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The Best Videos of 2010

From Gaga and Beyonce’s sexy killing spree to Die Antwoord’s surrealist freak show: the clips that blew us away this year

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The Best Videos of 2010

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From Gaga and Beyonce's sexy killing spree to Die Antwoord's surrealist freak show: the clips that blew us away this year

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“The Wilderness Downtown,” Arcade Fire

Set to the gorgeous, sweeping "We Used to Wait," this forward-thinking art film uses Google Maps images of your childhood neighborhood — with amazing, poignant results.

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“Who’s That Brown”, Das Racist

The Brooklyn MCs make a hilarious clip that's also a fully playable video game — like Nintendo's Double Dragon, but set in Williamsburg.

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“Drunk Girls,” LCD Soundsystem

Spike Jonze sics hell-raising pandas on LCD, and singer James Murphy is bound with tape and forcibly dressed in drag. Raucous, anarchistic fun.

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“Power,” Kanye West

Yeezy calls this 90-second clip by Italian-Canadian artist Marco Brambilla — the concise flip-side of the sprawling 34-minute video for  "Runaway" — a "moving painting." With half-naked, neo-classical angels and demons floating around the rapper in slow motion like a Salvador Dali wet dream, we call it awesome. Though, like all the best dreams, it ends too soon.

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“Kill Your Co-workers,” Flying Lotus

Digitized line-drawings with a cheery Pantone palette depict "Pattern + Grid World," a community of cubist androids chilling sweetly at a parade — until the evil robots come along, of course, and fuck shit up. Balancing analog warmth with digital chill, it was as perfect a visualization of an artist's sound as we saw all year.

“I Feel Better,” Hot Chip

In which the U.K. avant-dance-pop geeks re-imagine themselves as a boy band performing for a bunch of screaming girls, until a freaky seraph comes in and goes all Carrie on their asses. Then everyone comes together in dance-party unity. And then it all goes to hell again. Like LCD Soundsystem, proof that self-conscious dance music is sometimes the best kind.

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