Favorite Music Videos of 2012 (Alex)

Favorite Music Videos of 2012 (Alex)


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There was no way I was going to be able to watch all the music videos released this year. I liked so many different videos for so many different reasons it seemed silly to try and rank them. That’s why I have presented my first year-end list (several more to come) alphabetically.

The reasons I liked music videos this year was for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from the ones that might not have made the list if I didn’t like the songs so much (Purity Ring, tUnE-yArDs); the visually pleasing (Beirut, Tom Waits, Nosaj Thing); the get off your ass and party (Skinny Lister); the political hip-hop (Killer Mike, Macklemore); the funny/utterly ridiculous (Chairlift, Das Racist, Justice, Orbital, Two Fingers); the odd sub-genera of Bulls fighting back (Alt-J, Blonds); girls singing to the camera while cool shit happens around (Grimes, M.I.A.); ones I connected with emotionally (Explosions In The Sky, Ramona Falls, Soko); people having sex (Icky Blossoms, Rhye); ones that featured zombie children (HEALTH); and all the others for any number of reasons. Sometimes you just like a video and can’t really explain why.

For other 2012 favorites, you can find my Favorite Albums here, and my Favorite Songs here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

Like all my lists, I’m sure there are hundreds if not thousands of things I missed out on, so definitely list your favorites in the comment section below!


Alt-J – “Something Good”


Beirut – “The Rip Tide

Blonds – “Run

Chairlift – “I Belong In Your Arms” (Japanese Version)

Crystal Castles – “Plague

Das Racist – “Girl

Deep Sea Diver – “NWO

Doldrums – “She is the Wave” (feat. Guy Dallas)

Explosions In The Sky – “Postcard From 1952

Father John Misty – “This Is Sally Hatchet


Grimes – “Oblivion

HEALTH – “Tears

Hundred Waters – “Thistle”

Icky Blossoms – “Cycle

Justice – “New Lands

Killer Mike – “Reagan

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love” (Feat. Mary Lambert)

M.I.A. – “Bad Girls

Nosaj Thing – “Eclipse/Blue” (Feat. Kazu Makino)

Orbital – “Wonky” (Feat. Lady Leshurr)

POLIÇA – “Wandering Star

Purity Ring – “Fineshrine

Ramona Falls – “Fingerhold

Rhye – “Open

Schoolboy Q – “There He Go

Skinny Lister – “Forty Pound Wedding

SOKO – “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow

St. Vincent- “Cheerleader”

TEEN – “Electric

tUnE-yArDs – “My Country

Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds

Two Fingers – “Vengeance Rhythm

Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce

Wildcat! Wildcat! – “Mr. Quiche

Wise Blood – “Loud Mouths



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