No Best of 2010 list we publish this December will be as much fun to compile as this Best Music Videos list was. There are compelling and funny stories, imaginative visuals and the labors of much love. The style of video varies as much as the music. Many of these were not among the year’s most popular and weren’t made with the biggest budgets, but the artistry is commendable.
If you have a favorite music video that didn’t make the cut, please add it to the comments section below. All of these should be relatively safe for work except Grinderman and, of course, Cee Lo Green.
Here are the 25 best music videos of 2010:
25. MGMT – “Congratulations”
MGMT’s album was overblown, self-indulgent and strange—all the things that make for a good music video, especially one involving a freakish Duck-dog-o-saurus.
Director: Tom Kuntz
24. Surfer Blood – “Floating Vibes”
Album: Astro Coast
Director: G. Warner
The Florida band goes all-access on this one. All-access cable, that is.
23. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – “Bottled in Cork”
Album: The Brutalist Bricks
Director: Tom Scharpling
Ted Leo on Broadway? The world needed “a half-assed musical that cheapens what they do and embarrasses everyone involved,” especially when those involved include Paul F. Tompkins, Julie Klausner and John Hodgman.
22. Jeremy Messersmith – “Tatooine”
Album: The Reluctant Graveyard
Director: Eric Power
Paper-cut Star Wars trilogy=awesome.
21. Vampire Weekend – “Giving Up the Gun”
Directors: The Malloys
The strange assortment of characters in this tennis match include RZA, Jenny Murray, Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, Daft Punk and Lil John.