Do music videos still matter? As 2012 winds to a close, that's not an easy question to answer. On the one hand, the proliferation of video-editing software, coupled with easy access to sites like YouTube and Vimeo, means that just about anyone can make a music video. On the other hand, anyone can make a music video, including lots of people that probably shouldn't. Yes, the past 12 months saw more than their share of lazy video concepts and amateurish execution, but thankfully, the sea of mediocrity wasn't enough to completely disqualify the music video as an art form. Now and again, something worthwhile would appear in our inbox, a piece that built upon its song's original vision and offered something unique, or fun, or at least kept us interested enough to not click through the play bar immediately. After taking stock of the various videos that dropped during 2012, we've put together a list of our 10 favorite clips. Below that, we've also added the year's 10 most popular videos from the XLR8R website.
10. Lorn "Weigh Me Down"
9. A1 Bassline "Breakaway"
8. Kid Smpl "Pulse"
7. M83 "Steve McQueen"
6. Simian Mobile Disco "Put Your Hands Together"
5. FaltyDL "Straight & Arrow"
4. Gacha "Bowl"
3. LOL Boys "Changes"
2. Grimes "Oblivion"
1. Todd Terje "Inspector Norse"
10. A1 Bassline "Breakaway"
9. Simian Mobile Disco "Species Out of Control"
8. Max Cooper "Micron"
7. xxxy "I Know This Can't Be Love"
6. MMoths "THNX"
5. Michael Nyman & David McAlmont "Secrets, Accusations & Charges (Max Cooper Reconstruction)"
4. LOL Boys "Changes"
3. Shlohmo "Rained the Whole Time (Nicolas Jaar Remix)"
2. Zebra Katz "Ima Read"
1. Little People "Aldgate Patterns"
XLR8R's Best of 2012 coverage will continue through the end of this week and all of next week, so check back each day for additional year-end round-ups. In the meantime, don't forget to vote in our Readers Poll, and take a look at the other Best of 2012 pieces we've posted already: