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25 Music Videos We Watched Over And Over Again In 2015

In no particular order.

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1. Rihanna - "Bitch Better Have My Money"

It's hard to pinpoint what exactly makes this video so good. Is it Rihanna and her henchwomen, Mads Mikkelsen as the accountant, or the story of revenge? Idk, but it is the perfect video to send to that one friend who borrowed money from you all year and never paid you back.

2. Sia - "Elastic Heart"

Sia had two videos that really killed it this year, but “Elastic Heart,” which features an interpretive dance between Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler, was the real winner. The two portray a war between the old Sia and the new that's pretty heartfelt.

3. Drake - "Hotline Bling"

While the song is just about Drake being petty, the video is five minutes of Drake being your drunk uncle at the family reunion. It also includes an appearance from legendary choreographer Tanisha Scott.

4. Run The Jewels ft. Zack de la Rocha - "Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**K)"

This year has been incredibly intense with police brutality and black lives at the forefront. In "Close Your Eyes" a cop and a black man are locked in a battle that neither can quit.

5. FKA twigs - "M3LL155X"

Back in August, FKA twigs released M3LL155X a five song EP with a 16-minute video to go along with it. YouTube commenter nahlateddybear sums it up perfectly, "SHE WENT AWF."

6. M.I.A. - "Borders"

M.I.A.'s videos are always an experience. "Borders" features the artist singing/rapping as refugees struggle to cross the border.

7. Charli XCX - "Famous"

Directed by Eric Wareheim, "Famous" is a weird, wacky commentary on social media and technology and the lengths we're willing to go for it.

8. Nao - "Bad Blood"

In Nao's "Bad Blood," a nude woman (mother nature?) roams around a post-apocalyptic city seeking revenge and using her supernatural powers to bring life back to the ruins.

9. Mykki Blanco - "Coke White, Starlight"

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"Coke White, Starlight" is an intense video that ends in a journey across the sea. Mykki told Dazed: "We wanted to allude to the darker side of ‘gay life’, (with) a stylised portrayal of perhaps what most heterosexual people don’t see. "

10. Stromae - "Carmen"

Social media is now used by almost everyone on the planet and can often be an all-consuming thing. Stromae's "Carmen" is all about the dark side of our obsession.

11. Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"

Who didn't have Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" on repeat in 2015? The video for "Alright" was probably one of the most powerful vids of the year, there's really no denying it.

12. Drake - "Energy"

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We've had emotional Drake, dad-dancing Drake, and with "Energy" we finally got weird Drake.

13. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"

The release of "Bad Blood" was really an event with images of Taylor's squad as assassins being dropped days before. It was the videos biggest draw -- aside from speculation on who the song was about -- and it was pretty cool to see it all come together.

14. Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé - "Feeling Myself"

The video for "Feeling Myself" is a celebration of boss women and best friends having fun. It's cool to see two of the baddest women in music just being regular girls.

15. A$AP Rocky ft. Rod Stewart, Miguel, and Mark Ronson - "Everyday"

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"Everday" follows an unrecognizable older A$AP Rocky who's fallen from grace and pines for days gone by. It's kind of a cautionary tale of excess, vanity, and the fear of what can happen if you let fame destroy you.

16. Dream Koala - "Earth"

Dream Koala's ethereal video for "Earth" seems like something taken straight from a sci-fi flick. It's epic, grand, and absolutely beautiful.

17. Lana Del Rey - "High By The Beach"

"High By The Beach" starts off in typical Lana fashion, but soon becomes something different. The real question, though, why isn't there any furniture in her house?

18. Björk - "Family"

In "Family," Björk is ripped apart, reborn, and sewn back together.

19. Vince Staples - "Señorita"

The apocalypse is in progress, a man leads his followers down a road as they drop dead one by one, and everyone else is just trying to go on as normal. There's a lot to be said about the video for "Señorita,'' but the twist at the end is the real kicker.

20. Grimes - "Flesh without Blood/Life In The Vivid Dream"

This video is basically Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette combined with Grimes' insane, chaotic aesthetic.

21. Mura Masa - "Love For That"

The dancers in "Love For That" perfectly portray something many people have gone through with an ex or significant other, the feeling that maybe love just isn't enough to keep you together.

22. Naughty Boy feat. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin - "Runnin'"

When I think of what lies beneath the ocean it's usually terrifying and disgusting -- ocean creatures are insane! But underneath the waves of "Runnin'" two people find each other and love while floating in the sea.

23. Adele - "Hello"

The wind, the flip phone, Adele smizing into the camera. "Hello" was the video that launched a thousand memes.

24. Heems - "Sometimes"

Heems tackles race, interracial dating, and ideas of beauty in his video for "Sometimes" and gets the message across in a darkly comedic way.

25. Young Juvenile Youth - "Animation"

Young Juvenile Youth's video for "Animation" is basically the love child of FKA twigs and Bjork.

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