The Top 25 Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 5-1

Never before have I agonized so hard over the picks for best music video of the year because never before have I had the kind of selection that 2012 offered. The art form is alive and well like never before, and we are entering a new renaissance of cinemaudio. Today we reach the videos you simply cannot miss from the past year


The Top 25 Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 10-6

The Top 25 Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 15-11

5. Islands, "Hallways"

Lex Halaby and Toben Seymour teamed with Islands' Nick Thorburne to do what Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and Danny Elfman tried so desperately to do in Corpse Bride, but in the end failed.

"Hallways" is as light-hearted and fun as it is technically impressive with its puppet skeleton band. The bridge where the dad band looks confused when Thorburne disappears only to return as a fellow skeleton is pure whimsy, if a bit bloody and eyeballsy.


The 25 Best Music Videos of 2012 Nos. 20-16

The 25 Best Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 25-21

4. Is Tropical, "The Greeks"

Not as bloody as what MEGAFORCE did to Is Tropical's "The Greeks!" Holy crap, have you ever really wondered what children who have grown up in the post 9/11 years see in their heads as they play soldiers and terrorists? Now you can see it in the kind of over-the-top bloodbath Quentin Tarantino would say was a bit much. The fact that it's kids holding the war makes it both cute and way more disturbing.

3. AgesandAges, "Navy Parade (Escape From the Black River Bluffs)"

"Navy Parade" came out in 2011, but I missed it until after the annual countdown. But for one whole year, I haven't been able to get this amazing video out of my head. Tim Perry told me he had been inspired to pen this song by his grandfather, who was only saved from a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Navy (he fell asleep on his watch) by the attack on Pearl Harbor, after which every seaman was required to help rebuild the fleet. Perry's grandfather carried the guilt of his trespass for years, and his grandson saw the effect of that guilt on him. The video captures that effect of that guilt perfectly.

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