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10 of the Best Animated Music Videos Ever

Wilco’s new video for “Dawned on Me” combines some of the things dearest to our hearts: Jeff Tweedy and old black-and-white Popeye shorts. It’s a clip that’s both fun and visually interesting, not to mention the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon that’s appeared in the last 30-something years. But Wilco is far from the first band to hit upon the idea of including animation in their music videos. Cartoons in videos stretch back from the days of a-ha’s “Take On Me” through Björk and Radiohead. After the jump, check out ten of the best animated music videos we’ve ever seen — tell us about your personal favorites in the comments.

“Take On Me” by a-ha

A-ha’s pencil-sketched 1985 “Take On Me” clip was one of the first animated music videos to air on MTV. It’s also the one we watched multiple times throughout our teen years.

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