Fifty of the World's Best Music Videos

Music video has been alive since the 1920's. So, they're only just a little bit older than my still-great grandmother. It's been a while since a Top 50 list was compiled, so with that in mind.. this is Fifty of the World's Best Music Videos, circa 2017.

In no order:

Seal "Crazy"

dir. Big TV!

A reminder that sanity may not make the most complete sense, to anyone.

Guns 'n' Roses "November Rain"

dir. Andy Morahan

An era-ending video for the 'Roses, with Axl marrying then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour.

Michael Jackson "Thriller"

dir. John Landis

A peak during the early-MTV era, "Thriller" is basically the only horror video one needs besides, say, "Come to Daddy."

Michael Jackson "Black or White"

dir. John Landis

Michael's career hit a second world-wide peak with this Dangerous-era clip.

Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer"

dir. Stephen R. Johnson

Animation crazy town goes down in this iconic Eighties vid.

Mary J Blige "I’m Goin’ Down"

dir. Matthew Rolston

Madonna "Vogue"

dir. David Fincher

Madonna's take on a then-underground (suddenly-mainstream) dance trend gets David Fincher's best video.

Madonna "Cherish"

dir. Herb Ritts

Before there was Jon Secada or Herb Ritts' own Chris Isaak, we had Madonna in the ocean.

PSY feat. HyunA "Gangnam Style"

dir. Cho Soo-hyun

The video that broke PSY into world-wide superstardom overnight - and made music videos relevant for a short bit.

Daft Punk "Around the World"

dir. Michel Gondry

A best-of list is not worthy if it doesn't include Michel, music video's premiér auteur of the Nineties; "Around the World" is possibly his best clip in his iconic videography.

Björk "Human Behaviour"

dir. Michel Gondry

Michel and Björk's careers took off in this ode to surrealism and youthful confusion.

Beyoncé "Formation"

dir. Melina Matsoukas

Lemonade's calling card video featured Beyoncé declaring her supremacy and standing up for African-Americans everywhere - in music video! Bow down.

Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"

dir. Jake Nava

Before Kanye rushed T-Swizzle on stage at the MTV VMA's, "Single Ladies" had already become Beyoncé's best video - and a nationwide sensation.

BLACKPINK '붐바야' (Boombayah)

dir. Seo Hyun Seung

I'm not an expert on K-Pop, but BLACKPINK's "Boombayah" is a behemoth in its short history.

2NE1 "내가 제일 잘 나가 (I Am the Best)"

dir. Seo Hyun Seung

One of Korea's most popular groups, 2NE1 announced their candidacy stateside with "I Am the Best," a girl-power anthem to rival the best.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "PONPONPON"

dir. Jun Tamukai

Another Internet-killer, Kyary's "PONPONPON" is a charming introduction to Miss Pamyu's continuing hit-making ability and killer charm.

Wu-Tang Clan "Gravel Pit"

dir. Joseph Kahn

The Wu go back to the Stone Age in this dino-and-vfx clip.

Jamie XX "Gosh"

dir. Romain Gavras

Lil’ Yachty feat. Quavo, Skippa da Flippa "Minnesota"

dir. Brendan Vaughan, RJ Sanchez

A video that maybe launched a superstar.

OK Go "Here It Goes Again"

dir. Trish Sie, OK Go

Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity"

dir. Jonathan Glazer

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