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Top 10 Essential Pop Music Videos

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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. Sia - "Chandelier"

Sia - Chandelier
Courtesy RCA

The music video for Sia's Billboard Hot 100 breakthrough as a solo artist features the young dancer Maddie Ziegler, a star of the reality TV series Dance Moms. The clip was directed by Sia and Daniel Askell. The dance was choreographed by Ryan Heffington who has worked on more than 10 different music videos and appears on the reality show RuPaul's Drag Race.

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2. Demi Lovato - "Really Don't Care" featuring Cher Lloyd

Demi Lovato - Really Don't Care
Courtesy Hollywood Records

Filmed at this year's LA Pride Parade, Demi Lovato's music video kicks off with her stating to protesters, "You don't have to hate 'cause my Jesus loves all!" Ryan Pallotta, who directed Demi Lovato's well received "Neon Lights" clip, put together this music video. It is a colorful celebration of the LGBT community.

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3. Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass"

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
Courtesy Epic

20-year-old Meghan Trainor has a breakout hit with her single "All About That Bass."  There is a 50s influence in style on both the song and music video, but a throughly contemporary attitude about female empowerment. She has experienced some backlash from those who are thin, but a close hearing of the lyrics indicates everyone should be proud of their body shape.

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4. Colbie Caillat - "Try"

Colbie Caillat - "Try"
Courtesy Republic

Colbie Caillat delivers a powerful inspirational message in this song and music video for the world's women. She sings, "Take your makeup off, let your hair down, take a breath, look into the mirror at yourself, do you like you cause I like you." The music video shows a wide range of beautiful women first with makeup and hairstyling and then later showing their natural beauty without enhancement.

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5. Maroon 5 - "Maps"

Maroon 5 - Maps
Courtesy Interscope

Maroon 5 take us on an emotionally intense thrill ride in this music video. It tells a gut-wrenching story of the consequences of a relationship in crisis.  The clip was directed by Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg and is the rare music video that strongly enhances the emotional impact of its song.

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6. John Legend - "You & I (Nobody In the World)"

John Legend - You & I (Nobody In the World)
Courtesy Columbia

John Legend's latest music video is a wide ranging celebration of real female beauty.  It does include celebrities such as Tatyana Ali and his own wife Chrissy Teigen.  However, the true stars are ordinary women and girls. The powerful clip was directed by Mishka Kornai.

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7. Aloe Blacc - "Hello World (The World Is Ours)"

Aloe Blacc - Hello World (The World Is Ours)
Courtesy Interscope

Aloe Blacc's new single "Hello World (The World Is Ours)" was heard during 2014 World Cup festivities in a version featuring David Correy. Now he has put together his own music video which is a powerful statement about stereotypes and the resilience of people in the most difficult circumstances. Shane Drake is the director.

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8. Royksopp and Robyn - "Do It Again"

Royksopp and Robyn - Do It Again
Courtesy Royksopp and Robyn

In the words of Swedish pop singer Robyn posted to YouTube, "This video stirs up a feeling of chaos which is what we talked about quite a bit when we wrote ‘Do It Again’.... Life takes you to a critical point and even though it might not make you happy, when it´s over, you want to go back." The black and white cinematic clip was directed by Dane Martin de Thurah, who put together James Blake's celebrated "Retrograde" video, and was filmed in Mexico.

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9. Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake - "Love Never Felt So Good"

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
Courtesy Epic

The music video for Michael Jackson's posthumous hit "Love Never Felt So Good" is a tribute to his lasting legacy. Veteran director Rich Lee worked with Justin Timberlake on the clip and it includes portions of 16 different music videos from throughout Michael Jackson's career. Justin Timberlake and contemporary dancers show off Michael Jackson influenced moves.

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10. Coldplay - "Magic"

Coldplay - Magic
Courtesy Atlantic

Coldplay's "Magic" music video is the latest clip from Swedish director Jonas Akerlund who worked on Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" and "Telephone" among many others. The "Magic" music video pays homage to classic silent films and Coldplay lead vocalist plays two different roles in the mini-movie.

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