The 20 Best Music Videos of 2012


The role of the music video is a little unclear in 2012. It's certainly not for television anymore. With parody clips, cat fails, and random viral disasters racking up the pageviews on the Internet, it sometimes seems like wasted effort to put effort into making a creative, time consuming, well-done set of visuals. We're glad that artists are still doing it, though. The year's best music videos are also some of the most creative. Sometimes it was a trippy, mind-blowing type of creativity, and other times it was more subtle. Whatever the approach, each one of these videos is thought provoking or at  least visually stimulating, in its own way. One more list for the year—here are the 20 best music videos of 2012.

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  • Joey G

    Everything was good until.. Drake.

  • Benja

    This is a dope list! I really admire and respect what you guys do. You should check out our list of the 10 best hip hop videos of 2012 too! We got some overlaps and we highlighted some stuff that you may have missed as well. Leave a comment and let us know what you think! All feedback is appreciated. Thanks in advance and Happy New Year!

  • Jon

    OK Go Needing/Getting was out the same week as MIA and is as atstounding as MIA’s video.
    A car, a desert and over 1000 music instruments played by driving the car.

    Absolutely Brilliant and Top 2 at the very least.

  • Elyah

    Lana del Rey’s video was shot at Chateau de Fontainebleau, in France, just where I live and I don’t know what to do with that information…

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