The "aughties" saw a breakdown in the traditional music business and the outlets for music videos. But that doesn't mean people didn't make good ones—maybe they're even better for it. Steve LaBate runs down the best since 2000 in Paste. A sampling:
- Outkast, "Bombs Over Baghdad": "A luscious Technicolor feast, exploding vibrant and alive onto the screen."
- The White Stripes, "Fell in Love With a Girl": "Perhaps the most innovative video of the decade (or at least the most carefully labored over)."
- Johnny Cash, "Hurt": Made a year before the Man in Black passed on, "here he takes a long, dark glance back at the imperfect life he’s lived." It's "one of the most moving videos ever made."
- OK Go, "Here We Go Again": With "the infamous, impressively choreographed and unforgettable treadmill dance."
- The Decemberists: "16 Military Wives": The band "coyly pokes fun at their bookish reputation with this fantastic video set at an overly ambitious prep school."
For the full list, click the link at right.