Demi Lovato’s Best Music Videos
Demi Lovato is one of the more versatile pop artists of her era. From pop-rock to dance-pop, from disco to soul music, there doesn’t seem to be a mainstream genre that she hasn’t dipped her toe in. This fits with her videos, which vary widely in both subject matter and style. We’re confident that these are Demi Lovato’s best music videos.
‘Cool for the Summer’
In the video for one of her most iconic tracks, “Cool for the Summer,” Demi borrowed the aesthetic from Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, a movie that featured her fellow Disney Channel star, Selena Gomez. The neon color scheme and scandalous party vibe of the “Cool for the Summer” video make it feel like Spring Breakers put through an MTV-friendly filter.
While Spring Breakers was a bit of a dark and dirty movie, the “Cool for the Summer” clip finds Demi Lovato embracing pop star glamour, wearing corsets and bikinis that make her look like a fashion goddess. There are hundreds, if not thousands of pop videos that portray partying, but Demi created the college party to end all college parties. Between the clip’s innovative lighting and editing, Demi’s confident strutting, and an epic, risque pillow fight, this is one summer evening you won’t want to forget.
Fall Out Boy made a song with Demi Lovato. Nothing about that makes sense, save for the fact that Demi Lovato and Fall Out Boy were both very popular at the time. Not only is the idea of a Fall Out Boy / Demi Lovato collaboration kind of crazy, the song itself is kind of crazy – even by Fall Out Boy standards. Demi speaks in French for no reason, the song is one of the few pop songs from the 2010s to be driven by horns, and Demi also compares her lover to secondhand smoke.
Given how strange this song is, Demi and Fall Out Boy were obligated to create a crazy video to go along with it; the clip is definitely the weirdest of Demi Lovato’s music videos. The clip features some of the former members of NSYNC and has a story where Demi is a factory worker who creates Fall Out Boy dolls that come to life. The clip was designed as a sequel to NSYNC’s video for their song “It’s Gonna Be Me,” which was also directed by Wayne Isham. It’s not clear if many Demi fans or Fall Out Boy fans got the reference, but this sort of out-of-the-box thinking is exactly why people love Fall Out Boy.
Ever since she stopped working for Disney, Demi has embraced her tough side. There’s no better example of that than the video for “Confident.” In the video (which feels a bit like a less clunky version of Suicide Squad), Demi is a hardened criminal who is recruited by law enforcement to do their bidding. After she finishes her assignment, she tries to break out of jail and realizes that her jailer (played by Michelle Rodriguez) has forged a similar deal with the law. The two women then decide to team up and fight their common enemy.
The clip has a cheeky action movie atmosphere and an interesting metaphorical message about women empowering each other. Even in the short clip, Demi and Michelle Rodriguez play off of each other well. One wishes that they could star in an action comedy together.