Top 10 Kacey Musgraves music videos

Kacey Musgraves made a name for himself in the music world by leaning into his own style and casting criticism aside. The genre artist isn’t afraid to tackle hard-hitting topics, nor is she shy about letting fans into her personal life.

Part of what further separates Musgraves from the crowd are his meticulously crafted music videos. His library of shorts not only serves as a creative outlet, but often offers commentary on stereotypes and societal norms (“High Horse”) or serves as an intimate window into his personal life (“Space Cowboy”). While the Texas native’s video budget has clearly grown along with her career trajectory, Musgraves has worked hard to maintain that meticulous attention to detail.

How do your favorite Musgraves videos compare to our picks? Scroll down below and let us know what we missed!

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    “Blowing Smoke”

    In “Blowin’ Smoke,” Musgraves shows she knows what it’s like to work for pay and try to make ends meet. The video features the now country music star serving plates as a waitress at a local restaurant. Throughout the video, Musgraves and his colleagues take care of a bit of everything, from lunch rushes to dinner parties and dashers. Towards the end, we see her leading the restaurant team from the back and throwing guest checks into the wind – but this act of defiance doesn’t last.

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    “What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?”

    In “What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?” Musgraves leans into the classic style with vintage-inspired set design, including a giant crescent moon. As the oversized clock behind her ticks closer and closer to midnight, we see the singer perched atop the aforementioned shimmering crescent moon swaying through the air. Soon, the hour and minute hands overlap, and the country singer is covered in confetti as others join her on stage.

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    Musgraves’ “Merry Go’ Round” is a more low-key video that features vintage clips of young families navigating the lives of decades past. The clips show renderings of buildings that would become suburban strongholds, women flaunting their beauty for the camera, theme parks of yesteryear and children playing schoolyard games. Musgraves is also featured throughout the video, appearing in a recording studio, doing makeup and hanging out with a furry friend.

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    “Are you sure?”

    Although it’s one of his lesser known songs, we couldn’t leave this Musgraves video with Willie Nelson off the list! The simple yet warm and engaging clip opens with Musgraves sitting in a desolate bar. Moments later, the camera pans to show Nelson potbellied at the same bar. After sipping on something strong, the two casually moved to a stage in the corner of the establishment to exchange verses and return a pair of punches.

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    “Follow Your Arrow”

    If you’re looking for “classic Kacey Musgraves camp,” look no further than her video for “Follow Your Arrow.” Things literally start as she walks into frame and pulls out an arrow lodged in a dirt road. As the video progresses, we see Musgraves and his well-dressed group exploring the desert and a surrounding town. Arrow imagery is thick throughout the upbeat track that preaches to forge your own path regardless of what others may think. Much like with her “Cookies” video, the fashion choices featured throughout — especially the dance number — are utterly kitsch.

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    “Space Cowboy”

    Musgraves artfully examines a difficult relationship in “Space Cowboy.” For this emotionally charged music video, Musgraves walks through a dimly lit house before sitting down at a candlelit table. Shortly after, her fictional partner shows up and the two argue. Instead of chasing after his former love, Musgraves chooses to sit back and let him walk away. Always committed to symbolism, she closes the video with a warm and engaging shot of a butterfly regaining its strength and flying away.

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    “The Simple Times”

    Musgraves delivered a thing of millennial dreams with the music video for “Simple Times.” Things start out pretty well as Musgraves strolls through a stereotypical mall with his friends. Things get grim when the group decides to change into all-white ensembles and descend into a bridal shop. With medieval-looking weapons in hand, the ladies went on a rampage, attacking every dress in sight. As a bride-to-be and her family take shelter, the ladies confidently destroy anything they can get their hands on. As quickly as they arrived, the well-dressed women finally leave – but not before taking some loot.

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    ‘Breadwinner’ makes it onto Musgraves’ Best Videos list because it serves as a window into the singer’s life as she worked and promoted her 2021 album, damn. In this “very unofficial video”, Musgraves kicks things off by asking the person behind the camera to start rolling. Viewers see clips filmed on set for other videos, including “Simple Times”, “Camera Roll” and more. The video is a different take on other Musgraves releases which often feature complex storylines and characters.

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    “High Horse”

    “High Horse” served as a gateway drug for many new Musgraves fans, in part because of the stellar music video. Always one to push back at things that don’t seem right, Musgraves stars as a secretary dealing with not-so-great bosses in the 1970s. The attention to detail in the just over four-minute video is second to none, as is Musgraves’ reaction to being punched by one of her sleazy bosses. Shots of Musgraves in the stuffy office are complemented by high-energy clips like a karaoke scene with all of his ladies. She ends the video by literally taking the high road she sings about atop a white horse.

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    Musgraves’ love of acting drives his sets, artwork, and fashion choices — and that passion is on full display in his music video for “Biscuits.” Throughout the clip, we see Musgraves playing the role of a few different characters, including a mustachioed farmer, a butter-churning maven, and a downright dancing beauty. Not one to let the action die out, Musgraves includes a chant near the end of the video, complete with a bouncing cookie as a word marker. The eclectic clip has a lot going for it, but all of the elements — even the purple violin-playing puppet — blend seamlessly to create a world the country singer imagined.

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