1. Beyoncé, 'Lemonade'
Directors: Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles Carter, with Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Åkerlund and Mark Romanek
Beyoncé's 65-minute visual album for Lemonade is the most ambitious music video project of the year, and she and her team of collaborators pulled it off perfectly. An exploration of heritage, betrayal and redemption, it burns with ideas about the personal and the political. Do you think anyone else making music right now could have pulled off something like this? Don't play yourself.