This year, 2012 pushed the art form of music videos far beyond measure, and with that being said, Faux Society has curated a list of what we feel were the 10 best music videos of the year. Enjoy the list after the jump.
10. A$AP Rocky – Goldie
Visually, this video set a new standard of what hip hop videos will look like for the next 2 years, everything popped and felt fresh on the first big budget video from the Harlem emcee.
9. Justice – New Lands
Justice always pushes the limits when they release visuals (remember 08’s DANCE?) They’ve done it again, bringing us their interpretation of the 70’s film Rollerball — (A game part Roller Derby, 1/4th Soccer, with a dash of motocross) the video takes you on a journey worthy of a feature films cost of admission.
8. A-Trak, Marc Foster, and Kimbro – Warrior
Converse continued their “Three Artists, One Song” project this year and it featured Mark Foster of Foster The People collaborating with A-Trak and Kimbra for the track “WARRIOR”.
The video is directed by “DANIELS” and you know whenever you get a Daniels video you’re getting something UNIQUE to say the least. Watch the Mexican brawl below, and enjoy my friends.
7. Flight Facilities Ft. Christine Hober – Clair De Lune
Directed by Dave Ma, the beautiful 7-minute-long visuals for Flight Facilities’ dreamy track “Clair De Lune” follow two young girls who spend their time on late night drives, stopping to steal from off licenses and watching the city lights from beautiful hill tops.
6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
Such a fun visual from Macklemore in a thrift shop, as he pours his heart out preaching his love for a GREAT deal– that only the thrift store can deliver. And I was eyeing that Batman onesie though!
5. Kid Ink – Time of Your Life
I’ve seen tons of videos done from the POV (point of view) of a girl, but this is by far the best executed one I’ve seen.
4. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas in Paris
Last year’s most influential song gets this year’s most trippy visuals.
3. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Abstract electronic music producer Flying Lotus previewed his latest album, Until The Quiet Comes, with this moving short film directed by Kahil Joseph.
2. Lana Del Rey – National Anthem
Lana turned a lot of heads when she announced that she had casted A$AP Rocky as JFK in the video set to accompany National Anthem, the risk paid off for this video that seems to be pulled straight from 60s archives.
1. Solange – Losing You
Solange makes a huge statement with this video proving that Beyonce isn’t the only Knowles sister with talent. The video was beautifully helmed by director Melina Matsoukas, and is easily the most aesthetically pleasing of the year.