 video meme did this music video inspire

The particular challenge was a viral craze in 2016 which included people doing some really strange things while being filmed. The first few videos of this viral trend used the song Black Beatles in the background, which quickly became associated with the craze. The duo who created Black Beatles wound up doing the meme while on stage. The song was named after their fame and wealth, comparing themselves to the Beatles. Which viral video meme are they responsible for?

Question 9

What artsy music video is this still from?

This video is very adult-oriented and the song is very literal in its lyrics. The video itself is full of interesting visuals and makes it feel like you are in a dream-like state of mind. Besides the adult themes, the song is meant to focus on the fact that there will always be bad times to go along with the great times. This song also spent its first week at number one on the Hot 100. What artsy music video is this still from?

Question 10

Which Sia and Maddie Ziegler collaboration is this still from?

Maddie Ziegler rose to fame by being on the reality television show Dance Moms beginning at only eight years old. Sia contacted Maddie to work with her and be in one of her music videos. It has been stated that Sia was a big fan of the show and Maddie as a dancer. Since the first video collaboration, Maddie has been in five different videos for the Australian signer and they even went on tour together. Which Sia and Maddie collaboration is this still from?

Question 11

What video is this still from?

This video was released early summer of 2016 and shows Rihanna dancing in a giant white box. The video is visually fascinating since each side of the box has images projected on it and there are lasers dancing around her. This song was rumored to have Taylor Swift, under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg, as backing vocals to Rihanna and as a writer of the song. T-Swizzle even performed a strip-downed version of the song at one of her concerts. What video is this still from?

Question 12

What music video is this still from?

This song is an anthem for women to be able to tell a man no, especially in a club setting. The song was written in just a couple hours and is very different from this artist's typical sound. She also stated that the song isn't based off of personal experience, but wanted to get the message out to other women. The music video looks similar to music videos of the 90's and has over 437 million views on YouTube. What music video is this from?

Question 13

What music video is this still from?

This song reached number one on the Hot 100 before this music video was released. The artist was playing Grand Theft Auto V when he thought of the song's theme. He also admitted that the song is about a car--a BMW X6 to be exact. The artist is the main character of this video and features him stealing a car while outrunning the cops. This is because he came up with a movie in his head similar to The Fast and the Furious franchise. What music video is this still from?

Question 14

What hit song is this image from?

This artist free styled most of the verses in this song and only wrote the hook which incorporates Barry White's "Practice What You Preach." The song is about the artist's skills with women which is why there are lines in different languages, hinting that he loves women from anywhere. He does admit that he is a one-woman kind of guy though. DJ Khaled also appears in this music video and signed this artist to his label. What hit song is this image from?

Question 15

What love song is this still from?

This Canadian heartthrob gained fame from uploading covers of songs onto Vine. This song has been compared to "Jessie's Girl" because of the theme of liking a girl who has a boyfriend. The video's story line is about an abusive relationship while the artist wants to be with the girl to save her. The video has a strong message and ends with the number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The video has over 1.1 billion views on YouTube. What love song is this still from?

Question 16

What country song is this still from?

It is rumored that Justin Bieber messed around with the song but never recorded it before it was brought to this country duo. They admit to originally passing on this song. They both believed that it didn't sound like something they would do. A few weeks later, they both realized they had been thinking about the song ever since and they decided to add it to their album. The video was filmed at The Twelve Apostles in Australia and both of the duo's wives appeared in the video. What country love song does this still belong to?

Question 17

What video is this still from?

This video was released the first day of Autumn in 2016 and the day prior this artist tweeting that he comes "alive in the fall time." He also debuted his new hair in this video. This artist has admitted that David Bowie influenced the title of this song, which is also the name of this singer's alter ego. In the video, his alter ego kills his old self which is seen having his old famous hair style. What video is this still from?

Question 18

What music video is this still from?

This artist says that she wrote this song in one day when she felt ignored and abandoned by people. She free styled the entire song that day and kept most of it later on because of the emotion that was in the song. She sent the song to Nicki Minaj who is now featured on the track, making it their second time collaborating together. The video has over 200 million views. on YouTube. What music video is this still from?

Question 19

What video is this still from?

This music video has been called a "psycho thriller." The video shows the artist playing an obsessive fan of a famous actor. The artist breaks into the home of the actor and begins having fantasies. This type of video wasn't typical of this artist. The artist says she wanted two different versions of herself in this video because everyone has those types of moments when they dream about what their life could be like. What video is this still from?

Question 20

What music video is this still from?

This song is about the aftermath of a break-up when both people miss each other. The man in the song isn't able to move on after the last break-up they had. This song features a female and a male artist who take turns singing while explaining how they feel after the break-up. The female artist wrote the song back in high school when she was upset about a boy. The music video has over 289 million views on YouTube. What break-up song is this still from?

Question 21

What music video is this still from?

This song is about this artist finally being over a lover and being able to reach out to them. This artist wrote the outline for the song when she was only thirteen years old. The video consists of multiple superimposed shots of the artist dancing and singing, creating a wildly impressive visual. Its meant to create a ghost-like effect because the artist is giving up of the past and that version of herself from the past. What music video is this still from?

Question 22

What music video is this still from?

This song is about how the artist finds a girl and asks her to stay for a while but isn't looking for a serious relationship. This video is directed by this artist's personal videographer and is compiled of footage of this singer filmed in 2015 and 2016. The video shows footage of the artist on tour, on vacation, and recording his album. The artist says that it is an honest look at his journey of completing his album. What music video is this from?

Question 23

What music video is this still from?

This song is the first single from this artist's second solo album. This song is about coming to terms with his break-up from his ex-girlfriend. The artist said that the song is about when you can't open up and be vulnerable with someone. The artist and the girl featured on the song both are sitting on chairs in a warehouse that are moving involuntarily. This is the first time the female artist collaborated with another artist in a video. What music video is this still from?

Question 24

What love song is this still from?

This music video is set in Cape Town in South Africa and the story line is about a woman constantly meeting the same man almost everywhere she goes. The artist of the song said that he wanted this song to be timeless and not just another dance floor song. This song even has a Japanese version sung by a South Korean girl group. This music video has over 296 million views on YouTube. What love song is this still from?

Question 25

What Beyoncé video is this still from?

This music video is from Beyoncé's Lemonade album and features a cameo from the tennis player pro Serena Williams. She was asked to be in the video because it was about strength, which is what the director knew her as. This video has over 221 million views on YouTube and was the first video to be released from Lemonade as a stand alone video.This song debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number eleven. What Beyoncé video is this still from?

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