In honor of MTVs 40th anniversary, Rolling Stone has ranked the 100 greatest music videos of all time and Beyoncés Formation tops the list.
The magazine calls the Melina Matsoukas-directed visual a striking commentary on significant moments in Black American history as it debuted during Black History Month in 2016.
In under five minutes, Beyoncé moves from a plantation-style house where the Black denizens are the masters not the slaves to the top of a sinking police car, writes the magazine. If Beyoncés self-titled visual album established her as one of the greatest artists of all time, her surprise-released Formation video (and ensuing album Lemonade) marked her as one of the most important.
Elsewhere in the top 10 is Childish Gambinos This Is America at No. 4. Its a clip that rewards dozens of viewings, says RS of the video, which references viral dances and the 2015 shooting in a Charleston church.
The Beastie Boys Sabotage comes in at No. 6, followed by DAngelos 2000 video Untitled (How Does It Feel?), where the R&B icon puts his glistening naked body on full displayThe concept is at once a creative shrug and a stroke of genius.
Michael Jacksons iconic Thriller is absent from the list, but Billie Jean lands at No. 10. It still defines music video at its peak of cultural and emotional impact, says RS of the 1983 clip.
The list also includes Beyoncés Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (No. 12), Missy Elliotts The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) (No. 16), Princes Kiss (No. 18), Young Thugs Wyclef Jean (No. 22), JAY-Zs 99 Problems (No. 23), 2Pac and Dr. Dres California Love (No. 27), Drakes Hotline Bling (No. 32), Kanye Wests Bound 2 (No. 34), and Nicki Minajs Anaconda (No. 82).
See the top 20 below and the full list here.
1. Beyoncé Formation
2. Johnny Cash Hurt
3. Madonna Vogue
4. Childish Gambino This Is America
5. New Order The Perfect Kiss
6. Beastie Boys Sabotage
7. DAngelo Untitled (How Does It Feel?)
8. Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
9. Guns N Roses November Rain
10. Michael Jackson Billie Jean
11. George Michael Freedom 90
12. Beyoncé Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
13. Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit
14. A-ha Take on Me
15. The White Stripes Fell in Love With a Girl
16. Missy Elliott The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
17. Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf
18. Prince Kiss
19. Radiohead Paranoid Android
20. DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels Nobody Speak