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These are the 10 hottest music videos today. Check them out to see the state of the art and what pop music fans are watching.

1. Bob Dylan - "Like a Rolling Stone"

Bob Dylan - "Like a Rolling Stone" music video
Courtesy Columbia

Once in a while a pop music project makes your jaw drop when it feels and looks perfect.  Such is the reaction to the first official music video for Bob Dylan's classic "Like a Rolling Stone" from 1965.  An innovative interactive technique is used which replicates the effect of flipping through channels on your TV.  However, as pointed out by the director Vania Heymann, "You'll always miss something because you can't watch everything at the same time."  Included are real life TV shows like Pawn Stars and Property Brothers.  This is a subtle but powerful achievement to accompany one of the top pop and rock songs of all time.

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2. Thirty Seconds To Mars - "City Of Angels"

Thirty Seconds To Mars - "City Of Angels" Music Video
Courtesy Universal

Rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars deliver another mini film as a music video.  Directed by group leader Jared Leto, "City Of Angels" presents the experiences, dreams, and hopes of wide range of the city's residents from celebrities to the homeless. It is intercut with gorgeous shots of the city itself.

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3. Katy Perry - "Roar"

Katy Perry - "Roar" music video
Courtesy Capitol

Katy Perry is a jungle hero and tames a tiger in the music video accompanying her #1 hit song "Roar.". Her boyfriend meets an unfortunate end soon in the music video and Katy Perry is a stylish survivor. The clip was directed by Grady Hall and Mark Kudsi. It was filmed at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

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4. Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"

Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball" video
Courtesy RCA

It raises eyebrows and also is very popular due to the nudity in this music video. Controversial photographer Terry Richardson directed the clip accompanying Miley Cyrus' angry ballad "Wrecking Ball." Despite concern about the appropriateness of the nudity, there is compelling imagery here particularly in the opening with a close-up of Miley Cyrus' face shedding a tear.

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5. David Bowie - "Love Is Lost"

David Bowie - "Love Is Lost" music video
Courtesy Columbia

David Bowie's first music video for the song "Love Is Lost" was a creepy homemade affair.  Now, to accompany the full 10 minute "Hello Steve Reich" remix by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, he has released this beautiful clip.  It was directed by Barnaby Roper and shows imagery of a couple kissing being bent and distorted through computer generated visual effects.  The effect is both haunting and beautiful.

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6. Paul McCartney - "Queenie Eye"

Paul McCartney - "Queenie Eye" Music Video
Courtesy MPL Communications

The legendary Paul McCartney returns to the Abbey Road Studios in this music video.  He is soon surrounded by a kaleidoscope of stars including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Kate Moss, and many many more.  This clip will charm anyone looking for a feel good celebration of one of the greatest pop musicians of all time.

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7. Eminem - "Berzerk"

Eminem and Rick Rubin - "Berzerk" video
Courtesy Aftermath

Eminem celebrates old school rap with the backdrop of a classic boombox in the music video for "Berzerk." It co-stars his producer, the legendary Rick Rubin, and includes cameo appearances from Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Slaughterhouse members Joe Budden and Royce da 5'9" This is a celebratory return from Eminem and it is hard to not get swept up in the energy and infectious spirit of the new song. Also, don't miss old video footage of Billy Squier from his music video for "The Stroke" which is sampled throughout "Berzerk."

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8. Rihanna - "What Now"

Rihanna - "What Now" music video
Courtesy Def Jam

Rihanna appears to have a gorgeously filmed breakdown in this visually startling music video.  Jeff Nicholas, Jonathan Craven, and Darren Craig directed the clip for Uprising Creativity.  Rihanna is strikingly beautiful in the video, but the body movements depicting emotional distress lend an eerie atmosphere.

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9. The Neighbourhood - "Afraid"

The Neighbourhood - "Afraid"
Courtesy Columbia

American rock band The Neighbourhood are climbing mainstream pop charts with their hit single "Sweater Weather." The new song "Afraid" digs deep into anxiety in growing up, and the accompanying black and white music video provides perfect illustrations for the emotions. The new clip was directed by ENDS who worked with the band on the music video for "Sweater Weather."

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10. Imagine Dragons - "On Top Of the World"

Imagine Dragons - "On Top Of the World" music video
Courtesy Interscope

Imagine Dragons present a humorous salute to the 1960s in this music video.  As shown at right, the group recreates their version of the Beatles' iconic Abbey Road album cover.  There is also a recreation of the moon landing and an impersonation of President Richard Nixon.

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