It has long been said that the music video is a dying artform, with MTV and VH1 preferring celebrity train wrecks and underage mothers over the once-essential visuals, but we're going to ahead and call the disappearance of the music video a big fat myth.
Thanks perhaps nearly-universally to YouTube, music videos are being churned out at an amazing pace (it seems hardly a day goes by without a new "shocking" and "sexy" Rihanna video). We sorted through the archives to distill the golden from the God-awful, and proudly present ten of our favorite artistic music videos.
What makes an "artistic" music video, you ask? The criteria are that the visuals must have an aesthetic or technological appeal that goes beyond a simple telling of the story. In the famed video for "D.A.N.C.E" by Justice, for example, an extended, extremely well-executed animation sequence gained untold numbers of new fans for the French electro-house duo.
We also endeavored to choose some videos of lesser-known artists, like Gotye, who's video for "Someone I Used to Know" is a low-budget, high-impact example that feels both innovative yet familiar at the same time (think of it as a naked version of Zach Braff's wallpaper shirt in Garden State).
Without further ado, here are ten videos we hope give you a nice break from whatever else you were doing.