Welcome to the new year, all. If you’re reading this in the way, way future, we are currently on our 5th year into the 21st century and music videos are close to extinction at this point. However, it is with the help of some amazing artists, musicians and directors alike, as well as a few pop culture sites that help keep the spirit alive. Today, Kali S. and I are coming at you with our favorite music videos from 2014. We’ve plopped the video right in here, so go ahead and read our thoughts, and watch those videos. We promise they won’t let you down. If they do, please take it up with my supervisor.

 

WARNING: This post contains some NSFW videos and One Direction.

 Kali Sluyter

 

Hozier – “Take Me to Church”

This song is one of those that hits you in the gut when you first hear it, and the video packs quite a visual wallop as well.  It was released on the heels of the anti-LGBT laws gaining prevalence in Russia and chronicles a sick story of a young man being beaten by a hate group.  It’s not the most joyful thing to watch, but it’s certainly important, and very, very timely.

 

Future Island – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

The video does not match the song at all but for some reason, it really works.  This song is all sad white boy soul, equal parts Tom Jones and Tina Turner, and somehow that equated to a video of… rodeos and farming and cowboy-related things?  Whatever.  It’s really delightful.

 

Sia – “Chandelier”

“Chandelier” is a fine song, though not one of my faves this year.  However, the video is incredible.  11-year-old Maddie Ziegler, formerly of “Dance Moms” fame, gives it her all as the main focus of the video.  This has been often parodied since its release, and I’m sure there are a lot of videos that focus on one main dancer, but none quite as frenetic and fitting as this (and she’s only 11!).

 

Beyonce – “Drunk in Love”

When Bey dropped her surprise album full of accompanying videos, this was the standout.  She is beautiful, she is dancing hilariously, and she is drunk in love.  Bonus points for the super-adorable Jay-Z cameo.

 

One Direction – “Night Changes”

HEAR ME OUT… One Direction are a boy band, yes, and thus their music isn’t super credible, BUT this video is an excellent example of them knowing their audience and playing their cards right, and the song is not your typical boy band fare. The video charmingly chronicles what it would be like to go on a date with each band member, with some nifty POV camera ops that make you feel like you’re a part of the action. By the end of the video everything goes downhill, but their ability to laugh at themselves and their willingness to go out on a musical limb from the typical boy band route shows a really nice evolution that boy bands of yore took much longer to display.

 

 

Andrea Francois

 

Childish Gambino – Sweatpants

This mostly one-take video (it gets questionable around the 1:13 mark, and there’s some additional footage at the end) is just another great addition in Gambino’s catalog of wicked videos (see his most recent for Sober, which was released just last week so I can’t officially include it in this list). Being both an actor and musician helps when it comes to videos, and the Community star kills it in every way.

 

St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”

St. Vincent dropped her self titled this year and it was AMAZING. The woman outdid herself, as one should with a self titled album. “Digital Witness” was the big single that came out of that and was performed on SNL which launched her into the faces of thousands of new fans. While it may not be the strongest song on the album, it fits as a single and I don’t know many people who would pass up on the opportunity to create an Orwellian style video with platinum hair.

 

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”

This video made the rounds on Tumblr and such when it came out, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a real treat.

 

Jenny Lewis – “Just One of the Guys”

While the world was whirring about Beyonce’s feminist tendencies, Jenny Lewis was quietly making her own power move with some other awesome ladies. “Just One of the Guys” features Anne Hathaway, Kristin Stewart and Brie Larson, in what is arguably their most tolerable roles, dressed up in some pretty wonderful tracksuits, Adidas gear, and porn-staches.

 

Nicki Minaj – Anaconda

You may have heard that “Anaconda” has some pro-laaaadiiiees undertones, and you would be correct. From showing off her goods to Drake and promptly denying him when he gets a little handsy without permission, to the so hilariously over the top footage. Minaj has a lot fun with this video, and you will too.

 

 

Attention! So that’s 2014 in music videos! Let us know what you liked from last year, or your thoughts on these video in the comments!

About The Author

Andrea is currently the Site Administrator and Music Editor at DestroyTheCyborg!, and in real life works as a corporate drone for a mid-west retailer. Like most people, she did not go to school for any of those things. In her spare time, she plays her musical things, video games, and occasionally goes outdoors. She loves beer and wine, and avoids dirtying dishes at all costs.
Andrea is the wife of video game and comic reviewer, Jon Francois, and together with their cats, have a life goal of ruling the world (or just sort of hanging out, whichever proves to be easier).

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