For some, music videos make or break a song. The music video can emphasize a facet of the song you might not have otherwise picked up on, and for better or for worse, your mind will forever recall images of the video whenever you hear the song. The following 12 music videos only add to the songs they were made for—so much so that we deem them to be the best of the best music videos this year. From Sia’s “Chandelier” to Kiesza’s “Hideaway” to FKA Twigs’ “Video Girl,” check out the most groundbreaking, unforgettable music videos of 2014.
“Chandelier” by Sia
Maddie Ziegler became the face of this song as she danced and twirled in a platinum blonde wig and nude bodysuit in the music video that went viral shortly after its release in May. Sia and Ziegler proved that they could perform this song just as well live as in the video in their series of joint live performances throughout the year.
“7/11” by Beyoncé
“Video Girl” by FKA Twigs
FKA Twigs gave us a taste of her dancing roots when she starred in her haunting, black-and-white video for “Video Girl.”
“Sanctified” feat. Kanye West & Big Sean by Rick Ross
“Grab Her” by Disclosure
Gravity can’t hold anything down in this music video for Disclosure’s “Grab Her,” and it definitely can’t stop a horrible boss from botching a business deal.
“Just One Of The Guys” by Jenny Lewis
Jenny Lewis was the front woman of a star-studded band, including Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart, in her video for “Just One Of The Guys.”
“We Exist” by Arcade Fire
Andrew Garfield stars as a trans woman in this Grammy-nominated music video for Arcade Fire’s “We Exist.”
“Uptown Funk” feat. Bruno Mars by Mark Ronson
“Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj
“Never Catch Me” feat. Kendrick Lamar by Flying Lotus
“Chasing Time” by Azealia Banks
“Hideaway” by Kiesza
Kiesza and her posse took to the streets for this video for her dance hit, “Hideaway.”