3. Justin Timberlake, "Suit & Tie"
This year was lousy with high–concept cinematic videos but this one was all about the simple pleasures of music, talent and charisma. Directed by David Fincher and filmed in clean, classy black and white, "Suit & Tie" was a throwback to watershed Fincher videos like Madonna's "Vogue," which also managed to feel both vintage and forward-looking by combining a mid-century notion of sophistication and innovative filming (plus a lot of stripping). Whether dancing, singing or just hanging out wearing the hell out of some fine clothes, JT gave us the best up close and personal video performance of the year.