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    Posted on Jun 30, 2018

    25 Music Videos That Defined The Past 10 Years

    "DANCE BATTLE, YOU AND ME, BRO."

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community which music video released between 2008 and 2018 was the absolute BEST, and they did not disappoint:

    Entries are listed in no particular order.

    1. "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

    Interscope Records

    I remember being intrigued by Lady Gaga but when this video came out, I was amazed. The song itself is timeless and the music video still entertains me to this day. I feel like THAT was the song and video that made her an icon.

    breanab414aaa643

    2. "Fake Love," BTS

    BigHit Entertainment

    This is a masterpiece...no other words.

    kavyakaushal

    3. "Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

    Sony Music

    Iconic. That's all.

    sonnovabbobk

    4. "Gangnam Style," Psy

    YG Entertainment

    It was so popular and so over the top. Also, ONE BILLION VIEWS was record-breaking.

    angelliankaujfuaby

    5. "This Is America," Childish Gambino

    Liberation Music

    It has deep and relevant themes. Right now, it embodies the frustrations that a lot of black Americans are facing, and will stand as a time capsule for future generations to see just how America was in 2018.

    theyuckypizza

    6. "Runaway," Kanye West

    Roc-A-Fella Records

    I hate bringing Kanye West into this, but the music video (and the short film) for this song is a work of art, TBH.

    dorianf

    7. "Humble," Kendrick Lamar

    TDE Films / FREENJOY INC

    Every single shot is stunning and it gives you zero room to breathe. Truly Pulitzer-worthy stuff.

    dynamiclights

    8. "Formation," Beyoncé

    Columbia

    SOOO culturally relevant, and the visuals are just stunning. It will definitely go down as an anthem and a call to action for black women everywhere, while being a banger at the same time.

    a4d45ce3e2

    9. "Up in the Air," 30 Seconds to Mars

    Virgin Records

    It reflects the inner battle between beauty and madness that goes on in each person's mind. The video itself seems like a piece of art.

    spalvaspagaisu

    10. "Django Jane," Janelle Monae

    Diktator

    This one really did it for me.

    kmak9

    11. "Girls Like Girls," Hayley Kiyoko

    Atlantic Records

    It came out the day same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 states. It was the song of the summer for me, and the music video is so aesthetically pleasing!

    kaylynrebeccad

    12. "Girls Like You," Maroon 5

    Interscope Records

    This one may be newer, but I've watched it at least once a day since the day it came out. It's so incredibly empowering.

    ashleys4bcb0b18c

    13. Elastic Heart,” Sia

    RCA

    This video does a great job of portraying an abusive relationship in a moving and powerful way. The video helped me in a time of personal need, because I knew that there were other people out there who feel trapped in bad relationships, too.

    austinn4e7f3f329

    14. "1-800-273-8255," Logic

    Def Jam Recordings

    It sends out an important message that I could really relate to. Along with the message, it gave the hotline tons of publicity and gave people the chance to get help. The amount of lives that have been saved is unimaginable.

    FishiesAreBae

    15. "The Ballad of Mona Lisa," Panic! At the Disco

    Fueled By Ramen

    It’s a classic song that every former emo kid knows. The visuals and music tell a compelling story of love and karma that’s not easy to forget!

    lokilowkey

    16. "Telephone," Lady Gaga

    Interscope Records

    It's more like a MOVIE than a music video. Seriously, what's more iconic than Lady Gaga and Beyoncé dancing side by side?

    eucalyptus666

    17. "Hello," Adele

    Believe Media

    Yes, the song was overplayed, but the video was her huge return to music after a break for her and her family. It wasn't so much about a guy as it was her return to music.

    allyl479de5472

    18. Ride," Lana Del Rey

    Universal Music

    The monologue, the storyline, her voice...what’s not to love?

    timb24

    19. "New Rules," Dua Lipa

    Warner Music

    Besides the song being an absolute bop, the video shows us that we women don't need a romantic partner — our friends are the ones who've always got our backs.

    shivik2

    20. "Hotline Bling," Drake

    Cash Money Records

    I don’t necessarily LIKE the song, but I can’t deny the viral success of the now-iconic Drake dance.

    tarag4b8c38366

    21. "America’s Sweethearts," Fall Out Boy

    The Island Def Jam Music

    This is the best of the last decade, in my opinion. Some people find it too strange, but once you understand the meaning it all makes sense. It’s about how Hollywood and the paparazzi change people into these flamboyant, over the top personas.

    madelynf487f41e0c

    22. "We Found Love," Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

    Def Jam Records

    This music video is a straight-up time capsule. It's a textbook example of peak early-Instagram aesthetic (fireworks, fairy lights, cigarettes, Rihanna puking up streamers, all the filters), and the video really captures the melancholy hipster glamour of the "all we have is tonight" vibe. There's no denying that the video is perfect.

    leahc465218359

    23. "The One Moment," OK Go

    Park Pictures

    The effort that they put into any one of their music videos is unbelievable, and the result is always breathtaking.

    c4dc3e6193

    24. "Look What You Made Me Do," Taylor Swift

    Universal Music

    I will never forget the amount of gasps I heard the night this premiered. The song was not one of her best, but every single thing in the video was so well thought out. The ending was insane too and a great clap-back to everything that had happened.

    lilyk44c8ee9d3

    25. "Single Ladies," Beyoncé

    Columbia

    This will ALWAYS be the best video of not only the last decade, but of all time. Forever and ever and ever.

    mikaylabeuch

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    Some entries have been edited for length or clarity.