People don’t tend to save their best music videos, so this is a thinner list than most. But if the world does end today, at least you won’t die before watching Taylor Swift’s version of a Lana Del Rey video. Because that’s what Stereogum’s readership wants, right? T-Swizzy doing LDR? Check out our picks below.
5. Major Lazer – “Jah No Partial” (Feat. Flux Pavilion) (Dir. ?)
Being in Major Lazer looks like fun. I think I would enjoy being in Major Lazer. I would possibly also enjoy being a citizen of Belgium; it appears that they get down over there.
4. The Killers – “Here With Me” (Dir. Tim Burton)
Upon reading that Tim Burton had directed a Killers video, I expected something way more visually stunning and narratively involved than this. On the other hand, we do have the kid from Submarine acting creepy-intense, a room full of Winona Ryders, and the late-breaking revelation that people are actually candles, so maybe i should stop complaining.
3. Hooray For Earth – “Never / Figure” (Dir. Milton Ladd)
A batshit exploration of head-trip physics that, I like to imagine, is one long pre-death hallucination, sort of like Waking Life. That frozen-time shot of the car going over the bridge is pretty incredible, and I have no idea how they pulled it off under what must’ve been a severely constrained budget.
2. Baroness – “Stretchmarker (Acoustic)” (Dir. ?)
Not a music video as such, and it would be pretty boring (albeit pretty and impressive) under most circumstances. But still: A great band almost dies in a bus crash, disappears for a few months, and then reemerges with a plainspoken acoustic duet? That’s a really cool thing. It’s worth celebrating. It still doesn’t beat Taylor Swift with pink streaks in her hair, though.
1. Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble” (Dir. Anthony Mandler)
Taylor Swift as a punk-rock sprite, screaming while a guy in a Misfits backpatch kicks the shit out of her dirtbag boyfriend? A romantic betrayal at a desert rave? The first dubstep bass-drop in pop-country history? I’m sorry, you guys, but I can’t see how anyone would want to resist this.