While the era of MTV and VH1 of a music video haven for high school kids may be gone, there are still plenty of great videos out there if you look. Here are my favorite music videos from 2015.
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Directed by Hiro Murai)
Donald Glover and Hiro Murai must really like diners for music videos. It’s scary how well Glover can balance extremely creepy and charismatic at the same time.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/jx96Twg-Aew” align=”center”]
Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy” (Directed by Austin Vesely, Ian Eastwood, and Chance the Rapper)
I’m a sucker for a great one-shot music video and this song is right up there for my favorite of 2015. If this video doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies and put a smile on your face, you’re probably Donald Trump.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/i4ooH8frBWg” align=”center”]
Fidlar – “40oz. on Repeat” (Directed by Ryan Baxley)
FIDLAR and director Ryan Baxley recreate some memorable music videos with cardboard, tape, markers, and anything else they seemed like they could find. They’re all fun (and fairly recognizable), but the Jamiroquai and Britney Spears spoofs take the cake for me.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/iJy8VgB83OQ” align=”center”]
Joanna Newsom – “Sapokanikan” (Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)
It’s not all that surprising that Paul Thomas Anderson and Joanna Newsom would make for a good combination, and this is a lovely video for a lovely song. Also, this video made me realize that Newsom looks like a young version of Dianne Wiest, so there’s that.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ky9Ro9pP2gc” align=”center”]
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Directed by Colin Tilley and The Little Homies)
There are so many layers in “Alright,” from Kendrick floating above the world to the cops carrying him and his friends, and it’s all wrapped into one beautifully-shot video.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z-48u_uWMHY” align=”center”]
Missy Elliott – “WTF (Where They From)” (Directed by Hype Williams)
Some videos tell a story or have a message. This one is just fun, and that’s more than okay by me. Plus, it’s got a puppets street dancing, which is a good thing.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/KO_3Qgib6RQ” align=”center”]
The Mountain Goats – “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” (Directed by Scott Jacobson)
Like a lot of young boys, I had my wrestling phase, so this video was a lot of fun. It’s already great just a minute in, but then it becomes something really special when main Goat John Darnielle is joined by by his hero Guerrero in the ring.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q9YvDfiAXT8″ align=”center”]
Royal Blood – “Out of the Black” (Directed by David Wilson & Christy Karacas)
If you’re going to watch a hyper-violent half-animated, half live action music video about aliens wearing mascot suits and humanity battling at a gas station, I suggest going with this one.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/bSdtvfBQd6c” align=”center”]
Run The Jewels feat. Zach de la Rocha – “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” (Directed by A.G. Rojas)
This is a stunning, powerful video about racially motivated brutality and violence. In a battle hate and viciousness, nobody wins.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/PkGwI7nGehA” align=”center”]
Vince Staples – “Senorita” (Directed by Ian Pons Jewell)
This music video is already affecting enough with it’s visuals of death and fear in an urban dystopia, but then Vince Staples and director Ian Pons Jewell really twist the knife with the final shot.[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/5OAYMMod9Wo” align=”center”]
Now Hear This is a regular column in which Alex Bieler writes about music – both new and old – that he thinks you should introduce to your ears. If you’ve got a musical suggestion that you think he should highlight, shoot him an email at email@example.com or tweet at him at @Catch20Q.
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Managing editor, fan of all things fluffy. Alex Bieler was born a large child in Parma Heights and grew up to be a large, bearded man who occasionally words good. Before he joined PressureLife, Alex was an arts and culture editor for the Erie Reader, an alternative publication in, well, Erie, Pennsylvania. Some of his more notable accomplishments including editing a book in the Library of Congress and getting butt dialed by Bill Nye the Science Guy.