A lot of attention was given to music videos in 2014, but not in the way you might think. Services such as Vevo and YouTube signed new deals with labels and other publishers to promote new and existing content, and this news kind of overshadowed the actual videos themselves. Let’s not forget, however, that several creative artists did shine through the behind-the-scenes industry dealings to release truly great visual accompaniments to their aural creations.

That said, here is our list of the Top Music Videos of 2014.

#10: Renan Luce – “Appelle Quand Tu Te Réveilles”

Singer-songwriter Renan Luce has made a name for himself in his native France with his poetically whimsical lyrics and music videos, but he may have outdone himself in the latter department with this year’s delightfully charming “Appelle quand tu te réveilles” (translates to “Call me when you wake up”).

A jaw-dropping display of forced perspective that features Luce strolling through various ink drawing representations of iconic Parisian streets and landmarks, “Appelle quand tu te réveilles” is shot entirely in one take. It’s an impressive undertaking and one that proves you don’t need a huge budget to create a music video that’s endearing and timeless. – Lesley Park

#9: Beyoncé – “Partition”

Beyoncé made headlines at the end of last year when she released the incredible surprise album Beyoncé. Every track on the self-titled LP, which is packed with the theme of Beyoncé embracing her sexuality, was paired with an equally jaw-dropping video, but the clip for “Partition” is the clear standout.

With its elaborate sets and costumes, stunning cinematography, and seductive dance numbers, the video is equal parts sexy and sensual. At one point, Queen Bey strips down to show off her curves while shimmying down a seat in a backlit sequence that would make even the boldest woman blush, and seeing her reenact the video on tour at the Rose Bowl in August got me pretty hot under the collar, too. – Mary Bonney

#8: SKATERS – “Miss Teen Massachusetts”

I’ll go on for way too long if I’m allowed the opportunity to talk about the greatness of this song without restraint. To listen to it is enough, but SKATERS began to make their transition onto the screen with their acting debut in the video for “Miss Teen Massachusetts,” and we’re damn glad they did.

Welcome to The Lonely Girls’ Retreat Mental Institution. Or is it the Lonely Boys’ Retreat? A strange twist of events leads the viewer through the selective therapy of a group of troubled girls that turns out to be a figment of the band members’ imaginations, filtered through their own fractured psyches. – Angelica Corona

#7: Jamie xx – “Sleep Sound”

To make the video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound,” London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli visited the Manchester Deaf Centre to film the hearing-impaired people there dancing along to the track. Featuring dancers ranging in age from 5 to 27, the video for “Sleep Sound” reveals how the “listeners” translate their experience with the music into dance, and the result is incredibly touching. As the music begins to play, you’ll find yourself with a new appreciation for being able to hear thanks to the song’s creative video. – Twila Grissom

#6: FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks”

FKA Twigs is consistently creative with imagery, and her reputation for being totes edgy is well deserved. Here though, in the video for “Two Weeks,” that stuff is traded for a “Power”-esque, moving-painting-style music video. It’s very well done. So much more is happening beyond the initial framing of Twigs’ face, but you’d never know it if the camera didn’t continue zooming out. Even then, the picture never feels like it’s been cropped. It would’ve been so easy to just make this a video of Twigs being seductive, but this route is much more artistic. The song is sexy enough. – Marcus Slater

#5: St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”

The video for “Digital Witness,” the first single off St. Vincent’s critically acclaimed self-titled album features the delicately stunning frontwoman commanding a brainwashed army of people in yellow jumpsuits with subtle, repetitive gestures. The incredible set design, bold, vibrant colors, and off-kilter framing combine to create a surreal, dystopian future where everyone seems to have been lobotomized.

The extremely deliberate aesthetics will keep your eyes glued on St. Vincent in all her frizzy grey-haired glory, as she blinks her eyes and nods her head to a group of subservient workers. The elaborate camera movements, which include slow, steady zoom-ins and pans of the desolate, prison-like exterior, make for a visually stunning video that perfectly complements the retro, art-pop single. – Jillian Goldfluss

#4: Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me”

If a video this year more poignantly reflected the plight of America’s black youth and their all-too-common relationship with death than Flying Lotus’ clip for “Never Catch Me,” it must have seriously flown under the radar.

Directed by Hiro Murai, this video beautifully floats through a church during the funeral of two children before it erupts into a surreal and jubilant dance party. Vocalist Kendrick Lamar makes no appearance and Flying Lotus is relegated to a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameo, but with visuals this captivating, viewers aren’t likely to complain. – Sean Kantrowitz

#3: DJ Snake and Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”

From start to finish, the video for DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” is an adventure in WTF. If I had been asked to direct the video, I’d have, I don’t know, gone for some ladies twerking in a club or something. But oh no. No. The actual video is so much more, so much better than anything I could have ever imagined.

The insane power of one man’s genitals, the force of his dance overcoming tenants and ceilings, boob twerking…it’s all in the video for “Turn Down For What,” and it’s all wonderful. Is the song a bit mindless? Sure. But you cannot deny the video’s brilliant absurdity. – Winnie Fan

#2: OK GO – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

OK Go has a history of releasing music videos that are not only incredible, but nearly always go viral. I really can’t name a single group better at the music video game. Their brilliant one-take clips have made history in terms of what can be done with the medium, and “The Writing’s On The Wall” is no different.

Though its look is a bit familiar, similar to that of the video for “This Too Shall Pass,” it has an entirely different twist. Featuring a series of optical illusions that look almost computer-generated, OK Go’s video for “The Writing’s On The Wall” transforms a collection of mirrors, stripes, swirls, and colors into something that needs to be seen to be believed…and even then, it’s not easy. – Gerry Doot

#1: Sia – “Chandelier”

In a recent interview with Chris Connelly on Nightline, Sia admitted that her inspiration for the song “Chandelier” came when she saw a chandelier and wanted to sing about it. Pretty straightforward considering how insanely big both the song and its accompanying video have gotten in the music world since their release.

The video, our favorite of the year here at LA Music Blog, features a young girl in a leotard modern dancing and has inspired so many Halloween costumes, memes, and SNL sketches, it is now a permanent part of pop culture. Watch it again below. You know you want to. – Christine Perez