10 Best Music Videos of 2016

Beyoncé, David Bowie and a dancing robot highlight the year in visuals

10. Clipping, "Wriggle"

Director: Rodney Ascher

Though music videos get presented more and more like short films, complete with elaborate title cards and full cast and crew credits, others enthusiastically borrow online aesthetics, like the Tumblr dashboard scroll of Frank Ocean's "Nikes" or Lil Yachty's meme-ed out "1 Night." For "Wriggle" by Bay Area noise-rap crew Clipping, director Rodney Ascher (best known for The Shining fan theory documentary Room 237) plundered and edited together pop-culture GIFs, with a particular focus on Showgirls and Wonder Woman. Even Clipping rapper Daveed Diggs gets put on loop, following his Hamilton-promoting appearance on the Today show.