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The 2010s were filled with some incredible music. Here are the most iconic music videos from the past decade!


"Telephone" - Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé (2010)

Directed by Jonas Akerlund, this video is a take on crime-duo Thelma & Louise, starring Lady Gaga & Beyoncé.

"Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra (2011)

With over a billion views, this video is definitely memorable, to say the least. Directed by Natasha Pincus, the video was shot in only one location.

"Chandelier" - Sia (2014)

This iconic video has garnered over 2 billion views. Directed by Daniel Askill, the video stars Dance Moms' Maddie Ziegler, at just the age of 11.

"Old Town Road" - Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus (2019)

The country-rap song topped the charts in spring of 2019 and the video reached over 489 million views. It was directed by Calmatic and featured special guest appearances from Chris Rock, Haha Davis, Rico Nasty, Diplo, Jozzy, Young Kio, and Vince Staples.

"We Can't Stop" - Miley Cyrus (2013)

This video was at the dawn of Miley Cyrus' new phase in her career. Directed by Diane Martel, the We Can't Stop gained over 893 million views, as fans were intrigued by Cyrus' edgy new look.

"Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX (2014)

Becoming one of the most overplayed songs of summer '14, Iggy Azalea's Fancy music video was inspired by the 1995 film Clueless. Following the direction of Director X, Iggy dresses as main character Cher Horowitz and struts down a high school hallway for the video.

"HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar (2017)

Directed by Dave Meyers & the little homies, the HUMBLE. music video stunned viewers with its special effects, including the "tiny planet" effect. The music video gained over 721 million views.

"Anaconda" - Nicki Minaj (2014)

With over 940 million views, Anaconda hypnotized fans back in 2014. From the catchy beat to a special appearance from Drake, this is one that had everyone dancing!

"Thank U, Next" - Ariana Grande (2018)

Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the Thank U, Next music video is based off of four different chick flicks: Mean Girls, 13 Going On 30, Bring It On, and Legally Blonde. The video gained over 525 million views.

"Hotline Bling" - Drake (2015)

Directed by Director X ,the Hotline Bling music video gained over 1 billion views. You might remember this video best for all of the memes that came out of it.

"Mercy" - Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz (2012)

The Mercy music video was directed by Nabil Elderkin and filmed entirely in black and white. The camera pans to each of the rappers in a structure that appears to be a parking garage.

"Suit & Tie" - Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z (2013)

This video gave us the classy Timberlake we all wanted to see. Suit & Tie was directed by David Fincher.

"Fade" - Kanye West (2016) 

Directed by Eli Linnetz, the Fade music video doesn't actually feature Kanye himself. The avant-garde music video now has over 142 million views.

"New Rules" - Dua Lipa (2017)

This video shows singer Dua Lipa and her backup dancers having a "girls night in." The video was directed by Henry Scholfield and now has over 2 billion views.

"Forget You" - Cee Lo Green (2010)

This unforgettable music video was filmed at a fake diner called Cadillac Jack's. Director Matt Stawski shows us younger versions of Cee Lo Green, as he grows up and revisits the diner, learning a new lesson about heartbreak each time.

"This Is America" - Childish Gambino (2018)

Coming out in 2018, the This Is America video was directed by Hiro Murai. A shirtless Donald Glover shares his perspective on American culture, while dancing, of course.

"Sucker" - Jonas Brothers (2019)

Fans flocked to the Anthony Mandler-directed video when news of the Jonas Brothers coming back together was announced. The video gained over 274 million views.

"Rain On Me" - Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande (2020)

Released in May 2020, the pop duo's music video was directed by Robert Rodriguez and garnered over 139 million views.

"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" - Katy Perry (2011)

Featuring a hoard of musicians and famous actors, Last Friday Night tells the story of a nerdy high schooler who turns her lonely Friday night around. Directed by Marc Klasfeld, the music video has over 1.2 billion views.

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