Billboard 100 Greatest Music Videos of 21st Century: R9

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Postby leomedar » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:23 pm

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ROUND 1

D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)
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Position: #3 // Views @Youtube: 13,197,191 (as of 20.11.2018)


Naked as the day he was born, save for a gold chain and bracelet, D’Angelo is the entirety of the simple, single-take video for “Untitled.” The song asks how does it feel. and the video attempts to answer what it looks like, and it does so with such candor that the song and video have become inseparable. You see parts of this man’s body move, tense, and ripple in ways that must’ve been previously only available to his romantic partners. From the vantage of 2018, the self-scrutinizing gloom that it cast on his career, the way it fueled his performance anxiety as fans showed up to the post-video tour dates expecting total access to Adonis each night, feels safely in the rearview. D’Angelo returned in 2014 with Black Messiah and toured successfully after its release, allowing us to once again to just admire the physicality and emotion of one of the greatest sex jams ever made. -- R.S.

PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012)
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Position: #12 // Views @Youtube: 3,239,890,690 (as of 20.11.2018)


It's hard to believe that it's been over half a decade since the satirical dance track "Gangnam Style" took the world by storm to become the first-ever video to be viewed over 1 billion times. With its over-the-top antics aimed at mocking the denizens of Seoul's Gangnam neighborhood, numerous cameos from local comedians and pop stars, and its easy-to-learn equine choreography, PSY’s video became a surprise global sensation that turned all eyes to South Korea’s music industry. Though it’s no longer the world’s most-viewed music video, the legacy of “Gangnam Style” remains. -- T.H.

Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2003)
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Position: #30 // Views @Youtube: 93,405,121 (as of 20.11.2018)


"We looked at a lot of treatments and some directors were trying to be kind of arty and subtle with it, but Chris Applebaum went completely for the jugular,” Fountains of Wayne guitarist Adam Schlesinger said of the Applebaum-directed “Stacy’s Mom” clip in a 2004 interview. In retrospect, there was no better approach for the surprise pop smash: the broad, brightly colored comedy here -- driven by model Rachel Hunter in the titular role -- accentuates the song’s storytelling while mixing in some fantasy elements and highly appropriate Ric Ocasek references. Special kudos to Shane Habouca as the teen protagonist, so nimbly capturing the weird, confusing wonder that is male puberty. -- J. Lipshutz

Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014)
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Position: #37 // Views @Youtube: 821,690,398 (as of 20.11.2018)


The Sir Mix-a-Lot sample "Anaconda" is built around may have been met with a collective eye roll for its obviousness, but Minaj fully redeemed herself by pairing it with her most memorable visual to date. Between a bikini-clad aerobics session and an unforgettable lap dance (one that Minaj bragged left guest-star recipient Drake, ahem, "excited like hell"), the colorful clip solidified Minaj's superstar status, helping "Anaconda" slither to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, still the rapper's highest peak yet. -- P.C.

Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004)
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Position: #49 // Views @Youtube: 78,713,793 (as of 20.11.2018)


One of the most memorable and instantly accessible tracks in Snoop's extensive oeuvre got a similarly delectable video to match, shot in black and white on a blinding background with Pharrell supportively in tow as his head-nodding sidekick. The video's sleek and casually surreal aesthetic was as ubiquitous at the time as the song itself, and now 15 years later it remains a blast to re-watch, particularly for its cameos by the similarly-ageless Pusha T, Chad Hugo, and Lauren London, not to mention Snoop's young sons at the time. -- D.R.

Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012)
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Position: #51 // Views @Youtube: 65,465,305 (as of 20.11.2018)


All of Lana Del Rey’s music videos are cinematic -- it’s kind of her thing -- but “National Anthem” has a movie-quality plot to boot. Del Rey stars first as Marilyn Monroe in a reimagined staging of the icon’s 1962 performance of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," then as Jackie Kennedy alongside A$AP Rocky’s suave, handsy JFK. Through Del Rey’s eyes, we see familial scenes unfold between one of the most fascinating couples in American history, culminating in a re-enactment of the Kennedy assassination. When Del Rey’s castle crumbles, you feel it in your chest, too, and her monologue at the end never fails to bring chills. -- G.G.

Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006)
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Position: #63 // Views @Youtube: 97,017,300 (as of 20.11.2018)


Ciara has spent much of her videography trying to defy gravity — consider the Matrix-style back-bend she first debuted with “Goodies” and later honed in clips like “Gimme Dat” and “Like a Boy.” But with a little movie magic, Ciara actually pulled it off for 2006’s “Promise,” turning a microphone stand into a worthy dance partner through a G-rated pole workout that shook its butt in the face of laws of physics. Ciara’s legacy as an artist is as much about her dancing as it is her music, and “Promise,” with its magic mic and the sheer athleticism of Ciara’s hypnotic hip rolls, is the most entertaining distillation of all her talents. -- N.F.

Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001)
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Position: #72 // Views @Youtube: 86,755,734 (as of 20.11.2018)


From its opening beatbox freestyle to its closing tongue wag, "Fat Lip" couldn't have been a better encapsulation of the pop-punk '00s if it had been directed by a sentient Hot Topic bracelet: It's all shaved heads, half-pipes, convenience stores, and four-star frosted tips, as the snottiest bunch of snots that ever snotted perform from a literal pit of dirt. For extra flat-sole kicks, check the hair-metal-homaging "Pain for Pleasure" outro that often played with "Fat Lip" on MTV, proving that adolescent rawk brattiness knows no generation gap. -- A.U.

Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016)
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Position: #89 // Views @Youtube: 2,463,868 (as of 20.11.2018)


Mitski’s songwriting is often spiked with a dark, sharp sense of humor. The visual for her shrugging, contemplative Puberty 2 single “Your Best American Girl,” directed by longtime collaborator Zia Anger, brings that wit to the forefront, trapping the Japanese-American artist in a love triangle with an all-too-familiar cute white hipster and his Coachella-ready girlfriend as the song’s lyrics muse on cultural clashes and ethnic identity. It’s hard not to roll your eyes as the couple cuddles naked under an American flag (seriously, guys?), leaving our heroine to make out with her own hand like a lovesick middle-schooler, channeling rage into electric guitar. Not too much subtlety here, but the video’s almost uncomfortably on-the-nose references are exactly what make it so brilliant, with just the right dose of funny. -- TATIANA CIRISANO

Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012)
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Position: #96 // Views @Vimeo: 468,000 (as of 20.11.2018)


Opening with color bars, liquor shots, and gun blasts, this Nabil-directed 8-minute odyssey follows a zonked-out Frank Ocean as he zips across the desert on a motorcycle, giggles his way through a strip club, and runs into John Mayer in the middle of nowhere for a woozy, bluesy guitar solo. Landing somewhere between Lost Highway and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, "Pyramids" is a dusty, neon-drenched vision quest that's hard to shake. – JOE LYNCH

R1 List

PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012)
D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)
Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2003)
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014)
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004)
Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012)
Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006)
Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001)
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016)
Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012)

ADORE 1 VIDEO (+3 points)
LIKE 5 VIDEOS (+1 point)

and only if you feel like it... HATE 1 VIDEO (-1 point)


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Postby Erotica » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:55 pm

+3
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014)

+1
D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)
Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2003)
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004)
Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012)
Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006)
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Postby heppolo » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:03 pm

+3
PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012)
+1
D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)
Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2003)
Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012)
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016)
Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012)

-1 Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014)
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Postby Jonathan » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:55 am

+3 D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)

+1 Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012)
+1 Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004)
+1 Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012)
+1 Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001)
+1 Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2003)

-1 Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014)
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Postby Simon89 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:13 am

Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014) +1
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004) +3
Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012) +1
Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006) +1
Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001) +1
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016) +1
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Postby Benjamin » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:19 am

+3 Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012)

+1 D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)
+1 Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014)
+1 Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004)
+1 Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006)
+1 Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012)

-1 PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012)
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Postby biscuits » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:45 am

I assume we should vote based on the video and not the song
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Postby ccadavi1 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:42 pm

+3
D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)

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Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2003)
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004)
Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006)
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016)
Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012)
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Postby navi » Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:39 pm

biscuits wrote:I assume we should vote based on the video and not the song
i can't stand most of the songs, so i tried with a mute mode, but it didn't work :wink:
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Postby leomedar » Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:00 pm

biscuits wrote:I assume we should vote based on the video and not the song
Yep, but i think they are related
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Postby Erotica » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:52 pm

biscuits wrote:I assume we should vote based on the video and not the song
I did that. But sure the songs themselves also influence it a bit. If a song sounds horrible it gets hard to give him points.
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Postby leomedar » Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:16 am

+3
Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006): she is making love to that microphone. Sexy and hot video.

+1
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016): that kissing scene was great.
Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012): pretentious but effective.
PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012): excessive but fun
Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2003): very good
D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000): good one. Not amazing but being just one shot makes it better.

No points:
Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012): too much
Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001): ok
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004): the song is great but the video for me is too obvious in this B&W theme

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Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014): bad. grotesque.
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Postby JSparksFan » Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:22 am

+3
D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)

+1
Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" (dir. Anthony Mandler, 2012)
PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012)
Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012)
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014)
Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006)
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Postby leomedar » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:09 pm

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RESULTS

PSY has a 3 billion video but exits very soon despite happolo's support. Nicki received 3 negative points and is kicked out. Final positions will be defined after phase one ends!

100. Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001) (#72)
99. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014) (#37)
98. Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016) (#89)
97. PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012) (#12)
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ROUND 2

Beyoncé, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (dir. Jake Nava, 2008)
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Position: #8 // Views @Youtube: 673,279,593 (as of 22.11.2018)


Kanye West nearly committed career suicide when he crashed the MTV VMAs stage in 2010 to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video: “I’ma let you finish,” he infamously commented, “but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!” He wasn't wrong, though -- directed by Jake Nava, the stunning, breathless visuals for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” marked a turning point in Beyoncé’s career: She had proven herself so talented, so enrapturing, that all you really needed to pull off a milestone video was to simply train the camera on her in an empty room and let her handle the rest. The resulting clip is an unstoppable assailing of the senses: Bey, clad in an over-the-shoulder leotard, is joined by two backup dancers, all in heels, hitting a for-experts dance routine and making it look simple. As the background gradient shifts colors and the cameras circle her, she never breaks focus for even a split second, keeping the energy on full throttle. It’s no wonder West put his name and rep on the line for the sake of the video -- Beyoncé earned it. -- S.J.H.

Sia, "Chandelier" (dir. Sia & Daniel Askill)
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Position: #18 // Views @Youtube: 1,941,783,623 (as of 22.11.2018)


Ever the elusive star, Sia opted to sit out the videos for 2014’s 1000 Forms of Fear. It yielded some of the most exhilarating visuals of the time, with a notable assist from then-pre-teen dancer Maddie Ziegler, then known for starring on Lifetime’s Dance Moms. Clad in a white, tight-cropped wig that resembles Sia’s signature coif, Ziegler stepped in for three of the videos from the set, most notably “Chandelier,” a clip with over 1.5 billion YouTube views, which tracks her as she dances through a dilapidated apartment, breathing life into the drab and mundane surroundings around her -- and making a star out of its absent singer. -- S.J.H.

Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2001)
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Position: #28 // Views @Youtube: 39,192,114 (as of 22.11.2018)


You can ask Kendrick Lamar, and he'll tell you that one of his early inspirations was Missy Elliott. In the late '90s and early 2000s, Elliott bloomed into a music video savant because of her audacious attempts to do the impossible in under five minutes. In '01, Elliott wiped the competition with her Dave Meyers-shot visual for "Get Ur Freak On." The funky track included a starry cast, with appearances by Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, and Eve. Meanwhile, Missy rhymes inside of an underground sewer, glides on top of a chandelier -- and just when you thought the fun was over -- she even sneaks in a quick verse from her Miss E LP highlight "Lick Shots" to restart the party all over again. -- C.L.

Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000)
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Position: #35 // Views @Youtube: 21,545,897 (as of 22.11.2018)


Starring a blonde Lauren Holly as the badass Mary Ann, pre-30 Rock Jane Krakowski as the helpless Wanda, and NYPD Blue star Dennis Franz (outfitted in a purposefully terrible wig) as the title villain, "Goodbye Earl" is a delightfully campy and colorful video from the Dixie Chicks about "the best of friends" who poison the titular character after he beats up Wanda. It's a tale that highlights the power of the female bond, without making light of its serious subject matter. Yes, "Earl had to die," but the clip shows us just how sweet revenge can be -- and by video's end, even a zombified Earl has joined in on the hoedown. -- D.W.

The Diplomats, "Dipset Anthem" (dir. N/A, 2003)
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Position: #50 // Views @Youtube: 13,658,247 (as of 22.11.2018)


Twenty-plus Harlemites in their baggy, early-2000s best rocking at canted angles away from the camera, arranged on courtyard steps -- this is a movement. This is what power looks like. This is what’s really good. That image primes you for Juelz Santana’s opening line: Today is a new day. And if you haven’t got the message, the beat shifts midway through the video into the magisterial “I Really Mean It” to drop an immaculate Cam’ron into your living room, stepping out of an Escalade in custom pink Dipset Timbs. Truly, did we dream this? -- R.S.

Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015)
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Position: #55 // Views @Youtube: 3,036,026,362 (as of 22.11.2018)


The Bieb brought choreography -- and women -- to the forefront of his "Sorry" visual, with the singer enlisting New Zealand’s all-female troupe ReQuest Dance Crew to bring his upbeat Purpose chart-topper to life. The colorful visual immediately racked up millions of views, with the wildly funky outfits inspiring Halloween costumes (just one week after the vid’s Oct. 22, 2015 release) and the ReQuest girls' impressive moves sparking plenty of twerk-filled tributes across the Internet. Nearly three billion views later, “Sorry” proved that the heartthrob doesn’t even need to make an appearance to make one of his videos special. -- TAYLOR WEATHERBY

Kesha, "Blow" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2010)
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Position: #68 // Views @Youtube: 76,996,052 (as of 22.11.2018)


"She was adamant you can't back away from the crazy" was how director Chris Marrs Piliero summarized the Artist Formerly Known as K-Money's approach to the "Blow" video, which sounds about right: Lasers, unicorns, muenster cheese, no-soap-radio jokes, a pre-meme James Van der Beek, and a whole lot of glitter (natch) combine in the "Blow" video for a visual of singular early-'10s lunacy. That the era's cheekiest director and most game pop star only worked together once remains a bummer, but their sole collab remains a slice of pure lactose gold. -- A.U.

Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
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Position: #71 // Views @Youtube: 15,713,709 (as of 22.11.2018)


No music video director works sleight-of-film better than Michel Gondry, the guy who turned a countryside train voyage into Chemical Brothers sheet music or a theatrical Björk drama into a cinematic matryoshka doll. But his greatest cinematic achievement may remain Kylie Minogue's four-lap trek around the streets of Paris, with Kylie and her universe's neighbors somehow layering on top of themselves each time she passes Go. It's a marvel that remains magical 16 years later -- though one that might make you reticent to accept her titular invitation, since it seems like her World barely has room for one of you, let alone four. -- A.U.

Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007)
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Position: #88 // Views @Youtube: 61,889,891 (as of 22.11.2018)


Kanye West would be the first to tell you he’s more than just an artist -- he’s an innovator, on the same intellectual playing field as Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. And when it comes to visual manifestations of or companion pieces to his music, well, he’s not always totally wrong. The video for “Flashing Lights” isn’t as dazzling or frenzied as videos for hits like “Gold Digger” and “All of the Lights,” but the tension between the thump of the song and the slow-mo, one-shot portrait of a beautiful woman committing heinous acts of violence makes the clip as unsettlingly hypnotic as the trance-like intonation of its chorus. -- STEVEN J. HOROWITZ

Scissor Sisters, "Let's Have a Kiki" (dir. Vern Moen, 2012)
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Position: #98 // Views @YouTube: 14,145,022 (as of 22.11.2018)


Ana Matronic, Jake Shears, and the rest of the crew served up a brilliant DIY instructional dance video for their unlikely viral hit, which became their third No. 1 hit on the U.S. Dance Club Songs chart in 2012. The smartly staged and creatively choreographed one-take clip is as unpolished, campy, and full of energy as the Scissors themselves. -- PATRICK CROWLEY

R2 List

Beyoncé, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (dir. Jake Nava, 2008)
Sia, "Chandelier" (dir. Sia & Daniel Askill)
Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2001)
Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000)
The Diplomats, "Dipset Anthem" (dir. N/A, 2003)
Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015)
Kesha, "Blow" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2010)
Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007)
Scissor Sisters, "Let's Have a Kiki" (dir. Vern Moen, 2012)

ADORE 1 VIDEO (+3 points)
LIKE 5 VIDEOS (+1 point)
and only if you feel like it... HATE 1 VIDEO (-1 point)


Round closes Saturday night
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Postby Jonathan » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:00 am

+3
Beyoncé, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (dir. Jake Nava, 2008)

+1
Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007)
Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2001)
Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000)
The Diplomats, "Dipset Anthem" (dir. N/A, 2003)
Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)

-1
Kesha, "Blow" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2010)
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Postby Simon89 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:48 am

Beyoncé, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (dir. Jake Nava, 2008) +1
Sia, "Chandelier" (dir. Sia & Daniel Askill) +1
Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2001) +1
Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015) -1
Kesha, "Blow" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2010) +1
Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002) +3
Scissor Sisters, "Let's Have a Kiki" (dir. Vern Moen, 2012) +1
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Postby Carbon » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:55 pm

+3
Kesha, "Blow" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2010)

+1
Beyoncé, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (dir. Jake Nava, 2008)
Sia, "Chandelier" (dir. Sia & Daniel Askill)
Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000)
Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015)
Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
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Postby Erotica » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:56 pm

+3
Scissor Sisters, "Let's Have a Kiki" (dir. Vern Moen, 2012)

+1
Sia, "Chandelier" (dir. Sia & Daniel Askill)
Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2001)
Kesha, "Blow" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2010)
Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007)

-1
Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015)
I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?
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Postby leomedar » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:40 pm

+3
Sia, "Chandelier" (dir. Sia & Daniel Askill): massive video. I still remember how my heart exploded the first time I saw this.
+1
Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002): outstanding video!
Beyoncé, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (dir. Jake Nava, 2008): very good choreographic video, and in this case a good balck&white concept application with the changing lights
Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2001): very good! At moments it is just a little too much going on visually
Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007): ok
Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015): loses the dancing battle in the same group as Bey and Sia...

no points:
The Diplomats, "Dipset Anthem" (dir. N/A, 2003): nothing special about this
Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000): mmm, love them but I don't really get the fun out of this...
Kesha, "Blow" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2010); nah

-1
Scissor Sisters, "Let's Have a Kiki" (dir. Vern Moen, 2012): don't like the song nor the video...
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Postby leomedar » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:28 pm

any more votes? moving on in couple of hours
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Postby leomedar » Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:14 am

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RESULTS

Another 3 billion video exits, as Justin gets 0 points and is, so far, our #100 video of the century.

100. Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015) (#55)
99. The Diplomats, "Dipset Anthem" (dir. N/A, 2003) (#50)

98. Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001) (#72)
97. Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000) (#35)
96. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014) (#37)
95. Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007) (#88)
94. Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016) (#89)
93. PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012) (#12)
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Postby leomedar » Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:29 am

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ROUND 3

Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)
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Position: #7 // Views @Youtube: 351,350,179 (as of 24.11.2018)


Britney Spears gifted the 21st century with a number of indelible looks, and the "Toxic" video boasts an embarrassment of them: Britney the Mile High Club-bound stewardess whose kiss turns a schlubby passenger into a stunning model; Britney the laser-tripping secret agent with fire engine-red hair; and of course, Britney in the buff, covered in diamonds and writhing around the floor like the Bond Girl to end all Bond Girls. Whether prancing down the aisle of an airplane or poisoning her boyfriend (five years before "Paparazzi") and jumping off a balcony into the night, "Toxic" Britney wiped clean the schoolgirl imagery and set the tone for the next 15 years of her career: Breathtaking, flawlessly executed camp that was closer to drag culture than fashion week. -- J. Lynch

Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
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Position: #14 // Views @Youtube: 301,923,138 (as of 24.11.2018)


What happens when you pair up two of the most influential female pop stars in recent history for a music video? That would be “Telephone,” the gloriously ridiculous, nine-and-a-half-minute spectacle from director Jonas Åkerlund that involves a women’s prison, Beyoncé (ahem, “Honeybee”) feeding Lady Gaga a pastry, a murder at a diner, a poison sandwich-making tutorial, Quentin Tarantino references aplenty, and a dance sequence that has spawned dozens of YouTube tutorials. If all that’s not enough to make “Telephone” an instant classic, consider that the video is actually a continuation of Gaga’s “Paparazzi” video from the year prior, with the same director -- which ends with Gaga in the can -- and let your mind be blown. Could a third installment be in our future? We can only hope. -- T.C.

*NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)
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Position: #21 // Views @Youtube: 179,568,428 (as of 24.11.2018)


This is a boy band video with a complex dramatic setup: We open in a dimly lit vaudeville theater, where the boys of *NSYNC hang from strings, manipulated from above by a diabolical but very pretty lady, who then cuts each of said strings to set one beautifully-coiffed *NSYNC member at a time on his very own mini-action adventure, racing cars through the desert or running across the top of a locomotive, Bond-style. But let’s be honest: That’s not what we’re here for. We’re here to see baby-faced J.T. mean mug for the camera! We’re here to see J.C. torturously belt his “Byyyyye baaaaby!” ad-lib. And above all, we are here to see the dance moves --- the steps that would go on to be repeated at countless school dances and house parties, and that will certainly go down in music video history as some of the most classic choreography ever captured. Even if they were doing it in some sort of intergalactic vacuum, as *NSYNC appear to be in the “Bye Bye Bye” video, it was impossible to look away -- and easy to imagine, as we followed those moves in our living rooms, that we could transcend the screen and live in their magical world, too. -- R.M.

Britney Spears, "Oops!... I Did It Again" (dir. Nigel Dick, 2000)
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Position: #33 // Views @Youtube: 209,167,325 (as of 24.11.2018)


Think of another outfit that’s had such decades-long legs. Everyone who's seen this spacey Nigel Dick-directed mini-space epic -- the follow-up to the equally one-of-a-kind “… Baby One More Time” -- can instantly picture Brit’s second-skin red pleather catsuit (which was her idea, as was the concept of dancing on Mars). The whole experience is a crash course in Britney 101: seductive, if a bit wooden, group dancing; hard-core eye contact with the camera; requisite bare mid-riff squirming; and a silly comedic bit, all of which remain key parts of the star's rust-free brand blueprint to this day. -- G.K.

Avril Lavigne, "Complicated" (dir. The Malloys, 2002)
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Position: #41 // Views @Youtube: 261,238,411 (as of 24.11.2018)


"“Dude, you wanna crash the mall?” --Avril Lavigne, in the first ten seconds of her first music video for her first single.
Can you and your skateboarding friends/bandmates who look like a generic-brand Sum 41 (Sum 31?) really “crash” a mall if it’s daytime and already open? The premise is shaky, but whatever: From her first moment on MTV screens, Avril Lavigne established her extraordinary brand of PG-13 coming-of-age tomfoolery with a music video that’s almost too 2002 to function. The ties! The food court! The Jackass-style stunts! Life gets complicated when your friend starts getting all two-faced and trying on NFL jerseys and jewelry store bling, but finally, suburban early-'00s teens had their keeping-it-real heroine. -- C.P."

Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007)
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Position: #60 // Views @Youtube: 25,784,279 (as of 24.11.2018)


Who knew that the video for a song called “D.A.N.C.E.” could be built around two guys… walking… for the entire video… and still be a huge win? Justice’s Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay stroll through the duo's most popular clip as their t-shirts morph into mesmerizing pop-art displays, capturing the crossover hit’s effervescence through a series of slogans and cartoons. “D.A.N.C.E.” was nominated for video of the year at the 2007 MTV VMAs, turning Justice into dance headliners (pun intended) years before EDM took over every American festival. -- J. Lipshutz

Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do" (dir. Dougal Wilson, 2006)
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Position: #62 // Views @Vimeo: 8,921 (as of 24.11.2018)


Dougal Wilson directed this single-shot video in which Natasha Khan takes a late-night bike ride with some of her best pals, a foreboding brood of hoodie-wearing guys in creepy animal masks, a la Donnie Darko’s Frank. According to a 2009 interview, Khan wanted the director to model the video after films like E.T., The Goonies, The Karate Kid, and even the aforementioned Gyllenhaal cult classic, movies that she dubbed “hoodie movies,” because they featured boys wearing hoodies and riding bikes, “a symbolic reference to breaking out of their suburban trappings and going on this journey of self-discovery." Wilson nails the sentiment, only this journey comes with more sick bike tricks. -- C.W.

Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014)
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Position: #75 // Views @YouTube: 69,157,579 (as of 24.11.2018)


If this video had come out even two years later, the dance that Kendrick rolls out throughout the visual might have spawned enough challenge/meme copies to send it all the way to the top of the charts, rather than the mere No. 39 it topped out at on the Hot 100. As it stands, the video is a clever nod to both the song's influences -- sampled artist Ronald Isley is in on the party throughout, while George Clinton makes a nonchalant cameo reading a copy of his own autobiography outside a club -- and to the darker forces underlying the song's self-love ethos. -- DAN RYS

Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003)
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Position: #84 // Views @Youtube: 43,428,422 (as of 24.11.2018)


It's as vivid a straightforward rendering of song narrative as 21st-century music video has produced, with Alicia Keys and fictional love interest Mos Def acting out Keys' Songs in A Minor melodrama as a brilliant blur of fantasy and reality. Director Chris Robinson's sumptuous New York visuals make the theatrics pop with both pleasing familiarity and near-uncomfortable intimacy, lifting you into Keys' daydream -- right up to the crushing ending, when it turns out that Mos never will know just how different she looks outside of her work clothes. -- A.U.

Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)
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Position: #100 // Views @YouTube: 72,956,780 (as of 24.11.2018)


From Under the Cork Tree’s lead single was much of the world’s introduction to these former hardcore punks from the Chicago burbs, and for their first video with a big ol’ Island Records budget, they indulged their mission statement: a full-on underdog’s folk tale. Our small town teenaged protagonist is a sort of Napoleon Dynamite with -- get this! -- deer-like antlers, an effective stand-in for just about any condition that could have left a young Fall Out Boy feeling socially alienated. His love interest’s shotgun-wielding father doesn’t approve, but in the end, let’s just say he’s behooved to sympathize. -- CHRIS PAYNE

R3 List

Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)
Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
*NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)
Britney Spears, "Oops!... I Did It Again" (dir. Nigel Dick, 2000)
Avril Lavigne, "Complicated" (dir. The Malloys, 2002)
Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007)
Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do" (dir. Dougal Wilson, 2006)
Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014)
Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003)
Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)

ADORE 1 VIDEO (+3 points)
LIKE 5 VIDEOS (+1 point)
and only if you feel like it... HATE 1 VIDEO (-1 point)


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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:34 am

Two of Britney's finest videos in the same round? Madness! :lol:

+3
Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)

+1
Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
*NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)
Britney Spears, "Oops!... I Did It Again" (dir. Nigel Dick, 2000)
Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003)
Avril Lavigne, "Complicated" (dir. The Malloys, 2002)

-1
Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007)
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Postby Jonathan » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:49 am

+3 Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014)

+1 Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003)
+1 Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)
+1 Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
+1 Avril Lavigne, "Complicated" (dir. The Malloys, 2002)
+1 Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do" (dir. Dougal Wilson, 2006)

-1 *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)
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