Best of 2008: Music Videos

By on Tuesday, 16th December 2008 at 2:43 pm
 

Kings of LeonAh, the music video. It’s a genius thing. Without it, we’d never have had the Thriller dance, Madonna’s pink leotard or Ok Go’s treadmill acrobatics! Shocking, I know!

Thankfully, in the recent age of sites such as YouTube and Yahoo! Music – the music video is once again reaching the peaks of it’s 80s MTV heyday.

So as the year draws to a close, I’ve decided to take a look back over 2008 and pick out a few of what I believe to be the greatest music videos of the year.

The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next To Me

First up, we have a video from The Last Shadow Puppets (pictured, top)– the dapper duo compromising of Arctic Monkey, Alex Turner and Rascal, Miles Kane.

The band’s album, ‘The Age of the Understatement’, was a particular favourite of mine this year. It would appear, however, that I was not the only fan of the album. Not only did ‘The Age of the Understatement’ reach number 1, it also blagged a prestigious Mercury Music Prize nomination. Turner and Kane pull their slick, retro-vibe off perfectly in the ‘Standing Next To Me’ video. Check it out, here:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8YRx47oylM]

Weezer – Pork and Beans

It’s possibly one of the most discussed videos of the year (and the song, from the band’s self-titled 2008 album, is pretty good too). ‘Pork and Beans’ is a genius little video featuring the stars of YouTube, including Tay Zonday, Chris Crocker and Numa Numa guy, to name but a few. Who else can you spot? Check it out here:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muP9eH2p2PI]

Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

Kings of Leon (pictured top of post, right) returned triumphantly in September with hit album, ‘Only By The Night’. Since many critics are labelling the album the greatest of 2008, it seems fitting that one of the Kings’ videos should appear in my list.

The video for number 1 single, ‘Sex On Fire’, is noticeably a little cheesy for these once hardcore Southern rockers. Ignoring the shower scenes and muscles fitting of a Backstreet Boys video – the track is still undeniably awesome. And they are still undeniably pretty *blushes* .

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHhhcKxflMY]

The Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go

The Ting Tings were one of 2008’s biggest successes. ‘We Started Nothing’ reached number 1 in the album charts and their super catchy little ditties soon gained worldwide exposure thanks to hit track, ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go’, featuring on an Apple iPod ad.

Check out the awesome video to said song here featuring lots of clever, hypnotic hand movements. Ooooo..

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r23cm7bL9E]

Lily Allen – The Fear

I’ll conclude my list with a video that’s only just been released. In a way, Lily Allen’s ‘The Fear’ helps us mark the transition from 2008 to 2009. Her album, ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, is set to be released in February – so via the following video, we’re able to get a taste of what next year is set to bring us.

Check out the video to The Fear here. It’s a lovely little track, with an equally lovely video –

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-wGMlSuX_c]

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