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The New Charli XCX Music Video Features More Man Candy Than We Can Handle

We love it when things do what they say on the tin. For example, Charli XCX’s new music video for “Boys” — which may be the song title, but is the perfect description of the video. Boys. Lots of boys. Fat boys, skinny boys, boys that climb on rocks. (Okay, none of those last ones.)

The video, co-directed by Charli herself and Sarah McColgan, is as adorably charming as the song itself. The lyric features Charli apologizing for not paying attention and missing a party because “I was busy thinkin’ ’bout boys.” We’re pretty sure this is a feeling most of our readers can relate to.

And well, if these are the boys she was busy thinking about — we understand it. The full list is at the bottom of this article, but some of our favorites include Riz Ahmed, Tinie Tempah, Joe Jonas, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Oli Sykes from the metal band Bring Me the Horizon. (That said, we could have done without noted joke thief The Fat Jew.)

One of the things we love most about the video — aside, of course, from the boys — is the fact that many different boy shapes are represented. It’s not just all the standard white muscleman we often see in the media.

But more to the point, we love that the video is fun. There’s a lot of great shots — including the shots with lots of puppies or the flaming flower. This video must have been a blast to make, and it shows. And, hey, you can’t ever go wrong with millennial pink!

It’s also worth noting that this is not Charli XCX’s directorial debut. She also directed a documentary for BBC 3 called The F Word and Me about gender equality. (The “F Word” in question is “feminism,” of course.)

And well, whether or not you enjoy her music — to paraphrase a song she co-wrote — we don’t care. We love it.

All the Charli XCX Boys

Aminé
AG Cook
Barns Courtney
Brendon Urie
Buddy
Cameron Dallas
Carl Barât (The Libertines)
Charlie Puth
Chromeo
Cobra Snake
Connor Franta
Dan Smith (Bastille)
Denzel Curry
Di Casp (YouTuber)
Diplo
DRAM
Fai Khadra
Flume
Frank Carter
Fred Macpherson (Spector)
G Eazy
Jack Antonoff
Jack Guinness
Jay Park
Jay Prince
Joe Jonas
Joey Bada$$
Kaytranada
Khalid
Laurie Vincent (Slaves)
Liam Fray (The Courteeners)
Mac DeMarco
Mark Ronson
Max Hershenow (MS MR)
Mic Lowry
MNEK
Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon)
ONE OK ROCK
Poet
Portugal. The Man
Prince & Jacob
Riz Ahmed & The Swet Shop Boys
Rostam Batmanglij
Sage The Gemini
Shamari Maurice
Shaun Ross
Shokichi
Stormzy
The Fat Jew
The Vamps (Tristan & James)
THEY
Theo Hutchcraft (The Hurts)
Tinie Tempah
Tom Daley
Tom Grennan
Tommy Cash
Ty Dolla $ign
Vance Joy
Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend)
will.i.am
Wiz Khalifa
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