Clever, artful music videos are the little self-contained moments of happiness that we often forget to enjoy. That’s why we’ve collected 25 of the year’s best for you right here. You’ll find plenty of dancing, animation, labors of love and yes, cats, in the list of the 25 Best Music Videos of 2011.
25. Foo Fighters – “Walk”
Director: Sam Jones
Dave Grohl really doesn’t like traffic. Or Coldplay. Or phones with dead batteries. Or phone booths. Or tiny burgers. Or dudes with numchucks. Good thing he’s Dave Grohl and doesn’t have to put up with such pedestrian unpleasantness.
24. Ben Howard – “Keep Your Head Up”
Directors: Mickey Smith & Owen Tozer
It takes a little while to get to the payoff, but what begins with a few hay bales becomes the world’s coolest Slip ’n’ Slide.
23. Cults – “Go Outside”
Director: Isaiah Seret
What goes with the year’s shiniest, happiest song? If you’re Cults, then, well, cults. Footage of Jim Jones is interspersed with period shots of devotees singing “Go Outside.”
22. Das Racist – “Michael Jackson”
Director: Weird Days
Opulence and eccentricity rule the day in this video featuring a Michael Jackson impersonator.
21. Titus Andronicus – “No Future Part 3: Escape from No Future”
Director: Tom Scharpling
Your guide to New Jersey, brought to you with love buy Titus A and all of their friends.