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musicforants.com’s Best Music Videos of 2010

Date November 29, 2010

The end of the 2010 is approaching and I, like most self-respecting music bloggers, am scrambling to put together my year-end lists. I’m kicking it off this year with one of my favorite lists to make, the best music videos of the year. The quality of music videos this year has been outstanding, I almost feel like I’ve seen more great videos in 2010 then in the last three years combined, and that made it extremely difficult to narrow this list down to 25 (there’s an extended Honorable Mention section to make up for it). Whether it’s the work of groundbreaking directors like Andreas Nilsson, Spike Jonze, and Keith Schofield or brilliant clips from new directing talent like DANIELS, Peter Serafinowicz, and (surprisingly) Kanye West, there has never been a shortage of fantastic videos to watch.

These are the music videos that I felt pushed the envelope of the medium with fantastic visuals, superb editing, gorgeous cinematography, and innovative ideas. Basically, these are the videos that are worth spending your valuable time watching (it’ll take about 2 hours to view them all), and you’ll probably watch to watch again and again. The videos are embedded below or you can click the song title to view the highest quality version. As always, If you have any favorites videos from the year that you think I missed, make sure to leave it in the comments. Enjoy!

25. Summer Camp – Round the Moon (dir. Paddy Power)

MP3 Summer Camp – Round The Moon

24. Shearwater – Hidden Lakes (dir. Alma Har’el)

23. Darwin Deez – Constellations (dir. Terri Timely)

22. Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars (dir. Phil Pinto)

MP3 Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars

21. We Have Band – Divisive (dir. Jul & Mat)

Follow the jump below for the rest of the list!

20. Junip – Always (dir. Andreas Nilsson)

MP3 Junip – Always

19. FM Belfast – Underwear (dir. DANIELS)

18. Baths – Lovely Bloodflow (dir. Young Replicant)

17. Audiobullys – Only Man (dir. Jonas & Francois)

16. The xx – Islands (dir. Saam Farahmand)

MP3 The xx – Islands

15. Yeasayer – Madder Red (dir. Andreas Nilsson)

14. Parenthetical Girls – Young Throats (dir. A Nice Idea Every Day)

13. Wolf Parade – Yulia (dir. Scott Coffey)

MP3 Wolf Parade – Yulia

12. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (dir. Spike Jonze)

11. HEALTH – We Are Water (dir. Eric Wareheim)

10. LCD Soundsytem – Drunk Girls (dir. Spike Jonze)

9. Chromeo – Don’t Turn the Lights On (dir. Keith Schofield)

MP3 Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On

8. El Guincho – Bombay (dir. Nicolás Méndez) [NSFW]

7. OK Go – This Too Shall Pass (dir. James Frost)

6. The Hundreds in the Hands – Pigeons (dir. DANIELS)

5. Nobody Beats The Drum – Grindin’ (dir. Rogier van der Zwaag)

MP3 Nobody Beats The Drum – Grindin’

4. Kanye West – Runaway (dir. Kanye West)

3. Hot Chip – I Feel Better (dir. Peter Serafinowicz)

MP3 Hot Chip – I Feel Better

2. Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait (dir. Chris Milk):

1. MGMT – Flash Delirium (dir. Andreas Nilsson)

MP3 MGMT – Flash Delirium


Casiokids – En Vill Hest (dir. Kristoffer Borgli) :
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (dir. One In Three)
James Blake – Limit To Your Love (dir. Martin de Thurah)
Best Coast – When I’m With You (dir. Pete Ohs)
Shimmering Stars – I’m Gonna Try (dir. SALAZAR)
Hot Chip / Bernard Sumner – Didn’t Know What Love Is (dir. Andreas Nilsson)
Janelle Monae – Tightrope (dir. Wendy Morgan)
Dancing Pigeons – Ritalin (dir. Tomas Mankovsky)
Crystal Fighters – In The Summer (dir. Tobias Stretch)
Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss (dir. Megaforce)

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9 Responses to “musicforants.com’s Best Music Videos of 2010”

  1. phinehas said:

    Argh, you forgot Fang Island – Daisy!

    Great list, otherwise. Thanks!

  2. Taylor said:

    Haven’t seen that video yet, love that song though. I’ll check it out!

  3. John L. said:

    Foals, “Blue Blood” – I never get tired of it. Deserves a mention! http://vimeo.com/15948344

  4. Andrew said:

    Fantstic. It was a great year for music videos

  5. Tanner said:

    letting up despite great faults had one of my favourite videos of the year because i’m a sucker for cheese. http://vimeo.com/10615286

    other than that, this is one stellar list.

  6. Zach said:

    Great list, I’ve been coming here for quite some time, and this is by far my favorite part of the year on this site..keep up the good work!

    I might have had Local Native’s “Wide Eyes,” Duck Sauce’s “Barbara Streisand,” and Rad Omen’s “Rad Anthem” on my list…you should check them out if you haven’t already!

  7. Jarryd said:

    My fav in this list is definitely “We Used to Wait” – HTML5 is amazing. Would you mind submitting your list to me? http://www.heartstringsengaged.com/2010/12/04/vote-now-top-10-albums-of-2010/ – I won’t post anything if you’re planning on putting it up here as well until after you’ve posted – it would mean a lot! Thanks!

  8. Mr. Shuffleupagus said:

    That Yeasayer video gave me a really creepy dream once and I haven’t seen it since.
    Other than rehashing some nightmare trauma, I love this list.


  9. art on canvas said:

    What a great round up of videos, really great list.