Let's face it—there wasn't another Lemonade this year (refer to our list of the best music videos of 2016). But despite there being no long-form epics of quite the same scale, artists like Grimes and Kendrick Lamar (the latter of whom owns the top spot on our best albums of 2017) showed us how to pack similar levels of visual maximalism into regular-length formats. But it's not all about high-production and dense drama—some of the best music videos of 2017 deferred to simple narratives, smart visual devices and "negative space" (see: Hookworms). Whether it's extreme CGI or minimalism, indie-rock bands or dance music, we've rounded up the year's best music videos of every stock and stripe.
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