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Top 5 Music Videos of the Year


MTV may not show videos anymore, but that didn't stop The Advocate from searching high and low for the best of the year.

5. Fireflies -- Owl City
This fun and quirky video seems to be where Toy Story and E.T. meet. While singer Adam Young sits at a piano in a child's room, the objects around him come to life to create a visually stunning and playful environment.

4. Boom Boom Pow -- Black Eyed Peas
Straight out of 3008 comes this futuristic video with high-power dance moves and motion graphics unlike any other, proving the Black Eyed Peas are back and better than ever.

3. Russian Roulette -- Rihanna
Photographer turned director Anthony Mandler's 12th Rihanna music video is one of his most beautiful. He takes intense and controversial subject matter, like interrogation, torture, and execution, and turns it into something breathtaking. And yes, Rihanna even plays a game of Russian Roulette.

2. Heavy Cross -- Gossip
Using unusual lighting and effects, this video for the 2009 Gossip anthem seems to be straight out of a fashion spread in V magazine. Meanwhile, lesbian front woman Beth Ditto looks more glam and gorgeous than ever.

1. Bad Romance -- Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has easily been 2009's most creative music artist, and her most recent video is no exception. The video takes place in a futuristic brothel, full of dancing monsters, horny space-age men, and stilettos that only Gaga can walk in.

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