The Top 25 Music Videos of 2013, Nos. 5-1

Here we are at the absolute Top 5 music videos that were released this year. There's whimsy, beauty, and a whole lot of pain and regret. Ignored as usual by the mainstream powers that be, these are the works of absolute beauty that they are absolutely hiding from you. Get ready to see wonders.

REWIND: The Top 25 Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 25-21

The Top 25 Music Videos of 2013, Nos. 20-16

5. Youth Lagoon, "Raspberry Cane"
Year after year Youth Lagoon turns in some of the best music-video work in existence. In 2012 their haunting, apocalyptic "July" made No. 2 on the list, and "Raspeberry Cane" is near its equal. What it lacks in the storytelling on "July" it makes up for in sheer painted beauty.

4. Erasure, "Gaudete"
I admit, when I heard Erasure was doing a holiday album I wasn't all that enthused. I had no idea that it would honestly be my absolute favorite release ever from the band. Part of it is just that the music is exceptional, but most of it hinges on this series of stop-motion videos from Martin Meunier and Tonya Hurley. It's like Tool meets Rankin-Bass, and every moment is magic.

REWIND: The 25 Best Music Videos of 2013, Nos. 15-11

The 25 Best Music Videos of 2013, Nos. 10-6

3. Inspector Owl, "Mousey"
I have only one thing to say about "Mousey": if the idea of an underground Hungry Hungry Hippo gambling syndicate that turns bloody doesn't excite you, then I don't want to know you. That is all.

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