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Readers’ Poll: 10 Best Music Videos of 2000s

See which video beat favorites from the White Stripes, OutKast, Britney Spears

Readers' Poll: 10 Best Music Videos of 2000s

We asked our readers to vote for their favorite videos from the early 2000s. Here are the results.

The MTV Video Music Awards just completed their 33rd ceremony, with many performances from artists like Beyoncé and Britney Spears, who became famous because of their music videos being played on MTV in the early days of the new millennium. The 2000s has seen some of the most creative, innovative takes on the visual medium and in recent years, the video has become more important than ever with the rise of artists creating longform visual albums. With this in mind, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite music videos from the 2000s. Here are the results. 

Readers' Poll: 10 Best Music Videos of 2000s

The White Stripes, “Fell in Love With a Girl”

The White Stripes solidified their uniqueness with the wildly creative and complex video for "Fell in Love With a Girl." For the clip, the band is seen playing live, but they are made completely of legos. The fast, garage-rock jam was met beat-for-beat with the tediously-created clip directed by Michel Gondry.

Readers' Poll: 10 Best Music Videos of 2000s

Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood”

Directed by Joseph Kahn, Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video became an event with its star-studded cast that features members of the pop star's vast female friend group as well as some personal heroes and inspirations. Set to a remix of her 1989 song featuring Kendrick Lamar, the "Bad Blood" clip has Swift's best friend Selena Gomez betraying her and a crew of assassins coming to protect their leader.

Readers' Poll: 10 Best Music Videos of 2000s

Johnny Cash, “Hurt”

Johnny Cash made one of the saddest, most heartbreaking videos of all time before his death. For his cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt," the iconic singer is seen in a gothic home surrounded by his wife June Carter Cash and fruit in various states of decay. Images of him in the present are intercut with visuals from his past and his youth as the singer — who would pass away seven months later — reflects on his own history.

Readers' Poll: 10 Best Music Videos of 2000s

Beyonce, “Single Ladies”

"Single Ladies" was more than a monster single between 2008 and 2009, it was also the song and visual that made Beyoncé as big as she is today and solidified her diva status. The black-and-white clip features just the singer and two back-up dancers in black leotards doing fun, catchy choreography (inspired by Gwen Verdon's 1960s moves to "Mexican Breakfast") to the hit tune. The video created its own dance craze and inspired fans to learn and imitate the dance across social media.

Readers' Poll: 10 Best Music Videos of 2000s

Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Lady Gaga became the strangest element of pop in the 2000s with her daring, high-fashion looks and out-of-the-box take on pop tropes. When "Bad Romance" rolled around, the song and video declared that she was more than just a flash-in-the-pan pop phenomenon and established her as one of the most innovative thinkers of the genre. The video made the strongest case, with the singer emerging from a pod into a sterile room filled with dancers and a number of luxe looks like the glamorous alien for which she was known best.

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