The 16 Best Music Videos of 2013 (and their runners-up)

Best impossible-to-put-down distraction, NSFW video, VHS vids, and more.

- Dec 18, 2013

The year saw us gladly accept the future of interactive music videos, gave us striking and rich traditional ones - ensuring their continued survival - and stretched the boundaries of NSFW in a pretty tolerant office. We were inundated with wonderful clips this year, and whittling it down to just 16 of best ones was a chore. So we put them into categories for both winners and runners-up to give some more shine to some of our favourites.

Whatever, here are the 16 best music videos of 2013.

Best Impossible-To-Put-Down Distraction

Bob Dylan, “Like A Rolling Stone” (dir. Vania Heymann)

Runner-up: Pharrell, “Happy” (dirs. We Are From L.A.)

Most Unsettling Use Of The Internet

Oneohtrix Point Never, “Still Life (Betamale)” (dir. Jon Rafman)

Runner-up: Kanye West, “Black Skinhead” (dir. Nick Knight)

Best Argument for Staying In On Friday

Superchunk, "Staying Home" (dir. Taiyo Kimura)

Superchunk - Staying Home (Official Music Video)

Runner up: Solange, “Lovers In The Parking Lot” (dirs. Solange, Emily Kai Bock, Peter J. Brant)

Best Unconventional Romance

FKA twigs, "Papi Pacify" (dirs. FKA twigs & Tom Beard)

FKA twigs - Papi Pacify

Runner-up: Kanye West, “Bound 2” (dir. Nick Knight)

Best Homesickness Inducer

Blood Orange "Chamakay" (dir. Alan Bainbridge)

Blood Orange - Chamakay

Runner-up: Arcade Fire, “Afterlife” (dir. Emily Kai Bock)

Best Storming of Traditionally White Institutions by Black Artists

Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.” (dir. Alan Ferguson)

Runner-up: Dizzee Rascal “I Don't Need A Reason” (dir. Emile Sornin)

Best Party

M.I.A., “Bring The Noize” (dir. Ben Newman)

M.I.A. - "Bring The Noize" (Official Video)

Runner-up: Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young” (dir. Primo Kahn)

Best Mindbending Peek Into A Psyche

Julia Holter, “Horns Surrounding Me” (dir. Angus Borsos)

Julia Holter - Horns Surrounding Me (Official Video)

Runner-up: Majical Cloudz, “Childhood's End”

Best Use of Childhood Pals

Foxygen "No Destruction" (dir. Bryan Felber)

Runner-up: Eat Skull, “How Do I Know When To Say Goodnight” (dirs. Bob Moricz and Ben Popp)

Best Painfully Accurate Depiction of Teen Life. Now I Feel Awkward. This Guy Knows What I'm Talking Abo-

Is Tropical, "Dancing Anymore" (dirs. MEGAFORCE)

Runner-up: Tame Impala, “Mind Mischief” (dir. David Wilson)

Best Use of Dolls

Tyler The Creator, "IFHY" (dir. Wolf Haley)

Tyler, The Creator - IFHY

Runner-up: Future Islands, “Walking Through That Door” (dir. Kymia Nawabi)

Best Madness in a Contained Space

Death Grips "Come Up And Get Me" (dirs. Death Grips)

Death Grips "COME UP AND GET ME"

Runner-up: SSION, “High” (dir. Cody Critcheloe)

Best Not-For-Kids Animation

Devendra Banhart, “Mondo Taurobolium” (dir. Galen Pehrson)

Devendra Banhart's "Mondo Taurobolium" by Galen Pehrson

Runner-up: Unknown Mortal Orchestra "Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark Does)" (dirs. Becky & Joe)

Best Artistic Use of NSFW Label

The Knife "Full Of Fire" (dir. Marit Östberg)

The Knife - Full Of Fire - Official video

Runner-up: Dan Bodan, “Aaron (Renaissance Man remix)” (dir. Julia Hale Burmingham)

Best Use Of Crime

Yo La Tengo "I'll Be Around" (dir. Phil Morrison)

Yo La Tengo - "I'll Be Around" video

Runner up: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “Jubilee Street” (dir. John Hillcoat)

Best Use of VHS (In A Saturated Year)

Torn Hawk, “This Is Crime & Lace” (dir. Luke Wyatt)

Torn Hawk- "This Is Crime & Lace"

Runner up: Chevalier Avant Garde, “Killing Fields” (dir. Rob Feulner)

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