The 50 Best Music Videos of the Decade (2000-2009)
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45. Jay-Z - “99 Problems” (D: Mark Romanek)
The Jigga and Rick Rubin cruise around NYC. If Jay-Z really wants to reclaim New York as his state, the “99 Problems” video makes his best case.
44. Of Montreal - “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and other Games” (D: Lauren Gregg & Craig Sheldon, Kangaroo Alliance)
Pulsing polka dots and whimsical animated creatures explode colorfully to life to the soundtrack of the most unlikely steakhouse jingle ever.
43. The White Stripes - "Conquest" (D: Diane Martel) This elaborate video finds Jack White at the bullfights—and illustrates exactly why sympathy isn’t a trait one looks for in a matador.
42. 50 Cent - "In Da Club" (D: aha-ahaboy/Ahmed Harathi)
Big-budget movie sets and special effects wow as 50 is revived and then studied at some kind of top-secret desert installation where Dr. Dre and Eminem—donning white lab coats—take notes on his progress. Then, when he’s 100 percent, he gets his party on in a classic club scene.
41. "She & Him - “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” (D: Marc Webb) 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb draws you in with a mix of real-life footage and animation, but it’s the way he plays to Zooey Deschanel’s endless charms that really makes this such a great video.