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20 Music Videos Perfect for Watching on Mute

Because sound isn't always an option

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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 MinajKornMy Chemical Romancethe WeekndRihannaJ. ColeNine Inch NailsAlabama Shakes and more.

1 / 20

Bon Iver, "Towers"

Director: Nabil
Released: February 2012
Pairs well with: Hot chocolate and an autumn-scented candle
Also try: "Holocene," also by Nabil, similar vibe

2 / 20

Nicki Minaj, "Lookin Ass"

Director: Nabil
Released: February 2014
YouTube Views: 25.6 million
Pairs well with: An Expendables marathon
Also try: "Starships," "Only," "Super Bass"

3 / 20

Alabama Shakes, "Sound & Color"

Director: James Frost
Released: April 2015
Views: 2 million
Pairs well with: Scanning through Netflix on your phone, trying to find Visually Sumptuous Science-Fiction Movies

4 / 20

Korn, "Freak on a Leash"

Directors: Todd McFarlane with Jonathan Dayton & Valeria Faris
Released: February 1999
Views: 37.1 million
Pairs well with: A muted Best of TRL nostalgia-thon
Also try: "Make Me Bad," "Falling Away from Me," "Did My Time," "Here to Stay"

5 / 20

The Weeknd, "Tell Your Friends"

Director: Grant Singer
Released: August 2015
Views: 20.8 million
Pairs well with: Your morning coffee
Also try: "The Hills," "Often"

6 / 20

J. Cole, "Wet Dreamz"

Director: Ryan Staake
Released: April 2015
Views: 26.9 million
Pairs well with: That moment after you and your pooch have worn yourselves out in the park
Also try: "Who Dat"

7 / 20

Rose McGowan, "RM486"

Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Released: September 2015
Views: 835,000
Pairs well with: Wishing you could go to a modern art museum but not having the money

8 / 20

Kendrick Lamar, "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"

Directors: The Lil Homie & OG Mike Mihail
Released: May 2013
Views: 44.5 million
Pairs well with: Mourning a loved one
See also: 2015's "Alright" video, a masterpiece on its own, and only slightly less "watch on mute"–able

9 / 20

Aphex Twin, “Come to Daddy”

Director: Chris Cunningham
Released: 1997
Views: 1.7 million
Pairs well with: Acid, probably 

10 / 20

Beyoncé feat. Drake, "Mine"

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"

11 / 20

Miley Cyrus, "Can't Be Tamed"

Director: Robert Hales
Released: May 2010
Views: 158 million
Pairs well with: Quality time with your pet parakeet/parrot/raven
Also try: "Wrecking Ball," "Adore You," "Party In The U.S.A."

12 / 20

The Pharcyde, "Drop"

Director: Spike Jonze
Released: 1995
Views: 11.7 million
Pairs well with: A Google session hunting down breakdance classes and/or eating an egg and cheese sandwich from the bodega

13 / 20

Frank Ocean, "Pyramids"

Director: Nabil
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

14 / 20

Nine Inch Nails, "Head Like a Hole"

Director: Eric Zimmerman
Released: March 1990
Views: 4.1 million
Pairs well with: Cannabis: Sativa Edition

15 / 20

Rihanna, "Diamonds"

Director: Anthony Mandler
Released: November 2012
Views: 655 million
Pairs well with: Lacing up your boots to go horseback riding
Also try: "Where Have You Been," Only Girl (In The World), "Bitch Better Have My Money," "FourFiveSeconds," "Rude Boy"

16 / 20

Ne-Yo, "So Sick"

Director: Hype Williams
Released: 2006
Views: 98.3 million
Pairs well with: Reading the L.L. Bean winter catalog
Also try: Hype Williams' "No Scrubs" (TLC), "Blow" (Beyoncé), "All of the Lights" (Kanye West feat. Rihanna), "Massive Attack" (Nicki Minaj)

17 / 20

My Chemical Romance, "SING"

Director: P.R. Brown & Gerard Way
Released: November 2010
Views: 23 million
Pairs well with: Sorting out all your new comic books

18 / 20

Kanye West, "Flashing Lights"

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"

19 / 20

Radiohead, “House of Cards”

Directors: James Frost and Aaron Koblin
Released: 2008
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

20 / 20

Drake, "Hotline Bling"

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"

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