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10 Best Music Videos of 2014

From Taylor Swift’s luxurious mansion freakout to OG Maco’s low-budget hotel turn-up, the best clips of the year

St. Vincent, OG Maco, Beyoncé and a still from Disclosure's "Grab Her"

In 2014, music videos became increasingly prominent, not just on YouTube (where the most popular entry on our list has nearly 400 million views) and television (where a handful of networks keep them in rotation) but in the world at large, integrated into advertisements, social media and live events. Artists like Taylor Swift and Will.i.am pushed the boundaries of the form, creating apps where viewers could inhabit or interact with their work, and Beyoncé set the tone for the year by surprise releasing 17 clips at once in December of 2013. Looking back, here are our picks for the 10 best of the year.

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Sia, “Chandelier”

Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill
It's easy to see why the notoriously stage-shy Sia was a fan of 11-year-old reality star Maddie Ziegler. Here, the Dance Moms alum's crisp moves and theatrical mugging were a great fit for Ryan Heffington's imaginative choreography. But it's not only Ziegler's charisma that makes this video mesmerizing: Her dancing makes your memory tingle, with every gesture recalling ordinary activities that you can't exactly place. Each familiar movement is repeated until it becomes grotesque and threatening.

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