The music video is becoming a lost art. MTV and VH1 seem to have strayed from having anything to do with music videos, let alone with music in general. Still, with YouTube and its popular counterpart, VEVO, music fans have the ability to watch their favorite artists put moving pictures to their song on demand.
Some videos are simple, boring and just plain strange, while others are a remarkable work of artâ€”no matter how much or how little technology or choreography is used. We appreciate the art of music videos, be it the ridiculous or the ones with a serious message. Of course, while Lady Gaga ruled the airwaves with hits fromÂ Born This Way, we will not feature any of her clips in this listâ€”especially that monstrosity that is â€œMarry the Nightâ€ (that thing isÂ long!). She gets enough credit, after all. Instead, here is our list of what weâ€™ve deemed to be the bestâ€”or at least most amazing, in some form or anotherâ€”clips of 2011:
10. Rebecca Black, â€œFridayâ€
Admit it: youâ€™ve watched â€œFriday.â€ More than once. The video had millions upon millions of YouTube views, and the then unknown, then 13-year-old singer shot to fameâ€”for better or for worse, as many deemed â€œFridayâ€ the worst video and song ever made. Well, we think itâ€™s one of the best, if only because of the attention it grabbed. Plus, Black will be having â€œfun, fun, fun, funâ€ all the way to the bankâ€”and who can argue with that?
9. The Lonely Island, â€œ3-Way (The Golden Rule) (feat. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga)â€
We said we wouldnâ€™t feature a Gaga video, but we never said we wouldnâ€™t feature Gaga. In this SNL/Lonely Island clip, Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake explain that â€œitâ€™s not gayâ€ when youâ€™re in a three-way with two dudes and a chick. We also get to see a bit of Lady Gagaâ€™s â€œnormalâ€ side show through, complete with a great sense of humor. If youâ€™re a Gaga fan, youâ€™ll appreciate it, and if not, maybe this clip will at least show you that she can be funny and look somewhat like a normal person once in a while…
8. Ke$ha, â€œBlowâ€
James Van Der Beek, unicorns, laser guns and rainbowsâ€”what more do you need? This is a Ke$ha video to beat all Ke$sha videosâ€”because to be honest, weâ€™ve never watched any other Ke$ha video. The only reason this video is on this list is because of our beloved Dawson, who has been stripped away from his Creek and placed in the middle of a unicorn club lazer fight with one of the trashiest ladies in music. And itâ€™s oddly sexy. Ke$ha, you are a secret genius, arenâ€™t you?
7. LMFAO, â€œSexy and I Know Itâ€
No words… other than perhaps, â€œWiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…
6. Nicki Minaj, â€œSuper Bassâ€
Nicki Minaj isnâ€™t quite our favorite female rapper of all time (we prefer Missy Elliott), but this video is so… pink. The song is catchy as hell, and Minaj is just plain weirdâ€”but itâ€™s hard to not watch this video. Itâ€™s literally candy for your eyesâ€”and Iâ€™m not even just talking about the hot, hunky dudes in the background…
5. Superchunk, â€œCrossed Wiresâ€
KITTY! Kitty with a camera! Kitty getting wasted! Kitty with strippers! What does your cat do when youâ€™re out? This one likes toÂ rock.
4. Foo Fighters, â€œWalkâ€
90s nostalgia… we love the Foo Fighters. The band canÂ literally cause earthquakes, and â€œWalkâ€ is one of the best songs off ofÂ Wasting Light. The video itself just embodies â€œone of those daysâ€â€”Dave Grohl is having quite possibly the worst day of his life, just as we all do. Everything he goes through feels like something weâ€™ve probably experienced, and when he finally joins his band, we see that moment of happiness, and weâ€™re right there with him, just â€œlearning to walk again.â€
3. Sara Bareilles, â€œGonna Get Over Youâ€
Sara Bareilles isÂ just plain cute.Â Kaleidoscope Heartâ€™s third single, â€œGonna Get Over You,â€ directed by Jonah Hill, is such a fun and bubbly video. Why canâ€™t we have a day where everybody joins us in a fun romp through a grocery store, singing and dancing and being goofyâ€”even if it is all in our heads? Oh, wait…
2. Kimbra, â€œCameo Loverâ€
Very few people know about this video and about Kimbra yet. This New Zealander is slowly bursting onto the American scene, and â€œCameo Loverâ€ is a great start. The video is full of bright colors, awesome choreography and cute boys. What more can you ask for?
1. Robyn, â€œCall Your Girlfriendâ€
Even thoughÂ Body TalkÂ was out in 2010, â€œCall Your Girlfriendâ€ was released as a single in 2011, and it helped shoot Robyn into the spotlight once againâ€”and even eventually helped land her aÂ recent SNL gig. Finally, our girl is getting the recognition she deservesâ€”and all she had to do was dance! The â€œCall Your Girlfriendâ€ video is simple: one take of Robyn dancing in a warehouse to her songâ€”no backup dancers, no gimmicks. Robyn, you will forever be one of the greatest pop stars out there, and hopefully the rest of the world is finally learning that.
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