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Bad Romance Named #1 Music Video of 21st Century

Billboard staff released their picks of the 100 best music videos of the 21st century this week, and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” tops the list!

“Bad Romance” was the first single from The Fame Monster. The track and video were released in November 2009. Billboard writes:

“Bad Romance” features some of her most gorgeous music-video looks — as silly as it seems now in the post-Joanne era, the video was praised by some critics for the “stripped-down” and “normal” makeup on display — as well as her most unsettling… With “Bad Romance,” she took the old standard for great music videos and set it aflame, then got to work building a new one.

Billboard’s top 100 list kicks off the website’s full week of celebrating the evolution of the music video. Missy Elliot claims the no.2 spot with the video for “Work It,” followed by D’Angelo for “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)”.

Read the full list below and let us know your favorite music video of the past 18 years. What video should have beat Bad Romance? Let us know in the comments!

1. Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2009)

2. Missy Elliott, “Work It” (dir. Dave Meyers, 2002)

3. D’Angelo, “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” (dir. Paul Hunter, 2000)

4. Beyoncé, “Formation” (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2016)

5. OutKast, “Hey Ya!” (dir. Bryan Barber, 2003)

6. Rihanna & Calvin Harris, “We Found Love” (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2011)

7. Britney Spears, “Toxic” (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2004)

8. Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (dir. Jake Nava, 2008)

9. Fatboy Slim, “Weapon of Choice” (dir. Spike Jonze, 2000)

10. Childish Gambino, “This Is America” (dir. Hiro Murai, 2018)

11. JAY-Z & Kanye West, “Otis” (dir. Spike Jonze, 2011)

12. PSY, “Gangnam Style” (dir. Cho Soo-Hyun, 2012)

13. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2015)

14. Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, “Telephone” (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, 2010)

15. Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (dir. Dave Meyers & The Little Homies, 2017)

16. Drake, “Hotline Bling” (dir. Director X, 2014)

17. My Chemical Romance, “Helena” (dir. Marc Webb, 2005)

18. Sia, “Chandelier” (dir. Sia & Daniel Askill)

19. Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball” (dir. Terry Richardson, 2013)

20. OK Go, “Here It Goes Again” (dir. Trish Sie, 2006)

21. *NSYNC, “Bye Bye Bye” (dir. Wayne Isham, 2000)

22. M.I.A., “Bad Girls” (dir. Romain Gavras, 2012)

23. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls” (dir. Matthew Cullen, 2010)

24. Justin Timberlake, “Cry Me a River” (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2003)

25. The White Stripes, “Fell in Love With a Girl” (dir. Michel Gondry, 2002)

26. Christina Aguilera feat. Redman, “Dirrty” (dir. David LaChapelle, 2002)

27. Charli XCX, “Boys” (dir. Charli XCX & Sarah McColgan, 2017)

28. Missy Elliott, “Get Ur Freak On” (dir. Dave Meyers, 2001)

29. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito” (dir. Carlos Peréz, 2017)

30. Fountains of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom” (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2003)

31. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe” (dir. Ben Knechtel, 2012)

32. Tyler, the Creator, “Yonkers” (dir. Wolf Haley, 2011)

33. Britney Spears, “Oops!… I Did It Again” (dir. Nigel Dick, 2000)

34. Eminem, “Without Me” (dir. Joseph Kahn, 2002)

35. Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl” (dir. Evan Bernard, 2000)

36. Rihanna feat. JAY-Z, “Umbrella” (dir. Chris Applebaum, 2007)

37. Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda” (dir. Colin Tilley, 2014)

38. Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl” (dir. Paul Hunter, 2005)

39. Kanye West feat. Pusha T, “Runaway” (dir. Kanye West, 2010)

40. Lady Gaga, “Paparazzi” (dir. Jonas Àkerlund, 2009)

41. Avril Lavigne, “Complicated” (dir. The Malloys, 2002)

42. JAY-Z, “99 Problems” (dir. Mark Romanek, 2004)

43. Johnny Cash, “Hurt” (dir. Mark Romanek, 2003)

44. Carlos Vives, “La Tierra del Olvido” (dir. Carlos Vives, 2015)

45. Tierra Whack, “Whack World” (dir. Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Leger, 2018)

46. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink, “Lady Marmalade” (dir. Paul Hunter, 2001)

47. Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)” (dir. Director X, 2012)

48. Orange Caramel, “My Copycat” (dir. Digipedi, 2014)

49. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (dir. Paul Hunter, 2004)

50. The Diplomats, “Dipset Anthem” (dir. N/A, 2003)

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