This year we grappled with over 2,100 music videos in over 3,000 posts. That's a lot of videos.
Of those, I especially highlighted over 300 videos via our Best Of The Month lists.
Whittling all this down to a Top 30 list was a hard task, but here it is. This is the 1% of music videos.
They're presented in two groupings: A top 15 and then a "bonus list" of 15 more great videos... All presented in one big playlist. I recommend you hit each individual video though, especially for the interactive videos, so you get the full context.
We'll be pulling out more data and lists from my Best Of 2013 archives through the New Year. Plus, the Best Videos of December, and other updates to the site. So, be sure to come on back when you get bored with your new Furby or whatever you get for Christmas.
The Best Music Videos of 2013
- Arcade Fire "Afterlife" (Emily Kai Bock, dir.)
- Joel Compass "Back To Me" (Ian and Cooper, dir.)
- Biting Elbows "Bad Motherfucker" (Ilya Naishuller, dir.)
- Miley Cyrus "We Can't Stop" (Diane Martel, dir.)
- Is Tropical "Dancing Anymore" (Megaforce, dir.) [Vimeo only]
- Darwin Deez "You Can't Be My Girl" (Keith Schofield, dir.)
- Tyler The Creator "Tamale" (Wolf Haley, dir.)
- Phoenix "Trying To Be Cool" (Canada, dir.)
- Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines" (Diane Martel, dir.)
- Justin Timberlake "Suit And Tie" (David Fincher, dir.)
- Capital Cities "Safe And Sound" (Grady Hall, dir.)
- Bob Dylan "Like A Rolling Stone" (Vania Heymann, dir.) [interactive]
- Portugal The Man "Modern Jesus" (AG Rojas, dir.)
- David Bowie "Love Is Lost" (Barnaby Roper, dir.)
- Beach House "Wishes" (Eric Wareheim, dir.)
- Gesaffelstein "Pursuit" (Fleur & Manu, dir.)
- Atoms For Peace "Before Your Very Eyes" (Andrew Thomas Huang, dir.)
- Laura Welsh "Cold Front" (Daniel Cloud Campos and Tamara Levinson Campos, dir.)
- Dan Black f/ Kelis "Hearts" (Chic & Artistic, dir.)
- Pharrell "Get Happy" (We Are From L.A., dir.) [interactive]
- Jay Z "Picasso Baby" (Mark Romanek, dir.)
- Beck "Sound And Vision" (Chris Milk, dir.) [interactive]
- MGMT "Cool Song No. 2" (Isaiah Seret, dir.)
- Placebo "Too Many Friends" (Saman Kesh, dir.)
- Bat For Lashes "Lilies" (Peter Sluszka, dir.)
- Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" (Terry Richardson, dir.)
- Lana Del Rey "Tropico" (Anthony Mandler, dir.)
- Passion Pit "Carried Away" (Brewer, dir.)
- Beyonce "Pretty Hurts" (Melina Matsoukas, dir.)
- Alpines "Lights" (Ryan Hope, dir.)