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Best Music Videos of 2009

Date December 7, 2009

Here listed before you are the absolute 25 finest music videos of 2009. I’ve watched dozens upon dozens of videos this year, and trust me, these are the best. All the videos are embedded below for easy viewability. Clicking on the song title will link you to the highest quality video. I’m estimating it would take a little over an hour and a half to watch all these videos, which should be no problem for you guys, right?

The videos listed here are the ones that I found to be the most visually interesting, uniquely executed, superbly edited, and just in general, wonderfully awesome videos of the year (although having a good song attached to it didn’t hurt it’s chances either). If you have any favorites videos from the year that you think I missed, make sure to let me know in the comments. Enjoy!

25. St. VincentActor Out Of Work (dir. Territimely)


24. Asobi SeksuTransparence (dir. Major Lightner) MP3


23. Dan DeaconPaddling Ghost (dir. Natalie van den Dungen)


22. The Dead WeatherTreat Me Like Your Mother (dir. Jonathan Glazer)


21. The Phenomenal Handclap Band15 to 20 (dir. Moh Azima) MP3


Follow the jump below for the rest of the list!

20. Grizzly BearReady, Able (dir. Allison Schulnik)


19. Pistol YouthIn My Eyes (dir. Isaac Rentz)

18. InterstateThe Automatic (dir. Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond)

17. No AgeLosing Feeling (dir. Gil Kenan)

16. N.A.S.A. (ft. Kanye West, Santogold, & Lykke Li)Gifted (dir. Three Legged Legs)

15. Department of EaglesNo One Does It Like You (dir. Patrick Daughters and Marcel Dzama) MP3

14. M83We Own the Sky (dir. Young Replicant)

13. Oren LavieHer Morning Elegance (dir. Oren Lavie)

12. Grizzly BearTwo Weeks (unofficial video) (dir. Gabe Askew) MP3

11. Ramona FallsI Say Fever (dir. Stefan Nadelman)

10. MonogrenadeCe Soir (dir. Christophe Collette) MP3

9. Fever RayWhen I Grow Up (dir. Martin de Thurrah)

8. Death Cab for Cutie Grapevine Fires (dir. Walter Robot)

7. Depeche ModeWrong (dir. Patrick Daughters)

6. Bat for LashesDaniel (dir. Johan Renck) MP3

5. Justice / Lenny KravitzLet Love Rule (dir. Keith Schofield) MP3

4. ChairliftEvident Utensil (dir. Ray Tintori)

3. Land Of TalkIt’s Okay (dir. WeWereMonkeys) MP3

2. Wave MachinesThe Greatest Escape Ever Made (dir. Stuart Lanceley) MP3

1. Fever RayIf I Had A Heart (dir. Andreas Nilsson)


Phoenix – “Lizstomania” *brat pack mashup*
Air – Sing Sang Sung (dir. Mrzyk Moriceau)
The Walkmen – On the Water (dir. Nir Ben Jacob)
Jeremy Enigk – Mind Idea (dir. AG Rojas)
Banjo or Freakout – Upside Down (dir. Blake Salzman)
Avett Brothers – Slight Figure of Speech (dir. Jody Hill)

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18 Responses to “Best Music Videos of 2009”

  1. Tyler said:


  2. Brendan said:

    your 12 is a 20.

    Fever Ray definitely had the best videos this year. also enjoyed Fleet Foxes video for “Mykonos”

  3. Steve said:

    Definitely enjoyed the Justice/Lenny Kravitz remix and Monogrenade but “We Own the Sky” was an annoyingly disappointing video for one of my favorite songs of the last few years off an incredible album. Hipsters hanging out in a valley get scared by giant boxes in the sky that in fact just want to shower them with confetti! Hooray! Or Ahhh! More like boooooo! (Booing the video, not your list. You always manage to have good lists!)

  4. Taylor said:

    Yea, the storyline of that video doesn’t make too much sense but I thought visually it was pretty fantastic. Also, I’m a sucker for anything related to kite-flying.

  5. Phinehas said:

    Ramona Falls’ I Say Fever is definitely my top for the year.

    Am bummed that The Avett Bros. “Slight Figure Of Speech” didn’t make it up here. That video is straight up fun to watch.

  6. Zach said:

    Great list, but I was kind of hoping for The Automatic’s “Interstate,” which you covered a few weeks back…the video is incredibly eye-catching

  7. Taylor said:

    That video is up there, Zach. #18!

  8. Sarah said:

    Grizzly Bear’s Two Weeks is on here, but not Ready, Able? Impossible. Hands down beats all of these videos

  9. Taylor said:

    I agree that “Ready, Able” is better than the official Patrick Daughters video for “Two Weeks” but I think the unofficial version that I have on the list beats them both!

  10. Sarah said:

    just kidding, didn’t see it, it should be way higher up!

  11. Jonny said:

    I don’t think any of these beat Temper Trap’s Science of Fear –


  12. Craig said:

    I Think I Like You by Donora
    -its kinda like “Here It Goes” by OkGo, but better than it. Its simple. Thats it. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaFX_mQBhU

  13. porky porky said:

    um helloooo!!! why was this vid not up there??!

    Definately one of the best vids of 2009
    Animal by Miike Snow, the video directed by anthony dickenson, the other Animal video sucked ass

  14. porky porky said:

    or maybe this one??!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oKQSAt4c4c&feature=related

    Theres definately gotta be some Miike Snow in this list…

  15. Matthew P said:

    For all its 80s nostalgia, please check out the Sound of Arrows latest: http://www.vimeo.com/6034355

    It’s particularly fascinating when you consider that the two guys in the group made it themselves.

  16. Lucy said:

    Liking the inclusion of Fever Ray, stunning videos.

  17. Nick said:

    Thank you! I’ve been trying to find out the name of the artist and of the song to number 13.

  18. Jarrod said:

    Liking the inclusion of Fever Ray, stunning videos.