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Top 25 Videos of 2011

on December 08, 2011, 12:00am
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Music videos accomplish what has never been done before in the history of media: They make experimentation a commercial enterprise. They afford musicians, filmmakers, and multimedia artists the chance to have their craziest ideas not only produced, but shown to a large audience. What’s more, in the age of Internet video, indie productions are now on equal footing with million-dollar productions. There’s no visual medium more diverse or creative than music videos. Thirty years after the launch of MTV, the format is not only alive and well, but it’s matured, expanded, and become a part of our global culture. When The Beatles, and later Mike Nesmith, laid the foundation for what we’d come to know as a music video, could they possibly have known how big this concept would become?

The prevalence of online video has changed the way we watch movies, television… everything really. It’s not just the revolution that’s televised, but cute animals, skate tricks, accidents, celebrations, millions of memes in the making, and amidst all this chaos, brilliant, fun, and mind-altering visual art. On 1/11/11, we unveiled Cluster 1, a sister site to Consequence of Sound dedicated to filtering out the schlock and giving you only the best short films, animation, docs, and since we’re CoS, a ton of amazing music videos. In just under a year, we’ve posted over 1,000 of them, all handpicked.

Now, it comes to the task of choosing 25 of the best videos we’ve seen all year. These aren’t just the ones that moved us, blew our minds, or made us lol, but a selection embodying the year in videos. Fancy dancin’ Thom Yorke memed his way across the internet, Beyoncé changed outfits like a kerjillion times, Gaga became a man and a fish and then checked into a fashionable mental institution, and while those mega-stars shook the world at large, countless others were wowing the small screen, trending through Tumblr, and becoming secret sensations. We’ve got indie sci-fi from Russia, the most awe-inspiring NSFW video you’ve ever seen, demonic puppets, ’90s sitcom parodies, and so, so, so much more. This was a good year.

Each and every one of these videos is incredible. We hope you’re prepared. Just click forward. An audiovisual onslaught awaits you.

-Cap Blackard
Art Director/Executive Producer, Cluster 1

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Bruno Rosa
March 14, 2012 at 12:39 am

 Awesome Vid!

Patrick Slenderman
December 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

you missed that one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQngsAdSWTc

Patrick Slenderman
December 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

you missed that one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQngsAdSWTc

Duffy 120
December 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

How could you miss Duck Sauce “Big Bad Wolf?”

Sad Panda
December 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

wtf? you have to click through 26 pages? how about an independent url in case i only watch fourteen of them and then want to come back? what social-media-seo-expert made that moronic decision? whomever it was–fire her. she hates your users.

Alexandra
December 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm

you totally missed one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOu0DuxFAT0

Stewart
December 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Good thing Walk’s ranked high, but White Limo should be there too. White Limo shows you don’t need a big budget or a director to make an amazing video, all you need is some 90’s filming equipment and Lemmy

Guest
December 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm

only thing i would say is that lana del rey’s video games shouldve been #2

Joeyw1122
December 8, 2011 at 5:47 am

Eating a cockroach and being demonic doesn’t deserve acknowledgement. There are other videos that were way better.

nick
December 8, 2011 at 6:38 am

I generally agree with you in that he’s a total asswipe and I’m upset that I even know who he is (but that’s media for you), but the video/song combo is pretty good (albeit the only song I can stand him/them) and was one of the most iconic from the year 

Guest
December 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

you guys are fucking pussies. great video, great song.

Whatsthatmusicguy
December 8, 2011 at 5:30 am

he isn’t dubstep.

Justin Rector
December 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

His name was Robert Paulson.

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