I’m going to call it. M.I.A’s ‘Bad Girls’ is the best video of the 21st Century. The competition is strong. The White Stripes’ ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’, Outkast’s ‘B.O.B’, Fatboy Slim’s ‘Weapon Of Choice’, The Avalanches’ ‘Since I Left You’, Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) come to mind, but the Romain Gavras-directed marvel made earlier this year inches it. Last night, they won the top prize at the UK Music Video Awards.

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Not only is it completely, beautifully badass, it also takes a stab at Saudi Arabian sexism. Armed with machine guns, middle-eastern garb with a hipster twist, bling and catchy dance moves, M.I.A and friends drive, spin, skid and whoop across the stunning desert plain in a modern day drag race held at dusk. Watched and cheered by men, the sassy, stylish video is a middle finger to Saudi’s ban on women driving. In an age where our pop stars generally shy away from social and political concerns, it’s refreshing.

Style-wise, it’s so this century. The bold, technicolour vibe mirrors the mash-up, hipster aesthetic that’s led popular culture over the last 12 years. It also features a see-through car which is probably the coolest thing ever.

Do you agree?