One of the things that I love about this time of year are all of the “Best Of” lists that everyone makes. I love making them too, but they’re really damn hard to make. Take for example this list you’re reading about right now. I got it in my head that it would be fun to make a list of my favorite music videos of 2011. “This will be easy”, I said to myself, but very quickly I realized that I could just as easily make this into a Top 20 or Top 30 list.
There’s so much I want to include, but then again I’ve already posted all of these videos before, so there’s really no point in making you watch everything I posted this year all over again. I had to limit myself to 10 and really push myself to prioritize what does and doesn’t qualify one for “Top 10” status. In the end it came down to those videos that had the total package: they had to be memorable, the subject matter had to match the song, the cinematography, editing, etc. had to be superb, the video had to be worth watching over and over again and most importantly of all, the song had to rock.
My numbers 10 and 9 you can find below and I’m going to count down two songs a day until New Years Eve when I’ll announce what I think is the best music video of 2011. Feel free to guess which videos you think will make the Top 10, and I’d really like to hear in the comments what you think the best music videos of 2011 were.
But without much further ado, here’s my number 10:
10. Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
While this song doesn’t really match a lot of the stuff I normally post on C’est Non Un Blog, there’s actually quite a few reasons why I think this video deserves a spot in my Top 10. First, this is arguably the best pop song of the year. If you don’t think so, you’re taking life too seriously. Seriously. Lighten up. This song is damn fun. And the video for the song is one of my all-time favorites. It really does have everything. It tells a John Hughes-esque story about a dorky girl who throws a killer party, it has celebrity cameos galore (and they aren’t just in the video to be in the video), it’s funny, it’s well made and it has that killer disco breakdown right in the middle of the song that I SO wish appeared on the album version of the song. It’s a little mini-movie that starts out great and stays great even through its surprise end credits. I dare you to watch this video again and tell me that you don’t love it.
Honorable mention goes to Rebecca Black who appears in the video as Katy’s “good girl” best friend and whose other song about Friday just barely missed making it into my Top 10. Whether you love her or hate her, love to hate her or hate that you love her, you’ve got to admit that “Friday” was one of the biggest videos of the year. I know the song is horrible, but that’s why I love it so much. There’s a magical train wreck quality to it that dug its way into my brain and never went away. When people in the future look back on 2011 they’ll remember three things: we got Bin Ladin, the Republicans went from normal political crazy to batshit insane crazy, and Rebecca Black.
9. Gold Panda – You
If you had asked me when I started this project if this video was going to make it into the Top 10 I would have given you a pretty funny look, because I honestly forgot all about this video. But as I went back through all of this year’s posts there was just something about this video that I kept coming back to over and over again. It’s so beautiful. The cinematography is gorgeous, the dance choreography is stunning and the song…oh wow, that song. This song is one of the reasons why I love music so much. If you forgot about this video like I did, do yourself a favor and re-watch it right now. You won’t regret it.