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10 Best Music Videos of 2016

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

Given the type of year that 2016 was, many of the year's music videos deftly and vividly explored hurt, heartbreak and American chaos. There was also one where a young girl and a robot danced at a bus stop. Here are the year's best.


Kaytranada, “Lite Spots”

Director: Martin C. Pariseau

A throwback to when characters like Charles the man-dog in Daft Punk's "Da Funk" and Flat Eric from Mr. Oizo's "Flat Beat" helped dance music videos break out of screensaver monotony in the late Nineties. While those characters often acted as avatars for reluctant artists, in "Lite Spots" producer Kaytranada finds a little robot friend to be his equally charming foil. Together the pair team up and travel Los Angeles, making pals and picking up new moves. "Lite Spots" proves that for today's dance artists to be stars, they don't have to be massive or mysterious, they can be funny and endearing too.


Beyoncé, ‘Lemonade’

Directors: Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles Carter, with Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Åkerlund and Mark Romanek

Beyoncé's 65-minute visual album for Lemonade is the most ambitious music video project of the year, and she and her team of collaborators pulled it off perfectly. An exploration of heritage, betrayal and redemption, it burns with ideas about the personal and the political. Do you think anyone else making music right now could have pulled off something like this? Don't play yourself.

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