30. Beirut – “Elephant Gun”
(D: Alma Har’el)
The cinematography as gorgeous and colors as lush as the sounds in this beautiful accordion-anchored tune, the “Elephant Gun” video also features some excellent choreography, explosions of confetti and an inviting vibe bathed in the warm, low glow of hanging paper lamps. Martin Scorsese has spoken of his affection for the ballet of the camera, and director Alma Har’el seems to get this concept intuitively.
29. The Strokes – “12:51” (D: Roman Coppola)
Futuristic interlocking guitar and synth riffs. Teletransportation. Band members lit up like Tron. If you’re a sci-fi geek and a rock ‘n’ roll fan, it doesn’t get much better than this.
28. Bat for Lashes – “What’s a Girl to Do”
(D: Douglas Wilson)
Natasha Khan goes on an über-creepy latenight bike ride through the woods. Featuring a cameo from something resembling Frank from Donnie Darko.
27. Fatboy Slim – “Weapon of Choice”
(D: Spike Jonze)
When Christopher Walken suddenly busts a move in this video, it’s hard to not instantly crack up. Perhaps better than any other actor, Walken is a master of hilariously self-deprecating charades, and his performance here makes this clip a classic.
26. Kanye West – “You Can’t Tell Me Nothing” (alternate version)
The often self-serious West proved he can have a laugh at himself when he endorsed Zach Galifianakis and Will Oldham’s alternate version of his “You Can’t Tell Me Nothing” video, which may be the only rap video ever to feature two bearded white guys driving tractors on a farm.