Rap-Up’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2010

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé

2010 was filled with boundary-pushing music videos for everything from radio hits to fan faves. Some created epic masterpieces like Kanye West’s “Runaway,” which unfolded for 35 minutes with stark visuals and a unique storyline, while others went for pop iconography like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in “Telephone” and Rihanna in the colorful “Rude Boy.” And you can’t have creativity without controversy, as evidenced by M.I.A.’s graphic “Born Free” and Erykah Badu’s nudity-laced clip for the guerilla style “Window Seat.” We count down our 10 favorite videos of the year.

10. Jay-Z featuring Swizz Beatz – “On to the Next One”

9. Beyoncé – “Why Don’t You Love Me”

8. M.I.A. – “Born Free”

7. Rihanna – “Rude Boy”

6. Erykah Badu – “Window Seat”

5. Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”

4. Willow Smith – “Whip My Hair”

3. Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You”

2. Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé – “Telephone”

1. Kanye West – “Runaway”

What were your favorite music videos of 2010? Share your picks below.

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98 Comments

  1. Biscuits

    Love this list!! Would be my choices too!

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  2. Jalin

    hmmm Ciara’s Gimmie Dat was better than most of these.

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  3. Humberto

    Im glad to see On To The Next One and Born Free. *u*

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  4. Lucas

    ride >>>> all of those

    maybe not runaway lol

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  5. Nickii

    Where The Fuck Is Your Love ; nicki minaj!!!!

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  6. Lexus

    I would’ve put Rude Boy higher but other than that, pretty great.

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  7. Dave

    “Ride” *& “Gimmie Dat” were better than most of these , & I’m not saying that because I’m a Ciara fan. But, I love & respect rap-up, so I will respect their choices.

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  8. Lexus

    Team Cedric please have a seat.

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  9. Joe

    Ciaras ride should be in there somewhere, Kanyes pretentious shit dont deserve nothin

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  10. Lucas

    I ain’t even a Ciara stan… I just have to admit she made a fuckin good video

    Team Beyowulf, please sit down.

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  11. Lucas

    I ain’t even a Ciara stan, i just have to admit she made a VERY good video.

    Team Beyowulf, please, sit down.

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  12. Lexus

    Ride was pure crap. The definition of low budget and tacky. Oh she rode a mechanical bull. WOOOOW. And Gimmie Dat was a snooze fest. She danced up a storm and did her dusty ass backbend. Wonderful. How creative and earthshattering.

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  13. TeamBarbie|Ken

    Lexus I Agree Ciara Is Nothing New She Flexes That Muscular Stomach In Every Music Video & I Personally Don’t Think Runaway Should Be On There Since The Actual Video Played The Actual Song 4 Like Two Minutes And Played Basically Every Song On His Album

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  14. On Everything

    @Lexus TRUTH! Ride was a hot video but Gimme That? Hell No! Cedric is done.

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  15. yeps

    REALLY GOOD CHOICES!
    fantastic!

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  16. Jalin

    TEH Gorls are MAD at Queen Ciara. Boom, Queen C moves better than any of these stiff heffas on the countdown. She is the be all and end all. Ride, Gimmie Dat are better than ALL these videos to be exact, especially Sasha Plagiarist Thief nappy weave having azz. Don’t Try it with me coons.

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  17. Cmonson

    ciara flopped she is no longer a threat to these acts above why would her video make the Rap-up list? Oh ok.

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  18. jealous Much

    Ummm both Ciara’s “Ride” and “Gimmie Dat” videos were talked about more than any of these, hell they talked about “Ride” on CNN. Yall just as shady as BET is. Im so sick of see Beyonce(who didnt do SHIT this year), Jay-Z, and Rhianna everywhere. Yall need to redo this list ASAP!

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  19. Adrian

    I think Born Free was better then Rihannas video by farrr. But Good list still.

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  20. Andrew

    Gimme Dat deserve to be in list

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  21. Thatisall

    Get over it “Gimme That” didnt make the list now let it go your just mad. THEY WONT CHANGE IT!

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  22. Yawn

    Why would Ride and Gimme Dat be on any top 10 list when both were typical Ciara videos? In which way did either one stand out? I’ll wait.

    This is a nice and diverse list.

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  23. Truth

    i swear these ciara stans need to STFU!!!!! Yall r annoying as hell thats why that bitch flopped and u always complaining how she aint selling cause u hoodrats cant afford her albums and bootleg it. Now go sit down somewhere and cry about it.

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  24. xedos

    nothing creative about ciara’s video. how creative can a video be when they’re so predictable. its all about back bending and stripper move. you can walk down any block and find kids doing the same shit. her video never have a story line

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  25. Will

    What about Ne-Yo’s Beautiful Monster video?

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  26. harris

    blahhh
    and CIARA Gimmie Dat where is?
    ok basic istinct is a flop…but the video is the top!!!

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  27. Oh you fancy huh?

    Ciara is a simple minded artist she doesnt go outside the box and thats why people arent interested in her music. Shes wack! Now for Lady Gaga she is a risk taker, she makes timeless music and is an icon after only one album and an EP. Ciara couldnt do that with 10 albums out. Yeah i said it and yall know its the truth.

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  28. CC

    Umm Gimme Dat and Ride should be on there. Why Dont You love me should not, i have no idea why it’s in this list!? Also, Tightrope by Janelle Monae should probably be on there too.

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  29. usherbig fan

    ay usher is king of r&b omg or dj go us fallin love

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  30. Soloman

    ‘Why don’t you love me’ is on the chart too ;) Love the whole list =D

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  31. JoanaPortugal

    Chris Brown – Yeah 3x … Great video!

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  32. Courtney M

    @Truth THANK YOU!!! I could’ve have said it better myself.

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  33. music lover

    @ courtneym,xedos,and cmonson stfu! ciara’s videos were better than a few of the videos on this list.@ joanaportugal chris brown should also be on this list.

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  34. J.T.

    Fuck me! When will you people learn that Ciara has no talent at all. Kanye West has more talent in his dick then Ciara. God her album FLOPPED and her videos sucked. The video for ride was just her dancing like a slut. Come on your honestly gonna tell me that was better then runaway.

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  35. PinkMonsterKSA

    where Chris Brown … ???? he did a Good Job ..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. Terry-Andre

    Man yall Ciara Fans are funny as hell!
    She not there man, It’s not your List.
    Yall can go make your own 10 best vids and put all Ciara’s shit on there you like.

    Better yet do her a favor and go buy her album because I just checked twice out of itunes best selling albums out of 200 I don’t see her album cover at all.

    Not tryint go be rude or diss nobody but put some of that Energy and effort where it’s needed.

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  37. Terry-Andre

    ^^ Not trying to be rude*

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  38. jhuntdaprodigy

    WTF do niggaz care about Ride for, all she did was gyrate half naked against a white screen, as if that hasn’t been done before. Anyway, I agree with this list, except for Whip My Hair, how’d that make it on here?

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  39. lys_Pt

    On the the next one… Great video! Should be higher on the list, def.

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  40. Lamont

    MONICA- LOVE ALL OVER ME THAT WAS THE #1 VIDEO OF 2010. BEST STORYLINE EVER!

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  41. music lover

    how is ciara a simple minded artist? and gaga isn’t? just dance,pokerface,paparatzi,lovegame,and telephone all sound simple and repetitive to me.and obviously if u read the article it clearly says”what were your favorites of 2010″.music is art its all subjective and depends on what u like. don’t put down ciara just because u don’t like her,because other people obviosly do.

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  42. music lover

    yall the article clearly says “what are youre favorites of 2010″. rap-up asked for peoples opinions. no one is saying change the list and put ciara on it. we are just saying gimme dat was one of the hottest videos of the year.thats just our opinion u dont have to agree.

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  43. Outside The Box

    Keri Hilsons “Pretty Girl Rock” could have definately made the list that video was creative as hell.

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  44. mladen

    video for runnaway is soooo stupid that i just don’t have words to say any thing else :D :D :D

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  45. Boots

    for me it was JoJo – In The Dark!

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  46. MB92

    oh wow beyonce’s “why don’t you love me” made the list?? confused but wow. The “telephone” video was SSOOOOOOOOO OVERRATED

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  47. joey

    idk runaway wasnt that good, at all. love kanye but really wasnt great

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  48. tehe!

    i like this list except the why don’t you love me =/ everything else is great

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  49. Chris B

    Ciara is always the topic of all blogs! Far from finish!! 5th album in the makes! Flops dont do that! Ask about her!

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  50. jj33310

    I agree with Oh you fancy huh? and the truth..Ciara’s “ride” was so low budget and “gimme dat” wasn’t nothing innovative…she has four albums out and her sound is still stuck in 2005…Ciara’s career is over..GET OVER IT..I agree with this list other than Kanye being #1…but yall know rapup is a big fan of Kanye’s

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  51. GangsterA

    why don’t you love is such a great video no 1 video of the year on itunes bey is still slaying i love the list they are also my faves and theres more

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  52. Ciara Is Amazing

    Rude boy is so low budget bitches

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  53. STANS R KILLERS

    I THINK THE REASON WHY SOME PPL DESPISE SOME ARTISTS IS BECAUSE OF THEIR STANS. I’M A CIARA FANATIC AND DO AGREE RIDE SHOULD’VE MADE THE LIST. BUT YOU STANS DO MORE HARM TO AN ARTISTS IMAGE THAN HELP. JUST SHUT THE HELL UP. CIARA IS AMAZING BUT FANS ARE JUST AS PSYCHOTIC AS BEYONCE STANS.

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  54. SHEESH

    T-Pain – Rap Song – should of been in there.. that’s what I like to call creative, this guy puts out nothing but pure creativeness and yet is he the most hated on person in the industry. He at least goes out of his own box and tries different stuff all the time. Other then that the list seems pretty ok to me :)

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  55. MARCUS

    DOING A GOOD JOB AND A EPIC VIDEO IS A DIFFERENCE… CIARA CAN NEVER DO AN EPIC VIDEO LOL

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  56. Sickening

    I swear Ciara is the most talked about FLOP of All Time (Kanye West Voice). Shes brought up more than any other artist on blogs but yet her albums dont sell shit. So so sad its making me laugh smh. Yall stans make ciara look REALLY BAD!

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  57. Phoenix_Wright

    Love Rap-Up but most of the videos on the list did nothing for me, eh

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  58. End of 2010

    @Sickening Cosign 100%

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  59. gond

    I really liked Lloyd Bank’s Any Girl (feat. Lloyd) video. It was a witty idea and great execution by the director

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  60. king

    rihanna si the best

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  61. Kim

    Never saw that Kanye video in full before. It really is amazing! I have a new respect for that guy.

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  62. RONALDMATTERS.COM

    iPersonally don’t understand why “Window Seat” is on SO MANY PEOPLE’S ‘best of’ list. All she did was walk around taking her clothes off…..

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  63. huh?

    i kinda agree with stans r killers.i am a ciara fan but i get sick of the STANS runnin they mouth like they actually bought the album.if u did’nt buy da album shut up.

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  64. huh?

    whut i said above also goes for da haters. how u goin tell me ciara music sucks if u did’nt buy the album and listen to it.(i bought the album and its great)

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  65. 619prodution

    My fav vid on here is Ms. Badu’s

    She was the only one who really used strong positve symbolism in her video making a point that we as people tend to stay in the comfort zone whatever zone that may be and when those few special people want break out of whats norm to be an individual we attack them!!! strong message and thats why her video is on here and on the playlists of those whos minds are woke

    peace

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  66. Nelz

    Okay this list . . . I agree with all but two Beyonce “why dont you love me” and Rihanna’s Rude boy . . . Replace those two with Neyo “one in a million or Beautiful Monster” and Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock”

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  67. Z

    YES M.I.A. MADE IT! Ha. Rihanna sort of jacked the really colorful graphic idea from M.I.A. ‘Boyz” video.

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  68. Gladis

    Unthinkable by Alicia Keys was the best video this year IMO

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  69. bia

    I agree the list but…
    where is Rihanna – ‘only girl’ and Katy Perry Firework?

    LOve you Rihanna!!

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  70. Basic Instinct 12/14/10

    Ciara “RIDE”…..?? ummmm hello RAP-UP WTH?!

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  71. bia

    I hate M.I.A ! Sorry.. but i have my opinion, i hate her music.

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  72. musicmanic

    smfh who in there rite mind let some crazy ass people over a computer decide who they like or dont like because they say something ignorant smfh you people all of you need to re evaluate your lives if you let people who you dont know have that much control over yall smh god bless

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  73. Max

    Where the F is Ciara.? Seriously ride and gimme dat blows most of these videos out the water!! but i guess

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  74. VBreezy

    Where was “Unthinkable” by Alicia Keys that video and song was deep. “Find Your love” by Drake???? How about “OMG” by usher that video was wayyyy better than “Rude Boy” by Rihanna & “Why Dont You Me” by Beyonce. Okay Okay lets try “Yeah3x” by Chris Brown???? Really no Chris? ight I think a recount is in order! lmao Also NO B.O.B either??? W.O.W

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  75. Lil chips

    Aston Matin Music

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  76. queen bey

    for me
    1. telephone – lady gaga ft beyonce
    2. ride – ciara
    3. yeah 3x – chris brown
    4. runaway film – kanye west
    5. drake – find your love

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  77. Heminem

    LTWYL would have been higher for me if it had more eminem. He was barely in the video.

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  78. Dave

    Wait… did i really miss read this. LADY GAGA & BEYONCE “TELEPHONE”, really? DEADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD…….

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  79. VA 4 Life!

    @Truth: LMAO and co-sign! I just have to laugh at them at this point. They are just too pathetic and delusional. I mean, ‘Basic Instinct’ flopped harder than ‘Fantasy Ride’ and they are still acting as if she

    Her videos were pretty hot though and I think at least one should be on the list.
    I like ‘On to the Next’ but I don’t think the video was that great. I don’t see what is so special about ‘Rude Boy’ either.

    I think ‘Window Seat’ was only on here cause it was controversial.

    I also think that ‘Yeah 3x’ should be on there. I don’t love the songm but the was a great video

    But who really cares, it’s a list for a freaking blogsite. I am sure ‘Yeah 3x’ will get some love at the VMA’s! This year! 2011 is his year!

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  80. Kerry Johnson

    @ Dave

    I agree Lady Gaga telephone really thrown me off, that video didnt make sense at all.Alicia Keys Unthinkable should have been #2.Good Lord

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  81. Hana

    oh yeah Runaway!!! Ye got it, again

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  82. ThatMigrator

    I loved ‘Runaway’. Ciara’s ‘Gimme Dat’ > the rest of the videos on this list though.

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  83. walla

    runnaway certainly deserved it!! on to the next should be at #2

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  84. Trey

    Yo yeah y’all tweaked w/ not putting Ride on here lol

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  85. Mr Xclusive

    Find Your Love was a good video

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  86. @RonaldRanier

    Where is Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable”?

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  87. Brionna

    i wouldnt have picked any of those

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  88. KNUCK

    ride by ciara is def missing. rap-up loses respect for that one. not to mention the fact that ciara posts STAY in the top posts of the week and have the most comments of any other artist. It was just an amazing video visually. Kept your eyes glued to the screen with just her and a background. oh well, rap-up only uses certain artists for ratings.

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  89. KNUCK

    and what does album sales have to do with an amazing video? some people who post on blogs are so simple minded. idiots basically.

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  90. antioche

    hum! stop hating CIARA shes a great performer! i don’t know who did this list but it’s a unfair one! gimme dat is just a 2011 video don”t worry cici fans

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  91. antioche

    what’s an epic videeo MARCUS?

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  92. trillafood

    Kelis “ACAPELLA” shits on all the videos thats listed.

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  93. Lexus

    You have to be an idiot to think dancing up a storm in a video equals visual creativity.

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  94. headphones

    yea ‘un-thinkable’ should’ve been on there, great video.. lol people get so angry in the comments section!

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  95. Steve C

    I like some of the videos, but most are just big, corporate crap. i mean, where’s the indie spirit – especially Leather Hands’ “Vertical Lines”? Surely one of the cleverest, funniest and sexiest videos of the year (if not decade). And i’m sure it cost less than the catering budget for any of your listed videos.

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  96. C.M

    A lot of free mason video clips …

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  97. MyNiqqa

    KANYE OWN 2010 FTW F-CK Haters too

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  98. a

    Congratulations to Beyoncé, Kanye and M.I.A. :)

    “Why Don’t You Love Me?” is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

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