Many of history's finest music videos work flawlessly between the music and the visuals. But tons of the best videos stick with us for the forever-memorable imprints they burn onto our brains strictly from the sights alone. If you, like us, love putting music videos on as background art--maybe while you're spinning other tunes, cleaning the house or working--then we've got your back with this optical playlist. Inside you'll find Nicki Minaj, Korn, My Chemical Romance, the Weeknd, Rihanna, J. Cole, Nine Inch Nails, Alabama Shakes and more.
Director: Pierre Debusschere
Released: December 2013
Views: 14 million
Pairs well with: The rest of Bey's self-titled visual album; most of the videos rock on mute
Also try: "Ghost," "Haunted," "Blow"
Released: June 2012
Pairs well with: The Pulp Fiction soundtrack and a spectacular dinner that takes you at least eight minutes to eat
Also try: Nabil and Frank's "Novacane" and "Swim Good" vids
Directors: Spike Jonze & Kanye West
Released: February 2008
Views: 41.1 million
Pairs well with: Reading negative blog posts about Dr. West
See also: "Welcome to Heartbreak," "Bound 2," "Heartless," "Runaway," the Zach Galifianakis version of "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
Directors: James Frost and Aaron Koblin
Views: 23.2 million
Pairs well with: A play session with one of those rectangular toys where you push all the little silver pins to form shapes
Director: Director X
Released: October 2015
Views: 113.9 million
Pairs well with: As the prodigious memes have shown us, literally any other song around 135 bpm
Also try: "Worst Behavior," "Hold On, We're Going Home," "Energy"