With two–time best video of the year winner, Andreas Nilsson taking 2011 off to focus on adapting Ingmar Bergman’s horror classic Hour of the Wolf for the stage, the field was wide open for a new batch of directors to step in and create some really amazing work. Two all-caps video-making collectives – CANADA and DANIELS – dominated the year with their visually spectacular and incredibly innovative clips, while a number of old faves like Garth Jennings, Patrick Daughters, Megaforce and Keith Schofield did some spectacular work, and plenty of new directing talent contributed to another wonderful year in music videos.
It was so hard to narrow the list down to 25 this year that I decided to expand the list to 30 (which still left room for plenty of Honorable Mentions). These are the music videos that I felt pushed the envelope of the medium with fantastic visuals, superb editing, gorgeous cinematography, and inventive concepts. Basically, these are the videos that are worth spending your valuable time watching. The videos are embedded below and 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!
There are definitely a lot of children/kid motifs in most of these videos. I don’t know what it is about bands and their affinity with children…I know it’s nothing really new, many artists have made references to children. Nirvana’s album art, or Lou Reed’s oddly compelling track “The Kids” (which features an almost uncomfortable amount of samples of crying children) come to mind. It seems as though after the scandalous MGMT “kids” video surfaced, the concept is used WAY more as some sort of pathological/ethical tool for videos or concept albums (ahem ahem M83’s “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming). Not saying it’s a bad thing, or that it’s over-used, just kind of interesting.
Very perceptive point, Kassidy. I definitely agree that children was a reoccurring theme in videos this year and it’s interesting how children are used to represent nostalgia, loneliness, violence, the supernatural and more in the various clips.
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