Really, though. The British singer is starting 2021 off correctly — with a brand-new music video for his song “Treat People With Kindness.” The track, which is from his most recent album Fine Line, has been a favorite of fans’ since its debut in December 2019. The upbeat track that quite literally begs listeners to treat people with kindness oozes personality and fun, making it the perfect way to not only jump-start Styles’s 2021 but to bring some positivity to the world.
The black-and-white video, which was shot in early 2020, features Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Styles’s dance partner — and if you know anything about Styles, it’s that dance hasn’t always been part of his repertoire. In fact, back in his One Direction days, he and the rest of the group actively did not dance. Though their shows were choreographed, it was never about actual dance moves.
Styles is changing his tune as a solo star, bringing back the group’s choreographer, Paul Roberts, to choreograph this video with some real dancing — even jazz hands! Styles is light on his feet as he twirls around in this video, directed by his longtime friends Ben Turner and Gabe Turner, in retro fashion, as his been his go-to lately. The video feels like an Old Hollywood throwback with all its glitz and glam, and we are so here for it.
“Treat People With Kindness” has been Styles’s message ever since launching his solo career in 2017, and the song of the same name was a welcome surprise on Fine Line. Lyrics like “Giving second chances / I don’t need all the answers / Feeling good in my skin / I just keep on dancin'” have become anthemic for listeners who are looking for light in their lives and turn to Styles to bring it. The charming singer seems happy to be a beacon of positivity for his fans, and this song and accompanying video are exactly what we need to hopefully have a better, stronger, happier, and more joyful 2021.