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SPIN’s Best Music Videos of 2013

Making It as Phony as Possible!

By: Maura Johnston // December 23, 2013

Music videos never really went away — they just became things that people have to seek out, instead of programming that’s beamed into our living rooms by basic-cable channels. But they gained a renewed sense of importance this year; in February, Billboard started using streaming-video stats on its song charts, which meant that someone quitting her job to an old Kanye track or people dancing for 30 seconds to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” could help provide a chart jolt. Here are 10 proper videos that stuck out in 2013 because of their creativity or their iconoclastic nature (not to mention their copious female nudity, always a guaranteed crowd-pleaser).