Oh, Great, Meghan Trainor Made Her New ‘Better’ Music Video About the Saddest Thing in the World

Much like the strict mathematical calculations used to manufacture successful pop music, Meghan Trainor has struck upon a precise mathematical formula in her new “Better” video to evoke the strongest sad feeling possible: picking up your alcoholic grandpa from jail again + a trembling elderly hand attempting to light a candle + a cycle of addiction and arrest + a picture of toddler = despair. While Trainor’s song is clearly about a lover, the references to deserving “better” in her video could be about almost anything: a better support system, a better treatment for pill addiction, a better grandpa, a better space for one’s hardscrabble hair salon, you name it.

Watch the Video for Meghan Trainor’s ‘Better’