The 10 Best Music Videos Of 2010

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The following should be heard in Ray Liotta's voice for maximum effect:

As far back as we can remember, we always wanted to be a VJ. We grew up with MTV, and until we had to break it off after we found the channel hoing around with a pack of syphilitic realitysauruses, we never missed a chance to park ourselves in front of the diode's warming glow and watch the proud strut around.

Obviously, the idea of a dedicated music video channel has more or less become obsolete. What Rocks Off hopes and prays for is that some enterprising individual will harness the power of the all the truly spectacular work being released on YouTube into some kind of daily show. Since we spent the best part of this year looking at a new music video every day, we got to see the dedication unsigned and indie artists put into the visual interpretations of their work.

So of all the great stuff witnessed this year, Rocks Off presents our top 10!

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10. Chromeo, "Don't Turn the Lights On": If not for Mick Cullen over at Subterranean Radio we might never have discovered the funky-fresh mind-nookie that is "Don't Turn the Lights On" from Chromeo's third album, Business Casual. Since then, we've caught Chromeo on Yo Gabba Gabba, and learned a valuable lesson about washing our hands.


9. Grinderman, "Heathen Child": We purposely didn't include major artists in this list, but room must be made for the unbelievable weirdness of Nick Cave's Grinderman. Truth be told, Rocks Off was a bit meh about the first Grinderman album, but Grinderman 2 is a non-stop trip straight through the wasteland of Cave's brain.

And no matter what anyone says, "Heathen Child" was the most disturbing music video of the year. When the lead singer shooting fireballs out of his ass while wearing a centurion costume is the normal part, you know you've gone down the rabbit child.


8. mCRT feat. Katcha, "I'm a Shark (Suck My Dick)": "Because it's Shark Week" is a failsafe excuse that applies to any situation. It's certainly the reason we decided the world needed to her a good rap song about sharks, especially after Mr. Cool J dropped the ball so shamefully. How blowjobs got linked with swimming death machines that never sleep is anyone's guess, but we promise to ask mCRT if we ever get the chance.


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7. Vulcho Bonev, "God Is Right": Vulcho Bonev is either from Costa Mesa, Calif., or another planet entirely. His Day Glo celestial party anthem "God is Right" was one of those video we happened to stumble upon within minutes of its uploading, and we just sat back secure in the knowledge that the internet is never gonna run out of proud lunatics. Bonev could be their king.


6. Fatawesome, "The Oregon Trail Song (My Titties)": When you combine the phat beats and incredible production values of Fatawesome with the most celebrated video game featuring dysentery of all time, you know you've got some gold on your hands. Not only do you get to watch a robot rape a toaster, you also get some very helpful advice on exactly how to get the best score on Oregon Trail. Hint: It's better to buy bullets than food, just like in real life.


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