The 20 Most Awesome Music Videos of 2013
While many music videos are merely slick, soulless promos for potential hit singles, occasionally a video comes out that transcends crass commercialism and actually stands alone as a work of visual art. Happily, quite a few such artworks hit TV screens and computer monitors for three or so minutes at a time this year, and when we here at Yahoo Music added all those minutes together...well, we realized we spent much of 2013 enjoying some truly awesome music videos.
So here, in ascending order of awesomeness, are our picks for the top 20 videos of the year.
20. Phoenix – "Entertainment"
They may hail from France, but Phoenix's recreation of a high-end Korean soap opera is surprisingly on point — so much so, we're hoping for a sequel in 2014. We need to know what happens next!
19. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – "Sacrilege" [viewer discretion advised]
This seemingly Scarlet Letter-inspired epic stars scarlet-haired British actress Lily Cole as wanton woman who pays dearly for her sins of the (freckled) flesh. Her performance is startling. Can music videos be eligible for Oscars?
18. Yoko Ono – "Bad Dancer"
Supercool octogenarian Yoko invites her hipster friends (including the Beastie Boys' Mike D and Ad-Rock, the Roots' ?uestlove, Roberta Flack, Reggie Watts, and Ira Glass) to come bust a move in some tinfoil-plastered Brooklyn bunker. A lot of (you guessed it) bad dancing ensues. But it's the so-bad-it's-good kind of bad dancing. The GIFs practically create themselves.