The best music videos of 2011 allowed fans of their favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce and others to see the story behind the lyrics in some of the most popular songs from the year. Each of these music videos can boast hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of YouTube views and, if they're lucky, honors such as MTV VMAs, Grammy Awards and American Music Awards. Long story short: These 2011 music videos will be remembered as the best of the best from the year.
The top videos from 2011 varied in genre from the pop music
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, Britney Spears and Ke$ha to the rappers like Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kanye West and even some rock, like from the Foo Fighters, and country, such as from Taylor Swift. Regardless of musical style, each brought something different and special to the table.
These music videos put faces behind the lyrics, told us a backstory to make the words make more sense or just entertained us as the music played in the background. Many were raunchy, such as the videos for "Born This Way" from Lady Gaga and "S&M" by Rihanna, while others were a bit more tame, like "E.T." by Katy Perry and "Someone Like You" by Adele.
In addition to the top artists that created and were featured in the singles, these videos also included a fair amount of celebrity appearances. "I Love the Way You Lie" from Eminem and Rihanna was a great example of that with "Transformers" actress Megan Fox and "LOST" actor Dominic Monaghan acting in the video.
Whether they're racy, goofy or simple, each of these videos added a special visual element to enhance our favorite songs from 2011. Happy eyes and happy ears, that's a great combination right there.