The Best Music Videos of 2013

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11. Gesaffelstein - "Hate or Glory"

Director: Fleur & Manu

After Gesaffelstein dropped the eerie/excellent clip for "Pursuit," I wasn't sure what I'd expect when I saw that "Hate or Glory" hit the Internets. There was definite confusion at the intro, one which found two guys arguing in the middle of nowhere. It had an odd The Wire feel to it, especially when one of the guys kills the other, robbing him of his jewelry. As the story progressed, we saw his downright obsession with gold soar to new, unheard of heights (well, unless you've seen old Bond films). It brought a new perspective to the title "Hate or Glory." Is the obsession with acquiring the most jewels a way that people glorify their achievements ("of course he's balling, check out how he's shining!"), or is there some element of self-loathing there, making you look even more foolish with each new rope? Who knows. There's something more brewing with this piece, and even though a torrid tale of inner city thug life is the basis of this, it could've been told in a number of different settings with the same result. And for that, dance music wins.—khal

  • Jumi

    This is a good list mainly because you included “Cool Song No. 2″. MAINLY.

  • fraspi

    IFHY is the real shit. Loved it. Tamale is not so deep but also great… loved Mirrors clip eventhough it is pop shit.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    This Nabil dude is dope. Directed some of my favorite videos in past years, like swim good and shit.

    Dude’s a beast

  • Martín Cruz

    There will never be a song as epic as “Like a Rolling Stone”. Awesome video.

  • Marky Mark

    HOW IS NO TORO Y MOI VIDEO ON THIS LIST. HE ABSOLUTELY KILLED IT VISUALLY AND SONICALLY THIS YEAR. EVEN YOUTUBE GAVE THE NOD TO ‘SAY THAT’. AND NO JON HOPKINS OPEN EYE SIGNAL?????? AND NO RIPTIDE VANCE JOY????? IF YOU GUYS ARE GONNA DO A VIDEOS OF THE YEAR LIST YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY APPRECIATE FILM AND LOOK FOR VIDEOS NOT JUST THE ONES THAT COME TO YOU.

  • http://www.pigeonsandplanes.com/ Constant Gardner

    OH HAI MR ALL CAPS

    There are some nice images and moments in “Say That” (when he’s hanging on the tree, the contrast of his orange jumper with the green plants) but overall we found it a bit dull. It’s a pleasant video, nothing more.

    The “open eye signal” video is def beautiful, but Jon Hopkins’ “Breathe His Air” is overall a more powerful and visually arresting package. So we included that instead.

    Riptide is corny to me.

    THANKS FOR COMMENTING

  • JuanMa

    Great list! I think Action Bronson or Run the Jewels should of been on this list.

    Overall great list.

  • Marky Mark

    Constant Gardner. You’re last statement sums up the premise of this list. I don’t think you have put this list together with an appreciation of FILM. Maybe you like music yes, I like music too, but the way my afore mentioned videos are put together are incredibly artistic and that for me is what a music video is about – great film work and cinematography being an extension of great music. SOMETHING THAT TURNS WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU HEAR MUSIC INTO A FORM OF REALITY. How many videos have you seen like ‘Say That’ in the last year? It seems to me that this list is compiled with more of an appreciation for songs. Maybe that’s ok, but the reason you picked IFHY 1 means you know where I’m coming from. Are you really going to tell me that the Vance Joy video is corny? Why? Had you seen it before? If not then you would have seen my heinous comment and watched the video with a furrowed brow which may have clouded you’re vision. I BET if it was in slow mo behind the party and the after party you would like it. It’s a fantastic video dude. Its original, unique, it’s clever. Hell I think tennis court should be on this list but what are we judging here. Either way watch them again and I would kindly ask you to just watch again and see.

    OKAY

  • IM MARK ALRIGHT

    OH AND WONDA – WHEN THE DRUMS COME IN @ 2:08!!!!

  • http://www.pigeonsandplanes.com/ Constant Gardner

    had i seen the vance joy video before?

    ummm. yeah

    http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2013/05/video-vance-joy-riptide/

  • http://www.pigeonsandplanes.com/ Constant Gardner

    and i totally agree with your statement about great film work and cinematography. But that’s only part of the equation. Things like originality, emotional response, how the video and music interact and combine etc etc etc are just as important.

    It’s personal after all (and this list wasn’t made just by me), but the Toro y Moi leaves me cold and doesn’t impress me overly.

  • Marky Mark

    Maybe. I guess I’m just concerned that a lot of these videos these days are the same while the ones I mentioned are clearly different, which is refreshing and I would like to see them awarded in some way.

    I mean personally, I also think the glowing video is average. It’s too sporadic, overly lush and I don’t think there was any detail or restraint in the direction.
    I think it’s been covered in this gloss that dumbs people down – its knowing that someone else famous has done it, or if that same person bigs it up. In this case its Tyler “Realising his potential” and people like the thought of that because he makes good videos, but the reality is it’s not that good. The same went for the song power by Kanye and Yeezus to an extent, in a slightly different context. Hey Thats me though and you guys have made some good selections here.

  • Clayton

    The further I went down this list the less confident I was you’d include IFHY, and I couldn’t be happier you gave it the top spot.

  • Matthew Yale

    I was expecting to find “Bound 2″ as #1 on this list and was pleasantly surprised to not see it at all. Could’ve put “Everybody’s Something” and “Happy” on the list tho.

  • tyler

    I hate to comment just for one band, but if you gyus haven’t checked out Rudimental’s music videos (namely Not Giving In), you’re missing out. The directing is always sick and there’s a cool story behind all the videos

  • Michael M

    Looks Tyler he noticed this, he posted it on his Instagram.

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