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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 12, 2014 - 10:20 am

After a couple of monster weeks, the music-video gods finally fell asleep on us this week, giving us warmed-over ideas and slopped-out murky execution and very, very little to get excited about. There are good videos on the list below, but many of them are videos that would’ve missed the top five during a busier… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 11:22 am

Last year’s Thanksgiving break means we’ve actually got two weeks’ worth of videos accounted for below, and they were a packed two weeks. It hurts my heart not to include strong pieces of work like EMA’s grand cyberpunk vision, Atmosphere’s masterful The Jerk reference, OFF!’s delirious slapstick freakout, or Ty Dolla $ign’s ridiculous, surreal featMore »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 21, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Run The Jewels and Arca and Belle & Sebastian and a generous handful of other artists made really good videos this week, and I couldn’t find room for any of them. There were too many good videos this week. This is one of those weeks where everything in the top 5 is straight fire, though… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Here’s something I wasn’t quite expecting: Every last one of the videos on this week’s list has some kind of narrative to it, even if that story is just “intense guy wanders around motel and weird things happen.” Most of them are pretty cartoony. Some of them involve actual professional actors. All of them are… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 7, 2014 - 2:02 pm

I don’t know if it’s some combination of Halloween sugar-hangover and Republican-Senate-takeover anxiety or what, but there are some dark and strange and intense visions on this week’s list. Every single one of the five videos below has the power to make you at least a tiny bit queasy. So take a deep breath and… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 31, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Last week in this space, I wondered where the hell all the Halloween-themed videos were. They all finally showed up this week — including a few today, which puts them out of contention for this week’s list. But some of the best videos of the week weren’t dark or spooky at all. They were technicolor… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014 - 5:04 pm

I have been awake since Run The Jewels dropped RTJ2 around 3 this morning, and I am barely keeping my brain from turning into pink fuzz, so I will forgo my usual state-of-the-music video paragraph here and tell you that you don’t need to watch any of these videos. They’re good, but you have no… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 17, 2014 - 2:57 pm

We did it, everyone! We came up with the least glamorous music video ever made. I don’t know what held the title before this week, but I do know that nothing else will ever hold it again. That piece of beautifully ugly anti-glamor is below, as are our other four picks for the week. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Some list-nerd stuff, before we begin. A$AP Rocky’s Karl Lagerfeld’s The Warriors video for “Multiply” dropped at midnight last night, which means it technically came out this morning. Since this list covers Friday to the following Thursday, that means it wasn’t eligible. It would’ve probably made the list, too. Maybe next week, Rocky! Thom Yorke’… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Thom Yorke rolled through to dominate the general conversation today, and his twitchy, hypnotic “A Brain In A Bottle” video really belongs on this list. But it came out on Friday, and this list only covers the seven days that ended yesterday. If Yorke was trying to game the system and crush this list, he… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 19, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Before I get into this week’s picks, allow me to point out that Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea made a video for a song called “Booty.” Hype Williams directed it. It is exactly what you expect it to be. It came out a few years ago, and it has five million views already. At thi… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Here’s one nice thing about the whole U2 debacle: They didn’t forcibly beam any music videos into your iTunes! Imagine how those things would’ve looked. Actually, as it turned out, this was a great week for music video, and I had a hell of a time picking a #1 from a field of worthy contenders. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014 - 12:59 pm

If you’ve noticed a higher-than-average number of weird EDM videos in this space lately, it’s not because I’m suddenly trawling Electric Daisy Carnival messageboards. It’s because someone clued me into the existence of IMVDb, a thorough and valuable resource for discovering videos that would’ve otherwise skated right past my awareness. And a good number of… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 29, 2014 - 11:04 am

At Sunday night’s VMAs, MTV awarded its Video Of The Year trophy to Miley Cyrus’ butt-naked tearsploitation Terry Richardson vision “Wrecking Ball,” and Miley brought a homeless model (?) to the stage to accept the award. Immediately afterward, Beyoncé, whose “Drunk In Love” video was nominated and lost, came to the stage to give a… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 10:24 am

This was generally a busy week, music-video-wise, but the biggest stories were two flashy, conversation-starting pop videos that seemed to represent two different sides of an ideological divide, even though the women who made the two videos are friends and everything. On the one side, there was Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” which I didn’t… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 15, 2014 - 2:53 pm

This week’s big videos were Iggy Azalea’s take on Kill Bill and Ariana Grande’s take on (I guess) Barbarella, and they were both straight trash. You can make a good pop video by making a pastiche of a particular movie; 2Pac doing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome springs immediately to mind. But that’s not enough. The… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 8, 2014 - 3:15 pm

This week, I was something like the 75 millionth person to watch Kiesza’s “Hideaway” video, and holy hell, that thing is great. I don’t know what kept me from clicking play on it for this long. “Hideaway” was already a monster hit before I watched it, and the video has been up online since February… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 1, 2014 - 10:56 am

There was a lot of nudity and violence and crisp, vivid black-and-white in this week’s music videos, but most of the videos that leaned heavily on those tropes didn’t make it onto this week’s countdown. The videos that did the best this week relied on their performers’ charisma, and they burst with joy and movement… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014 - 1:01 pm

I don’t think I’ve done this before, but there’s a lyric video on this list. Its presence will probably annoy you. But if you think you can make a better lyric video, go ahead. Please. This week’s picks are below. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Some weeks, we get an absolute deluge of great videos, but I can’t remember any other weeks as rich as this one. I thought about blowing it out to a top-10 list this week, but that would take forever. So here are the runners-up, in descending order: Hot Sugar’s Lynchian dream “Your Nails Look SoMore »


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