Beyoncé - "Formation"
Director: Melina Matsoukas
The song that launched a thousand blustering Fox News segments had an equally powerful video before the Super Bowl even started. Beyoncé's first song in a long while has fans lining up to "get in formation," and it's thanks in no small part to the gorgeous, groundbreaking video.
Everything from police brutality to the achingly slow response to Hurricane Katrina falls under Bey's gaze for her latest awe-inspiring video.
"Formation" is equal parts condemnation and proclamation—as filmmaker and critic dream hampton told NPR, "It's about a black future [where] we are imagining ourselves having power and magic... and I think it's beautiful."