Ranking Derek Hough’s Best Music Videos
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Derek Hough is widely recognized for his stunning dances and captivating presence on stage. However, he has also expanded his artistic endeavors by creating a series of music videos that showcase his creativity, beyond just dancing. Let’s explore his impressive music videos and rank them based on their visuals and artistic evolution, while celebrating his boundless creativity.
Derek Hough’s Best Music Videos
7. Home For The Holidays
In the whimsical and lighthearted music video titled Home For The Holidays, Hough ventures into a world of humor and charm. Set against the backdrop of the holiday season, Hough’s rendition of “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional becomes the soundtrack to a delightful tale of unexpected twists.
The video follows Hough as he returns home to his wife, played by Megan Batoon, only to find his affections captured by none other than his furry friend. As Hough’s endearing vocals fill the air, he showers love and attention to his dog, all while inadvertently leaving his wife in the background.
6. Ashes of Eden
Hough showed his gutsy side in the music video for “Ashes of Eden.” After a tough year when he had surgery on his voice, the video was a way for him to bounce back. The video is in black and white and has him singing and dancing to a song originally by Breaking Benjamin.
Hough shared that this song gave him a push to sing again after the surgery, and it seems like he’s truly back on track. He didn’t do all the dancing this time, leaving it to the pros, but he sure sang his heart out.
5. A Star Is Born Medley
Hough’s “A Star Is Born” Medley combines the moving tunes of “Shallow” and “I’ll Never Love Again” from the 2018 film. Released on YouTube in January 2019, Hough’s rendition begins softly with “Shallow,” backed by a piano and strings. His graceful moves and passionate vocals build to a powerful climax. Transitioning to “I’ll Never Love Again,” Hough’s vulnerability shines through as his voice carries deep emotion. The medley closes with Hough under falling rain, a poignant nod to the film’s narrative.
4. Breathe You
In his heartfelt creation, “Breathe You,” Hough showcases his songwriting and choreographic talents. Released on YouTube in 2017, this original piece carries a profound message about love’s rejuvenating power. The song’s lyrics express the sensation of discovering someone who rekindles the ability to breathe freely.
Set against a gentle piano melody, Hough’s vocals take center stage, bringing to life the emotions within the lyrics. The accompanying music video pairs Hough with dancer Chantel Aguirre.
3. “Natural” with Daniella Karagach
Hough and Daniella Karagach light up the screen in their captivating rendition of Imagine Dragons’ hit song “Natural.” Hough and Karagach’s choreography mirrors the intensity of the music. Both their synchronized movements and seamless partnership create an exhilarating visual experience that perfectly complements the song’s vigor.
2. Hold On
Hough’s music video for “Hold On” stands as a heartfelt endeavor with a powerful message. Released in November 2017, this poignant creation partnered with the Movember Foundation to shed light on the critical issue of suicide prevention.
Set against the backdrop of the song’s emotive lyrics, the video then unfolds as a narrative of hope and solidarity. The dance features Hough alongside Kayla Ewell, a touching collaboration as they each have experienced the impact of suicide.
1. Kairos Ft. Lindsey Stirling
Hough takes center stage, while both drenched and dynamic, in the electrifying music video for “Kairos,” a collaboration with acclaimed violinist Lindsey Stirling. Released to the world in a downpour of creativity, this video certainly showcases Hough’s multifaceted talents.
Dancing with unbridled passion and playing the drums with precision, Hough merges music and movement in a spectacular display. The rain-soaked visuals also add a mesmerizing dimension to the performance, highlighting Hough’s fluidity as he moves with the rhythm of the music. The chemistry between Hough and Stirling creates an explosive synergy that then permeates the video, resonating with their combined artistry.