"Blurred Lines." "Bound 2." "Wrecking Ball." This year was a jumble of sexed-up, shocking, and sometimes just plain silly music videos. Justin Timberlake put out a video so steamy it came with a disclaimer, we finally learned what "The Fox" says thanks to a group of Norwegians, and Beyoncé owned the year by releasing 14 different videos at the same time. Read on for our roundup of the most talked-about music videos of 2013!
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell: "Blurred Lines"
The song that became the hit of the Summer was also behind the music video that launched a hundred spoofs — and a lot of debate.
Miley Cyrus: "Wrecking Ball"
In "Wrecking Ball," Miley cried, licked a sledgehammer, and rode construction equipment naked except for a pair of Doc Martens. Clearly, this was meant to be a conversation starter.
Beyoncé feat. Jay Z: "Drunk in Love"
Beyoncé turned a plain old Thursday into B-Day when she released her self-titled visual album on Dec. 12 with no warning. "Drunk in Love" was the first of the videos to be released online and made us nostalgic for "Crazy in Love" with its adorably candid B and Jay Z moments.
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Britney Spears: "Work, B**ch"
Britney was back with this video, which featured more dancing than she's showcased in years and a campy chorus that we couldn't get out of our heads. It made the perfect teaser to her Las Vegas show, which kicks off just a few days before the New Year.
Kanye West: "Bound 2"
Kanye and a topless Kim Kardashian shared some serious PDA in the video for this track, which also features majestic mesas, galloping stallions, hawks in flight, and an erotic motorcycle ride that, in real life, would most certainly end in a reckless driving ticket.
Seth Rogen and James Franco: "Bound 3"
Inspired by Kim and Kanye, Seth and James released this shot-for-shot remake of their steamy video, filmed during their downtime from the set of their upcoming movie The Interview. Which couple is sexier? You decide.
Justin Timberlake: "Tunnel Vision"
Justin's explicit video featured so much nudity, YouTube slapped it with a warning, which we will echo here: this is definitely NSFW!
Ylvis: "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"
Ylvis answered a question no one was really asking with "The Fox," and the video quickly became a viral hit, launching an SNL skit and propelling the pop-comedy group to overnight notoriety.