The Best Music Videos of 2012…So Far
by Raffy Ermac | Arizona State University
It’s hard to believe that this year is already three months in. Music wise, 2012 has been a very interesting year. Since it is already towards the end of March and spring is right around the corner, we at NextGen Journal thought it would be cool to recap what music lovers have been tuning in to since the beginning of the year.
The year is still young, and without a doubt there will be more opportunities for earbud-melting hits, but here’s a list of the top 10 music videos of 2012…so far.
10. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Although this homemade webcam video featuring Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and Carlos Pena (of Big Time Rush) is more popular than the actual music video, it’s noteworthy that all these teenies have helped to at least get the Canadian star Carly Rae Jepsen’s name out there.
9. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra
This Aussie singer-songwriter utilizes nakedness, stop motion, paint and a feature with New Zealand songstress Kimbra in his visual for probably the catchiest breakup song of the year.
8. Safe & Sound – Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars
Featured on the soundtrack of the hugely anticipated book-turned-movie “The Hunger Games,” this video showcases an acoustic, folky side of Swift not normally seen in her typical country-pop hybrids.
7. Domino – Jessie J
The U.K. pop diva with incredibly strong vocals makes her presence known in this wonderfully vivid and colorful adaption of her Billboard Top 10 hit.
6. You Da One – Rihanna
Starting the year off with more controversy than most pop stars can handle in a lifetime, Rihanna still keeps it light, calm and cool, especially in this black and white video.
5. Glad You Came – The Wanted
This U.K. import is making waves with their incredibly infectious and club-themed music. Twenty-somethings everywhere are already jumping up and down and singing along to this chorus of “Glad You Came.”
4. Charlie Brown – Coldplay
This was the first song recorded for the Mylo Xyloto record, and the video just makes us all feel young. Who doesn’t want to join Coldplay in the club to party all night and simply be up to no good?
3. We Are Young – Fun. feat Janelle Monae
Nate Ruess’s uniquely rough voice is paired with scenes of a massive, chaotic bar fight. Throw in some Janelle Monae and you have the recipe for a song and video that millennials everywhere are completely enthralled and obsessed with. Who hasn’t found themselves humming this song at any given point in the day?
2. Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey
After starting this year off with a, as Kristen Wiig puts it, “stiff, distant, and weird” live performance on Saturday Night Live, Del Rey has redeemed herself with this sultry, sexy and oh-so-retro chic video to her single “Blue Jeans” from her most recent album, “Born To Die.”
1. N***** in Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West
This seizure-inducing epic of a music video is so overly simplistic that it is nothing short of evil genius. Visually stunning mirrored graphics of lions, churches, lasers, and patterns are paired with live footage of Jay and Kanye during the last year’s smash Watch the Throne Tour to create the most artistic, the most trippy, and the most excitingly oddball music video of the year
That was a list of our picks for the best music videos of 2012 so far. Would you agree? Disagree? What are some of your picks? Leave us a comment below and let us know!Raffy Ermac is a student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, studying multimedia journalism and events management. He is a self-professed pop culture enthusiast who also loves to write, blog, and indulge in all forms of entertainment.