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BEST OF THE 2010s

The best music videos of the 2010s, as rated by users.

9.56/109 ratings
2018
The video starts with a shirtless Gambino dancing through a warehouse, interacting with a series of chaotic scenes. According to director Hiro Murai, the video was inspired by the films Mother! and City of God. It's dense with commentary on racism throughout American history.
9.29/107 ratings
2016
The song's music video is part of a one-hour film with the same title as its parent album, (Lemonade) which initially aired on HBO and was also included with the purchase of the album itself. The Jonas Åkerlund-directed video features Beyoncé destroying multiple cars and security cameras using a baseball bat.
8.83/106 ratings
2017
The gorgeous video opens with Kendrick Lamar dressed in all white as the pope before putting him in all black lying on a pile of money. Full of symbolism and social commentary, the HUMBLE. video uses a fisheye lense and other techniques to create intensity.
8.71/107 ratings
2016
Formation was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, and features references to Hurricane Katrina, antebellum, and Louisiana Creole culture, along with police brutality and racism. Julie Dash's 1991 film Daughters of the Dust inspired the look and feel of the video, which was part of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade.
8.6/105 ratings
2015
In Hotline Bling, Drake dances inside brightly colored boxes along with several other women. The director said he hoped the video would inspire more men to dance. It worked for Donald Trump, who starred in a parody of the video on Saturday Night Live in 2015.
8.5/106 ratings
2015
Hello features Adele performing the song in a small house and outside in a wooded forest, interspersed with scenes of her recently as a broken-up woman recalling a younger version of herself with actor Tristan Wilds.
8.4/105 ratings
2010
Firework was filmed in Budapest and opens with Perry gazing down upon a city from a palatial balcony, singing into the night. Teenagers below struggle with fears and insecurities. Fireworks burst from inside Katy's body, inspiring young people throughout the city to ignite their own fireworks. One by one, the characters find the strength to do what they were afraid to do.
8.4/105 ratings
2015
The seven-minute-long black-and-white music video comments on police brutality and racism. Kendrick Lamar raps through Los Angeles. The video culminates with a shot of Lamar standing on top of a lampost -- where a police officer shoots him.
8.33/103 ratings
2014
Taylor Swift approached director Joseph Kahn with the idea for Blank Space. She wanted the video to portray her self-deprecation as a "crazy villain" akin to the lyrics. According to Kahn, Swift envisioned Blank Space as "a video addressing this concept of, if she has so many boys breaking up with her maybe the problem isn't the boy, maybe the problem is her"
8.33/106 ratings
2013
Miley Cyrus permanently left her Disney image behind with the video for Wrecking Ball. Cyrus sings the song in close-up, a la Sinéad O'Connor in her video for Nothing Compares 2 U. In other scenes; she licks a sledgehammer and swings on a wrecking ball while wearing nothing but boots.
8.33/103 ratings
2016
The video consists of over-layered visuals and has the band playing the song in various landscapes and locations. One of the sites used is the Croatian mountain range of Biokovo, upon which Chris Martin appears to be seated. The music video makes extensive use of impossible imagery, including a scene where dolphins swim in a sea situated underneath an inverted landmass
8.17/106 ratings
2010
Kanye West directed the video, drawing from director Stanley Kubrick as an inspiration. West drew inspiration from other long-form music videos and music-related cinema, including Purple Rain, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. The music video revolves around a love story between West (known as "Griffin" in the narrative) and a phoenix he discovers while driving through the woods.
8/103 ratings
2011
The video for Yonkers consists entirely of Tyler, the Creator, rapping on a chair in a white room. The black-and-white film is as disturbing as some of its lyrics. Tyler, the Creator holds and eats a cockroach, vomits, and commits suicide.
8/104 ratings
2013
Counting Stars features the band performing the song in the gloomy ground floor of a building surrounded by hanging light bulbs, interspersed with scenes of several people in a religious revival service on the upper floor, dancing along with the song. At the end of the video, the ceiling is demolished, causing one of the people in the service to fall through the floor, coming through the ceiling of the room the band is performing in. The video also shows clips of an alligator crawling through the ground floor.
8/102 ratings
2016
The music video opens with the seven BTS members exploring a museum filled with European Renaissance replications and weeping angels and switches to showing the band posing together. Throughout the visual, the band members are seen dancing in multiple sets or being confined by luxurious rooms with classic white sculptures kept in the dark places, tied up or trapped.
8/102 ratings
2015
The video for I Feel Love begins on a dark, foggy street reminiscent of black-and-white film noir. A woman struggles in the wind but continues to walk forward though she is barely able to stand. Neon lights penetrate the otherwise colorless set.
8/103 ratings
2018
The video for Pynk features actress Tessa Thompson, a frequent collaborator of Monáe's. The plot finds Monáe and Thompson along with a group of other women dancing in a desert, having a slumber party, and sitting out by a pool while expressing appreciation for the vagina.
8/102 ratings
2016
At the beginning of the music video, as described by Rolling Stone's Sarah Grant, "Shakira strolls through a bodega with her pet pig on a leash and her wild mane of hair hidden under a pink wig." "She then lures him into an underground bar," as Billboard added, while also "swivel[ing] her hips from the top of the bar to the men's bathroom, where she winds, kicks, and grinds solo amid the urinals.
8/108 ratings
2014
Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame spins, crawls, falls, and kicks around a dirty apartment in the video for Chandelier. Ziegler wore a blonde wig to resemble the one Sia wears. The success of this video spurred many more collaborations between the dancer and the musician who refuses to show her face.
8/104 ratings
2017
The video uses a style similar to the Censored Eleven cartoons, depicting several well-known stereotypes associated with African Americans. The video touches on African American culture, various roles within the black community, and how the black community is affected by money. O. J. Simpson (the song's namesake) is featured saying the rumored line, "I'm not black, I'm O.J.," a reference to the idea that wealth, notoriety, and fame can transcend race.
9.56/109 ratings
2018
The video starts with a shirtless Gambino dancing through a warehouse, interacting with a series of chaotic scenes. According to director Hiro Murai, the video was inspired by the films Mother! and City of God. It's dense with commentary on racism throughout American history.
9.29/107 ratings
2016
The song's music video is part of a one-hour film with the same title as its parent album, (Lemonade) which initially aired on HBO and was also included with the purchase of the album itself. The Jonas Åkerlund-directed video features Beyoncé destroying multiple cars and security cameras using a baseball bat.
8.83/106 ratings
2017
The gorgeous video opens with Kendrick Lamar dressed in all white as the pope before putting him in all black lying on a pile of money. Full of symbolism and social commentary, the HUMBLE. video uses a fisheye lense and other techniques to create intensity.
8.71/107 ratings
2016
Formation was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, and features references to Hurricane Katrina, antebellum, and Louisiana Creole culture, along with police brutality and racism. Julie Dash's 1991 film Daughters of the Dust inspired the look and feel of the video, which was part of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade.
8.6/105 ratings
2015
In Hotline Bling, Drake dances inside brightly colored boxes along with several other women. The director said he hoped the video would inspire more men to dance. It worked for Donald Trump, who starred in a parody of the video on Saturday Night Live in 2015.
8.5/106 ratings
2015
Hello features Adele performing the song in a small house and outside in a wooded forest, interspersed with scenes of her recently as a broken-up woman recalling a younger version of herself with actor Tristan Wilds.
8.4/105 ratings
2010
Firework was filmed in Budapest and opens with Perry gazing down upon a city from a palatial balcony, singing into the night. Teenagers below struggle with fears and insecurities. Fireworks burst from inside Katy's body, inspiring young people throughout the city to ignite their own fireworks. One by one, the characters find the strength to do what they were afraid to do.
8.4/105 ratings
2015
The seven-minute-long black-and-white music video comments on police brutality and racism. Kendrick Lamar raps through Los Angeles. The video culminates with a shot of Lamar standing on top of a lampost -- where a police officer shoots him.
8.33/103 ratings
2014
Taylor Swift approached director Joseph Kahn with the idea for Blank Space. She wanted the video to portray her self-deprecation as a "crazy villain" akin to the lyrics. According to Kahn, Swift envisioned Blank Space as "a video addressing this concept of, if she has so many boys breaking up with her maybe the problem isn't the boy, maybe the problem is her"
8.33/106 ratings
2013
Miley Cyrus permanently left her Disney image behind with the video for Wrecking Ball. Cyrus sings the song in close-up, a la Sinéad O'Connor in her video for Nothing Compares 2 U. In other scenes; she licks a sledgehammer and swings on a wrecking ball while wearing nothing but boots.
8.33/103 ratings
2016
The video consists of over-layered visuals and has the band playing the song in various landscapes and locations. One of the sites used is the Croatian mountain range of Biokovo, upon which Chris Martin appears to be seated. The music video makes extensive use of impossible imagery, including a scene where dolphins swim in a sea situated underneath an inverted landmass
8.17/106 ratings
2010
Kanye West directed the video, drawing from director Stanley Kubrick as an inspiration. West drew inspiration from other long-form music videos and music-related cinema, including Purple Rain, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. The music video revolves around a love story between West (known as "Griffin" in the narrative) and a phoenix he discovers while driving through the woods.
8/103 ratings
2011
The video for Yonkers consists entirely of Tyler, the Creator, rapping on a chair in a white room. The black-and-white film is as disturbing as some of its lyrics. Tyler, the Creator holds and eats a cockroach, vomits, and commits suicide.
8/104 ratings
2013
Counting Stars features the band performing the song in the gloomy ground floor of a building surrounded by hanging light bulbs, interspersed with scenes of several people in a religious revival service on the upper floor, dancing along with the song. At the end of the video, the ceiling is demolished, causing one of the people in the service to fall through the floor, coming through the ceiling of the room the band is performing in. The video also shows clips of an alligator crawling through the ground floor.
8/102 ratings
2016
The music video opens with the seven BTS members exploring a museum filled with European Renaissance replications and weeping angels and switches to showing the band posing together. Throughout the visual, the band members are seen dancing in multiple sets or being confined by luxurious rooms with classic white sculptures kept in the dark places, tied up or trapped.
8/102 ratings
2015
The video for I Feel Love begins on a dark, foggy street reminiscent of black-and-white film noir. A woman struggles in the wind but continues to walk forward though she is barely able to stand. Neon lights penetrate the otherwise colorless set.
8/103 ratings
2018
The video for Pynk features actress Tessa Thompson, a frequent collaborator of Monáe's. The plot finds Monáe and Thompson along with a group of other women dancing in a desert, having a slumber party, and sitting out by a pool while expressing appreciation for the vagina.
8/102 ratings
2016
At the beginning of the music video, as described by Rolling Stone's Sarah Grant, "Shakira strolls through a bodega with her pet pig on a leash and her wild mane of hair hidden under a pink wig." "She then lures him into an underground bar," as Billboard added, while also "swivel[ing] her hips from the top of the bar to the men's bathroom, where she winds, kicks, and grinds solo amid the urinals.
8/108 ratings
2014
Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame spins, crawls, falls, and kicks around a dirty apartment in the video for Chandelier. Ziegler wore a blonde wig to resemble the one Sia wears. The success of this video spurred many more collaborations between the dancer and the musician who refuses to show her face.
8/104 ratings
2017
The video uses a style similar to the Censored Eleven cartoons, depicting several well-known stereotypes associated with African Americans. The video touches on African American culture, various roles within the black community, and how the black community is affected by money. O. J. Simpson (the song's namesake) is featured saying the rumored line, "I'm not black, I'm O.J.," a reference to the idea that wealth, notoriety, and fame can transcend race.

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