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    By Tatiana Cirisiano, Alex Geisel, and Graham Corrigan

    Music videos are emerging from the dark ages. There was a time, somewhere between hip-hop's bling-bling era and Noel Gallagher's DVD commentary, when the music video was a joke—a pointless promotional tool used to guarantee time on dying network channels.

    Now those channels have given up on programming music, and the music video has found new life online and on premium channels like HBO—Beyoncé's Lemonade was a fully-fledged video event closer to an opera than a music video, while DIY videos like Darnell Williams' "South Central" showed that you don't need a whole team to make something incredible.

    Artists are using video to create worlds all their own—just step inside Grimes' manic dominatrix joyride, ANOHNI's drone bomb funeral, or Baauer's Revolutionary War reenactments—2016 is already stacked with incredible music videos. Here are our favorites, so far.