'ville.2k - the 101 Best Music Videos of the Decade.
Clean your ears & tune your eyes for antville's showcase of the top 101 music videos of this decade.
The 424 studiously nominated videos were collectively voted in the highest 'ville poll turnout ever, to establish a definitive ranking of best/landmark/most memorable/top of the crop - never mind what others may claim.
The top-tier 24 are featured below by the best available youtube embed, plus links to original 'ville post and mov/mp4, where available; a further 29 are similarly featured in the comments, as are the subsequent, youtube-linked, 48. All meta-analysis, comparative and commentary is welcome, as always.
4. Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice, Dir. Spike Jonze, 2001 - 60% of voters (.mov)
(youtube HD here.) 5. The White Stripes - The Hardest Button to Button, Dir. Michel Gondry, 2003 - 60% of voters ('ville post, .mov)
(youtube HD here.) 7. Justice - Stress, Dir. Romain Gavras, 2008 - 58% of voters ('ville post, .mov)
8. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army, Dir. Alex & Martin, 2003 - 58% of voters (.mp4)
34. Radiohead - Knives Out, Dir. Michel Gondry, 2001 - 30% of voters (.mp4)
40. Audioslave - Cochise, Dir. Mark Romanek, 2002 - 26% of voters (.mp4)
47. Outkast - Hey Ya, Dir. Bryan Barber, 2003 - 26% of voters (.mp4)
- Beck - Girl, Dir. Motion Theory, 2005 - 24% of voters
- Daft Punk - Technologic, Dir. Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel De Homem Christo, 2005 - 24% of voters
- Futureshock - Late at Night, Dir. Ne-o, 2003 - 24% of voters
- Radiohead - House of Cards, Dir. James Frost, 2008 - 24% of voters
- The Presets - Are You the One?, Dir. Kris Moyes, 2005 - 24% of voters
- Bumblebeez - Dr. Love, Dir. Tom Kuntz, 2007 - 22% of voters
- Coldplay - Life In Technicolor, Dir. Dougal Wilson, 2009 - 22% of voters
- Foo Fighters - The Pretender, Dir. Sam Brown, 2007 - 22% of voters
- Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River, Dir. Francis Lawrence, 2002 - 22% of voters
- Liars - Plaster Casts Of Everything, Dir. Patrick Daughters, 2007 - 22% of voters
- Metronomy - A Thing for Me, Dir. Megaforce, 2008 - 22% of voters
- Röyksopp - Remind Me, Dir. H5, 2002 - 22% of voters
- The Knife - Pass This On, Dir. Johan Renck, 2003 - 22% of voters
- Vitalic - Poney Pt. 1 (Birds), Dir. Pleix, 2006 - 22% of voters
- Cassius - The Sound of Violence, Dir. Alex & Martin, 2002 - 20% of voters
- Daft Punk - Prime Time Of Your Life, Dir. Tony Gardner, 2006 - 20% of voters
- Deichkind - Ich betäube mich, Dir. AlexandLiane, 2006 - 20% of voters
- Fatlip - What’s up Fatlip?, Dir. Spike Jonze, 2000 - 20% of voters
- Gnarls Barkley - Crazy, Dir. Robert Hales, 2006 - 20% of voters
- Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks, Dir. Patrick Daughters, 2009 - 20% of voters
- Klaxons - Golden Skans, Dir. Saam, 2006 - 20% of voters
- MSTRKRFT (ft. John Legend) - Heartbreaker, Dir. Vincent Haycock, 2009 - 20% of voters
- Robbie Williams - Rock DJ - Vaughan Arnell, 2000 - 20% of voters
- Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes, Dir. Nima Nourizadeh, 2008 - 20% of voters
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion, Dir. Patrick Daughters, 2006 - 20% of voters
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control, Dir. Spike Jonze, 2004 - 20% of voters
- Air - Playground Love, Dir. Sophia Coppola, 2000 - 18% of voters
- Animal Collective - Peacebone, Dir. Timothy Saccenti, 2007 - 18% of voters
- Cat Power - Where is my love, Dir. Josh & Xander, 2007 - 18% of voters
- Chemical Brothers - The Test, Dir. Dom & Nic, 2002 - 18% of voters
- Emily Haines - Dr. Blind, Dir. Jaron Albertin, 2006 - 18% of voters
- Fatboy Slim - Ya Mama, Dir. Traktor, 2001 - 18% of voters
- Four Tet - Smile Around The Face, Dir. Dan Wilde, 2005 - 18% of voters
- LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations, Dir. Dougal Wilson, 2005 - 18% of voters
- M83 - Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun [Fully Flared Intro], Dir. Spike Jonze, 2008 - 18% of voters
- Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat, Dir. Quentin Dupieux, 2000 - 18% of voters
- The Streets - Blinded By The Lights, Dir. Adam Smith, 2004 - 18% of voters
- Architecture in Helsinki - That Beep, Dir. Krozm, 2008 - 16% of voters
- Chairlift - Evident Utensil, Dir. Ray Tintori, 2009 - 16% of voters
- Chemical Brothers - Get Yourself High, Dir. Joseph Kahn, 2003 - 16% of voters
- Coldplay - Speed of Sound, Dir. Mark Romanek, 2005 - 16% of voters
- Cornelius - Drop (Do It Again) , Dir. Koichiro Tsujikawa, 2002 - 16% of voters
- Erik Prydz - Call on me, Dir. Huse Monfaradi, 2004 - 16% of voters
- Interpol - Evil, Dir. Charlie White, 2005 - 16% of voters
- Kanye West ft. Zach Galifianakis & Will Oldham - Can’t Tell Me Nothing, Dir. Michael Blieden, 2007 - 16% of voters
- REM - Imitation of Life, Dir. Garth Jennings, 2001 - 16% of voters
- The Dead Weather - Treat me like your mother, Dir. Jonathan Glazer, 2009 - 16% of voters
- The Strokes - Last Night, Dir. Roman Coppola, 2001 - 16% of voters
Amazing work Progosk.
Might I suggest you limit the initial post to the top 20 for the sake of not killing everyone's computers with all the embeds? When you have that many embedded Flash players, it slows things down a LOT.
Ditto on familiar's suggestion.
Congrats for the awesome work antville.
Here is my link from La Videotheque: lavideotheque.wordpress.com
Great work guys! Amazing work!
Great work. Star Guitar over Justice? which one has more replay value. Other than DM Wrong being high on the countdown (? awesome work at the Antville, voters.
progosk. I salute you sir. great job. I'm going to share this around.
Thank you very much Progosk. Wonderful work!
Great list! May it prosper and crush Pitchfork's scenester lists beneath it.
Some weird ones made it higher than expected. Seven nation Army is hardly cutting edge and made it above some much better videos.
Dizzee rascal sirens was also a big surprise.
That strangest entry though is perhaps Futureshock - "Late at night" coming in at 56. Huh?
good job, although 20 videos instead of 50 would've been enough.
still, no shynola's for unkle?
Gotta say I really enjoyed this process. This isn't the exact list I would of picked but I think it comes as anything can to representing the broad spectrum of Antville taste. I have to say that I find the last 50 entries a little bit more satisfying than the first 50. I feel like the top 50 covers all of the obvious touchstones, most of which have already gotten their fair share of exposure. The bottom 50 is a little more eclectic and has some nicely curated selections.
It's interesting and somewhat disappointing that after all of the debate on this site over Marc Webb's career (at some point there were actually three hotly contested threads over Marc Webb's merits) that he didn't get a single video on this list. Dave Meyers was also shut out, Francis Lawrence got one. Joseph Kahn got a respectable two. Hype got zero (what no one liked "Drive Slow"?). Lil X, zero. Melina, zero.
The big winners on this list: Kanye, Shynola (both well deserved), Patrick Daughters, Tom Kuntz
In my opinion there seemed to be a little too much love for recent favorites and for the director's label gang. I have a hard time believing that "If I had a heart" had come out in 2003 instead of 2009 it would be #27. Also I'm confused by Flashing Lights massive popularity, it seemed kind of broad and one note to me. Wouldn't "Triumph of a Heart" and "All Falls Down" be better representations for both parties? On a Gondry note I always preferred Steriogram's crazy sugar high to Radiohead's claustrophobic fever dream but that's just me.
I gotta give some shout-outs to a few of my personal favorites that didn't make the cut:
Deathcab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into the Dark Dir. Jamie Thraves.
It's a crime that Thraves didn't make it onto this list since both this video and The Scientist are certifiable classics. So many videos are based on a central metaphor but this one gets the tone just perfect.
Audioslave - Doesn't Remind Me Dir. Chris Milk
This is one of the few music videos that has managed to provoke a genuine emotional reaction out of me. It's subtler and more nuanced than "Who's Gonna Save My Soul" but it's older and for a shittier band so it didn't make the cut.
Stone Sour - Looking Through the Glass Dir. Tony Petrossian
If you can ignore the music, this was one of the best crafted videos of 2006. Great special fx that fit the song thematically.
There were also some true antville gems overlooked: Ben Rollason's "Dirty Blue Jeans," Andy Bruntel's "Baby C'mon," Adam Bizanski's "Modern World" and Johan "Oceans"
I'd also like to offer my thanks to Progosk for putting all of the effort into the site that he does and to the frequent posters who keep this site running. Also a shout-out to everyone who nominated, there are a lot of forgotten gems hidden in those nominees.
Here's to wondering what the hell the list will look like for the next decade.
nicely nailed on all counts, otc.
Agreed re: Marc Webb. He is something of a master in the mainstream, emo arena. This is NOT my kind of music, but at the very least, "Move Along" should have made the list. That video is stunning, and yet so simple. Also, no representation for Samuel Bayer (personally not a huge fan, but he's a big name). I think we can all agree that Hype's best work is behind him.
It's fun to see who the next "Director Label" type guys might be, and I think this list pretty much cements at least 2: Patrick Daughters (6 videos), Dougal Wilson (4 videos). Maybe Ray Tintori too, but we'll see...
Amazing how Glazer's "A song for the lovers" didn't make the cut.
Or even "Live with me"! In my opinion, these two would have to be in the top 50 at least…
I agree brigs, I think it is because Glazer is more classically cinematic and doesn't use as many tricks. Just look at what came in at #1 and it all makes sense.
funny how antville was shitting on pfork for not having enough hip hop and all you guys did was add "99 Problems"
(The streets and Dizzee do not apply, you know what I'm talking about)
what´s about this video...
Macguffin, I agree. I think it's an example of that old adage about lists saying more about the taste of the people who compile them than anything else. I think it's extremely telling that Spike Jonze's Kanye video gets top 20 honors, when Hype did 3 superior Kanye videos that don't even get mentioned.
budget, if you're such a hip hop head, why didn't you mention them yourself?
shame on me
i so forgot about magnus renfors' video for tiger lou - sam, as in samantha
This list got a little mention in the Guardian Guide mag today
yeh, leo, plus a boatload of links/tweets/stumbles/tumbls&whutnot - i stopped keeping count.
Kinda neat/odd list. www.pastemagazine.com
That paste magazine list makes no sense at all.
i've never understood antville's obsession with "99 problems". Awesome track, but the video is full of all the usual hiphop video clichés. Only difference is the look is gritty rather than blingbling. Is that enough to deserve a #2 spot ?????
Great list overall though.
I'm with the captain. I just don't see what is so special. I would honestly enjoy an essay discussing why "99 Problems" is a landmark video. With the top honors it gets, I think that's deserving regardless.
All in all a good list, full of variety and tastes. It's my personal opinion that the best kind of music video times itself at least partially to the song (and one of the reasons I would put Star Guitar at no. 1), but I can appreciate most of these.
I took myself out of contributing directly because of my disconnect with the universal love of "99 Problems", so just to get it off my chest, here are a few videos I thought were missing:
Royksopp - Poor Leno
Basement Jaxx - Do Your Thing
Fionn Regan - Be Good or Be Gone
Arctic Monkeys - Leave Before the Lights Come On
JF/DS - Piemories
Lemon Demon - Word Disassociation
The Horrors - She's the New Thing