10 Best Music Videos of 2016

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

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8. David Bowie, "Lazarus"

Director: Johan Renck

The video for "Lazarus" was uploaded on January 7th – one day before the release of David Bowie's Blackstar LP and three days before he died of cancer. The figure lurking underneath the hospital bed, the writer reaching the end of the page, the theatrical retreat into the darkness of the wardrobe, the vertical black bars that evoke the confines of a coffin: The visual metaphors in "Lazarus" may be obvious, but given the context, that doesn't make them any less affecting.

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