In keeping with this week’s music theme, I thought I would list my favorite music videos of 2008. Again, the order here is really rough.

My favorite video of 2008 is Jay Brannan’s “Housewife”:

What I like about this video is its simplicity. It’s very queer, which is always a plus in my book, in its lyrics’ appropriation of traditional heterosexual gender roles (or at least queers it according to a particular definition of “queer”). I also like that it starts off like Brannan’s early videos of himself sitting in his NYC apartment playing his songs on his guitar but then expands out into the world.

Number two on my list is Erykah Badu’s “Honey”:

This video is innovative, stylish, and fun to watch while paying homage to some of the great artists that preceded Badu. I especially like her tribute to Grace Jones!

Here are the other videos on my list:

3. Adele’s “Chasing Pavements”:

On the one hand, this video is crazy in its depiction of two accident victims dancing together on the pavement next to the wreck that has presumably killed them. On the other hand, it’s a beautiful depiction of these two people’s love for one another.

4. Grace Jones’s “Corporate Cannibal”:

The bitch is back, to quote Elton John! This video marks the return of Jones’s provocative and innovative performance art. It’s a great set of visuals too. I can’t wait to see Jones’s other videos for Hurricane.

5. Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”:

“I’m Yours” was the perfect summer love song. This video realizes that vision perfectly. It’s fun, sunny, and sexy. And it makes me want to go to Hawaii right away!

6. Duffy’s “Warwick Avenue”:

Ok, so this video’s a little overwrought, but I love it. It’s a great song, and I like that the video keeps it fairly simple. It reminds me — and by “it” I mean the simple crying shot — of Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares to U.” That’s clearly the ballpark this video is aiming for, to mix metaphors. It’s not as great as that one, but it works for me.

7. Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy”:

This is another one in which I think the video perfectly captures the lyrics of the song. I know “Single Ladies” is the big hit from the album so far, but I much prefer this video and song.

8. Keane’s “Spiralling”:

I love this video’s neo-’80s visuals. It takes the album’s eighties sound and takes it to the next level, a computer-generated, amped up,  faux Peter Gabriel video!

9. The Killers’ “Human”:

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m basically a Killers’ fangurl. Put Brandon Flowers in front of a camera and it’s going to be one of my favorite videos of the year regardless of anything else in the video. This one also gets a little faux-’80s as it goes along, which is also a plus.

10. Missy Higgins’s “Where I Stood.” This video was on YouTube, but was taken down by the studio. Personally, I think it’s incredibly stupid for any up and coming artist to not put his or her videos on YouTube and make them as widely available as possible. I almost decided to leave it off my list as a result, but I loved the song as soon as I heard it live at a concert last year. And the video’s great. You can see the video here.

So, that’s the list of my favorite music videos of 2008.

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