Under the Radar’s Top 50 Music Videos of 2013

Jan 03, 2014
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While the days of watching music videos on television are long gone, over the past several years the visual art form has certainly found second life (like so many other things) as an excellent online commodity. In 2013 many music videos went beyond just being a cool visual acccompaniment of a favorite song to become standout pieces in their own right. Whether they were cinematically compelling, told a great story, were creatively off-beat and did something different, or were just incredibly entertaining, the here are Under the Radar's favorites from a fantastic year.

Arcade Fire

"Afterlife"

(Directed by Emily Kai Bock)

Arctic Monkeys

"Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"

(Directed by Nabil)

Atoms for Peace

"Before Your Very Eyes"

(Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang)

Basement Jaxx

"Back 2 the Wild"

(Directed by Mat Maitland at Big Active & Natalia Stuyk)

Basement Jaxx

"What A Difference Your Love Makes"

(Directed by Damian Weilers)

Bat for Lashes

"Lillies"

(Directed by Peter Sluszka)

James Blake

"Overgrown"

(Directed by Nabil)

Beach House

"Wishes"

(Directed by Eric Wareheim)

David Bowie

"Love Is Lost" (James Murphy Remix)

(Directed by Barnaby Roper)

Camera Obscura

"Troublemaker"

(Directed by Blair Young and Gavin Dunbar)

Camera Obscura

"Break It To You Gently"

(Directed by Joseph Mann)

Cat Power

"Manhattan"

(Directed by Greg Hunt and Chan Marshall)

Cut Copy

"Free Your Mind"

(Directed by Christopher Hill)

Django Django

"WOR"

(Directed by Jim Demuth)

Bob Dylan

"Like A Rolling Stone"

(Directed by Vania Heymann)

(Experience the full interactive video here: www.video.bobdylan.com.)

FIDLAR

"Cocaine" (NSFW)

(Directed by Ryan Baxley)

Foals

"Late Night" (NSFW)

(Directed by Nabil)

Foals

"Bad Habit"

(Directed by Nabil)

Franz Ferdinand

"Bullet"

(Directed by Andy Knowles)

Gesaffelstein

"Pursuit"

(Directed by FLEUR & MANU)

Goldfrapp

"Drew"

(Directed by Lisa Gunning)

HAERTS

"Wings"

(Directed by Emily Kai Bock)

IO Echo

"Ministry of Love"

(Directed by Barnaby Roper, RVHM & Jocabola)

(Experience the full interactive video here: www.ministryoflove.me.)

Jim James

"State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U)"

(Directed by Staci DeGagne, Alexander Fletcher and Joe Barham)

HAIM

"The Wire"

(Directed by Jonathan Lia)

Laura Marling

"When Brave Bird Saved": "Take the Night Off," "I Was An Eagle," "You Know," "Breathe"

(Directed by Fred and Nick)

London Grammar

"Strong"

(Directed by Sam Brown)

Metronomy

"I’m Aquarius"

(Directed by Edouard Salier)

Moby

"The Perfect Life"

(Directed by Evan Bernard)

Mumford & Sons

"Hopeless Wanderer"

(Directed by Sam Jones)

The National

"Graceless"

(Directed by Sophia Peer)

Neon Neon

"Hammer & Sickle"

(Directed by Rob Schroeder)

Phoenix

"Trying to Be Cool"

(Directed by Canada)

Primal Scream

"2013"

(Directed by Rei Nadal)

Queens of the Stone Age

"I Appear Missing," "Kalospsia," "Keep Your Eyes Peeled," "If I Had A Tail," "My God Is the Sun"

(Directed by Liam Brazier)

Seth Rogen and James Franco

"Bound 3" (spoof of Kanye West's "Bound 2" video)

(Directed by Seth Rogen and James Franco)

Small Black

"No Stranger"

(Directed by Mandy Mandelstein and Addison Mehr)

Snakadaktal

"Fall Underneath"

(Directed by Dimitri Basil)

The Stepkids

"The Lottery"

(Directed by Nicki Chavoya & Lisa Amadeo)

Still Corners

"Berlin Lovers"

(Directed by Christian Sorensen Hansen)

Suede

"Hit Me"

(Directed by Ey-up Chuck)

Summer Camp

"Fresh"

(Directed by Lucy Needs)

Summer Camp

"Two Chords"

(Directed by Chris Boyle)

Tame Impala

"Mind Mischief"

(Directed by David Wilson and Thomas Ormonde)

Telekinesis

"Empathetic People"

(Directed by Patrick Stanton)

Shugo Tokumaru

"Katachi"

(Directed by Kijek / Adamski)

Toro Y Moi

"Say That"

(Directed by HARRYS)

Vampire Weekend

"Diane Young"

(Directed by Primo Kahn)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Despair"

(Directed by Patrick Daughters)

Young Dreams

"First Days of Something"

(Directed by Kristoffer Borgli)

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Michael
January 3rd 2014
6:14pm

Favourite “Best of 2013” list so far!

Karen O
January 6th 2014
7:20am

no Sacrilege ?

Nathan Taylor
January 8th 2014
4:40pm

The best music video of 2013 was Totale Nite by Merchandise