Billboard 100 Greatest Music Videos of 21st Century: R13

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Postby Jonathan » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:53 am

+3
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, "Runaway" (dir. Kanye West, 2010)

+1
David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016)
Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010)
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011)
Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009)

-1
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls" (dir. Matthew Cullen, 2010)
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Postby Carbon » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:30 am

+3
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)

+1
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)
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011)
David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016)

-1
Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009)
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Postby Noahh » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:02 pm

+3
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)

+1
Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, "Runaway" (dir. Kanye West, 2010)
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)

-1
Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009)
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Postby Benjamin » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:37 pm

+3 Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)

+1 Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls" (dir. Matthew Cullen, 2010)
+1 Kanye West feat. Pusha T, "Runaway" (dir. Kanye West, 2010)
+1 Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014)
+1 Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)
+1 Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010)

-1 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015)
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Postby luckyONE » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:09 pm

+3
Blank Space

+1
California Gurls
You Belong With Me
Bitch Better Have My Money
Rolling In The Deep
Somebody That I Used To Know

-1
Formation
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Postby leomedar » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:01 pm

+3
David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016): excellent!

+1
Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016): when you just see a still and easily know which song it is, which album and impact it had. Outstanding video.
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015): very nice cinematography, good video overall
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, "Runaway" (dir. Kanye West, 2010): very Kanyesque, in this case it is a good one.
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011): effective
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls" (dir. Matthew Cullen, 2010): bubblegum video, fits the song.

No points:
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010): cool
Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009): agree this kind of graduated Taylor as a pop artist, but the video is just ok.
Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014): ok

-1
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015): not my thing, it is not bad though
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Postby Goldmoney » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:42 pm

+3
Formation

+1
Cali Gurls
Runaway
Bish Better Have My Money
Lazarus
Rolling in the Deep

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Somebody That I Used to Know
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Postby JSparksFan » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:47 pm

This round is a bit much. :o :o :o

+3
Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009)

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

-1
Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014)
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Postby leomedar » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:34 pm

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RESULTS

Very good round with many voters and votes spread across the options. K-Pop exits and also high profile videos by Taylor, Gotye and Adele.

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. Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014) (#48)
93. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014) (#37)
92. Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007) (#88)
91. The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist" (dir. Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire, 2000) (#95)
90. Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009) (#52)
89. Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016) (#89)
88. PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012) (#12)
87. *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000) (#21)
86. Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007) (#60)
85. UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007) (#57)
84. Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014) (#75)
83. Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003) (#84)
82. Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010) (#97)
81. Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011) (#77)
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Postby cheapthrills » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:41 pm

Didnt expect them to move on, but that Orange Caramel video is really entertaining.
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Postby leomedar » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:45 pm

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We are moving now to the second half of the first phase!!! Each round had a winner, and that winner will be immune in phase 2, so we already have some Top45 videos!

R1 winner
D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)
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R2 winner
Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
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R3 winner
Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, "Telephone" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)
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R4 winner
M.I.A., "Bad Girls" (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012)
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R5 winner
Beyoncé, "Formation" (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)
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But also some surprising losers based on its rank in the original rank! All these should have survived phase 1:
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)
96. Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000) (#35)
94. Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014) (#48)
93. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014) (#37)
90. Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009) (#52)
88. PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012) (#12)
87. *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000) (#21)
86. Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007) (#60)
85. UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007) (#57)

Bright side of the story is that many videos that should have exit still remain:
63. Ciara, "Promise" (dir. Diane Martel, 2006)
96. Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2012)
68. Kesha, "Blow" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2010)
71. Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
98. Scissor Sisters, "Let's Have a Kiki" (dir. Vern Moen, 2012)
62. Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do" (dir. Dougal Wilson, 2006)
100. Fall Out Boy, "Sugar We're Goin Down" (dir. Matt Lenski, 2005)
64. Missy Elliott, "Gossip Folks" (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)
73. Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope" (dir. Wendy Morgan, 2010)
61. Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (dir. Rihanna & Megaforce, 2015)
87. David Bowie, "Lazarus" (dir. Johan Renck, 2016)

With Kylie even winning its round!

Soon, Round 6
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Postby leomedar » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:27 pm

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ROUND 6

Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance" (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2009)
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Position: #1 // Views @Youtube: 988,803,934 (as of 02.12.2018)


"By the time she crawled out of your mom’s Volvo roof box to deliver her first rah-rah-rahs, Lady Gaga had already hosted a poolside orgy, transformed the subway into her debaucherous lair, and sought poisonous revenge on Alexander Skarsgård for throwing her off the edge of a castle. Her ideas were big; her budgets were catching up. But the video for “Bad Romance,” the lead single from 2009’s The Fame Monster, went beyond the kind of spectacle that rising superstars like her had the resources to pull off. It offered a glimpse into an entire cinematic world that thrilled and disturbed in equal measure, expanding the possibilities of what a music video could achieve -- and challenging other stars to step their game up at the same time.

“Bad Romance” features some of her most gorgeous music-video looks -- as silly as it seems now in the post-Joanne era, the video was praised by some critics for the “stripped-down” and “normal” makeup on display -- as well as her most unsettling. The white crowned bodysuits look like Max from Where the Wild Things Are hit up a fetish club. The bathtub-bound Gaga with CGI-enlarged eyes beckoned to the uncanny valley. And despite all the glossy, sterile exteriors abound, an element of body horror lurks underneath the surface, from shots that linger over dancers’ exaggerated bony spines to the emaciated Gaga-monster hiding in a cage during the second verse. Pause the video at any moment and you’ll probably find yourself starting at something worth dissecting; even the briefest scenes and cutaways -- Gaga suspended in a cloud of diamonds, Gaga covering her face with razor-blade sunglasses, Gaga stomping around in alienesque Alexander McQueen heels -- could have sustained their own storylines as standalone videos.

Those mini-moments were mostly in service of a bigger story, one in which Gaga gets kidnapped and drugged by models, sold into some kind of sexual slavery via an ominous pack of Russian men, and eventually enacts a fiery revenge plot. Considering how “Bad Romance” cemented the branding and iconography of her “Little Monster” fanbase -- witness the birth of the monster claw! -- it’s a little ironic that Gaga has described the video’s plot as an allegory about the entertainment industry, one that asks viewers to examine their relationship to their idols, what they ask of them, and at what cost they get it.

Of course, Lady Gaga would go on to make more elaborate music videos than “Bad Romance” -- the mini-movie that was “Telephone,” the space opera that was “Born This Way,” each weaving in social commentary in both obvious and subtle ways. But more than providing any one look, dance move, or message, ""Bad Romance"" was a supernova reminder that there was still so much room to push the art form -- and that no one was more game to lead the charge than the free bitch herself, baby. It’s fitting that the video ends with the singer torching the place and everything in her path, lying among the embers and shooting sparks out of her pyro-bra. With “Bad Romance,” she took the old standard for great music videos and set it aflame, then got to work building a new one. -- N.F."

JAY-Z & Kanye West, "Otis" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2011)
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Position: #11 // Views @Youtube: 154,217,168 (as of 02.12.2018)


What part of 2011's impossibly joyful video for "Otis" feels the least likely in 2018? That it had a world premiere on MTV (like, MTV the cable TV channel) with a rebroadcast on MTV2 a couple hours later? That the most controversial thing about it -- the thing that necessitated a disclaimer at the end -- was that the needless deconstruction of the vehicle used for the clip's joyriding would be seen as financially irresponsible? That the big celebrity cameo comes from a silent Aziz Ansari? That Kanye appears to be having an absolute blast? That Jay and Kanye act like they genuinely love each other? Or is it that there's a gigantic American flag plastered on the wall behind the duo, with no message seemingly attached to it except to ask, "How could you not love a country where we get to do shit like this?" At the time, the point felt like a strong one. -- A.U.

Christina Aguilera feat. Redman, "Dirrty" (dir. David LaChapelle, 2002)
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Position: #26 // Views @Youtube: 88,326,057 (as of 02.12.2018)


In the world of pop divadom, frequent reinvention isn’t just a choice, it’s practically a rule. But back in 2002, Christina Aguilera, loathful of her prefab pop princess persona, committed to one of the most explosive image resets in history with a red thong, a pair of chaps, and a dance move that would come to be known as “the slut drop.” You can only imagine the kind of language her critics used against her, and, indeed, there was plenty of outrage, vitriol, and mean-spirited mocking flung her way. Still, Aguilera seemed to weather the attention like a pro, and outlets that gave the young singer a chance to explain herself were treated to a brief lesson in sexual agency that was years beyond the general public’s understanding back then: “I may have been the naked-ass girl in the video,” she told Blender in 2003, "but if you at it carefully, I’m also at the forefront. I’m not just some lame chick in a rap video; I’m in the power position.” Guess Bionic wasn’t her only work ahead of its time. -- N.F.

Rihanna feat. JAY-Z, "Umbrella" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2007)
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Position: #36 // Views @Youtube: 439,218,313 (as of 02.12.2018)


A waterfall of sparks, umbrella-based choreography and -- best of all -- an iconic silvered silhouette of one of the biggest pop stars both then and now makes the recipe for this timeless video. It’s the perfect blend of sexy, playful, and artistic -- risqué without being raunchy, thematic without being tacky. But the video’s biggest feat of all is proving that, even if only for Rihanna, it is possible to look that good with an umbrella. -- L.H.

Carlos Vives, "La Tierra del Olvido" (dir. Carlos Vives, 2015)
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Position: #44 // Views @Youtube: 69,812,992 (as of 02.12.2018)


This 2015 remake of Vives’ original video and recording from 1995 is an achingly beautiful love letter to Vives’ native Colombia, where he enlisted help from multiple fellow Colombian stars -- including Fanny Lu, Fonesca and Maluma, each hailing from a different region in the country -- for a stunning, sweeping trip through his homeland. Meanwhile, the evocative lyrics and melancholy, yet danceable melody, bring to mind memories of Gabriel García Marquez. -- L.C.

Robyn, "Call Your Girlfriend" (dir. Max Vitali, 2011)
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Position: #59 // Views @Youtube: 21,642,708 (as of 02.12.2018)


In one continuous three-and-a-half minute shot, Robyn manages to hold your attention in the music video for "Call Your Girlfriend." The video simply shows Robyn dancing and singing in an empty soundstage, wearing a furry top and looking like her own heart has just been shattered, but it feels impossible to look away. The clip was often parodied and recreated after its release, most notably by former SNL cast member Taran Killam, in which he filmed a near-perfect recreation of the video in the show's writers room at 4:00 a.m. -- X.Z.

Ozuna, "Se Preparo" (dir. Nuno Gomes, 2017)
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Position: #70 // Views @YouTube: 988,523,972 (as of 02.12.2018)


Ozuna is Latin music’s current master of the video universe: The Puerto Rican reggaeton/trap star has so many great videos to his name, it’s hard to settle on a favorite. But “Se Preparo,” with its mix of whimsy and edge, is as fun as the song is compelling. Directed by Venezuelan video master Nuno Gomez, who delights in storytelling, it sets the stage for the wronged girl, who, to forget her boyfriend’s infidelities, preps for a night on the town with the girls. Except it’s actually an elaborate ruse to get even -- one that keeps you watching till the hilarious end. -- L.C.

ANOHNI, "Drone Bomb Me" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2016)
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Position: #76 // Views @YouTube: 1,139,539 (as of 02.12.2018)


ANOHNI’s 2016 solo debut Hopelessness combined dazzling experimental pop with the sort of radical social activism most prominent musicians are too timid to approach. For this Hudson Mohawke- and Oneohtrix Point Never-produced song, ANOHNI sings from the perspective of a nine year-old Afghani girl whose family has just been killed by a drone bomb, her despair sending her atop a mountain to demand she be taken next. In the gripping, exquisitely produced video (bankrolled by Apple in a move ANOHNI later regretted), a teary-eyed Naomi Campbell gives a sublime performance, lip-synching and tantalizingly dancing along to the this glistening dirge while a team of dancers contorts around her. -- C.P.

Residente, "Descencuentro" (dir. Residente, 2017)
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Position: #83 // Views @Youtube: 48,293,987 (as of 02.12.2018)


Residente -- and prior to him, Calle 13 -- has long been known for his gritty, graphic, often violent video material. But his softer, romantic side is even more compelling, and the second video from his 2017 self-titled solo outing is drenched in love, the kind that sends shivers down your spine. Filmed in Paris' iconic Crémerie-Restaurant Polidor bistro and starring Charlotte Le Bon and Edgar Ramirez, "Descencuentro" (directed by Residente himself) is a mini-film about a man and a woman whose inevitable encounter inside the restaurant is delayed by a string of happenstance that goes from accidental to comical. “I wanted to stay away from clichés, but stay close to hope, to what motivates you to keep on trying in the midst of so many setbacks,” Residente told Billboard. The end result is breathtakingly (and unexpectedly) lovely. -- L.C.

Girls' Generation, "Gee" (dir. Cho Soo-hyun, 2009)
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Position: #92 // Views @YouTube: 219,924,788 (as of 02.12.2018)


One of the biggest K-pop hits ever, Girls’ Generation’s saccharine electro-pop anthem “Gee” was key to making the nonet one of South Korea’s biggest pop acts, largely thanks to its video’s living mannequins, viral “crab” dance, and brightly hued outfits. The success of it led to the group releasing further videos that rank among K-pop’s all-time most recognizable, including “Genie” and “I Got A Boy,” but nothing will ever replace this 2009 music video for its critical spot in the genre's history. -- TAMAR HERMAN

R6 List

Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance" (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2009)
JAY-Z & Kanye West, "Otis" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2011)
Christina Aguilera feat. Redman, "Dirrty" (dir. David LaChapelle, 2002)
Rihanna feat. JAY-Z, "Umbrella" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2007)
Carlos Vives, "La Tierra del Olvido" (dir. Carlos Vives, 2015)
Robyn, "Call Your Girlfriend" (dir. Max Vitali, 2011)
Ozuna, "Se Preparo" (dir. Nuno Gomes, 2017)
ANOHNI, "Drone Bomb Me" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2016)
Residente, "Descencuentro" (dir. Residente, 2017)
Girls' Generation, "Gee" (dir. Cho Soo-hyun, 2009)

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 leomedar » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:31 pm

+3
Carlos Vives, "La Tierra del Olvido" (dir. Carlos Vives, 2015)

+1
ANOHNI, "Drone Bomb Me" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2016)
Residente, "Descencuentro" (dir. Residente, 2017)
Robyn, "Call Your Girlfriend" (dir. Max Vitali, 2011)
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance" (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2009)
JAY-Z & Kanye West, "Otis" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2011)

No points:
Rihanna feat. JAY-Z, "Umbrella" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2007)
Christina Aguilera feat. Redman, "Dirrty" (dir. David LaChapelle, 2002)
Girls' Generation, "Gee" (dir. Cho Soo-hyun, 2009)

-1
Ozuna, "Se Preparo" (dir. Nuno Gomes, 2017)
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Postby cheapthrills » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:51 pm

+3 Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance" (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2009)
+1 JAY-Z & Kanye West, "Otis" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2011)
+1 Christina Aguilera feat. Redman, "Dirrty" (dir. David LaChapelle, 2002)
+1 Carlos Vives, "La Tierra del Olvido" (dir. Carlos Vives, 2015)
+1 ANOHNI, "Drone Bomb Me" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2016)
+1 Residente, "Descencuentro" (dir. Residente, 2017)
-1 Girls' Generation, "Gee" (dir. Cho Soo-hyun, 2009)
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Postby leomedar » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:38 pm

quite a low turnout of votes
closing tonight
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Postby Erotica » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:31 pm

+3
Christina Aguilera feat. Redman, "Dirrty" (dir. David LaChapelle, 2002)

+1
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance" (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2009)
Rihanna feat. JAY-Z, "Umbrella" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2007)
Robyn, "Call Your Girlfriend" (dir. Max Vitali, 2011)
ANOHNI, "Drone Bomb Me" (dir. Nabil Elderkin, 2016)
Girls' Generation, "Gee" (dir. Cho Soo-hyun, 2009)
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 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:52 am

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RESULTS

Extremely low number of votes bring two hard consequences: bye bye riri and robyn.

100. Ozuna, "Se Preparo" (dir. Nuno Gomes, 2017) (#70)
99. Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (dir. Parris Goebel, 2015) (#55)
98. Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013) (#19)
97. Girls' Generation, "Gee" (dir. Cho Soo-hyun, 2009) (#92)
96. The Diplomats, "Dipset Anthem" (dir. N/A, 2003) (#50)
95. Rihanna feat. JAY-Z, "Umbrella" (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2007)
94. Sum 41, "Fat Lip" (dir. Marc Klasfeld, 2001) (#72)
93. Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl" (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000) (#35)
92. FKA twigs, "Papi Pacify" (dir. Tom Beard & FKA twigs, 2013) (#82)
91. Orange Caramel, "My Copycat" (dir. Digipedi, 2014) (#48)
90. Robyn, "Call Your Girlfriend" (dir. Max Vitali, 2011) (#59)
89. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014) (#37)
88. Kanye West feat. Dwele, "Flashing Lights" (dir. Spike Jonze, 2007) (#88)
87. The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist" (dir. Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire, 2000) (#95)
86. Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" (dir. Roman White, 2009) (#52)
85. Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" (dir. Zia Anger, 2016) (#89)
84. PSY, "Gangnam Style" (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012) (#12)
83. *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye" (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000) (#21)
82. Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (dir. Jonas & Francois, 2007) (#60)
81. UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2007) (#57)
80. Kendrick Lamar, "i" (dir. Alexandre Moors, 2014) (#75)
79. Alicia Keys, "You Don't Know My Name" (dir. Chris Robinson, 2003) (#84)
78. Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" (dir. Sam Brown, 2010) (#97)
77. Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (dir. Natasha Pincus, 2011) (#77)
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Postby leomedar » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:20 am

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ROUND 7

OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)
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Position: #5 // Views @Youtube: 381,477,127 (as of 04.12.2018)


Coming up on the 15th anniversary of its release, “Hey Ya!” remains an infectious slice of pop culture -- as does its video. A twist on the Beatles’ own era-defining appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, “Hey Ya!” finds OutKast turning the British Invasion on its ear, complete with black & white footage, a screaming female audience, a black family viewing the momentous TV performance at home, and Ryan Phillippe in the guise of host Sullivan. Speaking of guises, Big Boi acts as the band manager, while André 3000 portrays all eight band members, including background group The Love Haters -- all garbed in eye-catching green finery. During the two-day shoot in Los Angeles, André reportedly performed “Hey Ya!” 23 times. Beyond introducing the phrase “shake it like a Polaroid picture” into the pop lexicon, OutKast also single-handedly revitalized the camera company’s public image. The Bryan Barber-directed video later won a bevy of awards, including video of the year at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. -- G.M.

My Chemical Romance, "Helena" (dir. Marc Webb, 2005)
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Position: #17 // Views @Youtube: 77,702,229 (as of 04.12.2018)


It wasn't supposed to rain on set, but of course it did: My Chemical Romance and Marc Webb brought the emo downpour for "Helena," and the elements simply responded in turn. One of three brilliant video collaborations between band and director for MCR's starmaking Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge album, "Helena" was both the simplest and the most affecting: Its balletic funeral proceeding made for the best high-concept rock melodarama since Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were doing feature-film dry runs with Smashing Pumpkins a decade earlier. But for all the elaborate choreography and staging, the most indelible moment remains the curl of lead singer Gerard Way's lower lip as he sings the final tearjerking chorus -- a reminder that the song was inspired by Gerard and bassist brother Mikey's late grandmother, and thus the video held far more weight than just the prop coffin they were carrying. -- A.U.

The White Stripes, "Fell in Love With a Girl" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
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Position: #25 // Views @Youtube: 13,650,424 (as of 04.12.2018)


What better way to play up the youthful sensation of a first love than with LEGOs, a classic toy for a classic rock song. The toy of choice works in a surprising way here, as the figurines capture the similarly unclear mindset of a boy so confused by love he believes “the two sides of my brain need to have a meeting.” But, most impressive of all is how the video turns something seemingly so simple into something much more complex -- reportedly, the video was shot frame by frame, requiring the LEGOs to be rebuilt each time -- a situation that anyone who has ever fallen in love is likely all too familiar with. -- L.H.

Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers" (dir. Wolf Haley, 2011)
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Position: #32 // Views @Youtube: 107,895,990 (as of 04.12.2018)


Tyler, the Creator had a vision: “‘I’m sitting on a chair rapping, I’m playing with a bug, I eat it, I throw it up, my eyes go black, and I hang myself.’ That was his treatment,” explained director Anthony Mandler (Beyoncé’s “Get Me Bodied,” Rihanna’s “Man Down”) in a 2011 interview. Mandler, along with director of photography Luis “Panch” Perez, gave Tyler the guidance and equipment he needed to self-direct the black-and-white, tilt-shifted video for “Yonkers." In the breakout clip, Tyler does exactly what he outlined: He sits in a chair, lets a giant cockroach crawl over his hands, appears to take a bite, pukes, blacks out his eyes, and hangs himself. Effective enough to make stomachs the world over turn -- and earn Tyler one of the all-time least-likely nods for a Video of the Year VMA. -- C.W.

Drake feat. Lil Wayne, "HYFR (Hell Ya **** Right)" (dir. Director X, 2012)
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Position: #47 // Views @Youtube: - (as of 04.12.2018)


More than any of us Jewish kids would have ever dared daydream about during Hebrew School: the biggest rapper in the world documenting his own adult Bar Mitzvah, replete with the requisite torah reading, hora dancing, and ever so many popped bottles of Manischewitz. Did three-and-a-half minutes of Drake and Lil Wayne going HAM -- err, going smoked salmon -- on the former's special day do more to get kids to their local congregations on Saturday morning than every rabbinical sermon this century combined? Impossible to say for sure, but chances are the JTS wouldn't wanna see the box score of that showdown. -- A.U.

Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2002)
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Position: #58 // Views @Youtube: 105,625,511 (as of 04.12.2018)


Christina Aguilera eloquently touches on insecurity in the Jonas Åkerlund-directed “Beautiful," as the dark-lit scenes underscore the decimation that occurs when someone is ostracized for being less than perfect: too fat or skinny, ugly, gay. Alone in a sparsely furnished room, Aguilera zeroes in on songwriter/producer Linda Perry’s affirmation that everyone is beautiful, no matter what people say. “Words can’t bring me down,” she sings as the video’s characters conquer their insecurities: one woman bashes in her mirror, another tosses beauty magazines into a fireplace while a gay couple publicly kiss and hold hands. The video won a GLAAD Media Award for its positive portrayal of gay and transgender individuals. -- GAIL MITCHELL

JAY-Z, "The Story of O.J." (dir. JAY-Z & Mark Romanek, 2017)
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Position: #69 // Views @YouTube: 80,004,100 (as of 04.12.2018)


A theme of Jay's work of late has been taking stereotypes and tropes about the black community and forcing them right in front of his audience's faces. Seldom has that ever been more clear than in the "O.J." video, which lifts its inspiration from a set of racist Looney Tunes cartoons from the '40s, casting himself and others in blackface and hammering home the message of the song's lyrics through the visual. It's among the best examples of this in his catalog. -- D.R.

Dua Lipa, "New Rules" (dir. Henry Scholfield, 2017)
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Position: #74 // Views @YouTube: 1,556,639,794 (as of 04.12.2018)


Some new new rules: 1. Launch a thousand Pinterest boards with a beachy pastel color scheme and an enviable hotel slumber party. 2. Take unlikely inspiration from the animal kingdom with head-bobbing choreography meant to evoke the fidgety movements of a pack of flamingos. (No, really!) 3. Embrace the storytelling power of repetition for a dance routine whose third-act twist still delights as much as it did the first time. Follow those steps, and you'll earn admission to YouTube’s billion-views club — and maybe fast-track yourself to a level of international superstardom that half a dozen prior singles couldn’t snag. -- NOLAN FEENEY

Grimes, "Kill v. Maim" (dir. Claire Boucher & Mac Boucher, 2016)
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Position: #85 // Views @Youtube: 15,497,546 (as of 04.12.2018)


Grimes made all our cyberpunk dreams come true with the “Kill v. Maim” video. The singer previously explained that the song’s inspiration was for a fictional movie that was “a mixture of Godfather and Twilight,” but the video itself transports the viewer into a wild post-apocalyptic world: Imagine if Final Fantasy took place in the Mad Max universe... but was also shot in Harajuku in the ‘90s. And what better way to end this giddy mix of cult-film homages than with an ode to Blade’s bloody rave scene? -- BIANCA GRACIE

Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2014)
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Position: #92 // Views @YouTube: 975,774,923 (as of 04.12.2018)


“Brace yourself for something so fantastically fantastical that you’ll soil yourself from intergalactic excitement" reads part of the tongue-in-cheek Star Wars-style scroll that introduces Ariana Grande’s video for “Break Free." The stakes in this outer space-based video are as high as Grande’s ponytail, as she uses her blaster to shoot down guards and free prisoners. But wait! Ari herself has been taken captive! Will she... break free?! Yes, and then she will board a spaceship where Zedd is both captain and DJ. Phew. -- CHRISTINE WERTHMAN

R7 List

OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)
My Chemical Romance, "Helena" (dir. Marc Webb, 2005)
The White Stripes, "Fell in Love With a Girl" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers" (dir. Wolf Haley, 2011)
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, "HYFR (Hell Ya **** Right)" (dir. Director X, 2012)
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2002)
JAY-Z, "The Story of O.J." (dir. JAY-Z & Mark Romanek, 2017)
Dua Lipa, "New Rules" (dir. Henry Scholfield, 2017)
Grimes, "Kill v. Maim" (dir. Claire Boucher & Mac Boucher, 2016)
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2014)

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Postby toni_pest » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:29 am

+3 Dua Lipa, "New Rules" (dir. Henry Scholfield, 2017)
+1 OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)
+1 My Chemical Romance, "Helena" (dir. Marc Webb, 2005)
+1 Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2002)
+1 Grimes, "Kill v. Maim" (dir. Claire Boucher & Mac Boucher, 2016)
+1 Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2014)
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Postby JSparksFan » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:40 am

+3
OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)

+1
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2002)
JAY-Z, "The Story of O.J." (dir. JAY-Z & Mark Romanek, 2017)
Dua Lipa, "New Rules" (dir. Henry Scholfield, 2017)
Grimes, "Kill v. Maim" (dir. Claire Boucher & Mac Boucher, 2016)
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2014)

-1
Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers" (dir. Wolf Haley, 2011)
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Postby cheapthrills » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:52 am

+3 Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2014)
+1 OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)
+1 Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers" (dir. Wolf Haley, 2011)
+1 Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2002)
+1 JAY-Z, "The Story of O.J." (dir. JAY-Z & Mark Romanek, 2017)
+1 Dua Lipa, "New Rules" (dir. Henry Scholfield, 2017)
-1 Drake feat. Lil Wayne, "HYFR (Hell Ya **** Right)" (dir. Director X, 2012)
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Postby Jonathan » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:08 am

+3
OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)

+1
The White Stripes, "Fell in Love With a Girl" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
JAY-Z, "The Story of O.J." (dir. JAY-Z & Mark Romanek, 2017)
My Chemical Romance, "Helena" (dir. Marc Webb, 2005)
Grimes, "Kill v. Maim" (dir. Claire Boucher & Mac Boucher, 2016)
Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers" (dir. Wolf Haley, 2011)
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Postby heppolo » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:23 am

+3 Grimes, "Kill v. Maim" (dir. Claire Boucher & Mac Boucher, 2016)

+1 My Chemical Romance, "Helena" (dir. Marc Webb, 2005)
OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)
The White Stripes, "Fell in Love With a Girl" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers" (dir. Wolf Haley, 2011)
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2002)

-1 Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2014)
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Postby Erotica » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:24 am

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OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)

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My Chemical Romance, "Helena" (dir. Marc Webb, 2005)
The White Stripes, "Fell in Love With a Girl" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2002)
Grimes, "Kill v. Maim" (dir. Claire Boucher & Mac Boucher, 2016)
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2014)
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Postby ccadavi1 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:56 pm

+3
OutKast, "Hey Ya!" (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)

+1
The White Stripes, "Fell in Love With a Girl" (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2002)

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Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free" (dir. Chris Marrs Piliero, 2014)
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