11 Popular Music Videos And Their Iconic Sunglasses

Sunglasses in a popular music video

Music videos and fashion go hand in hand. A song can often inspire massive fashion trends of the year or even an era. No matter if it’s our favorite summer smash or an easy listening tune, we are all guilty of making other people watch our favorite music videos. Relatable? Every year there’s one or the other music video that ushers in and marks the beginning of a new fashion trend. Sunglasses for men and women are no different. A sunglasses enthusiast will always be the first to notice what his fave artist is wearing in his latest videos. In case you are one, follow how Justin Beiber, Dua Lipa, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars and many of your faves commit to sunglasses styling in their chart-busting videos of the decade.

1 Jennifer Lopez Ft. Pitbull | On The Floor (2011)

Brazil, Morocco, London to Ibiza

Straight to LA, New York, Vegas to Africa

People rocked the floor listening to this sick track that you can’t help but sing along to, even today.The song draws a lot of inspiration from 1981 hit Llorando Se Fue by Kjarkas, and later the worldwide #1 smash hit from 1989 by Kaoma, The Lambada. But our Mr Worldwide’s aviator sunglasses were a hundred percent one in a million.

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Pitbull - Aviator Sunglasses
Psy-nomenon - Black Sunglasses

2 PSY | Gangnam Style (2012)

Can anyone forget Gangnam Style’s iconic horse-riding step? Psy-nomenon Gangnam Style made history by becoming the first video that reached views in the billions on Youtube. In fact, Gangnam Style won the best video award at the MTV Europe Music Awards because of his trendy shades, no kidding! You bet the black sunglasses gave him an iconic look that made people obsess over his unique dance moves, won’t you agree?

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3 Miley Cyrus | We Can’t Stop (2013)

This has been a party anthem for many. I personally know many who’ve looked up to Miley since her days as Hannah Montana. All through these years, young girls have been taking fashion inspiration from Miley, and why not? Look at her glossy cat eye sunglasses that’s been making us sing, “so la-da-di-da-di, we like to party…” at full throttle.

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Miley Cyrus - Cat Eye Sunglasses
Snoop Dogg - Aviators

4 Jason Derulo Ft. Snoop Dogg | Wiggle Wiggle (2014)

You still haven’t erased the Wiggle Wiggle song from your memories yet, have you? The Jason Derula and Snoop Dogg song hit the billboards and even crashed it back in 2014. Your Dj may miss playing this song in the clubs today, but is it possible for all the Snoop Dogg fans to forget the yellow-lined aviator shades that he flaunted in the video? Impossible! I mean, the frame made people so insecure that its screen time was cropped (kiddin’ of course!) Yet it did a fab job in captivating everyone’s attention. Bravo!

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5 Chris Brown, Tyga | Ayo (2015)

Chris Brown and Tyga collaborated on many videos but this one found a permanent spot in our playlist. It received immense radio playtime back in the year, and with good reason, it’s a great song especially while driving. The only decent visuals in this song are the two sunglasses worn by both the artists that complement their avant-garde fashion sense. Flat-topped sunnies of Tyga and clean cool rounders of Chris Brown have only been buzzing in the eyewear fashion world for a year or two. But they were way ahead of their time when it came to carefree fashion sense.

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Bruno Mars from Uptown Funk - Aviator Sunglasses

6 Bruno Mars | Uptown Funk (2016)

“I’m too hot (hot damn), Say my name you know who I am”
Yes, Bruno Mars and the entire crew killed us with their clean dance moves and pairs of sexy sunglasses in every frame of Uptown Funk. It was undoubtedly these peppy pairs of sunglasses that made this video get millions of views in the very first week. If you are looking for sunglasses for men, this video can be your go-to guide. Don’t believe me? Just watch it!

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7 Dua Lipa | New Rules (2017)

She made an anthem for women that became the number one hit-single after its release in July 2017. Every single of Dua Lipa’s is an eclectic melange of fashion, fun and fresh tunes. It is when her die-hard fans religiously followed the New Rules of fashion in this video, our fashion police did a style check. When she breezed in by the pool in a plain black two-piece, accessorized by a yellow tint in this video, we became determined to find a close match to her striking yellow rounders. Good news: we succeeded! Check it out!

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Dua Lipa - Round Sunglasses
DJ Snake - Round Sunglasses

8 DJ Snake | Taki Taki (2018)

DJ Snake’s fame just multiplies with every new single that he drops. Indians connect with DJ Snake on a whole new level because he, of course, loves showing off the nooks and corners and colors of India in his videos. Taki Taki transcended from being chart gold to something much more, just like his recent single Mijenta Riddim. The world always failed to stop listening to DJ Snake hits but can we really blame him? His hairstyle is always on point, his suits look top-notch and his collaborations are spectacular, be it with Selena Gomez, Cardi B or a pair of black oversized round sunglasses.

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9 The Doorbeen ft. Ragini | Lamberghini (2018)

An overnight sensation in India, Lamberghini was one of the top viral songs of 2018 and 2019. What was so special about the song, you ask? First, the tune was a dance-hit and quickly became a background score for many social media snippets and stories. So much so, that the trend of dancing in sunglasses to the tunes of Lamberghini is still not over yet. But did you notice how subtly the lead singer—Onkar Singh’s plain black wayfarers employ a sporty image that totally hits off with his yellow Lamborghini.

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Luis Fonsi- Black aviators

10 Despacito (2019)

The Spanish anthem was such a chart-bursting hit that many people simply went on to YouTube every day to check how fast the views were going up. This Latino-American tune was infectious and you could hear it at every party or neighborhood. The video is hip and swaying but what sweeps us off our feet is the classic, no-fuss black aviators donned by Luis Fonsi that had us dancing on his pacito… pacito tune.

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11 Dj Khaled ft. Drake starring Justin Beiber | Popstar (2020)

Love him or hate him but you just can’t ignore Biebs. Especially when he is barely covering his tattoed cuts with an open bomber jacket and a pair of tiny black sunglasses. When covid took our peace of mind, we were calmed by a special appearance of JB’s wife, Hailey Bieber in this video. Bieber trended through the night on social media as fans soaked up the visuals (and checked out his tiny sunnies that’s been a constant in celebs’ wardrobes this year too).

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Justin Bieber- Round Sunglasses

About Ruchika Srivastava

Ruchika is a content specialist at Lenskart. Four years ago, she lost her way to travel writing. An introvert and a minimalist, she enjoys being in a state of voluntary solitude as she perceives the world through her cat's eyes.