10 Best Music Videos of 2016

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

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4. Pup, "Sleep in the Heat"

Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux

Over the span of 2016, the Toronto band Pup and director Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux teamed up for a three-video hot streak, any of which would have landed in the MTV Buzz Bin if such a thing still existed. "DVP" brings humor and creativity to the uninspired world of lyrics videos by taking over sequences from cartridge-console video games like ToeJam & Earl and Super Mario Bros. 3. "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will" is a brutal, gimmicky tribute to touring bands' self-destructive tendencies. But their final video, "Sleep in the Heat," is the best. Featuring actor Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things (who first appeared in a Pup video back in 2014), "Sleep in the Heat" is a soggy, self-mythologizing tale about companionship and sacrifice that could make a punk or pawn shop owner cry. 

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