A nonviolent battle with an animated sea monster. A joyride down a stylized, Reagan-era highway. A horny tribute to women who strip and smoke. A stark, serious warning about the dangers of depression. 2016 found the heavyweights of Americana and country music leaving behind the Entourage-worthy beach parties and bro-approved tailgates of years past, focusing instead on videos that packed a more lasting punch.
Some artists went for laughs. Others tugged at the heartstrings. From Robert Ellis' cinematic "California" to Miranda Lambert's big-budget "Vice," here are Rolling Stone Country's favorite clips of the year, presented in no particular order.