1. Sia - “Chandelier”
Director: Sia and David Askill
How is it possible for a human being so young and so small to have already mastered the art of self-expression at this level? The star of Sia’s “Chandelier” is Maddie Ziegler, an 11-year-old dance prodigy featured on the show Dance Moms. Maddie told us that it all came about on Twitter. Sia reached out to see if Maddie wanted to be involved, Maddie said yes, and they flew her out to Los Angeles to shoot.
Maddie didn’t know what to expect. She thought she’d just be in the video for a small portion and was “freaked out” when she realized that it would be just her, alone in the video. “The first day I met Sia she came up and gave me a really big hug,” Maddie told us, “and then when I showed her the routine, she cried.”
In the video, the pint-sized dancer takes on a monstrous energy, moving like a feral child and incorporating so much more than technical dance skills. It’s the best kind of music video—the kind that is stunning the first time you watch it, and the second, and the third, and the hundredth.—Jacob Moore