10 Best Music Videos of 2016: Beyonce, Lil Yachty, David Bowie & More

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FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Solange, "Don't Touch My Hair" From a rock legend's self-penned epitaph to a pop queen's new creative peak to unclassifiable oddities from hip-hop newcomers, 2016 featured a lot of music videos that went beyond our expectations to refine the art form and redefine how people look at the world. These are the year's 10 best. 10. Rihanna, "Needed Me" Ignoring Battleship, Rihanna's Harmony Korine-directed "Needed Me" video makes the case that the (obscenely photogenic) superstar deserves a starring role in an action-thriller at some point. The cinematic clip is a slow build to Rihanna's execution-style shooting of a dude making it rain in a strip club in the finale. At the very least, she better make an appearance in a James Bond movie in the near future. 9. Radiohead, "Burn the Witch" From Wallace and Gromit to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, stop-motion animation tends to look precious and adorable by default. So a stop-motion story of a quaint British village coming together to burn a woman at the stake Wicker Man-style is a particularly memorable and unsettling visual -- particularly during a year when bandwagon pitchfork-wielding seems to have enjoyed a worldwide resurgence. 8. Lil Uzi Vert, "You Was Right" A far more entertaining detour into the world of Lewis Carroll than anything starring Johnny Depp, Lil Uzi Vert's "You Was Right" is a mesmerizing clip where Alice In Wonderland rabbits and tea parties meet Donnie Darko-esque liquid spears that snake through the surreal landscape. While his female party guests' eyes spiral like spinning tops, Lil Uzi Vert parades around like it's all just a day in the life for him. 7. David Bowie, "Lazarus" Not only did Bowie write his own epitaph with the art rock masterpiece Blackstar, but he enacted his own impending death with the "Lazarus" video. With his head wrapped in bandages and buttons in place of his eyes, Bowie writhes on his deathbed while singing his swan song. Bowie also semi-comically acts out the process of composing his parting artistic statement in the "Lazarus" video, as we see him scribbling away in the Bible-esque Blackstar book, which featured prominently in his previous video for the 10-minute title track. Like Bowie himself, it's easy to get a read on the video's overall tone, but...

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