Billboard 100 Greatest Music Videos of 21st Century: R12

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Postby heppolo » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:29 am

+3
Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do" (dir. Dougal Wilson, 2006)
+1
Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)
Avril Lavigne, "Complicated" (dir. The Malloys, 2002)
Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)
Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003)
Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007)
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Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
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Postby Erotica » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:07 am

+3
Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)

+1
Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)
*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)
Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)
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Postby Carbon » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:29 am

+3
Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do" (dir. Dougal Wilson, 2006)

+1
Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)
Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
Avril Lavigne, "Complicated" (dir. The Malloys, 2002)
Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003)
Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)

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*NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)
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Postby Benjamin » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:34 am

+3 Britney Spears, "Oops!... I Did It Again" (dir. Nigel Dick, 2000)

+1 Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)
+1 Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
+1 *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)
+1 Avril Lavigne, "Complicated" (dir. The Malloys, 2002)
+1 Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014)

-1 Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)
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Postby leomedar » Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:10 am

+3
Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007): simplicity well applied. Catchy and gives the song justice

+1
Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do" (dir. Dougal Wilson, 2006): prelude to Stranger Things!
Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003): sexy
Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014): good one, very nice cinematography.
*NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000): nice, a good metaphor of boybands
Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004): good video, but not the masterpiece it is supposed to be. The song is great.

no points:
Avril Lavigne, "Complicated" (dir. The Malloys, 2002): ok
Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005): ok
Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010): too much!

-1
Britney Spears, "Oops!... I Did It Again" (dir. Nigel Dick, 2000): don't like the song and the video is too simple. She has much better ones!
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Postby cheapthrills » Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:41 pm

+3 Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)
+1 Britney Spears, "Toxic" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)
+1 Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
+1 *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)
+1 Britney Spears, "Oops!... I Did It Again" (dir. Nigel Dick, 2000)
+1 Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003)
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Postby leomedar » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:21 pm

@cheapthrills, you should add one more +1 vote
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Postby toni_pest » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:50 pm

+3 Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
+1 *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)
+1 Britney Spears, "Oops!... I Did It Again" (dir. Nigel Dick, 2000)
+1 Avril Lavigne, "Complicated"
+1 Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007)
+1 Toxic
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Postby leomedar » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:46 am

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RESULTS

NSync leaves, being so far the second highest ranked video to leave so soon. Alicia leaves after apllying a tie-breaker. She got 6 votes but was noone's fav, giving Fall Out Boy and Briteny's Ooops an extra life.

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)
92. *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000) (#21)
91. Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007) (#60)
90. Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014) (#75)
89. Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003) (#84)
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Postby leomedar » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:13 am

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ROUND 4

Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011)
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Position: #6 // Views @Youtube: 821,090,803 (as of 27.11.2018)


Anyone who wondered if pop stars had lost their ability to excite, to surprise, to unnerve with their music videos had to feel the "We Found Love" clip like a bolt of lightning to the chest. Melina Matsoukas' dizzying visual for Rihanna's career-recalibrating smash Calvin Harris collab was a tale of a toxic relationship starring RiRi and a pouty, peroxide-blond gentleman who looks a lot like oh-take-a-guess, edited like a light-speed four-minute relationship montage that recreates the shock all music videos must've delivered to fans of classic Hollywood back in '81. Like Trainspotting, what makes "We Found Love" really frightening is how palpably electric the highs are, enough to make it plausible that its star would do what it took to feed her addiction initially. But that doesn't mean you don't still breathe a sigh of relief when she decides to choose life at the end instead. -- A.U.

Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013)
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Position: #19 // Views @Youtube: 976,482,925 (as of 27.11.2018)


“Wrecking Ball” was not the lead single for the all-grown-up coming-out party that was Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, but nothing from that era, not even her controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance, forced viewers to recognize Cyrus on her own terms more than this Terry Richardson-directed clip. In it, Cyrus doesn’t push buttons -- she, well, uses a sturdy tool often found at constructions sites to smash them, doing whatever she can to inspire feeling, any feeling, in those watching. There’s the raw play for emotion with the tearful close-ups, which Cyrus has said were meant to evoke Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U." And then there’s the more polarizing attention-grabs -- Cyrus licking a sledgehammer, appearing naked atop the title object as it swings around. Cyrus did whatever she could to get a reaction, and she didn’t care what kind she got as long as people were looking. “I think people are going to hate it,” she told Rolling Stone at the time, “and then when we get to the bridge, they’re gonna have a little tear and be like, ‘**** you!’ … It’s something that people are not gonna forget.” -- N.F.

M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012)
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Position: #22 // Views @Youtube: 114,359,682 (as of 27.11.2018)


M.I.A. and director Romain Gavras had already proven that they could make an unforgettable video with 2010’s highly controversial “Born Free" -- and two years later, they did it again with “Bad Girls.” Shot in Morocco, the video depicts Saudi drifting, where cars ride on their sides on only two wheels. Scenes of stunt men and women sitting on the outside of the tilted rides are juxtaposed with shots of M.I.A. and a glam posse of women covered in animal prints and metallic fabrics. Not one to be a bystander, M.I.A. even gets in on the drifting action, as she’s filmed lounging on the passenger door of a white BMW, filing her nails as the car cruises along sideways. How could the duo top that? “The next video needs to be shot on the moon,” Gavras mused in a behind-the-scenes video. “With hookers.”

Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi" (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009)
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Position: #40 // Views @Youtube: 226,370,790 (as of 27.11.2018)


With the music video running double the length of the song, Gaga's Jonas Åkerlund-directed "Paparazzi" covers a lot of ground: Attempted murder by Alexander Skarsgård, the successful murder of Alexander Skarsgård, old movie homages, Mickey Mouse-esque flip-up glasses, and some of the fiercest looks from Stefani's early avant-dance diva days. The image of crutch-bound Gaga staggering across a purple carpet like Evil Robot Maria from Metropolis -- while her dapper backup dancers vogue behind her -- made it clear that unlike most pop stars on the planet, Gaga was here to get weird. And in 2009, we devoured it like the fame-obsessed monsters she was sending up. -- J. Lynch

Tierra Whack, "Whack World" (dir. Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Leger, 2018)
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Position: #45 // Views @Youtube: 2,245,489 (as of 27.11.2018)


Philly rapper Tierra Whack’s 15-track, 15-minute debut is the perfect example of what a full-length visual can, and more importantly should, do for an audio body of work. She delivered a multi-part video so striking it demands attention be paid to the music, and vice versa. Each colorful and often jarring clip -- one (literal) minute she’s getting a manicure with a brutally busted face, and the next she's kicking back in a pet cemetery -- shows the ingenuity of an artist unfamiliar with boundaries. Let’s hope she never finds them. -- LYNDSEY HAVENS

UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007)
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Position: #57 // Views @Youtube: 28,588,223 (as of 27.11.2018)


In the pantheon of music videos capturing some sort of ceremonial celebration, UGK’s “Int’l Players’ Anthem” stands as one of the all-time best. The absurdity of it the clip -- including André 3000 in a kilt, a wedding party that counts Lukas Haas, and some of the best wedding outfits of all time (including Pimp C in head-to-toe white fur) -- is nothing compared to how seamlessly the video captures the ebullience of the accompanying song. -- S.J.H.

Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)
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Position: #64 // Views @YouTube: 20,432,563 (as of 27.11.2018)


Most everything seems a whole lot more fun in the crazy-colorful, twisted realm of Missy music videos: Even the gossip-fueled, bully-ridden hallways of high school. Back in a pre-social-media 2002, Elliott heard all the whispers about her recent and somewhat drastic weight loss, her sexual orientation, and more, so she channeled her frustration into an eminently danceable track and classic video. Ludacris and Ms. Jade make stellar guest appearances; Tweet, Eve, and Trina keep score as the coolest clique ever in the cafeteria scenes; even Darryl “DMC” McDaniels shows up for a late cameo as a school bus driver. But then there’s the real stars of the video -- three little girls with better moves than most grown-ups (including now-pro Alyson Stoner), and a closing image that might be Elliott’s most brilliant touch of all: a mural depicting the late Aaliyah, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, and Jam Master Jay, reminding her audience that, just maybe, the industry could focus on more important things than gossip, folks. -- R.M.

Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)
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Position: #73 // Views @YouTube: 24,323,617 (as of 27.11.2018)


To those who are just discovering the genius of Janelle Monae with her Dirty Computer rollout: Where have you been? From her futuristic "Many Moons" video to her uncomfortably direct "Cold War" clip, Monáe has consistently delivered on the visuals. "Tightrope" showcases Monae's swagger-for-days as she gyrates through an insane asylum, rocking her early-career androgynous style and delivering some impressive soft-shoe. -- P.C.

FKA twigs, "Papi Pacify" (dir. Tom Beard & FKA twigs, 2013)
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Position: #82 // Views @Youtube: 9,201,804 (as of 27.11.2018)


If a music video can leave you with one indelible image, it’s done good work. The video for “Papi Pacify" is one of the most erotic clips in recent memory, opening with a silent shot of a tall, brawny man with one hand around twigs' throat and the other curling at her mouth. “It’s meant to ask questions of the viewer,” co-director Tom Beard told The Guardian. “Who’s got the control in this relationship? Who’s got the power?” There’s no unbraiding the sexual charge from the discomfort, just as there’s no forgetting the shot at 2:23, when twigs holds your gaze as the man takes his fingers from her mouth and pulls her into his chest as she continues to stare, looking nothing if not serene. -- ROSS SCARANO

The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist" (dir. Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire, 2000)
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Position: #95 // Views @YouTube: 15,548,242 (as of 27.11.2018)


Music videos can sometimes feel unimaginative when they simply translate a song’s lyrics into a four-minute clip, but for the Avalanches’ “Frontier Psychiatrist,” the literal approach also happened to be the wildest one. The Australian electronic group’s mishmash of vocal samples is acted out as theater, with dueling therapists, chattering dentures, an old guy with a turtle body, and a ghost chorus comprising a visual representation both surreal and enduring. -- JASON LIPSHUTZ

R4 List

Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011)
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013)
M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012)
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi" (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009)
Tierra Whack, "Whack World" (dir. Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Leger, 2018)
UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007)
Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)
Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)
FKA twigs, "Papi Pacify" (dir. Tom Beard & FKA twigs, 2013)
The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist" (dir. Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire, 2000)

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 Simon89 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:02 am

Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011) +3
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013) +1
M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012) +1
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi" (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009) +1
UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007) +1
Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002) +1
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Postby Erotica » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:49 am

+3
Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011)

+1
M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012)
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi" (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009)
UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007)
Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)
Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)

-1
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013)
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Postby Benjamin » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:14 pm

+3 M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012)

+1 Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011)
+1 Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013)
+1 Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi" (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009)
+1 Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)
+1 Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)

-1 Tierra Whack, "Whack World" (dir. Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Leger, 2018)
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Postby ccadavi1 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:18 pm

+3 Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)

+1 Tierra Whack, "Whack World" (dir. Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Leger, 2018)
+1 UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007)
+1 Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)
Donna Summer / Janet Jackson / Tina Turner / Toni Braxton / Billie Holiday
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Postby leomedar » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:24 pm

@ccadavi1, in roder to count your vote I'll need 2 more +1 votes
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Postby heppolo » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:43 pm

+3 The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist" (dir. Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire, 2000) - amazing music vid (people still sleeping on it after all those years)

+1 FKA twigs, "Papi Pacify" (dir. Tom Beard & FKA twigs, 2013)
+1 Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)
+1 M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012)
+1 Tierra Whack, "Whack World" (dir. Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Leger, 2018)
+1 Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)

-1 Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013)
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Postby JSparksFan » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:24 am

+3
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi" (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009)

+1
Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011)
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013)
M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012)
Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)
Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)

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The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist" (dir. Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire, 2000)
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Postby cheapthrills » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:06 am

+3
Tierra Whack, "Whack World" (dir. Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Leger, 2018)

+1
Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011)
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi" (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009)
UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007)
Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)
Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)
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Postby leomedar » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:44 pm

+3
M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012): simple but hypnotic

+1
Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002): great!
Tierra Whack, "Whack World" (dir. Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Leger, 2018): nice colors and lighting. Its like 8 songs into one, but manages not to become excessive as Paparazzi.
FKA twigs, "Papi Pacify" (dir. Tom Beard & FKA twigs, 2013): intense!
UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007): good one
The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist" (dir. Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire, 2000)

No points:
Rihanna & Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011): good song & video.
Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010): ok
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi" (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009): too much going on. Like the song but the video is messy

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Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013): a potential great video gets lost with what I believe was unnecessary nudes and hammer kisses.
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RESULTS

Miley Cyrus becomes the second top20 video to be kicked out, and at quite a low placement thanks to its 0 points.

100. Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015) (#55)
99. Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013) (#19)
98. The Diplomats, "Dipset Anthem" (dir. N/A, 2003) (#50)
97. Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001) (#72)
96. Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000) (#35)
95. FKA twigs, "Papi Pacify" (dir. Tom Beard & FKA twigs, 2013) (#82)
94. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014) (#37)
93. Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007) (#88)
92. The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist" (dir. Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire, 2000) (#95)
91. Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016) (#89)
90. PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012) (#12)
89. *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000) (#21)
88. Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007) (#60)
87. UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007) (#57)
86. Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014) (#75)
85. Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003) (#84)
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ROUND 5

Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)
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Position: #4 // Views @Youtube: 141,919,511 (as of 30.11.2018)


Beyoncé stopped the world for the umpteenth time when she dropped the explosive song and video for “Formation," just a day before performing the anthem at Super Bowl 50. Frequent collaborator Melina Matsoukas may have shot the video in Los Angeles, but every second is deeply rooted in Louisiana and its Creole background -- the ancestral origin of Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson. The historical references are overwhelming: the Antebellum-style houses, Beyoncé’s Victorian hoop skirts and petticoats, the now-legendary wide-brimmed hat suitable for American Horror Story: Coven, Blue Ivy happily rocking her fluffy afro, the singer being submerged underwater while on top of a police car as a nod to Hurricane Katrina , the inclusion of New Orleans stars Big Freedia and the late Messy Mya. At one point in the video, a young boy is seen dancing in front of a line of gun-clad officers, who respond by putting their hands up. In a time where racial tensions were climbing to new, uncomfortable heights, “Formation” served as an active reminder that black people could not be silenced. To top it all off, the “Formation” video dropped just a few months before the singer’s second Super Bowl halftime performance, which further shoved its socio-political message in the face of America. -- B.G.

Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015)
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Position: #13 // Views @Youtube: 2,369,838,579 (as of 30.11.2018)


After years of receiving criticism for writing songs about her exes, Taylor Swift stuck it to the haters with a visual portrayal of just how “insane” she seems to former suitors and critics alike. The result is the singer’s best video to date, as “Blank Space" makes a mockery of the crazy-ex persona while entrancing viewers with imagery that’s both fanciful and harrowing. The video sets up a classic romance with a handsome guy, a breathtaking mansion, stunning gowns, and white horses (plus a cameo from her celebrity cat Olivia Benson), turning the seemingly perfect relationship on its head once infidelity and jealousy strike. Swift’s acting is brilliant as she takes a knife to painted portraits of her beau, chops up his clothes, and sings with mascara streaming down her face — almost making it believable that she’s as crazy as naysayers make her out to be. Whether you think she loves the drama or it loves her, Taylor Swift always makes sure her videos tell a story, and “Blank Space” could be its own damn novel. -- T.W.

Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls" (dir. Matthew Cullen, 2010)
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Position: #23 // Views @Youtube: 444,143,156 (as of 30.11.2018)


A bold, candy-colored cornucopia of delectable delights from start to finish, the 2010 Mathew Cullen-directed clip features Perry -- sometimes covered only in strategically placed cotton candy, other times in a whipped-cream exploding bra, and always in a day-glo wig -- as a pawn in Snoop Dogg’s Queens of Candyfornia board game, though of course she escapes Snoop's clutches to lead a dance party on the beach. The only way the video would be better were if it were actually edible, especially Snoop Dogg’s army of bird-flipping gummy bears. -- M.N.

Kanye West feat. Pusha T, "Runaway" (dir. Kanye West, 2010)
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Position: #39 // Views @Youtube: 23,235,242 (as of 30.11.2018)


More short film than music video, the genius of "Runaway" comes from its stark simplicity, and the meaning seemingly imbued within it. After the solo repetitive piano note that opens the song summons a troupe of black-clad ballet dancers, West begins to deliver each line with an increasing look of urgency and desperation on his face, ultimately climbing on top of the white piano before giving way to Pusha T's verse and the dancers' graceful stoicism. After building the song to its highest intensity with almost Christlike posture, West then cedes the floor to a ballet showcase as the song's coda wrenches to its conclusion, ultimately ending with the rapper placing hand over heart, somber in one of the most quintessential images of his career. -- D.R.

Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014)
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Position: #48 // Views @Youtube: 11,628,417 (as of 30.11.2018)


Orange Caramel have never been bound by K-pop conventions, and “My Copycat” represents the pinnacle of the trio’s out-of-the-box thinking with its interactive game. The full visual experience requires repeat viewings to scope out all of the Easter eggs hidden in each frame, as the sweeping Where’s Waldo shots turn a simple concept into a grandiose design. So this is what Orange Caramel meant when they sang, “Play games with my heart tonight.” -- C.K.

Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009)
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Position: #52 // Views @Youtube: 901,546,439 (as of 30.11.2018)


A pivotal video in Taylor Swift's pop mythology, "You Belong With Me" saw the burgeoning superstar still playing the underdog, whose cartoonish glasses, school-pride wardrobes, and goofy dance moves made her the idol (and/or go-to Halloween costume) for a generation of unsatisfied overachievers. But don't forget she plays the bad girl in the video, too, and with equal aplomb; listen closely as she marks her territory with the boy next door in her red convertible, and you can hear the snakes from the Reputation Tour hissing impatiently in the distance. -- A.U.

Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)
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Position: #61 // Views @YouTube: 135,393,418 (as of 30.11.2018)


A year before labeling herself a savage, Rihanna had already proved she was the baddest gal in town with 2015’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video. The murderous affair, co-directed by the singer and Megaforce, is a menacing “don't **** with me” message to her real-life former accountant, portrayed here by Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen. Rihanna and her badass female sidekicks play the stars of their own revenge fantasy film as they torture his rich white wife, and the final scene is nothing short of chilling, with a blood-soaked Rihanna lighting up a joint while resting in a trunk full of cash. -- B.G.

Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011)
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Position: #77 // Views @YouTube: 1,140,574,631 (as of 30.11.2018)


Behold one of the few instances in which a music video helped launch a relatively unknown act to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Gotye's haunting "Somebody That I Used to Know" visual shows the frontman and duet partner Kimbra naked in front of a blank backdrop, then slowly painted over via stop-motion animation, a living artifact of what used to be a relationship. The design, inspired by an actual work done by Gotye's father, Frank De Backer, took 23 hours and helped the video surpass the 1 billion-views mark on YouTube. -- X.Z.

David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016)
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Position: #87 // Views @Youtube: 48,535,144 (as of 30.11.2018)


Shortly after David Bowie succumbed to liver cancer on Jan. 10, 2016, his longtime producer and friend Tony Visconti wrote in a Facebook tribute, “His death was not different from his life – a work of Art.” He most certainly was referring to “Blackstar” and “Lazarus,” the haunting and bleak final two music videos that the legend left behind. Both are rich with references to Bowie canon -- Major Tom, Station to Station -- and optimally should be seen in tandem. But “Lazarus” delivers the bigger gut punch because it is Bowie’s acknowledgement that he is not long for this earth, a video cut with scenes of the gaunt artist writhing on what could be his deathbed, his head wrapped in a bandage with buttons for eyes. Watch the video, then venture down the rabbit hole of Bowie-ologists deconstructing the video’s meaning: The Starman may have left the building, but he did so in a way that insures his artistic immortality. -- FRANK DIGIACOMO

Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010)
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Position: #97 // Views @YouTube: 1,439,813,198 (as of 30.11.2018)


The room full of glasses of water gently quaking to the bass drum heartbeat of "Rolling in the Deep," like Jurassic Park to the tenth power, was appropriately foreboding for what Adele's 21 ended up being, a commercial behemoth the likes of which was supposed to have long gone extinct. It all starts here: Director Sam Brown capturing the once-in-a-generation vocalist at simultaneously her most vulnerable and her most powerful, unclear if the wreckage surrounding her is representative of her internal turmoil, or a direct result of it. -- ANDREW UNTERBERGER​

R5 List

Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015)
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls" (dir. Matthew Cullen, 2010)
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, "Runaway" (dir. Kanye West, 2010)
Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014)
Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009)
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011)
David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016)
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010)

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Postby heppolo » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:55 pm

+3 David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016) - more than life

+1
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, "Runaway" (dir. Kanye West, 2010)
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011)
Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)
Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014)
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)

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Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015)
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Postby Erotica » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:49 pm

+3
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls" (dir. Matthew Cullen, 2010)

+1
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015) (don't like her or the song, but as this is about the videos I have to give it the point)
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, "Runaway" (dir. Kanye West, 2010)
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011)
David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016)

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Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010) (lazy, just lazy)
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Postby cheapthrills » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:08 pm

+3 Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)
+1 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015)
+1 Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014)
+1 Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)
+1 Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011)
+1 Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010)
-1 Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009)
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Postby artur » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:42 pm

+3 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015)

+1 Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls" (dir. Matthew Cullen, 2010)
+1 Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009)
+1 Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011)
+1 David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016)
+1 Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010)

-1 Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)
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